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Difficult To Implement Disability Access At Motor Speedway


An agreement has been reached to bring Indianapolis Motor Speedway into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the agreement calls for the track to give a progress report every 90 days, and full compliance within 30 months.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Director of Engineering Kevin Forbes says many areas, like certain restrooms and parking lots, have already been made compliant. Forbes says they continue to look at which stands can be altered, because he says some stands are almost impossible to alter due to their age.

“A lot of what we‘re going to be doing in the future we still have to detail. I can‘t stress enough the complexities involved in trying to marry the requirements the ADA imposes on us with an existing facility that is that old,” Forbes says.

Forbes says they‘re also looking at where any ramps or elevators could be built on the grounds for easier access for the disabled.

One of the changes includes more viewing mounds in the infield, which could be complete by May.

Daniel Ward filed the complaint that eventually led to the agreement, after he was denied access to the pits in his wheelchair. Ward says he‘s pleased with the agreement and looks forward to a more accessible IMS.

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