FORT WORTH, Texas (May 25, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway is known for its thrilling side-by-side racing and exciting finishes during its IndyCar Series events and with the addition of the Honda Overtake Assist button the winner of the Firestone 550k may be determined by the push of a button.
The IndyCar Series instituted the Honda Overtake Assist button for the 2010 season and it will make its debut at Texas Motor Speedway in the Firestone 550k on Saturday, June 5. The Honda Overtake Assist button, located on the driver’s steering wheel, adds 200 rpm for a set amount of time and allows the engine to produce the extra power needed to complete a pass or hold off another driver.
Texas Motor Speedway has built a reputation as one of the most intense race tracks on the circuit as the venue has played host to the most IndyCar Series races with a margin of victory of less than one second with 14. For the drivers competing on the 1.5-mile, 24-degree banked speedway, the button will make the racing even more intense.
“I definitely think Texas will be totally different this year,” two-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, who won at Texas in 2008. “It will be much more like what we were used to. The rule changes here will help a lot with how the race plays out.”
The Honda Overtake Assist button was first instituted late last season prior to the race at Kentucky Speedway in an effort by the league to improve side-by-side racing on ovals. Since its debut in 2009, the series has used it on five different ovals (Kentucky, Chicagoland, Twin Ring Motegi, Homestead-Miami, Kansas).
It didn’t take long for the series to see results of the Honda Overtake Assist button as the two closest margin of victory during the 2009 season (Chicagoland, 0.0077 of a sec.; Kentucky, 0.0162) occurred at two 1.5-mile speedways following the rule change. With the move to the Honda Overtake Assist button, drivers are confident that fans can expect more exciting racing during the Firestone 550k.
“It’s all in the right direction,” Dixon said. “It’s definitely what we need. I think this year it has been more influential on when you are trying to make a pass. It does make a bigger difference than what we had last year. It’s all heading in the right direction.”
Tickets are available for the June 5 Firestone 550k IndyCar Series race by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.