Feb 11, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>Work Complete on New Turn 7 Hillside Terraces <BR>at Sears Point Raceway<BR><BR>SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - The finishing touches are now being completed on Sears Point Raceway's newest seating area, the Turn 7 hillside terrace seats. These seats are designed to mirror the hillside terrace seats that debuted for the 2001 season in Turns 2-4, and have been added as part of Sears Point Raceway's $50 million Modernization Plan.<BR><BR>The Turn 7 seats have been carved into the hillside and will provide spectacular views of the road course. The terrace seats are also designed to provide a comfortable and unique seating option for fans. Each seat is 24-inches wide, which is 33-percent wider than the average bleacher seat (18 inches), and each seat features more than three-feet of legroom. These seats will be offered as reserved seating for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup event and as general admission seating for all other events.<BR><BR>Turn 7 is also one of Sears Point Raceway's best passing zones, evidenced last year when Tony Stewart slipped by Robby Gordon to win the Dodge/Save Mart 350.<BR><BR>"The fans in this new terrace will look directly down on Turn 7 and the exit of the Chute with sweeping views beyond it to the whole facility," said Steve Page, president and general manager at Sears Point Raceway. "There is no vantage point like this anywhere else in motor racing."<BR><BR>Work continues on another section of hillside terrace seats that are being built above Turns 8a-9 on the road course. This set of terraces offers a direct view of the legendary esses at Sears Point. Both the Turn 7 and Turns 8a-9 hillside terraces will offer views of about 80-percent of the road course, and they will be ready for the 2002 Big O Tires Racing Season, which begins in April.<BR><BR>The terrace seats are just two elements of the $50 million Modernization Plan that will transform Sears Point Raceway into one of the premier motorsports and entertainment venues in the country. Fans will also enjoy underground pedestrian tunnels that will expedite traffic throughout the facility, a new permanent start/finish grandstand, increased sightlines, and improved racing surfaces on the road course and quarter-mile drag strip.