Vegas GP track construction receives high marks after first week


LAS VEGAS (March 15, 2007) - Work on the 2.44-mile Vegas Grand Prix temporary street course is on schedule and showing signs of progress around downtown Las Vegas. Like watching a child take his first steps, spectators can now see the course taking shape with the addition of barriers and grandstands along Grand Central Parkway adjacent to the World Market Center.

With the 10-man track construction crew working from 7 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning, the layout is also drawing the attention of onlookers. The April 6-8 event featuring the Champ Car World Series, Champ Car Atlantic and Historic Grand Prix races is already sparking memorable stories nearly four weeks from when the green flag drops.

Block and fencing has started to take shape not only along Grand Central Parkway but also along Main Street, Bonneville Avenue and Ogden Avenue.

"We're doing just fine," said Circuit Manager Chris Kneifel, a former open-wheel racer who has been building tracks since 2001. "We're doing our best to play in the sandbox together. I'd definitely have to say that we have high marks after week one, and we're going to have an even better week this week."


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