Fort Worth

Indycar Die-Hards and First Timers Take to TMS

Thousands slowly setup their campsites throughout the week at Texas Motor Speedway; nowhere near the size of crowd the track draws for April’s NASCAR race, but filled with the Indycar faithful.

The Fort Worth-based speedway will host the Firestone 600 race Saturday night at 7:45pm.

Since the campgrounds surrounding TMS opened on Wednesday morning, die-hard fans have made their way in to take a few days off and enjoy their sport.

"I think it's more exciting. You never know where they're going to pass, it's a lot faster,” said Jeff Peterson of North Richland Hills.

The Firestone marks the 28th Indycar race at TMS since the track opened in 1997.

Many camping in the infield area said a lot of their fellow fans had been to most, if not all of those races and planned to keep showing up rain, shine, or in this year’s case, increasing heat.

Not all are veterans of the June event though.

Skid Caz and his group set up in the infield Thursday afternoon, looking forward to a break from the realities of the past few weeks.

"We've got a lot of friends and family that are going through a lot of devastation,” said Caz.

The group made the trip from Simonton in the Brazos River Valley, near Houston, where heavy rains left many homes flooded late last month.

Caz said several of his friends had even been staying in his RV’s while they’re homes were flooded out, and they all worked together to clean up.

So when the chance to take a weekend away and come to their first Indycar race came up, Caz said they couldn’t pass up and he offered up his home to those neighbors while they brought the RV’s to Fort Worth for a few days.

"I wouldn't trade it for the world right now,” he said.

Fans new and old will also get to check out the Rattlesnake 400 races on Friday night before Saturday’s big event.

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