Neon Garage rises from the desert floor

(LVMS Construction Update Sept. 11-15)

LAS VEGAS - The most exciting attraction in motorsports is taking shape in Las Vegas Motor Speedway's infield.

Construction crews began raising the preformed concrete walls of the Neon Garage this week as work continued on the speedway's multi-million dollar infield renovation project.

Once completed, the Neon Garage will help set Las Vegas Motor Speedway apart from all other race tracks. It will be positioned in the center of the LVMS infield and will be comprised of four buildings - constructed in the shape of a diamond - in which the NASCAR Nextel Cup teams will prepare their cars to race. Each building will be two stories, which will allow race fans to watch the teams work from ground level or from an elevated position.

The center of the Neon Garage will be open to race fans. There will be a sports bar with big screens to watch the on-track action, concession stands and continuous entertainment acts that represent Las Vegas' best shows. As an added bonus, the speedway is moving its Winner's Circle into the Neon Garage as well.

In other construction news, paving crews began laying asphalt around the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage area in preparation for the Smith's Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Sept. 23; work continued on the new cloverleaf at the vehicular tunnel and preparations to put the metal facing on the new media center got under way.

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