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Indianapolis track adaptation well on schedule

Indianapolis track adaptation well on schedule

Following the latest safety inspection of Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week by representatives from the Grand Prix Safety Commission, updates to the American venue have been given a firm thumbs up ahead of next year's inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Following the latest safety inspection of Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week by representatives from the Grand Prix Safety Commission, updates to the American venue have been given a firm thumbs up ahead of next year's inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

FIM Safety Director Claude Danis was amongst the delegation who visited IMS on November 27th and 28th, commenting: "We are all very happy and all very excited. All fans of MotoGP and motorcycle racing around the world are talking about Indianapolis. I think many people will come from Europe and the other countries of the world to see this MotoGP race in Indianapolis."

"They've done a fantastic job," added Franco Uncini, the 1982 500cc World Champion and MotoGP rider safety representative. "There have been big improvements. We feel satisfied about the layout, the improvements, everything. We will come back for the final inspection, but for the moment, we feel very, very happy about the layout of the racetrack."

Paving of the two new turn complexes on the updated road course is complete, and construction work throughout the entire circuit remains well within deadline schedule.

Kevin Forbes, IMS director of engineering and construction stated: "We had an extremely ambitious, almost unrealistic schedule. Had we developed a schedule that was a lot more realistic, we'd be way ahead of that schedule."

The construction work will continue during the winter, with most of it completed by May 4th, Opening Day for the 92nd annual Indianapolis 500 event. The 16-turn MotoGP circuit will be finished in June or July, at least two months before the first Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix on September 14th 2008.

"I think they're really going to surprise people," concluded Forbes. "Even the long time, die-hard fans will look at this place in the spring and realize just how beautiful this race course is going to become."

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