HOOKED ON DRIVING
at a Race Track near YOU!
HOOKED ON DRIVING at a Race Track near YOU!
Browse our selection of available race tracks below or check out the Map of HOD HPDE Events nationwide. Below you find some of the world's most famous racetracks!
Click on a pin on the map to identify the track and then click on the link to display the information about that track.
Atlanta Motorsports Park - Dawsonville, GA
This world-class facility is being created with the “green” objective of reducing our carbon footprint. This formula includes a sustainable building design, waterless urinals, tank-less water heaters, reclaimed water for the irrigation system, recycling of garbage and oil, the maximum efficiency HVAC available today, thermal resistant windows, supplementary insulation, and the use of high-efficient lighting and florescent bulbs. In addition, we will be using consultants throughout our construction process whose sole function it is to recommend ways for us to attain greater efficiency and sustainability based on their technical expertise. We understand that motorsports do have an environmental impact and we want to help neutralize this impact as much as possible by being good stewards of the resources we can control.
Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, CA
Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) is a two-mile (3 km), low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since 1997. Is also used for open wheel racing events. The racetrack is located near the former locations of Ontario Motor Speedway and Riverside International Raceway. The track is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation and is the only track owned by ISC to have naming rights sold. The speedway is served by the nearby Interstate 10 and Interstate 15 freeways as well as a Metrolink station located behind the backstretch. Construction of the track, on the site of the former Kaiser Steel Mill, began in 1995 and was completed in late 1996. The speedway has a grandstand capacity of 91,200 and 28 skyboxes. In 2006, a fanzone was added behind the main grandstand.
Lights were added to the speedway in 2004 with the addition of a second annual NASCAR weekend. Since 2011, the track has hosted only one NASCAR weekend. The IZOD Indycar Series returned to the track in 2012 with the season finale race (a 500 mile night race); it ran a 400 mile race from 2002 to 2005 at the track.
Barber Motorsports Park - Birmingham, AL
Barber Motorsports Park is a World Class 2.38 mile track located on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama. It is one of the premier tracks in the country and home to the Honda Indy Car Grand Prix and Pirelli World Challenge. It is also the home of the Barber Museum with over 1200 Vintage Motorcycles and racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars as well as other significant makes. All located on 740 beautiful acres!
Buttonwillow - Buttonwillow, CA
NUButtonwillow Raceway Park is a motorsports park in Kern County, California, 10 miles (16 km) north of the town of Buttonwillow and 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Bakersfield. Owned and operated by the California Sports Car Club, a region of SCCA, Buttonwillow is the "flagship" track of Cal Club and is also the location of the Club's administrative offices. Located in the central part of California, Buttonwillow Raceway is approximately 4–5 hours' drive from San Francisco and San Diego and approximately two hours from Los Angeles. It is located 1/2 miles (0.80 km) west of Interstate 5 on Lerdo Highway, and its main feature - the race control tower - can be seen from at least two miles (3 km) going either direction on the interstate. When events are held here, most stay either in RVs, fifth-wheel trailers, or the specially-constructed worker compound (or "worker village") on the track grounds or in the hotels on Highway 58 in Buttonwillow itself.
Carolina Motorsports Park - Kershaw, SC
Carolina Motorsports Park has been developed by a group of enthusiasts and racers from the south east, led by Joe Hooker and Bob Humphreys, who played leading roles in getting the project built. Land acquisition was completed in July 1998 with construction starting soon thereafter. The full 2.3 mile road course opened in July 1999. The site is an old World War II fighter-training base located about four miles south of Kershaw and seventeen miles north of Camden on Highway 521 in South Carolina, and is approximately one hour drive south of Charlotte International Airport.
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway - Desert Center, CA
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway (CVR) is 2.68 miles in length, 40 feet wide Grand Prix style with 17 turns, multiple elevation changes, black and yellow roll curb, and safe operations both clockwise and counterclockwise. CVR is also the newest purpose-built road course in Southen California
Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the enormous 480-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing, and police motorcycle training.
GrandSport Speedway, TX
GrandSport is only 29 miles south of downtown Houston on the I-45. In addition to a fun, challenging track design there are many hotels, service stations, and restaurants close by to service GrandSports patrons with special rates!
The super-smooth 1.4-mile road course track itself has a 14-acre concrete paddock, a member clubhouse sun/rain awnings, and a full bathroom facility plus much more to make you feel at home! The 2.5-mile track is under construction!
