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For immediate release: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig
 

Public Information Officer
Iowa State Patrol

May 11, 2015 nludwig@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 745-2863 - cell
(515) 725-6093 - office

Iowa State Patrol Plans for 2015 Race Season
at Iowa Speedway in Newton

NEWTON, Iowa -- Law enforcement and Iowa Speedway officials are preparing for the 2015 race season at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, and are asking Iowans and visiting race fans to do the same. Ten races over the course of four weekends are scheduled this year. Attendance numbers will vary for each race, but organizers anticipate 17,000 – 40,000 fans will attend each race day.

Traffic Information

The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, Newton Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Speedway Officials are working in conjunction with a private traffic control company to erect signs and cones that will clearly mark travel routes for fans attending the races. Officers will be working intersections along the route to ensure traffic moves in a safe and efficient manner. Motorists traveling to and from Iowa Speedway are reminded to expect slow traffic and possible delays, obey all traffic laws, pay attention to flashing lights and signs, and always follow officers’ directions. Motorists should avoid stopping on the traveled portion to ask questions unless it is an emergency. The key
to safe and efficient traffic flow with minimal delays will be a cooperative effort between the motoring public,
law enforcement and speedway staff.

Designated Travel Routes

All Race Traffic on Interstate 80:
Take Interstate 80 to exit 168. Take exit 168 to Iowa Speedway Drive and turn south. Continue south on Iowa Speedway Drive and staff will direct you to the appropriate parking lot. Traffic will not be allowed to turn onto Rusty Wallace Drive from this interchange. Rusty Wallace Drive has been designated as an emergency route and will only be utilized for emergencies and to relieve traffic congestion.

Use the same route when exiting Iowa Speedway.

Newton Club Members and Suite Owners:
Take Interstate 80 to exit 168 or exit 164. If arriving from the west, you are encouraged to utilize exit 164. Exit south onto U.S. 14. Continue traveling south on U.S. 14 approximately 3.6 miles. Turn east on South 60th Avenue. Continue east 2¼ miles and turn north on County Road S-74. Continue north 3.6 miles. Turn east on Rusty Wallace Drive; signs and staff will direct you to parking from there.

Use the same route when exiting Iowa Speedway.

Travel Tips for Race Fans

  • Buckle up for safety
  • Allow plenty of travel time
  • Plan on arriving early
  • Be prepared for slow or stopped traffic
  • Obey all traffic laws and follow signs, cones and signals
  • Be patient
  • Be courteous
  • Do not stop to ask directions, officers and staff will direct you
  • Follow directions of officers and parking staff
  • Be cautious and watch for pedestrians
  • Drink responsibly and always have a designated driver

With a traffic increase of this magnitude, some delays are possible near the Speedway. Highways most likely to be affected are Interstate 80 near Newton at the 164 and 168 mile-markers and U.S. 14 south of Newton. 

Officials expect traffic to be heaviest approximately two hours before and after each race. East- and west-bound exit ramps at the 168 interchange will be closed after the race. Also, southbound traffic on Iowa Speedway Drive at S 13th Avenue E will be closed after the race to allow for safe and efficient egress.
 
Fans are encouraged to arrive at Iowa Speedway before 6 p.m. CT for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 Saturday, May 16, to ensure that increased traffic at the gates as race time draws near does not delay their ability to get to a seat in a timely manner.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CT Sunday, May 17. Parking lots open at 8 a.m. CT each day.

Law enforcement and Iowa Speedway Officials are sensitive to the needs of local businesses and residents. To avoid congested roadways and possible delays, Jasper County residents are encouraged to use alternate routes during peak traffic periods. Once egress begins, traffic will not be permitted to enter from County Road S-74 or Interstate 80 exit 168.

Race fans are encouraged to tune their radio to Energy 106.7 FM-KRTI before and after the event for the latest traffic information.

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) offers advice navigating Iowa roadways on the way to Iowa Speedway by dialing 511, Iowa’s free traffic information system. Information available through the 511 system includes travel delays, traffic crashes, roadway blockages and lane closures.

Media contact: Sergeant Nathan Ludwig, Iowa State Patrol, PIO, (515) 745-2863.

2015 Iowa Speedway Schedule
(All times CT)

Saturday, May 16 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West

  • Parking Lots Open                  8 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open                         8:30 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 17 – NASCAR XFINITY Series

  • Parking Lots Open                  8 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open            9 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               12:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19 – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

  • Parking Lots Open at              8 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open at         9 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               7 p.m.

Saturday, June 20 – USAC Silver Crown Series

  • Parking Lots Open at              9 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open at         9:30 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               2 p.m.

Friday, July 17 – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

  • Parking Lots Open at              8 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open at         9 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 18 – Verizon IndyCar Series

  • Parking Lots Open at              8 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open at         9 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               7:10 p.m.

Friday, July 31 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West

  • Parking Lots Open at              9:30 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open at         10:30 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 1 – NASCAR XFINITY Series

  • Parking Lots Open at              10:30 a.m.
  • Spectator Gates Open at         11:30 a.m.
  • Driver Introductions               6:30 p.m.
 

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