Kansas Speedway will undergo a major facelift between its two Sprint Cup race dates in 2012.
The 1.5-mile track will be repaved and rebanked and a road course will be added into the infield.
"These are significant projects for Kansas Speedway and our fans," Kansas Speedway president Patrick Warren said in a release. "Given the harsh weather conditions in the Midwest, a repave of our existing racing surface was a must. Repaving a track is a huge undertaking so we decided it was the right time to make the other changes to our facility, which we believe will enhance our fans experience at Kansas Speedway."
The news doesn't come as a surprise as Warren said in June that the track was facing a repave in the future. With the new asphalt, the track will add variable banking in the corners from 18-20 degrees. In its current configuration, the corners at Kansas Speedway are banked at 15 degrees.
The road course — outlined in yellow in the picture above — is part of the provision that brought the Hollywood Casino to the track outside turn two and can be utilized for Grand-Am racing in the future.
With the repave happening between Kansas' two Cup dates in 2012, Kansas' first race will likely be moved to earlier in the season to allow for ample time for the track improvements. This year, Kansas' first race was June 5; it will most likely be in April or May in 2012. The Chase date is unlikely to be affected by the repaving.
Kansas will join Homestead and Las Vegas as 1.5-mile tracks that have added progressive banking during a repaving project. The progressive banking is designed to encourage passing through the higher degrees of banking near the wall.