In February’sTexas Monthly
, Michael Hall described the “inland sea of beer,” mountains of litter, and fortresses of merchandizing booths that surrounded theTexas Motor Speedway
-- a former cow pasture outside of Fort Worth that became the eleventh largest city in the state during November’s Dixie 500. If this enthusiasm spreads to non-NASCAR racing,Reliant Stadium
can expect commotion that will make therodeo
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seem like a tea party at this weekend’sGrand Prix of Houston
Even if the Grand Prix can’t beat the tailgating that accompanies a NASCAR event, it certainly keeps up in terms of jaw-dropping automobiles. Saturday’s Lone Star Grand Prix will feature cars from the American Le Mans Series, based on those outfitted for France’s legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race. And at Sunday’s big event, Grand Prix of Houston, all eyes will no doubt be on the Panoz DP01, the recently introduced engineering marvel that helped Team Australia’s Will Power win the Las Vegas Grand Prix early this month. They have all the oomph of anything driven by Junior or Gordon -- just without so many brand logos. – Nick Keppler