Keep the family busy shopping, touring, or hanging out at the Slitterban waterpark on Galveston Island, Johnson Space Center, or the Kemah Boardwalk all just 10 miles down the road! Don't forget to shop at the factory outlets just up the street!
Homestead Miami Speedway - Homestead, FL
For a race track that has only been around since 1995, Homestead-Miami Speedway has undergone more than its share of changes. Homestead-Miami Speedway actually started as an idea to help Dade County recover after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Ralph Sanchez, a longtime motorsports promoter in South Florida, struck a deal to build the track. When it opened in 1995, the track's original configuration was a flat oval with short-chute straightaways between Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4. Five years later, an $8 million renovation turned the track into a more conventional oval with 6 degrees of banking in its turns. Then, in 2003, Homestead-Miami Speedway took on its current shape. The track's turns were rebuilt with variable banking from 18 degrees in the bottom groove to 20 degrees near the outside wall.
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT
Incredibly historic yet modern. Not a hint of a grandstand but tremendous spectator viewing. Fan friendly in the extreme. A beautiful venue – it is truly a park – and even those who are not motorsports fans know what Lime Rock Park is. Of course, those who are savvy about auto racing in New England consider Lime Rock Park its actual and spiritual home.
NCM Motorsports Park - Bowling Green, KY
- 200-acre facility
- Road Course: 3.15 miles in maximum configuration with 4 miles of overall pavement, which can be arranged into four different configurations.
- 22 Acre Autocross / Skid Pad Area / Paddock
- Control Tower with Meeting Rooms, Administrative Offices, Classrooms
- Pavilion with Concessions
- Day Garages
- Tech Inspection Station
- Fueling Station
- Commercial Business Park
The initial phase consists of a twin circuit arrangement of a two mile / 13 turn west course and a one mile / 10 turn East course which can be combined into multiple configurations. Both circuits feature technical turns, straights, and elevation changes. These two courses can be used independently for multiple events or connected together into a unique large course. The track was designed with challenging features that are reminiscent of the famous La Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, NH
The first superspeedway to be constructed in the United States since 1969. Largest Sports Facility in New England in terms of seating capacity. Site of the first single-day sporting event in New England to draw over 100,000 guests (July 9, 2000, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race). The LENOX Industrial Tools 301 is a part of the "Race to the Chase". The SYLVANIA 300 is the second race of the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup". More than 10 million viewers in over 90 countries watch events televised from the speedway in 2007. More than 600,000 spectators attend NHMS races/events during a season. The Speedway provides part-time employment to more than 1,500 workers.
New Jersey Motorsports Park - Millville, NJ
The Lightning Raceway is the northern road course circuit at NJMP. It is a 1.9-mile (3.1 km), 10-turn course connected to a 1.1-mile (1.8 km) karting facility, which can run many races simultaneously. The road course circuit is running in a clockwise direction. A part of the Lightning Raceway, named Lightning Circuit, is used as a Rallycross venue. The normal track is 950 m respectively 1060 m (including Joker Lap section) long and while 70% of its surface is tarmac the other 30% are several gravel parts. For 2011 it is planned to set up a completely new Rallycross track by using parts of the Thunderbolt Raceway.
Oregon Raceway Park - Grass Valley, OR
In addition to being the only course in the Pacific Northwest that offers both clockwise and counterclockwise driving, it is a technically challenging course that follows the natural contours of the land. Our ORP road course is 2.3 miles long with 14 corners, including two that make up our signature "Half Pipe". You'll never tire of our signature turn, The Halfpipe, or completely master the North Bowl, or attack the daunting Continental Corner without a little twinge of anxiety. Grass Valley.
Palm Beach International Raceway - Jupiter, FL
Get your heart racing and fulfill the need for speed by experiencing the exhilaration of road course racing. Boasting an 11-turn, 2.034-mile design and FIA Grade II certified, PBIR's state-of-the-art road course features some of the fastest and most challenging corners and straightaways offered by any track in North America and is currently approved as an Indy Car testing facility. Technologically superior, the road course showcases a seamless table-top smooth finish, full lighting, S.A.V.E. soft barriers, run-off areas, as well as, host various acclaimed driving schools and is home to the Palm Beach Driving Club. It's all or nothing, only at PBIR's international road course.
