May 2, 2001
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Team transporter drivers arriving at Sears Point Raceway Wednesday morning to set up for this weekend's AMA Superbike race found a paddock parking nightmare caused by ongoing construction of permanent garages. The construction takes up most of the paddock area usually used by semi-truck transporters.<BR><BR>The semi-trucks may have to be parked down in the turn one area, far from pit lane and the racetrack entrance and exit.<BR><BR>According to Roadracing World's Chris Ulrich, reporting from the scene at 12:30 p.m. PDT, it doesn't look like it's going to be possible to fit in all the semi trucks plus the smaller transporters used by private teams. Adding to the space crunch is the presence of the usual tire-vendor trucks and trailers. "If they can fit everybody in, it's really going to be tight and there's not going to be much room to maneuver," Ulrich said.<BR><BR>Sears Point spokesman John Cardinale was at an off-site press conference and could not be reached for comment prior to post time.