Ever wonder what rockets and race cars have in common?

NASA’s operations on Earth and in space have a lot in common with the rigors of high-performance competitive driving. Both require reliability and safety under extreme conditions. Add that to the fact that NASA currently holds several Guinness Book of World Records titles for speed, and the connection becomes even clearer. Over the years, NASA has provided a great deal of technology that has not only helped the racing world, but has improved conditions for all drivers and has helped to protect the environment.

For the first time ever, NASA will be participating in the 2007 Grand Prix of Houston, April 20-22 at Houston’s JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park.

The Grand Prix will feature a spectacular combination of racing and activities, highlighted by world-class events from American Le Mans Series and Champ Car. JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park will be a temporary 1.7-mile course constructed around Reliant Stadium and the historic Reliant Astrodome. In addition to the high-speed thrills of world-class racing, a wide variety of entertainment and activities is being scheduled for people of all ages to create a spectacular three days of speed and entertainment.

On display at NASA’s exhibit tent will be an actual shuttle tire, a spacesuit display for photo opportunities and information on how NASA spinoffs have helped the racing industry. Astronauts will also be available throughout the weekend to meet the public and sign autographs.

Media interview opportunities with astronauts will be available immediately before and after their autograph sessions scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at the NASA tent. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Debbie Sharp at 281-433-0830.

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