Track Guide “Safety Equipment Optional Edition”
MR. LUMPY PANTS LAW 1. 10 INCH TYRES 2. LOUD MOUTHS ENCOURAGE 3. LOUD PIPES DISCOURAGED 4. NO BIKE=NO RIDE 5. SOCCER ENCOURAGED 6. NO AWARDS? 7. BRING A SHOVEL AND USE IT 8. HIT A CONE BUY A ROUND 9. HIT A KID WIN A BALLOON 10.DON’T PASS SNOWBLOWER ON DISCHARGE SIDE
Michigan International Speedway Michigan International Speedway is a 2 mile oval with 18 degree banking, located near Brooklyn, Michigan. There is an infield road course, which at the present time is used for track time Driving Schools.
Elevation: 980 feet Latitude: 42.066626 Longitude: -84.240932 GPS: N 42 3.99756, W 84 14.4559 Time zone: EST/EDT(-0500/-0400)
Michigan International Speedway was built beginning in September of 1967, and opened on October 13th, 1968, with a USAC Indy car race. NASCAR Grand National first ran here on June 15th, 1969. A 3.5 mile road course which used part of the oval, and also had sections both inside and outside of the oval, was used from May 11th, 1969 to July 1973. A 1.9 mile road course in the oval has been used intermittently since 1984.
The facility was purchased by Penske Corporation in 1973, and has undergone considerable development since then. The track is currently owned by International Speedway Corporation, which also owns tracks such as Daytona and Watkins Glen.
Infineon Raceway Infineon Raceway is a complex consisting of a road course, 1/4 mile NHRA drag strip, and kart sprint course located a bit north of San Francisco, California, on Sonoma Road between Vallejo and Novato. The drag strip is 1/4 mile, and there are two road course configurations, one at 2.55 mile with 12 turns, and one at 2 miles which eliminates turns 5 and 6. The shorter version is used for NASCAR events.
Elevation: 20 feet - 100 feet Latitude: 38.163586 Longitude: -122.458591 GPS: N 38 9.81516, W 122 27.5154 Time zone: PST/PDT (-0800/-0700)
The road course opened on December 1st, 1968. The dragstrip opened in March, 1969. NASCAR first visited in 1989. The track has also operated as Golden State International Raceway, Sears Point International Raceway and Sears Point Raceway. The current name was adapted in 2002.
Elgin Automobile Road Races Elgin Automobile Road Races were sponsored by the Elgin Watch Company, and held intermittently until the mid 1930s on a temp road circuit outside Elgin, Illinois.
Elevation: 810 feet to 900 feet Latitude: 42.041644 Longitude: -88.344154 GPS: N 42 2.49864, W 88 20.6492 Time zone: CST/CDT (-0600/-0500)
Races were held annually in August from August 26th, 1910 through August 21st, 1915. They resumed after WWI on August 23d, 1919, through August 28th, 1920. A final race was held on August 26th, 1933.
Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway is the home of the famed NASCAR Daytona 500. It is a 2.5 mile superspeedway with a 3.56 mile road course in the infield. There are 6 turns in the infield section and the majority of the speedway is used. A high speed chicane is located in the back straight approaching NASCAR 3 to keep the speeds down. The speeds will still be higher than most SCCA racers have normally seen.
Elevation: 25 feet Latitude: 29.184613 Longitude: -81.06966 GPS: N 29 11.0767, W 81 4.1796 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)
The first races at Daytona were the beach races organized by Bill France Sr. immediately after World War II; one leg of the race was on the beach, and the other on a paved road parallel to the beach. The big oval at Daytona was built after it became clear that it was no longer reasonable to continue the beach races. The track opened on February 1st, 1959. The first version(s) of the road course opened on April 5th, 1959. There were 1.6, 3.1 and 3.81 mile variations of this course. The modern 3.56 mile course entered service on July 3rd, 1984. The track was used once shortly after opening for a USAC-sanctioned IndyCar race, on April 9th, 1959. In 1961, the back straight was used for a time as a 1/4 mile dragstrip.
Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a 2.2 mile road course located near Monterey, California. Laguna Seca hosts Sports Car & Vintage races, Motorcycle races, and SCCA races each year.
