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JUL 2017

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Feature 28 JULY 2017 COATINGSPROMAG.COM T BY BEN DUBOSE PHOTOS COURTESY LATICRETE INTERNATIONAL , INC. Coatings Crew Finds Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway T he Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, is a crown jewel of the racing community. Opened in 1996 after a $250-million construction cost, the facility can house more than 180,000 fans at a time and hosts several popular National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASC AR) and Indy Car Series races each year. Four football stadiums are capable of fitting inside the massive track at the speedway, which has the largest outdoor high-defi- nition digital display board in the United States. But despite all the bells and whistles, 20 years of heav y use took away some of its shine. In particular, the concrete slab flooring in Texas Motor Speedway's enormous race car garages was plagued by a thin-film epoxy coating that was failing and had exceeded its service life. Each of the two garage systems, located on the north and south ends of the site, covers 22,000 square feet (2,043.9 m2) and houses 48 individual service bays for race cars along with a technical service inspection station where every team sends its race car for an intensive inspection before racing. "With more than 40 high-performance cars being worked on at any given time on race days, our garage floors need to be able to withstand hot tires, hazardous fluids, and the regular use of heav y equipment," said Mat Stolley, vice president of operations for Texas Motor Speedway. Luckily for them, there was a first-class coatings crew ready to help. Inspecting the Options With numerous high-revenue events regularly held at the facility, the owners wanted a concrete coating solution more specialized and resistant to blemishes than conventional epoxy coatings, which can turn white after scratches if not protected with an additional urethane. In tandem with design profes- sionals, the owners initiated their garage floor concept plan, including custom colors, textures, and logos. It also included FLOOR EPOXY CONCRETE

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