Royal Purple Raceway
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Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park) is a quarter-mile dragstrip in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston. Built in 1988, the Park is situated on 500 acres on the eastern edge of the greater Houston metropolitan area and is Houston's only major multi-purpose motorsports venue. The dragstrip boasts a three story tower building that incorporates 23 VIP suites, a media center, and race control facilities equipped with state-of-the-art timing and scoring equipment. In 2000, Houston Raceway Park opened a new world class high banked 3/8 mile dirt oval at the facility.
Royal Purple Raceway's spacious, paved pit area holds approximately 400 racing rigs, with additional pit parking available on grass. The spectator parking lots have a capacity of over 10,000 cars, along with a special VIP parking area capable of holding an additional 600 vehicles.
The Park has a seating capacity of 30,000, with additional grandstand seating brought in during major events to accommodate reserved seat requests. Royal Purple Raceway has modern, permanent rest room facilities and concession buildings, conveniently located near spectator seating on both sides of the race track.
Royal Purple Raceway enjoys an exclusive contract with the National Hot Rod Association to host a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series National Event within a 200 mile radius of the Houston metropolitan area. The track is owned by the Angel Brothers of Baytown, Texas.
- Chang, YuShan (2006). Newcomer's Handbook Neighborhood Guide: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin. Portland, OR: Pelican Publishing. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-912301-70-9.
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