Kentucky Speedway has issued an apology after a traffic mess during Saturday’s inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup series event.
Over a hundred thousand fans were expected to attend the event but traffic on roads leading into the Speedway was so jammed that some fans were forced to park miles away and walk to the track while others were turned away when troopers changed directions of the roads to allow other fans to leave after the race.
The incident was dubbed ‘Carmageddon’ by the media and led to outrage among fans.
Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger issued a statement apologizing for the mess regarding the traffic and said the Speedway will formulate a plan to make amends for those who bought tickets but were turned away:
“Kentucky Speedway apologizes for the traffic conditions surrounding the ‘Quaker State 400.’ We’re committed to working with NASCAR, state and local officials and traffic experts to assure that this never happens again. The details of these improvements will be announced over time as they are formulated.
“We also recognize the traffic problems resulted in some fans not being able to attend the ‘Quaker State 400.’ We are gathering information on this and will announce a policy for these affected fans within seven days.
“Our ‘Quaker State 400’ ticket holders are invited to share their experiences with us through firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank all our fans for giving the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series such a great welcome to our venue.”
NASCAR chairman Brian France also commented on the situation.
“While NASCAR was thrilled by the incredible response to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Kentucky,” France said in a statement. “We also are extremely disappointed by the traffic problems and inconveniences endured by fans who wanted to be part of our races at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR will be in close communications with Kentucky Speedway and Speedway Motorsports Inc. to see that they work to resolve the issues. This situation cannot happen again.”
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