US track boss invites Ecclestone to night race

Fri, 25 May 2007, 03:50

The boss of an American racing circuit has offered to help Bernie Ecclestone implement night racing in formula one.

After reading about the F1 supremo’s plans for floodlit events in Singapore and elsewhere, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage wrote Ecclestone a letter inviting him to a night-time IRL race.

The Texas race on June 9 is billed as ‘America’s Original Night-time Race’, and would coincide with F1’s upcoming North American tour.

“I think it would be of great interest to Mr Ecclestone and his staff to visit Texas Motor Speedway and get an opportunity to witness and evaluate open-wheel cars running at high speeds under the lights,” Gossage said.

“Although a road course would offer different challenges, we could educate them about our lighting system and discuss some of the issues we encountered when we staged the first ever night-time Indy car race in 1997.

“I think a night race for formula one would be a terrific event for the sport and we would like to help them achieve that goal,” he added.

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