Keeping with the throwback trend for the race this weekend in Darlington, we decided to jump in the fun. From the two-door Monte Carlo to the four-door Impala, the sporty Camaro and this year, the Chevy SS... pace cars are more than just a car leading the field to green. Each year the new paint scheme is something to look forward to, something that Eddie Gossage works closely on with the designer to create something... special.
Which year is your favorite?
Failure is not an option for the Red Rocker
From Montrose to Van Halen to Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Hagar has consistently fronted successful groups. He’s earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen.
Van Halen hits #1 with Sammy Hagar
Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985 and released the album, 5150. It was the first of four No. 1 albums recorded with Sammy Hagar, who replaced David Lee Roth. Needless to say, Hagar took Van Halen to new heights. Van Halen… Van Hagar… wait, what?
He literally can’t drive 55 (and we can’t either)
If anyone can understand Sammy’s issue with the nationwide 55 mph speed limit in 1984, it’s us. The story, as told by Sammy, “ Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, 'We give tickets around here for over-60.' and I said, 'I can't drive 55.' I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt."
Cabo Wabo – need we say more?
Cabo Wabo is the name behind a successful chain of nightclubs and restaurants AND tequila. All founded by…. You guessed it. Sammy Hagar. Hagar turned his lifelong passion for great food, music and spirits into a thriving iconic lifestyle brand.
And last but not least, a little shameless self-promotion
We think it’s pretty bad@$$ that Sammy Hagar and The Circle is playing in the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol. Not only is it their ONLY show in Texas, it’s their LAST show of the year. Which means it’s sure to be a great one.
To purchase pre-race passes or for more information, call 817-215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
So, you’re one of the 50,000+ plus spectators set to attend The Red Bull Air Race World Championship at TMS Sept 26-27. That means a few things. You are about to see the world’s best pilots race while controlling their planes with surgical precision at low altitudes, at speeds approaching 230 mph, and you’ll be seeing this one-of-a-kind motorsport at the best motor speedway in the world, if you don’t mind us boasting.
Texas Motor Speedway is well known as one of the best places in the world to watch an auto race, but you may be asking yourself; “Just how does TMS host a race in the sky?” Well here are some facts about TMS that are sure to get you psyched for a uniquely exhilarating event like Red Bull Air Race.
Texas Motor Speedway is the second-largest sporting venue in the United States (behind only Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and is the sixth-largest sporting venue in the world. This allows Red Bull Air Race planes enough room to maneuver while being able to comfortably host tens of thousands of spectators.
The front grandstand is constructed of 2 million pounds of aluminum and 15,000 tons of steel. The aluminum used could produce over 61 million Red Bull cans... that’s a lot of wings!
Texas Motor Speedway is home to “Big Hoss”– the World's Largest HD LED Video Screen. Positioned in the middle of the backstretch above “Burnout Alley,” Big Hoss covers 20,633.64 square feet of space. The state-of-the-art video board has a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest HD LED video board and is 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. So be sure to look to Big Hoss for shots you won’t be able to see from the stands, including unique vantage points from GoPros from mounts on the wings and in the cockpit of all Air Race planes.
TMS has enough permanent lighting to illuminate 11 NFL stadiums — an average of 2,000,000 watts for a nighttime event. We’d like to thank Red Bull Air Race for making this a daytime event and keeping our electrical bill somewhat reasonable!
In one year, enough hot dogs are sold at TMS to go around the 1.5-mile oval track six times, that’s nine miles. Be sure to grab a dog at Red Bull Air Race and help us make it an even ten!
There are only eight Red Bull Air Race stops, and it’s no shock to us that Texas Motor Speedway is one of them. It simply comes down to size. TMS is HUGE. With enough room for planes, fans, hot dogs and whatever else Red Bull can throw at it, the speedway offers fan and pilot experiences like no other venue. If you’ve already got your tickets great! If you haven’t, be sure to get them now at redbullairrace.com/fort-worth-2015.