Goodwood starts festival track work

Goodwood has announced that it is starting work on its festival track to cover the mile hill climb with one million bricks to replicate the very first Indianapolis 500 mile race.

Three million bricks were used to upgrade the original dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, also called the 'Brickyard', in late 1909 to make it safe for motor races.

A yard of the original brick track is kept intact at the famous American Speedway circuit.

Festival of Speed founder, Lord March says: "We are taking the first 100 years of America's most important motor race very seriously. As well as having a line-up of 33 significant Indy on the Goodwood Hill, many winning drivers and famous Indy 500 pageantry, we will be covering the Goodwood hill climb with over a million bricks to accurately replicate the very first Indianapolis 500 mile race in 1911."

"Authenticity is absolutely fundamental to everything that we do at Goodwood, with all of the competition cars at the Festival appearing in their original livery for example," he added.

Goodwood will be undertaking extensive testing to ensure that the drivers of low-slung cars and the nine Formula One teams expected to attend the 2011 festival don't bottom out their vehicles on the brick surface.

Goodwood will carry out a number of tests to make sure the drivers of low-slung cars who attend this year's festival don't scrape their vehicles on the brick surface of the race track.

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