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TMS Talk: Eddie Gossage

June, 6, 2013
Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage joins Galloway & Company to discuss the upcoming race weekend at TMS.

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Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss NASCAR Trucks and IndyCar race week at TMS, the evolution of Indy racing, ESPN sports science and more.

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IndyCar approaches TMS about season finale

June, 13, 2012
IndyCar announced Wednesday that the Aug. 19 race in China has been cancelled. Needing another date to complete its season, the circuit has contacted Texas Motor Speedway about hosting what could become the season finale, possibly Oct. 7.

Here the statement released by TMS president Eddie Gossage about the situation:

"The thought is intriguing to potentially have Texas Motor Speedway once again play host to the INDYCAR season finale, just like we did from 1999 to 2004, in the nation's fourth-largest media market. However, we did not have the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple-header in early November at that time and a September or early October date could pose several obstacles on a variety of fronts that we would have to consider before making a decision. Considering the shrinking window to properly promote the season finale to its fullest, we will have to make a decision fairly quickly."
Read more about the IndyCar's options here.

Alex Tagliani takes IndyCar pole at TMS

June, 8, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Alex Tagliani took the pole in the qualifier for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday.

Tagliani, who drives the No. 98 Team Barracuda-BHA Honda, took his first pole since his last race at TMS in 2011. He finished in 48.0695 seconds (215.691 mph) to overtake No. 10 Dario Franchitti, who had led for most of the qualifier.

Tagliani said that he feels comfortable with the track at TMS and the style of racing it allows.

“Some drivers had a problem with their second lap and we were very consistent,” Tagliani said. “We are very happy to start up front and I’d like to think that we will be a threat in the race tomorrow.”

Tagliani is currently ranked 24th in the Series and has yet to win a race this year.

Franchitti finished in 48.5797 seconds (215.646 mph) and will start on the outside of row 1. He also said he was pleased with the track at TMS.

“We went actually quicker than I thought we would,” Franchitti said. “The guys did a really good job of it and it’s definitely the most, the hardest qualifying that I've done here with that level of downforce and that level of grip.”

Franchitti, currently ranked fourth, won the Indianapolis 500 this year and won the first of the two IndyCar races run on the same day last year at TMS.

IndyCar drivers prepare for return to TMS

June, 7, 2012

IndyCar drivers preview their return to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

IndyCar Series open testing at TMS on Monday

May, 2, 2012
Former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello will be making his first IndyCar Series oval runs during open testing at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday.

Barrichello will be joined by IndyCar Series drivers Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal, Charlie Kimball, Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter for two sessions as the DW12 Dallara chassis makes its debut at TMS.

Barrichello, who won 11 races on the Formula One circuit, has finished in the top 10 of each of his last three IndyCar Series races. It will be the driver's first runs on an oval track.

The first session will be run from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and the second session will be from 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Both sessions are open to the public and are free. Fans should enter Gate 4. Coolers are not allowed, but concession stands will be open.

The Firestone 550 will be run at TMS on Sat., June 9.

Gossage on TMS, NASCAR parity, Danica

March, 3, 2010

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage sits down with Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas to talk about the track's new sponsorships, beating Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick's impact on both NASCAR and the IRL.

Franchitti discusses Danica, IndyCar's future

March, 3, 2010

Richard Durrett talks with Dario Franchitti about Danica Patrick and the future of the IndyCar Series.