HOUSTON Race organizers for the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston say changes have been made to the Reliant Park race course to increase both driver and spectator safety after last year's crash that ended the racing career of 3 time Indy 500 champion and 4 time Indy Series winner Dario Franchitti.
Franchitti suffered a broken back, broken ankle and concussion in the inaugural event held on the parking lot surface around the Astrodome. Debris from his car penetrated the catch fence injuring several Julius Peppers Super Bowl Jersey spectators. Franchitti retired after the Houston event.
Race organizers, who on Monday were placing the last of the more than 2,000 cement barriers along the race course, say changes are being made to improve the catch fence barrier and that extra distance will Davante Adams Super Bowl 49 Jersey be placed between the cars and the spectators at key locations. And one particular grandstand has been moved completely.
"In high speed areas, yes, we have eliminated grand stands such as the grandstand involved in the incident last year that are in those areas where cars are going at the highest speeds," said Grand Prix Managing Director Austin Crossley.
Monday, www.packersauthenticofficialshop.com/RANDALL_COBB_SUPER_BOWL_JERSEY.html three drivers temporarily traded in their Indy cars for forklifts, helping, albeit ceremonially, the race course staff place the last of those cement barricades. Foyt Racing, rookie Indy series driver Mikhail Aleshin, and current Indy Series points leader Will Power. Each of them praised the "challenging" course but the key word of the day was also "bumpy."
The race last year was held in October. Race organizers say moving the 2014 race to the end of June does create the likelihood of higher temperatures for both drivers and spectators to deal with. But they also say the three days of multiple races come with a variety of indoor family oriented, and air conditioned activities at NRG Arena.