COLLEGE STATION -- The SVTOA's 2008 On Track National program begins with the Lone Star Roundup at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas; event billed as the "SVTOA 50 Resto / Chicane 23 Lone Star Roundup". This event is sponsored by 50resto.com and Chicane23.com, plus Track Guys and Blevins Enterprises.
The SVTOA Lone Star Round Up will bring 60-80 high performance SVT and Shelby Ford Motor Vehicles and support to this three day event at TWS. The non-event Spectator is welcome. Spectators must sign a waiver at the front gate plus a per car admission. Spectators are to park in the visitor parking area and are limited to the paddock, concession stand, and the VIP stands.
Specifically, spectators are NOT allowed in the grandstands, beyond the safety fences, or on any track surfaces.
Ford Motor Company created the Special Vehicle Team (SVT) in 1991, when senior Ford managers recognized the corporate advantages of capitalizing on niche vehicle market opportunities. SVT was charged to develop and market factory high-performance "halo" vehicles that would add luster to the company's lineup - or "Polish the Ford Oval." To that end, the team focused on creating limited-production cars and trucks with balanced performance attributes -- vehicles that stop as well as they accelerate, ride as well as they handle and, above all, are fun to drive. All vehicles that wear the SVT badge were designed and developed with four hallmarks in mind: Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value.
In 2000, SVT created its own Special Vehicle Team Owners Association back in 2000 with the motto "Drive Safe and Have Fun" as a way to enhance the SVT ownership experience and build on the core values.
Jeff Lacina, SVTOA's lead driving instructor, and his team of instructors
will be at the track to help registered participants get up to speed. SVTOA
On Track attendees will tell you that there is no better way to learn and
enjoy high-performance driving than learning with a professional instructor.
This challenging 2.9-mile road course is safe and fast - great for both the
novice and the experienced open tracker.
About Texas World Speedway:
Texas World Speedway (www.texasworldspeedway.com) is a private,
multi-layout, centrally located, year round, low friction, and professional
motorsport facility located in College Station, Texas; which has recently
come under NEW OWNERSHIP. Even though TWS is a great facility with a rich
history, the new ownership immediately implemented a plan to raise the
professionalism and facility improvements of TWS.
TWS was built in 1969 and is one of only seven Super Speedways of two miles
or greater in the U.S and is the only Super Speedway in the Southwest. In
addition to the two mile high 22 degree banked oval, TWS is designed for the
road racer with a 1.5 mile oval, a 1.8 mile road course, a 1.9 mile high
speed road course and a 2.9 mile course. All of these tracks use the same
straightaway in front of the grandstands and can be ran counter or
TWS has a rich history, including being known as "The World's Fastest
Speedway"; when Mario Andretti set a world closed course speed record of
214.158 mph on October 6, 1973 while qualifying for an Indy car race. That
record stood in the Guinness Book of World Records for twelve years. Also,
A. J. Foyt has won more races at TWS than any other driver. He is the only
race car driver to have won races in both an Indy Car and a Stock Car, and
the only driver to have won races in both types of cars on the same day.
TWS is very accessible with its own highway frontage. TWS is centrally
located in Texas in the City of College Station which is within the
Dallas-Houston-San Antonio triangle. From these cities, TWS can be accessed
by state or US interstate highways. Additionally, Texas A&M University's
Easterwood Airport has daily commercial airline flights.
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