Elevation: 730 feet - 900 feet Latitude: 36.583899 Longitude: -121.753492 GPS: N 36 35.0339, W 121 45.2095 Time zone: PST/PDT (-0800/-0700)
Laguna Seca opened on November 9th, 1957. In its original form, it was 1.9 miles long. It was extended slightly in 1963 to 2.14 miles. In late 1988, a new section was added to bring the length to 2.214 miles. Between the 1995 and 1996 seasons, revisions were made to the course in the vicinity of the pits to support the increased sizes of the fields in the Indycar race.
Sebring International Raceway Sebring International Raceway is one of the oldest constantly used tracks in the country, set on the unused runways and support roads for the airport. The first races were in the early 1950s with the famed 12 Hours of Sebring sports car race. Currently, there are three track configurations; the 12 Hour Grand Prix Course, the Old Club Course, and the New Club Course.
Track Facts Elevation: 60 feet Latitude: 27.454475 Longitude: -81.348953 GPS: N 27 27.2685, W 81 20.9371 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)
The first sports car race at Sebring was on December 31st, 1950 on a 3.5 mile course. The track is the site of the 12 Hours of Sebring Grand Prix Endurance Race that began in the early 1950s. Many famed drivers have driven here; some gaining their fame here, some lending their fame to this circuit in its early years. While the 12 Hours of Sebring is the most famous, this track is also the site of the very first Trans Am race, held as a support race before the 12 Hours on March 25th, 1966. This track originally had a length of 5.2 miles that incorporated many airport runways, which created many humorous stories of cars chasing airplanes and such at night. This circuit was used from March 15th, 1952 through 1986. On December 12th, 1959 the first US GP was held on the 5.2 mile course, with a Formula Junior support race on a 2.2 mile course the same day. A
1.4 mile paved road course was introduced in the 70s which is still occasionally used. The long course was shortened to about 4.86 miles in 1984 and shortened again in 1986 to about 4.11 miles. The current suite of courses (beginning 1991) are 3.7, 2.0, 1.6 and 1.4 miles in length. The course changes since 1986 have generally been to increase safety by putting distance between active runways and the cars and to permit access to some warehouses so the track could operate throughout the year without having to close warehouse access. A 1/4 mile dragstrip operated in 1956 under the name Sebring International Dragway. A 1/8 mile dragstrip operated here from June 17th, 1992 through October 1999.
Pikes Peak International Raceway Pikes Peak International Raceway is a 1 mile D shaped oval with a 1.3 mile Alan Wilson-designed road course located near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The turns of the oval are banked 10 degrees. In October of 2005, The track was purchased by International Speedway Corporation, which has shut it down.
Pikes Peak International Raceway was built in 1997 on the site of the Pikes Peak Meadows horse racing track. It was purchased in October of 2005 by International Speedway Corporation with the intent of shutting it down.
Elevation: 5360 feet Latitude: 38.591801 Longitude: -104.676211 GPS: N 38 35.5080, W 104 40.5726 Time zone: MST/MDT (-0700/-0600)
Auto Club Raceway Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is a 1/4 mile NHRA dragstrip located at the Los Angeles County Fairplex near Pomona, California, better known under it's traditional name "Pomona Raceway". At various times in the past, oval racing and road racing have also occurred here.
Elevation: 1025 feet Latitude: 34.092047 Longitude: -117.771549 GPS: N 34 5.52282, W 117 46.2929 Time zone: PST/PDT (-0800/-0700)
A 1/2 mile dirt oval operated here from August 1934 through October 3rd, 1937, and again from April 16th, 1950 through 1958. The 1/4 mile dragstrip opened in 1951. The first NHRA sanctioned drag race was held here in 1953. A 2-mile temporary road-course, set up in the parking lot of the Fairgrounds, was used for sports-car racing from 1956 to 1961. A 1.7 mile paved road course operated here in 1998-1999. The facilities have operated under various names, including Pomona Raceway, Ascot at Pomona, Fairplex and Los Angeles Dragstrip.
