Spa Francorchamps

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Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps of Belgium has been described by many as the world’s top motor racing circuit. Host of the renowned Formula One Belgian Grand Prix as well as the Spa 24 hours race, Spa-Francorchamps winds its way along the magnificent Ardennes mountains. A wonderfully challenging course with the famed Eau Rouge complex, the Spa-Francorchamps Formula One circuit is thoroughly enjoyed by F1 drivers and spectators alike.

It was in 1920 Jule de Thier and Henri Langlois Van Ophem came up with the idea of forming a race track in the quiet village of Francorchamps. A triangular circuit was designed along the roads that joined Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot and the new racing circuit of Spa-Francorchamps was set-up for racing in August 1921. Only one competitor registered so the circuit had to be inaugurated by motorcyclists. But 1922 presented a different scenario as motorists began racing on the new track. The exciting 24 Hours of Francorchamps race was established in 1924, and it was also in that year that the Belgian Grand Prix was held at the circuit. The European Grand Prix took place at the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in 1925. Antonio Ascari in his Alfa Romeo gained the victory that year.

World War II brought a stop to racing at Spa-Francorchamps which became the scene of the famed Battle of Bulge. Fortunately though, racing came back to the F1 circuit in 1947. As time progressed the Spa race track was considered too fast. In 1960 Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey were killed on the track. Jackie Stewart began a campaign to improve safety at Spa-Francorchamps and for a time the Grand Prix was rather held at Nivelles circuit. 1973 was also marred by the death of 3 drivers during the Spa 24 Hours. It was then decided that the track would be redesigned. Finally in 1983 the Spa-Francorchamps was permitted to host F1 again. Today it plays a major part in the world championships.

Spa-Francorchamps F1 circuit has had several modifications over time. Presently it covers a distance of 6.968 km or 4.333 miles with 21 turns. Guiding drivers through the beautiful Ardennes, it is possible to reach speeds greater than 330 km/h. The most impressive section of the Spa-Francochamps circuit is the renowned Eau Rouge/Raidillon combination. Following the La Source hairpin the skilled F1 drivers head down a straight where they hit a steep uphill with left-right-left corners and a blind summit.

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps was not included on the 2006 Formula One calendar as certain improvements were not yet made due to financial problems. However the circuit was back on the 2007 calendar, and continues to host the annual Formula One Championship event.

Watkins Glen International

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Watkins Glen International is situated near Watkins Glen, New York. Over the years Watkins Glen has been host to a variety of different races, including a lot of the IMSA series, SCCA series, Formula One, NASCAR and Indycar.

Watkins Glen Schedule is made up of a couple of SCCA National races, quite a number of SCCA regionals take part on the track throughout the year as well as many Club Dates put on by BMW Car Club of America and Porsche Club of America. Pro races only make up a small percentage of the Watkins schedule.

In 1948 road racing was introduced to Watkins Glen through Cameron Argetsinger, an Ohio resident but who often stayed at his father’s summerhouse on the Seneca Lake. Argersinger was one of the early members of the SCCA, he proposed to the Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce an amateur Road Race to be called “Watkins Glen Grand Prix.” The proposal was happily accepted, and soon Argetsinger had arranged a 6.6 mile course, which used dirt, gravel and paved roads. He also had to arrange for permission to close one New York City track and any roads needed.

The first race to ever take place there was held mid-day on the second of October 1948. All competitors had to complete a 4 lap-qualifying race with a standing start. That day 15 cars took part and completed the 8 laps or 52.8 mile Grand Prix with ten finishing the entire race. Frank Griswold from Wayne, Pennsylvania won the race. The following year Miles Collier won the Grand Prix, just beating Briggs Cunningham. The 1950 Grand Prix saw its first fatal tragedy when Sam Collier was killed, from that day on his brother Miles never took part in a race again. That was not the only incident; another car left the track, injuring two spectators and a fireman.

The Watkins Glen International speedway was changed a couple of times over the years. Due to tragic events occurring again in 1952 a law was put in place preventing any racing on state highways and that led to the circuit being moved to the town of Dix. The fourth course that was completed is the one we still have today and is similar in outline to the third course.

Hungaroring

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The Formula One race-track, Hungaroring, is situated close to Budapest and is home to the Hungarian Grand Prix. In 1986 it was the scene of the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to take place behind the Iron Curtain. It was Bernie Ecclestone who envisioned a city track based on the same concept as the Circuit de Monaco, and was advised by a friend to turn his attention to Budapest. Instead of having a race-track within the city limits, the communist government moved to outside the city and built and entirely new track. After 20 years it is still the track that was constructed in the shortest space of time, being completed in eight months.

The Hungaroring track is very hot and extremely dusty, with races being held according to the Grand Prix calendar, placing the event in the middle of the central European summer. The dust that is found on the track is attributed to the fact that the track is not in use throughout the racing season. However, its location, in a valley in close proximity to Budapest is a contributing factor, as it acts as a magnet for the dust and litter that originates from the city. In addition, the track is built on extremely sandy soil, and therefore if a car’s wheel moves off the track, it causes a massive and blinding dust cloud. Usually as a track rubbers in it will gradually become faster. This is not so in Hungaroring’s case, as the track remains scattered with dust, so running late during qualifying can sometimes work to a drivers’ advantage.

Despite what so may view as obstacles, Hungaroring has been the scene of some spectacular moments, such as in 1987 when Nigel Mansell lost his wheel, or the famous duels between Ayrton Senna and Nelson Piquet. Not forgetting the year of 1997, an Arrows car and a talented driver named Damon Hill. And there are many more of these moments to look back on.

In its 20 year history, the Hungaroring race track has managed to crown two very talented drivers, namely Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher, who during their individual careers both managed to clinch the title of the World Championship very early in the racing season. Two drivers who made their debut into F1 on this track were Zsolt Baumgartner of Hungary and Robert Kubica of Poland. The Constructors Championship was won by the Williams F1 Team in 1996 at the Hungaroring Race Track. Many drivers are divided in opinion when asked about the track, and a few minor changes have been made to the track over the years, but due to some of the most exciting moments in F1 having taken place here, their contract has been extended to 2011.

NASCAR Tracks

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From relatively humble beginnings in Daytona Beach, Florida, NASCAR has gone on to take the country by storm. It certainly is one of the most popular auto racing sports in northern America and people not only flock to the race-tracks but stay glued to their TV screens to enjoy as much of the action as possible. Of course, the real thrill for spectators is to make their way down to the nearest NASCAR track, since there is no better way to experience the excitement and atmosphere of a NASCAR event. Besides being at the trackside to witness all the action first hand, fans can often meet their favourite NASCAR drivers and get their autographs. They also get to enjoy the funfair atmosphere that usually surrounds these exciting events.

In order to cater for this ever-growing and ever-popular sport, more and more NASCAR tracks have sprung up around the country, giving people every opportunity to enjoy live racing. You will find The Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, the Kentucky Speedway in Kentucky, the Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee and the Texas Motor Speedway in Texas. Fans can head to the Phoenix International Raceway, the Watkins Glen International Speedway, the Dover International Speedway and the Nazareth Speedway. There are also racetracks in Kansas, Illinois, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Chicago, amongst others. In fact, you will likely find a racetrack near you with very little effort.

So why not get in on the action and find the NASCAR racing track nearest to you? We have provided a brief description of as many different NASCAR tracks as possible. We hope that you will find the information useful and that you will be encouraged to support live NASCAR racing events. There is simply no substitute for it – you just have to experience a live race at least once in your life. If you are a major fan, you might even consider travelling around the country a bit and enjoying the thrill and excitement at different NASCAR tracks. Whatever you decide to do, remember that Autoracing.com is always available to give you information about NASCAR racing.

NASCAR Race Tracks

Auto Racing Services

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A modern auto racing team simply cannot function without the various services that they depend on to keep their cars performing at a fine edge. Many such services are offered to racecar owners and drivers, including dynamometer testing to measure engine performance, fabrication of metal or plastic body components, tuning, structural engineering, sub-contracting of repairs and specialized welding of alloy metals. Companies offering these types of services may specialize in a particular field such as car bodywork, while others may offer many services and act as “one-stop shops”. The auto racing service industry fills the need for specialized yet standard parts that are just too costly for individual teams to produce and/or conduct on their own.

There’s a lot of competition in the auto racing services industry, so if you’re a new team owner or are relatively new to the auto racing scene, it’s a good idea to shop around to find the best deals. Ensure that whomever you decide to use has a proven track record and is reliable – your success on the track as well as the safety of the driver may well depend on it.

Consulting services are available from specialized companies for pre-race setup, testing and other race day services.

If you are a company that offers auto racing services and would like to advertise at Autoracing.com, please contact us for prompt assistance.

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