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CONTACT: Sarona Winfrey

Brian Briscoe

-- For Immediate Release


FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 10, 2003) -- Texas Motor Speedway is gearing up for the Chevy 500 race week Oct. 10-12 when two series championships will be decided.

There will be three major events on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway and two nights of competition at the companion Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

The Sunday, Oct. 12 Chevy 500k marks the season finale for the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series as well as the final race for 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran who will retire at the end of the season. Marlboro Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and de Ferran continue to be part of the serieschampionship battle with Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and defending two-time serieschampion Sam Hornish Jr. now in the mix as well.

Sunday will also see a new event, the Firestone Heroes of Indy race, bringing some of the open-wheel's greatest drivers back together for a 25-lap race in Thunder Roadsters.

The season also wraps for the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series which makes its return to Texas in the Saturday, Oct. 11, dreamerscandles.com 100. The Oct. 11 Silverado 350k NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event will also be a pivotal race in a very tight points battle. Brendan Gaughan has won the last three truck races at Texas and is hoping to make it an unprecedented four straight.

The Dallas Morning News Pole Day Qualifying for all series is Friday, Oct. 10.

The O'Reilly World of Outlaws sprint cars, "The Greatest Show on Dirt," will stage the two-night Texas Showdown event at the Dirt Track Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 10 and 11. Hot laps begin at 6:15 p.m. each night, with qualifying set for 6:45 p.m., and heat races beginning at 8:10 p.m. Fans will also see IMCA-type modified stock cars in action both nights at the Dirt Track.

"Once again the IRL season will be decided by the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "With so many drivers still in the hunt for the championship the fans are guaranteed to see the most exciting racing in the world and more than likely, another photo finish that

Texas and the IRL are becoming famous for."

Tickets for all Chevy 500 race week events are on sale by calling (817)

215-8500, online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com and at Ticketmaster.



Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Chevy 500k

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350k

October 10-12, 2003


Times are listed CDT NCTS - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

As of 9/10/03 IRL - Indy Racing League IndyCar Series

Pro Series - IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series


Thursday, October 9

3 pm South Tunnel (Gate 8) Open for Infield Campers

6-10 pm Academy Sports and Outdoors Fan Jam (Speedway infield)


Friday, October 10

6:45 am NCTS Garage & Registration Opens

8 am Gates Open (Gates 4 & 7 Only)

8-9 am NCTS Practice

9 am IRL Garage Opens

9 am Suites Open

9:15-9:45 am Firestone Heroes of Indy practice

10-11 am NCTS Practice

11:15-11:45am Pro Series Practice

Noon-1:30 pm IRL Practice

1:45 pm NCTS - The Dallas Morning News Bud Pole Day Qualifying

3-3:30 pm Pro Series Practice

3:45-4:45 pm IRL Practice

5-6 pm NCTS Final Practice

6:15 pm Pro Series - Qualifying

7 pm NCTS Garage Closes

7:15-8:30 pm IRL - The Dallas Morning News Pole Day Qualifying

9 pm IRL Garage Closes


Saturday, October 11

8 am NCTS Garage & Registration Opens

9 am IRL Garage / Tech Open

10 am Gates Open

10 am Suites & Victory Lane Club Open

10:20-10:50 am Firestone Heroes of Indy practice

11:05-11:20 am Pro Series Warm Up

11:30 am-1 pm IRL Practice

2 pm Silverado 350k-NCTS (146 Laps, 219.5 miles on Speed LIVE)

5 pm dreamerscandles.com 100-IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series (67 Laps, 100.5


6:15-6:45 pm IRL Final Practice

8:30 pm IRL Garage Closes


Sunday, October 12

11 am IRL Garage Open

11 am Gates Open

11 am Suites & Victory Lane Club Open

1 pm Firestone Heroes of Indy Race

2:45 pm Chevy 500k-IRL (200 Laps, 300 miles - ESPN Live)









O'Reilly World of Outlaws and Modified Stock Cars

October 10-11, 2003

Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track




As of 9/10/03 All times listed CDT

Friday, October 10

6 pm Gates & Suites Open

6 pm Hot Laps - Modifieds

6:15 - 6:45 pm Hot Laps - WoO

6:45 - 7:15 pm Qualifying - WoO

7:40 - 8:10 pm Heat Races -Modifieds

8:10 - 8:35 pm Heat Races - WoO

8:50 - 9:00 pm Dash - WoO

9:10 - 9:35 pm B Feature - WoO

9:40 - 10:10pm Feature Race - Modifieds

10:15 pm A Feature - WoO (30 Laps)

11:15 pm Track Closes




Saturday, October 11

6 pm Gates & Suites Open

6 pm Hot Laps - Modifieds

6:15-6:45 pm Hot Laps - WoO

6:45-7:15 pm Qualifying - WoO

7:40-8:10 pm Heat Races - Modifieds

8:10-8:35 pm Heat Races - WoO

8:50-9:00 pm Dash - WoO

9:10-9:35 pm B Feature - WoO

9:40-10:10 pm Feature Race - Modifieds

10:15 pm A Feature - WoO (40 Laps)

11:15 pm Track Closes

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