Palmer Motorsports Park - Ware, MA
Sitting on Whiskey Hill 7 miles off the Mass Turnpike is Palmer Motorsports Park, the first private road racing course in Massachusetts. Designed for driver training, vehicle testing and motorsports, Palmer Motorsports Park offers the ultimate pavement to pursue your passion for racing and speed. PMP Whiskey Hill Raceway: 2.3 miles long, 40-feet wide, over 190 feet of elevation. Designed by grassroot racers and professional track designers and carved out of Whiskey Hill granite, (courtesy of J Read Corporation ) the road course is a 15-turn rollercoaster ride around a scenic and secluded alpine wilderness. After asphalt paving in October, Palmer Motorsports Park will wave the green flag in 2015, with club memberships for all who share our racing passion.
Pittsburgh International Race Complex - Wampum, PA
PittRace's primary uses are motorsports training, racing, and vehicle and component testing for streetcars, race cars, karts, and motorcycles. The North Track is ideally suited to high-performance driver training and racing of all types; the Vehicle Dynamics area is well suited for autocrossing and teaching advanced street driving techniques. The Wilson Circuit, while designed and built primarily for kart racing, is wide and long enough to accommodate automotive and motorcycle driver training and demonstration events.
Pocono Raceway - Long Pond, PA
Pocono Raceway (formerly Pocono International Raceway) also known as the Tricky Triangle, is a superspeedway located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania at Long Pond. It is the site of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held just weeks apart in June and August, and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in August. Also, returning on July 7, 2013 will be the Izod IndyCar Series. Pocono is one of a very few NASCAR tracks not owned by either Speedway Motorsports, Inc. or International Speedway Corporation, the dominant track owners in NASCAR. It is run by the Igdalsky siblings Brandon, Nicholas, and sister Ashley, and cousins Joseph IV and Chase Mattioli, all of whom are third-generation members of the family-owned Mattco Inc, started by Joseph II and Rose Mattioli.
Mattco also owns South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Virginia. The truck series began racing at Pocono in the 2010 season. Outside of the NASCAR races, Pocono is used throughout the year by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and motorcycle clubs as well as racing schools. The triangular oval also has three separate infield sections of the racetrack – North Course, East Course, and South Course. Each of these infield sections use a separate portion of the tri-oval to complete the track. During regular non-race weekends, multiple clubs can use the track by running on different infield sections. Also, some of the infield sections can be run in either direction, or multiple infield sections can be put together – such as running the North Course and the South Course and using the tri-oval to connect the two.
Portland International Raceway (PIR) - Portland, OR
Portland International Raceway (PIR) is located in Portland, Oregon, USA's, Delta Park complex on the former site of Vanport, just south of the Columbia River. It is west of a light rail station and less than a mile west of Interstate 5. The track hosts ICSCC and SCCA and OMRRA road racing, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, and SCCA autocross events. Additionally, the PIR grounds are host to OBRA (Oregon Bicycle Racing Association) bicycling races on the track and the surrounding grounds. The facility includes a dragstrip and a motocross track. Map of Portland International Raceway The road course is almost perfectly flat and runs clockwise. Two-track configurations are possible. One includes a hard chicane at the end of the front straight and involves twelve turns at length of 1.967 miles (3.17 km). Without the chicane, the track has nine turns and a lap length of 1.915 miles (3.08 km). The City of Portland is working to establish the track as carbon neutral PIR is built on the former location of Vanport, Oregon, which was destroyed on Memorial Day, May 30, 1948, when a dike on the Columbia River broke and flooded the city. After the flood, all that remained were the paved streets and concrete foundations of destroyed buildings.
The first races took place on these old city streets in 1961 during the Portland Rose Festival. Since then, the Rose Cup has become an annual event. Racing at "West Delta Park", as PIR was known back then, was quite dangerous. Racers leaving the track unexpectedly could collide with leftover concrete foundations or fall into ponds. Under the threat of losing the Rose Cup races, since many of the sanctioning racing bodies would no longer sanction races due to the deteriorating roads and dangerous obstacles, the track was finally paved in the 1970s. In 1999 and 2000, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran a race at Portland International Raceway. The race was added after the demise of the half-mile Portland Speedway that hosted races early in the series. At the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008, PIR went through a track renovation. The track was repaved with new asphalt and some minor changes were made to the track layout. Turns 4 through 7 were widened. The fence on the inside of turn 6 was moved to provide a better sightline through the corner. Turn 7 was sharpened to slow down racers prior to entering the back straight. Formula One-style curbs were also installed on the track. The track reopened on February 23, 2008, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Ridge Motorsports Park - Shelton, WA
From the get-go The Ridge Motorsports Group engaged local residents, businesses, car clubs, racers, and property owners to help develop not only a track facility to meet the needs and wants of racers but also an operation that would benefit the entire region. These benefits are enormous and immediate, starting with the use of local contractors to construct the development, area residents to staff the business, and area services to maintain the operation. From construction and professional positions to security, administrative and part-time corner and concession workers, The Ridge will create countless jobs during a time of economic downturn. Conservative estimates point to $12 million in annual economic benefits to the surrounding community. Combined with the revenues coming directly from the track's operations, this means significantly increased funding for the County's schools, fire and police departments, roads, public parks, and libraries. Being a part of the community also means offering support. Whether it is making the facility available for educating young drivers or sponsoring local charities and activities, The Ridge Motorsports Park will jump at the opportunity. The Ridge gives area residents a much-needed safe, family-friendly place to spend time. Whether it's in the form of watching, learning or competing in performance driving, or simply the use of the facility for shows or swap meets, The Ridge will be a positive influence on the community.
Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA
Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile (4.088 km) road course located just north of Braselton, Georgia, USA. The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams. The track has 12 turns, including the famous "esses" between turns three and five; and Turn 12, a downhill, diving turn. The track is owned by Panoz Motorsports, and is the home to the Petit Le Mans, as well as AMA motorcycle racing, and smaller events throughout the year.
Roebling Road - Bloomingdale, GA
Roebling Road Raceway, formerly Savannah International Raceway, is a 2.02-mile (3.25 km) road racing course located just outside Bloomingdale, Georgia. Opened in 1959, Roebling Road is relatively unique amongst racetracks in that it lacks any accommodations for spectators; there are no grandstands, no picnicking areas, nor any other sort of viewing facilities. The track was designed by John Rueter and held its first Sports Car Club of America event June 11–12, 1960. The track was financed by and named after SCCA supporter Robert Roebling, great-grandson of John A. Roebling. Roebling Road hosts events more than 300 days a year. Events range from media, pro teams testing cars, club racing, and performance driving education events. Club races include the SCCA, the BMW Car Owners Club of America, the Porsche Club of America, the North American Sports Car Association, and the Vintage Drivers Club of America. The track is used by cars, motorcycles, and karts. The PBS television series MotorWeek records its winter track-testing segments at Roebling Road. The track is a very safe and forgiving track, making it ideal to learn on. It is characterized by large amounts of run-off room and only a single wall. Roebling is unusual in that it is owned by a local racing club, the Buccaneer Region of the SCCA. As a not-for-profit, non-spectator oriented track, it is one of the least expensive tracks to run on in the U.S. Roebling hosts several driver's education-oriented events each month. The format varies with the hosting organization. There are relatively expensive events where the organizers provide high performance cars and, there are significantly less expensive events where drivers bring their own cars. As drivers work their way up in skill level, they are allowed to drive on the track "solo".
Sebring International Raceway - Sebring, FL
Sebring is renowned for its rough surface. The course still runs on old sections of World War II-era landing fields that were constructed of concrete sections with large seams. The transitions between sections are quite rough and often, sparks fly from the undercarriages of the cars as they traverse them. Much of the track has intentionally been left with its original concrete runway surface. The track surface has 3.04 miles (4.89 km) of asphalt and 0.7 miles (1.1 km) of concrete. Mario Andretti, a 3-time 12 Hours winner, said that one of the hardest parts about the original Sebring track was finding the track to begin with! There had been many accounts of drivers retiring due to accidents at night, quite simply because they got lost on the runway sections and couldn't find the track again. Some drivers got lost even during the day, mostly because the track was poorly marked down with white lines and cones
Sonoma Raceway - Sonoma, CA
Sonoma Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway is a 2.52-mile (4.06 km) road course and drag strip located on the landform known as Sears Point in the southern Sonoma Mountains near Sonoma, California, USA. The road course features 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet of total elevation change. It is host to one of only five national NASCAR races each year that are run on road courses (including two races at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, and the Nationwide Series-only races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin). It is also host to the IZOD IndyCar Series and several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series. Sonoma Raceway continues to host amateur or club racing events which may or may not be open to the general public. The largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America. With the closure of Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California after the 1988 season, NASCAR, wanting a west coast road course event to replace it, chose the Sears Point facility. Riverside International was razed for a shopping center development. In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after a corporate sponsor, Infineon. However, as with many renamings of sports complexes, many people still call it by its original name. (It was never affiliated with Sears, Roebuck, and Company, having been named for the nearby Sears Point Ranch founded in the 1850s by settler Franklin Sears.) On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Infineon would not renew their contract for naming rights when the deal expired in May, and the track management is looking for a new company to take over naming rights. Until it can find a new corporate sponsor, the course is simply identifying itself as "Sonoma."