Detroit Grand Prix Detroit Grand Prix was at first a 2.5-mile circuit using the downtown streets around the Renaissance Center of Detroit, MI. It was used by Formula 1 from 1982 to 1988 and then by CART from 1989 to 1991. In 1992, the track was moved to the streets of Belle Isle Park, an island in the Detroit river approximately 2 miles east of downtown, and used by CART until 2001. In 1998, the 2.1 mile track was extended to 2.35 miles. The circuit was returned to service by the IRL in 2007.
Elevation: 570 feet Latitude: 42.336627 Longitude: -82.992954 GPS: N 42 20.1976, W 82 59.5772 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)
When Formula 1 arrived for the Detroit Grand Prix in 1982, the drivers were appalled. The track was narrow, bumpy and with no grip, the barriers were poorly positioned, escape roads too short, and tire barriers inadequate. The first practice session was delayed by almost 24 hours as emergency changes were made. After this fiasco, it is surprising that F1 ever returned, let alone for a further 6 years. Although things improved over these years, it was never a track that anyone could love and in 1988 Formula 1 departed. CART used the downtown circuit for 3 seasons before moving to the park course on Belle Isle. This was an attractive track, but inadequate facilities for modern racing (e.g. the paddock was on grass, which became a quagmire in the rain) led to their departure also.
Grand Rapids was a 1.5-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, used by the SCCA Trans-Am Series in 1998-99.
Calabogie Motorsports Park is a road course complex located just east of Calabogie, Ontario. The track is a multiconfiguration design by Alan Wilson. The main circuit is 3.05 miles in length with shorter east and west circuits of 1.74 and 1.38 miles length, respectively.
Circuit Trois-Rivieres Circuit Trois-Rivieres is a 1.6 mile temporary street course located about 80 miles north of Montreal, off of Highway 40, in downtown Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The annual race on this track is named Le Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres.
A 1.3 mile track was used from 1968 to 1972. A 1.5 mile track was used from 1973 to 1976. The 2.1 mile track shown in the map was used from 1977 to 1985. The current 1.6 mile track has been used since 1989.
This track map shows the 2.1 mile course (1977-1985). The section inside the hippodrome at the bottom center is no longer part of the track configuration, but otherwise the modern configuration is similar.
Road America Road America is a 4 mile road course located near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The track is building a new complex inside of the carousel with a variety of facilities for motorcycle and other usage. There is a sprint cart facility with a multiconfiguration road course and oval operating under the name "Briggs and Stratton Motorplex".
Elevation: 900 feet-1050 feet Latitude: 43.797956 Longitude: -87.990918 GPS: N 43 47.8773, W 87 59.4550 Time zone: CST/CDT (-0600/-0500)
Road America is one of the oldest road courses in the United States. Elkhart Lake was, much as was Watkins Glen, a summer resort area much favored by, among others, gentlemen sports-car drivers from around Chicago. Open-road
races were held from 1950 through 1952 on the highways through and around Elkhart Lake, with many of the founding and early members of SCCA's Chicago Region taking part in these races. Following the disastrous crash by Pierre Levegh's Mercedes-Benz into the crowd at Le Mans in 1953, many states -- including Wisconsin -- passed legislation banning racing on public roads, and the Elkhart Lake road races were no more. Road America was built in 1955 as a replacement venue, by a corporation headed by Cliff Tufte and financed largely by Chicago Region members. The first race was held in September of 1955. Races drew large and enthusiastic crowds during the 1950s and 1960s, although there were only two or three events held each year, all organized by the Chicago Region of the SCCA. Confounding the pollsters and demographics experts, more than 90% of
the attendees at these races came from within 50 miles of the track. By the mid-1970s the track began to need additional sources of income, and began to more events there each year, and events held by other organizations. The Milwaukee and Chicago Regions of the SCCA began to hold Drivers' Schools, Regionals, and more Nationals and Professional series races, and the Midwestern Council also began to race there, and various marque clubs began to hold events there. Currently the AMA, CART, IMSA, and the SCCA hold spectator Professional series races at Road America every year, some of which are televised. With the advent of more Professional series racing, the competitor's and spectator's facilities have undergone continuous improvement, and Road America remains today one of the premier road racing tracks in the world.