|Location||N7390 Highway 67|
|Owner||Road America, Inc.|
|Operator||Road America, Inc.|
|Former names||Elkhart Lake Road Races|
|Seating capacity||open seating without capacity limitation|
|Track shape||road course|
|Track length||4.0 miles|
Road America is a road course located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. It has hosted races since the 1950s and currently hosts races in the SCCA Speed World Challenge Series, American Le Mans, ASRA and AMA Superbike series.
- 1 Current track and facilities
- 2 History of Racing at Elkhart Lake
- 3 External links
Current track and facilities
The track is just over four miles (6 km) long and consists of fourteen turns. The track has many elevation changes, along with a long front stretch where speeds approaching Template:Convert/mi/hTemplate:Convert/test/Aon may be reached. One of the best known features of this course is a turn on the backside known as "the kink." Many cars have prematurely finished their race on this section of road.
Non-reserved grandstand seating exists for 10,000 people, but there are numerous hillside spots where crowds of more than 150,000 may be accommodated. The facility includes thirteen concession stands and allows camping onsite.
Briggs & Stratton Motorplex
In addition to the main course, the facility includes a 0.8mi karting track called the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex inside the Carousel. The Briggs & Stratton Motorplex hosts two series of karting events. It hosts weekly events on Tuesdays in the summer. It also hosts approximately six Saturday events during the summer.
Off road racing circuit
Other Events at the Track
Road America is host to several non-automotive events.
- The Tour de Road America - Bike Ride to Fight Cancer is a bike ride on the track to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. The annual event takes place in August with the Champ Car and ALMS weekend, and has raised over $90,000 as of 2007. The first event was in 2004.
- The Road America Inline Challenge is an inline skating race on the track in June. A fun lap is also part of the event, which has taken place since 2006.
- An Annual Road America Walk/Run for the American Cancer Society has raised $2.5 million in it's 29-year existence. The Walk/Run takes place in late October. The 2007 event included a Mid-American Stock Car Series exhibition which may become an annual exhibition.
History of Racing at Elkhart Lake
Open Road Course
In the late 1940s, road racing was gaining popularity, owing to the post World War II economy, and the influx of sporting automobiles. The Sports Car Club of America was the main organizer of these races, and in 1950, the Chicago Region SCCA and the Village of Elkhart Lake organized the first road race at Elkhart Lake.
The 1950 circuit start-finish line was on County Road P. Competitors went north to County Road J, then South into the Village of Elkhart Lake, and West on what is now County JP (then called County Highway X), and reconnected with County Road P for a total distance of 3.3mi.
For the next two races, in 1951 and 1952, a different course was used. It was 6.5mi long, on County Roads J, A, and P. To date, one may still drive most of the original courses.
Private Road Course
After the tragedy at Watkins Glen in 1952, where a twelve year old was killed, the U.S. ruled to discontinue contests of speed on public highways. This was a major blow for competition auto racing and brought the end of a long-standing tradition. This did not permanently stop road racing, however, it did shift it to private courses. In 1955, Cliff Tufte started what is now known as Road America, in a configuration that has changed little over the past 50 years. The addition of Road America as a private track meant a transition from racing through the streets of tiny Elkhart Lake to racing on a big, wide, dedicated race track.
Racing at Road America
Many different racing series have had the occasion to race at Road America. The first was the Sports Car Club of America on September 10, 1955, but they were hardly the last.  Other notable series have included NASCAR in 1956, CART from 1982 until the present , ALMS from 2002 to the present, Grand-Am, USAC, CanAm, Trans-Am, IMSA, and AMA. Road America also holds a variety of vintage racing events, including the Brian Redman International Challenge.
2007 major events at the track
- May 31, AMA AMA Superbike
- June 21-25, SCCA June Sprints
- July 19-22, Kohler/Brian Redman International Challenge.
- August 9-12, American Le Mans Series & Champ Car World Series
The Cristiano da Matta Deer Incident
On August 3, 2006, Cristiano da Matta, driver of Champ Car's RuSPORT team, was involved in a collision with a deer during Champ Car open testing at Road America. The deer ran in front of his car as he was heading towards turn 6. He hit the deer with his right front tire, the deer then flew back and hit da Matta in the cockpit.  He was unconscious when the safety crew extricated da Matta from the car  and was airlifted via Flight for Life to Theda Clark Medical Center south of Appleton, where he underwent surgery to remove a subdural hematoma. 
Use in Simulators
The track was used in Sierra's Indy Car Racing 2. With a later converter from thepits.us it is also possible to use it in NASCAR Racing 4, Nascar 2002 season and Nascar 2003 (all by Sierra). The track is available in the XBOX game Forza Motorsport, and is now available as downloadable content in the XBOX 360 game Forza Motorsport 2. The track is also used in CART Fury: Championship Racing, but the track looks slightly different, layout-wise.
Champ Car Race Results
A Champ Car event was first held at the track in 1982, and has been held annually every year since with the exception of 2005.
NASCAR Race History
|Year||Date||Driver||Car Make||Winner's Prize
|1956||August 12, 1956||Tim Flock||1956 Mercury||$2,950||258||73.858|
- Road America Official Site
- NASCAR Track History at racing-reference.info
- Trackpedia guide to driving Road America
- Champ Car driver Charles Zwolsman narrates a lap at Road America
- Karting Club at the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex
|Champ Car Tracks|
|Atlanta • California • Chicago • Gateway • Homestead • Las Vegas • Loudon • Michigan • Milwaukee • Nazareth • Ontario • Phoenix • Pocono • Sanair • Texas • Texas World • Trenton|
|Cleveland • Edmonton • Laguna Seca • Mid-Ohio • Montreal • Mont-Tremblant • Portland • Riverside • Road America • Watkins Glen|
|Belle Isle • Denver • Detroit • Houston • Vegas G.P. • Long Beach • Meadowlands • Miami • San Jose • St. Pete • Tamiami Park • Toronto • Vancouver|
|Assen • Brands Hatch • EuroSpeedway • Jerez • Mexico City • Monterrey • Motegi • Rio • Rockingham • Surfers Paradise • Zolder|
|ALMS (American Le Mans Series) circuits|
Hermanos Rodríguez •
Laguna Seca •
Lime Rock •
Watkins Glen •