Streets of Willow Springs - Rosamond, CA
Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is located in Willow Springs near Rosamond and Lancaster, California, and is about an hour north of Los Angeles. It is a historic race track, in existence more than fifty years. Construction of the track began in 1952, with the inaugural first race held on November 23, 1953. The main track is a challenging 2.5-mile (4.0 km) long road course that is unchanged from its original 1953 configuration. The interesting elevation changes and high average speeds make it a favorite of many road racing drivers.
Willow Springs International Raceway Park also features other racing facilities such as The Streets of Willow (1.8 mile road course), The Horsethief Mile (road course), Willow Springs Speedway (1/4 mile paved oval), Willow Springs Kart Track (a .625-mile, 9-turn paved sprint track), The Playpen (a 1/4-mile paved training track), and the Walt James Stadium (Clay Oval and Paved Oval).
Efforts by fans have resulted in the State of California declaring Willow Springs International Raceway as a California Point of Historical Interest in 1996.
Summit Point Motorsports Park - Summit Point, WV
Owned and operated by Bill Scott Racing, Inc., Summit Point Motorsports Park features three road racing circuits that are currently used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle racing, high-performance driver education and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement, as well as foreign service officers who may be posted to dangerous locales. Built in 1969 - 1970, Summit Point Motorsports Park (née "Summit Point Raceway"), opened in 1970 as a professional racing venue. The first races held there were IMSA International Sedans, later to become The Radial Tire Series, and IMSA Pro Formula Ford. The event was held on Memorial Day, 30/5/1970. The holiday was still celebrated on the 30th back then. Rasey Feezell won in an Alfa Romeo 4-door sedan, whose modifications were very questionable, taking home the grand sum of $200 prize money. Five of the eleven entrants were from Raleigh, North Carolina. During its early years SCCA held numerous events at the track. Several Regional and National races were run each year. Many racers got their start in the popular SCCA Driver's Schools held there by the DC Region. Paul Newman ran several of his early races there in a Bob Sharp-prepared Datsun 510 sedan. He wished to be just another "racer" and did not want to be recognized at racing events as a "superstar", so he and wife Joanne Woodward kept to themselves and eschewed signing autographs.
Few realized they were racing in the company of famous actors. The only outward clue was the plate on his 510's front bumper... "PLN" Over time the track was host to a number of professional races sanctioned by IMSA and the SCCA Trans-Am Series through the late 1980s. Due to financial problems, the track was closed for a period in the late 1970s. It was subsequently purchased, and reopened, in the early 1980s by 1970 Formula Vee World Champion Bill Scott. Racing resumed. In addition to races, the track and its environs became a training ground for various federal agencies and other security organizations. Two additional road courses, "Jefferson" and "Shenandoah", were constructed on the property in 1996 and 2004, respectively. Jefferson is mostly used for training purposes, Friday-At-The-Track (FATT) events, and various drifting and driving events. Shenandoah is used for similar reasons. To date, the only actually "series" to use the Shenandoah circuit include the Bill Scott Formula Series (run by the FRCCA) and the Woodbridge Kart Club (WKC), which are normally run simultaneously. An additional course, the Washington Circuit, opened in Spring 2009. It is a "triple skid pad" focused on autocross and driver training. Since its inception, it has been fitted as a sprint kart track, hosting events by Summit Point Kart and by the Maryland Sprint Divisional Series. SPK runs its own leagues for both juniors and adults. It is also popular for autocross as mentioned, and clubs such as the local BMW club have run their events there.
Thunderhill Raceway - Willows, CA
This world-class facility is being created with the “green” objective of reducing our carbon footprint. This formula includes a sustainable building design, waterless urinals, tank-less water heaters, reclaimed water for the irrigation system, recycling of garbage and oil, the maximum efficiency HVAC available today, thermal resistant windows, supplementary insulation, and the use of high-efficient lighting and florescent bulbs. In addition, we will be using consultants throughout our construction process whose sole function is to recommend ways for us to attain greater efficiency and sustainability based on their technical expertise. We understand that motorsports do have an environmental impact and we want to help neutralize this impact as much as possible by being good stewards of the resources we can control.
Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA
VIR offers six track configurations, of which 2 can be run simultaneously. The "Full Course" is 3.27 miles in length while the "Patriot Course" stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The "North Course" is 2.25 miles long and the "South Course" covers a distance of 1.65 miles. Both consist of a portion of the "Full Course" and short connecting sections that connect to portions of the "Patriot Course" to produce the two courses that can run simultaneously. There is a second pit complex that is used only when running the "South Course". The longest configuration, "Grand East Course", is 4.2 miles long, and combines most of the "Full Course" and most of the "Patriot Course" by means of two of the short sections of connecting track used to make the "South Course" and "North Course". There is also another, seldom run, long configuration called the "Grand West Course" that uses the other two short connecting sections between the "Full Course" and the "Patriot Course." Since the Patriot course is contained completely inside the Full course, both can be run simultaneously. The "Full" course is the most common configuration and hosts most events throughout a season. One of the most notable sections of the course, second only to the Oak Tree(T11), are the "Climbing Esses" which consist of an initial left up-hill(T7), followed by a right which crests at the apex then dropping slightly into a left (T8)which again crests at the apex dropping slightly, and then up into a final left(T9). The complexity and difficulty of this section is multiplied by the incredible entry speed because of a straight section leading into the Climbing Esses. Most drivers agree that this section of track is among the most intimidating sections of track in North America. Another signature section is the "Roller Coaster" (T14)which is a scaled-down mirror image to the famed "Corkscrew" at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There are 2 main straights on the track. The front straight is approximately 3000ft long while the back straight is approximately 4000ft long. While the back straight is 33% longer, the front straight is where higher speeds are reached since "Hog Pen"(T17) leads onto it and is a much faster corner than the Oak Tree(T11) which leads onto the longer back straight. There is 130ft of elevation change throughout the course. Some of the raceway's named curves include "Oak Tree", "Roller Coaster", "Hog Pen", "Horse Shoe", "NASCAR Bend" (because NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, David Pearson, and Wendell Scott had difficulties there during a 1966 Trans Am race), "Snake", "Spiral", "Fish Hook", and "The Bitch".
Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY
Watkins Glen International (nicknamed "The Glen") is an automobile race track located near Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. The sports car racing facility is owned by International Speedway Corporation. It was long known around the world as the home of the United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for twenty consecutive years (1961–1980), but since 1948 the site has been home to road racing of nearly every class, including Formula One, the World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the IndyCar Series. Initially, public roads in the village were used for the race course. In 1956 a permanent circuit for the race was built. In 1968 the race was extended to six hours, becoming, the Six Hours of Watkins Glen. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watkins_Glen_International
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey, CA
This track is world-renowned and we are always fortunate when we get a date to drive this great course. It’s located about halfway between Salinas and Monterey, CA on State Highway 68. If we’re there on weekday mornings, plan on some traffic delays on 68, as it’s the main artery between the two towns. There is one main entrance off of 68 – and plan on a steep hill. If you’re towing a Camaro with a Mini-van, it might not make the hill!! The track is owned by Monterey County, so while you’re on the property, you will be watched closely by County Sheriffs and Park Rangers. Also – there are different sound levels allowed for different types of events. Ours will almost always be a 92db level, that is monitored by Laguna officials (we pay them to do so), and their word is final. Usually, you will get one black flag warning if you are over the limit, and they will ask you to make a repair or modification to your car before returning. If you flunk a second time, you will be black-flagged for the day. Sorry folks, no money back if this occurs. Weather can be a factor at Laguna. It is not unusual to find the mornings very chilly and foggy – even to the extent that there can be an occasional “fog hold” on the track event if all flag stations cannot be clearly seen. But, frequently by noon, you can be running around in your shorts as it can heat up during the day once the fog clears. Think: layers for Laguna.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ
The Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park is a multi-use race facility that includes four race tracks; a ¼ mile NHRA sanctioned drag strip; 1.6 mile road course; a 10 turn 1.25 mile road course; and a 1.1 mile road course, incorporating 11 tight turns and a 3/8 mile straight-away.
The track facility features a 2.4 mile IHBA and APBA sanctioned oval lake; a 4,000 square foot VIP pavilion flanking the lake, lawn, and beach; two three-story VIP Suite towers, including the ground-level Starting Line Club with a private patio to the drag strip. Administrative Office located inside Gate 2, off of Maricopa Rd. in the Wild Horse Pass area; just 11 minutes south of Sky Harbor Airport in Chandler, AZ off of Interstate 10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd.