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Racers to light up Texas Mile this weekend

Racers to light up Texas Mile this weekend
Jennifer Robertson celebrates her record-setting run at the Texas Mile. She achieved a top speed of 243.6 mph.

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March 20, 2013
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BEEVILLE -- More than 200 speed freaks are set to speed down the runways of the Chase Field Industrial Complex Friday through Sunday, March 22-24, as the Texas Mile revs up for its 10th season.

What started as a grassroots motor sports event a decade ago is now one of the nation’s premier speed events for those on four wheels, or two. The Texas Mile, now in its third season at Chase Field, is held twice a year, in October and March.

The Texas Mile is open to drivers of sports cars, trucks, concept speed racers, and motorcycles. It features professional racers, novices, and amateurs alike who all have a need for speed.

The concept is simple: Drivers line up and go as fast as they can for 1 mile. The goal? Try to top the Mile’s record of 263.3 mph, or at least be the fastest car, truck, or motorcycle in that vehicle’s class.

Two entries have a good shot of doing just that this weekend. Kelly Bise’s Late Model Racecraft team of Houston’s twin-turbo Camaro just missed setting the Texas Mile record in October when his car sped down the course at 263.2 mph. He was bested by just a tenth of a second by Mark Heidaker’s Hennessey Ford GT, which set the 263.3 mph record in the fall. Both are back to battle for Texas Mile supremacy. Also back is Jennifer Robertson, who set a Texas Mile record of 243.6 mph aboard her Suzuki GSX 1300 R Hayabusa, making her the world’s fastest woman on a motorcycle.

Spectators can witness racers going full throttle, and get up close to the vehicles and drivers, as they prepare to take down the Texas Mile’s speed record.

Speed fans that come out can see Porsches, Corvettes, Audis, BMWs, Dodge Vipers, Dodge Challengers, Ford Mustangs, Harley Davidsons, Kawasakis, Saabs, and even Mini Coopers and Volkswagen Beetles, as they speed down the mile-long track.

Already featured on Speed Channel and in Hot Rod Magazine, Motor Trend Magazine’s “Wide Open Throttle” TV show will be on site this year to follow the behind-the-scenes action for a future episode.

This year’s Mile is also taking on the task of inspiring the next generation of motor racing enthusiasts. Students from the Coastal Bend College’s automotive department will shadow the Texas Mile’s Tech and Staging inspection crews to learn more about motor sport safety. Students from Houston’s Chavez High School will also be on-site to help their teacher Greg Ditch race the school’s engineering program’s race car. Texas Mile co-founder Jay Matus got into auto sports because of the inspiration he received while taking auto tech classes at Texas City High School in the 1980s. The ability to pass along the same passion to a new generation of auto enthusiasts is a way for the J&S Matus Motorsports to pay it forward.

The complex is located at 2745 Byrd St. in Beeville. Friday and Saturday’s events will run from 8 a.m. to dusk, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $20 for a three-day pass; children under 12 are free. Take your own chairs.

For more information, call Jessica Reyna at 281-303-1844 or email info@texasmile.com.

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