AUTO RACING PACKAGE: What they're saying about TMS
The Associated Press
Mar. 26, 1997
What people are saying about the Texas Motor Speedway, which opens April 5-6 with the Busch series Coca-Cola 300 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Interstate Batteries 500:
``This is going to be a big one that everybody is going to want to win. This is going to compare with the Brickyard inaugural race, with the Daytona 500.'' _ Driver Jeff Gordon.
``When you look at this facility and the amount of people that can come watch us race and know the kind of purse that's going to be paid out, it immediately becomes one of the premier events on the circuit.'' _ Driver Michael Waltrip.
``We're the second-biggest sports facility in the country and we're sold out. We've also sold more in marketing and sponsorship fees than any professional sports franchise in this market. I know that doesn't make somebody happy, but I also know it's a fact.'' _ TMS general manager Eddie Gossage on thriving in the ulta-crowded and competitive Dallas-Fort Worth sports scene.
``Everybody wants to be the inaugural winner. It's important. It's nice to put that in your record book, that you were the first to get it.'' _ Driver Rusty Wallace, who won the inaugural race at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
``The typical NASCAR fans are in Texas. They've just had to drive to Michigan or Phoenix or somewhere to watch it. Now, they're not going to have to do that.'' _ Driver Michael Waltrip.
``A lot of corporate America is buying these condos to entertain their guests. It's a great tool to have to create business for whatever you're doing. I got mine because I've got a lot of guests I want to bring by. I think this is one of the key races and one of the key markets. If there had been condos anywhere else, I probably wouldn't have bought it, except for maybe in California.'' _ Driver Rusty Wallace, who along with Dale Earnhardt are the only two drivers among the owners of the 76 track-side condominiums being built. Wallace also has one at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
``Fort Worth has put $11 million out of pocket for this project, and they're going to get back $164 million. It's a great deal, a great relationship.'' _ Gossage on a University of North Texas economic impact study that projects a massive windfall for the area every race weekend.
End Adv for Thursday March 27