Nascar Drivers Don’t Do Traffic

April 7, 2008 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I didn’t go to the Samsung 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend.

Instead, I covered the traffic nightmare that forms before the race. This is the view from Northbound I-35W at 114, at around 8am on the day of the race:

Notice the orange cones already up and the police officers directing traffic? With 200,000+ people showing up to one place, plus thousands more just for the party, you can imagine all the wheels on the ground.

But for the few hours I was out there, I noticed plenty of helicopter traffic in the air. I mean, it sounded like a military operation going on above me, or a helicopter race going on at 2,000 feet.

Turns out, it’s not only the high-rolling race fans taking choppers, but some NASCAR drivers.

While some drivers stay in fancy RVs at the racetrack, others choose hotels and a helicopter to get to and from the track.

Must be nice.

Got any Samsung 500 pics and stories you want to share? Send them to omar.villafranca@nbcuni.com

I’ll see about posting them.

 

 

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