Over 220 cars and motorcycles are set to speed down the runway of the Chase Field Industrial Complex October 25 through 27 as the Texas Mile revs up for its 10th Anniversary.
What started as a grassroots motorsports event a decade ago is now one of the nation’s premier speed events for those on four or two wheels. The Texas Mile, now in its third season at Chase Field after being at a Goliad facility the previous seven years, is held twice a year, March and October.
The Texas Mile is open to drivers of sports cars, motorcycles, trucks, and concept race cars. It features professional racers, novices and amateurs alike who all have a need for speed. The competitors and spectators come from over twenty-five different states and all areas of Texas to enjoy this festival of motor sports. The cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Rockport, Victoria and Beeville are represented by record holders in various classes, loyal fans and supportive sponsors. An international presence is also represented with some participants and media coming from The U.K., Taiwan, Dubai, Chile, Mexico and Canada.
THE CONCEPT IS SIMPLE: DRIVERS LINE UP and GO AS FAST AS THEY CAN TO OBTAIN a TOP SPEED in ONE 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 their vehicle’s class or just to achieve their personal best.
A Ford GT topped the record with a mph of 267 in March and he is back to ensure this potential new record remains standing. He has other competitors back to battle for Texas Mile supremacy.
Motorcycle fans can see some of the fastest people on two-wheels. 5-Time motorcycle land speed record holder, Valerie Thompson (A woman on a mission with the need for SPEED) returns to The Texas Mile on her BMW SS 1000 R. And you can expect speeds of around 250 mph from Hussain Alsowaigh on his Suzuki Hayabusa.
Spectators can witness racers going full throttle and get up close to the vehicles and many of the drivers as they prepare to take down the Texas Mile’s speed records.
Speed fans come to see Porsches, Corvettes, Cadillac’s (a strong contingency of 18), Audis, BMWs, Dodge Vipers, Dodge Challengers, Ford Mustangs, Ford GT’s, Lamborghinis, Harley Davidsons, Kawazakis, Saabs and even Mini Coopers and Volkswagen Beetles speed down the mile-long track.
Already featured in motorsports media including Speed Channel and Hot Rod Magazine, a new TV Series: GEAR HEADS, will be producing an episode at The Texas Mile 10th Anniversary Event.
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. 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.
For more media related information on the Texas Mile contact Shannon Matus, 281-802-9863, js(at)jsmatus(dot)com. For more information regarding being a participant or spectator, contact Jessica Reyna, 281-303-1844 or email info(at)texasmile(dot)net.
WHAT: Texas Mile 10th Anniversary Festival
WHERE: Chase Field Industrial Complex, 2745 Byrd Street in Beeville, TX
WHEN: October 25-27, 2013:
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to dusk, Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ADMISSION: $20 for 3-day spectator pass, children under 12 admitted free
EXTRAS: Spectators can bring their own chairs, umbrellas and coolers. There are spectator viewing areas and concessions as well. (No glass bottles).
Fans at the event can find out about the 10th Anniversary Party Saturday Evening in Beeville ON THE WEB: http://www.texasmile.net