Nov 19, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT
The $5 million reconfiguration project at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course was completed on Tuesday, revealed by IMS president Doug Boles and IndyCar team co-owner Sarah Fisher of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. The end of the 63-day project mirrored the time it took to build the historic track initially, in 1909.
Of course, times are different now and what once was hallowed ground for IndyCars only on the oval is now a site of multiple races a year – including the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course next May 10.
The project recap:
- Track width of 46 feet throughout, and 50 on the front straight.
- Front straight length of 2,869 feet (0.543 of a mile), back straight now 2,503 (0.474).
- 63 days to complete project from Sept. 18 through Nov. 19.
- 70 construction crew, combining for approximately 35,000 man hours over 708 total day hours
- 40 pieces of heavy equipment
- 20,000 tons of asphalt from 1,000 dump truck loads
- 16.2 acres paved
- Project crew includes: Milestone Contractors LP; Indy Earthworks, Inc; IMS Engineering; Heritage Research Group; Fastrac Solutions, Inc.
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