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Indy gets OK to add apron, but no lights

December 10, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Indianapolis

Apron will be added in all four turns, specifically for NASCAR racing

Preliminary improvement plans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that include the addition of an apron to enhance competition in NASCAR events have been approved, the facility announced Tuesday.

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The Indiana Motorsports Commission approved plans by the speedway's parent company to invest state funds on infrastructure upgrades. The commission also approved the creation of a motorsports improvement district, a step toward issuing bonds that will fund the improvements.

The plan does not include the installation of lights at the 2.5-mile oval, a $20 million project that was not deemed to provide a suitable return for taxpayers.

An apron will be added in all four turns specifically for NASCAR racing, the track said. That project will cost less than $1 million. Indianapolis has hosted NASCAR's premier series once each summer since the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994. According to the speedway, the apron will be in place by the 2014 race weekend.

The plan also funds the reconfiguration and repaving of the Indianapolis road course, which is used for sports-car events that also take place on the track's NASCAR weekend. That project was completed in November. The plan also calls for refurbishment of the catchfencing, as well as visitor amenities such as an improved scoring pylon and video screens, and wireless access throughout the facility.

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