The event kicks off Friday, Oct. 26, with the gates opening at 7:45 a.m. for spectators and competition races starting at 8 a.m., and runs through Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Chase Field Industrial Complex, 2745 Byrd St. in Beeville.
Jessica Reyna, the event’s administrator, said, “We have recently done some improvements to the surface condition of the track.
“Where the asphalt and concrete connects, there was a bit of a transition there, so we fixed that completely.”
The Texas Mile is a twice-yearly event which happens in March and October.
So how many racers can you expect to see revving their engines this weekend?
“We have 220 that are pre-registered right now and 25 on the waiting list.
“And all those will get to run at some point during the weekend.”
The event always draws huge crowds out to Chase Field – future racers or just spectators with a need for speed.
“They can expect to see some really fast cars, some really fast bikes and tons of people.
“Afterwards, they are invited to mingle with the participants and ask them questions.”
Students also have been invited from the Coastal Bend College automotive department to help out in the tech area.
“They’ll be roaming around kind of shadowing our staff members, doing tech and helping with tech and learning how people modify their cars.
“We also have some of the students from the high school coming down who will be helping out with our staging area.”
Currently, the Texas Mile is calling Beeville its only home, but no one seems to mind.
“Everyone in Beeville is so welcoming to us.
“They’re always willing to be part of the event. We always do Around the Town Saturday Night, and the local businesses participate.
“They have drink and food specials for our participants and spectators as long as they have the wristbands on.”
“The town really takes an active part of the event.”
People from all over United States and the world roll into Beeville for the weekend races.
In the past, racers from Japan, Canada, Germany and Mexico have participated in the event.
“And we bring people from all parts of the United States like New York, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
“Our participants represent about 25 different states.”
So, fans of fast cars and motorcycles, young and old, have a place to be this weekend, but hold on to your hats.
It’s going to be one heck of a ride.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.