Road America

Road America
Copyright 1993 by Aerial Views Publishing

Address Elkhart Lake, WI
Official Website
  Stadium Resources  
Seating Location
Weather Newspaper
  The Facility  
Date Built 1955
Ownership 400 Stock Holders
Capacity 12,000
150,000 on Hillside
Track(s) 4.048 Mile Road Course
On Site Parking Unknown
  Other Facts  
Tenants CART

Sources:Team Marketing Report and Mediaventures

Road America's 36-degree banked concrete turns provide some of NASCAR's most exciting action in the friendly confines of a half-mile layout.

Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports, Inc., purchased "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" in 1996 and launched a massive expansion program to increase seating, parking, traffic flow lanes and fan comfort.

When it opened originally, Bristol was a perfect half-mile with 22-degree banking. But the track was reconfigured after the 1969 purchase to measure .533-mile and bankings were increased to 36 degrees.

Mountains literally moved to make Bristol's hills and valleys more "fan friendly," and make it possible to increase seating from 71,000 to its 1999 capacity of approximately 135,000.

The expanded seating represents 100,000 additional seats from Bristol's original total when it opened in 1961. Jack Smith gets credit for the first victory that year, though Johnny Allen was driving in relief of Smith and actually crossed the finish line first.

Three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip is Bristol's all-time winningest driver. The Tennessee resident has been to Bristol's Victory Lane 12 times, including a NASCAR record seven times in a row.

Bristol has become a favorite for fans and teams alike, prompting the present expansion to accommodate everyone who wants to see the show.




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