I happened on the track when someone with the original story came by.
You would see the extra lane and say this was a conversion from imperial
to metric. But this track was built in 2001. The extra surface is evidence
of a measuring mistake. The curb was installed in the wrong place, the
straightaways some 11 inches too long. An entire new curb, subsurface
and surface was required to correct it (costing the facility a year of
The glare in lane 1 gives evidence of its surface being installed at
a seperate time from the rest of the track. This is what frustrates me
about some of these strange situations. A great deal of time and expense
was needed because of a simple measurement mistake. What do they teach
you in shop . . . "Measure twice, cut once?" At least this was
fixed. At other places, we live with the mistake, sometimes we know, and
sometimes we don't the track is mismeasured.