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VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES FIRESTONE 600 TO RETURN TO TMS AUG. 27 TO COMPLETE POSTPONED RACE

 

The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 27 to complete the Firestone 600 that was postponed due to weather on June 11 and 12.

The race, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 11, was postponed due to wet track conditions and did re-start Sunday before being red-flagged because of heavy rain after 71 laps. James Hinchcliffe was the leader of the race when it was stopped.

"We felt that was the best way to serve all the fans," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said of the rescheduled date. "We maybe could have hung around and tried to get it dry tonight and run until halfway but that's not right. We wanted to give the fans a race today.

"We maybe could have hung around and tried to get it dry tonight (Sunday) and run enough to get halfway, but that's not right," Gossage added. "We want to give the fans a race. That's the plan."

When the Verizon IndyCar Series returns on Aug. 27 they will hold a practice and full- field autograph session prior to the race, which will start at 7 p.m. CT. More details as the full day schedule, and other TMS activities will be announced at a future date.

"We certainly want to come back and have a full race for the fans here in Texas," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. "The people at TMS do a great job, so what we will do, per our rulebook, is start the race from where we stopped. So we will come back and start the race from that point.

"This is unique. It hasn't happened for a little while, but there are a lot of unique things here and we'll look forward to coming back Aug. 27."

The last Verizon IndyCar Series race to start one day and finish on another came at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2011. The race was red-flagged for rain and standing water on the track after nine laps May 1 and finished the next day. The last time an event was postponed until later in the season was at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001, when the race scheduled for Sept. 15 was delayed until Oct. 6 following the 9/11 tragedies.

Fans already holding tickets will be able to use those for the race in August.

If fans, who had tickets, are unable to attend the race in August, their unused ticket may be exchanged for another race ticket of equal or lesser value within one calendar year (1 for 1 ticket exchanges only). The original ticket buyer may contact the TMS Fan Relations team at 817.215.8500 to request replacement tickets and if the ticket holder is NOT the original ticket buyer, they need to return the physical ticket to the TMS Ticket Office in order to request an exchange. Any ticket may be upgraded for a future event by paying the difference in ticket price (based on availability). There will be no refunds on tickets given for rescheduled races. No credits will be issued for exchanges of lesser value and complimentary/zero dollar tickets may not be exchanged for a future date, but will be available for the rescheduled event.

Broadcast information for the Aug. 27 race will be announced at a later date.

To purchase tickets, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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