Race tracks are venues where auto and motorcycle racing takes place. There are as many variations in the type of track as there are racing events. These differences between tracks are seen in the type of surface, the location of the track, the length of the course, the layout and the use of surrounding facilities. Race track surfaces may be asphalt, concrete, clay or packed dirt. The design and layout of racing tracks may take the form of a flat oval, a banked oval, courses with twists and turns, and may include parts of existing roads, which helps create fan interest. Depending on the racing event, the track length may be only one eighth of a mile (as is the case in drag racing) or up to several miles for complex road courses.
Some of the race tracks used in auto racing’s golden age are still in use today, albeit with safety modifications such as resilient walls and fenced grandstands. Famous American race tracks include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Lime Rock Park, Road America at Elkhart Lake and Sebring Raceway. Canada’s Mosport Park has hosted races of all kinds since the early 1960s. International race tracks of note are mainly associated with Formula One racing. Some historic European race tracks are England’s Brand’s Hatch, Brooklands and Silverstone circuits, Germany’s Nurburgring and Hockenheim tracks, Spa-Francorchamps and Zandvoort in the Low Countries and Italy’s Nardo Ring. Modern auto racing is a global sport, and some of the newer racing circuits in exotic locations include Japan’s Fuji International Speedway, the Shanghai International Circuit in China, Australia’s Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and the Arctic Circle Raceway in far northern Norway.
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Below is a list of Formula One race tracks followed by a list of NASCAR Tracks for which there is information on Autoracing.com. To discover more about these well-known tracks, simply click on the link.