Feeling the need for speed
by Chip Latcham
Mar 20, 2013 | 1614 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Better hang onto your hats – whether ball caps, Stetsons or Easter bonnets. The Texas Mile is charging back into our community this weekend.

Registration is full and closed, with a long waiting list. More than 220 car and motorcycle racers are expected to speed down the runways at Chase Field Industrial Complex between Friday and Palm Sunday.

Participants come from all over the United States and many foreign countries to test themselves and their motorized equipment on one of the world’s fastest and most challenging one-mile tracks.

These racers try to achieve their top speed in a mile, and compete for the best in their class, set a high-speed record in Texas or a chance to join the 200 plus mph club.

More than 1,000 spectators will enjoy watching the motorists on the track and visiting with them in the paddock. Also, Beeville merchants benefit from the biannual motor sports festival and welcome these visitors along with their fast, hot, yet cool wheels.

In this 10th season of this event which has grown rapidly (and third year at Chase), students from Coastal Bend College will shadow the Mile’s technical and staging inspection crews to learn more about motor sport safety.

Racing will take place from 8 a.m. until dusk on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on the final day.

And the weather should be spectacular for this event at the start of spring. Try hosting this race in the frozen Northern states.

Here’s wishing the best of times to all our Texas Mile racers, teams and visitors.
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