Firestone 550 Tickets
As part of the IndyCar series, the Firestone 550 is known for bringing many racing fans to the city of Fort Worth, Texas to see high speed racing at its finest. The Firestone 550 is held annually at Texas Motor Speedway, and usually in early June and for many years it is held as the first race following the highly publicized Indianapolis 500. These close ties to the Indianapolis 500 aren’t the only ways the two races are connected. The Firestone 550 has long been considered to be the second largest, most prestigious and most popular oval track race only second to the Indy 500.
Racers who take place in the event will travel 550 km or 342 miles over 228 laps in order to complete the course. One of the many things that makes this particular IndyCar event so special is that it is held entirely in the dark. The start time is now at 10 pm EST, meaning the entire event is held under the lights, which is an unusual characteristic for many IndyCar races.
While this track and the name of the race have had numerous changes throughout the years, one of the biggest changes came in 2011. This year, a special Twin race format was added to the track to pay homage to the twin style races of the 1970s and 1980s. The move resulted in some controversy among fans and racers, although the event believed the change would bring a fresh new element to the sport of racing. Eventually due to the debate over the new format, the changes were removed and the track went back to its original format.
Even with all of the changes in the style and format of the Firestone 550, this particular event has remained as one of the most popular in all of IndyCar racing. Many of the sports top names come from around the world each year to take part in the event and each year the average MPH speeds get higher and higher. In fact, in 2011, Will Power set a record when he completed the race in just 48 minutes under the new twin format and averaged speeds at over 200 mph. With numbers like this from the event, it is easy to see why fans of IndyCar racing need to experience the Firestone 550 for themselves.