Cold delays construction at IMS

Doug Boles
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The arctic temperatures this winter are slowing down work at a place where speed is everything.

For months now, construction has been underway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to improve conditions at the track and to make modifications for the IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis May 8-10.
But the work is at a standstill because of the cold temperatures.
"The freeze has really made it difficult for us to do some of the curbing work and some of the things we want to do for the racetrack in preparation for this May," explained IMS President Doug Boles.
Some of the improvements include repaving and a reconfiguration of the IMS road course, refurbishing some of the fencing, and seating improvements. Much of the work, like the asphalt, was done before the winter season.
That's good news, since that's the area most weather dependent according to IMS engineers.
But with work still to complete, and only three months until the Grand Prix, officials at the famed Speedway are starting to get nervous.
"Everybody's not too concerned yet," according to Boles.  "We have our first official test April 30th, but the longer this goes, it just really condenses that time we can put the track together.  We've got great engineers."  But  Boles admits the delay is "definitely something that could keep us up at night if the weather doesn't start turning soon."