Major Argentine Track Guide

Major Argentine Track Guide

Includes tracks that have been on the Turismo Carretera schedule since 2013 plus a few extra; this is far from every track in Argentina; tracks that have held Turismo Carretera races since 2013 are marked with (TC)

Since I’ll be providing locations, here is a map of where each province is in Argentina.

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Credit to Wikipedia

ALTA GRACIA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Oscar Cabalén
Location: Villa Parque Santa Ana, Córdoba
Primary Track Length: 2.514 miles
Opened: 1962
Notes: Used to have an outfield layout; a previous now-demolished infield layout used a crossover bridge

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Credit to info-maf1

BALCARCE
Full Name: Autódromo Juan Manuel Fangio
Location: San José de Balcarce, Buenos Aires
Primary Track Length: 2.852 miles
Opened: 1972, closed 2011
Notes: Has been closed since the fatal crash of Guido Falaschi in 2011

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Credit to fm105punto1.com.ar

BUENOS AIRES (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo de Buenos Aires Juan y Oscar Gálvez
Location: Villa Riachuelo, City of Buenos Aires
Primary Track Length: 2.614 miles (No. 6), 3.708 miles (No. 15)
Opened: 1952
Notes: Saw the Argentine Grand Prix on and off for several decades; currently hosts Turismo Carretera’s annual endurance race

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Credit to SnapLap

CONCEPCIÓN DEL URUGUAY (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Concepción del Uruguay
Location: Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios
Primary Track Length: 2.659 miles
Opened: 2014
Notes: Very close to the Uruguayan border, hence the name

AUTÓDROMO DE CONCEPCIÓN DEL URUGUAY 2012
Credit to pasión tuerca digital

CONCORDIA
Full Name: Autódromo Ciudad de Concordia
Location: Villa Zorraquín, Entre Rios
Primary Track Length: 1.96 miles
Opened: ????
Notes: None

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Credit to 7páginas

JUNÍN (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Eusebio Marcilla
Location: San Martín, Mendoza
Primary Track Length: 2.610 miles
Opened: 2011
Notes: Named for Eusebio Marcilla, an early Turismo Carretera competitor

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Credit to Carburando

LA PAMPA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Provincia de La Pampa
Location: In between Toay and Cachirulo, La Pampa
Primary Track Length: 2.577 miles
Opened: 2012
Notes: The picture below was taken while the track was being built

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Credit to Region.com.ar

LA PEDRERA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo José Carlos Bassi
Location: Villa Mercedes, San Luis
Primary Track Length: 2.625 miles
Opened: 2017
Notes: A semipermanent circuit a la Montreal

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Credit to Taringa!

LA PLATA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Roberto José Mouras
Location: Near Abasto, Buenos Aires
Primary Track Length: 2.65 miles
Opened: 1996
Notes: Named for former Turismo Carretera champion Roberto Mouras

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Credit to Abrazo de Podio

MAR DE AJÓ (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Luis Rubén Di Palma
Location: Mar de Ajó, Buenos Aires
Primary Track Length: 2.917 miles
Opened: 1998
Notes: Named for TC2000 and Turismo Carretera champion Luis Rubén Di Palma

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Credit to Abrazo de Podio

MENDOZA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Jorge Ángel Pena
Location: General Alvear, Mendoza
Primary Track Length: 2.589 miles
Opened: 1978
Notes: Famous for its last turn; Called “Peraltada”, it’s a full speed banked corner with little slowdown

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Credit to Mendozeano

NEUQUÉN (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Parque Provincia del Neuquén
Location: Centenario, Neuquén
Primary Track Length: 2.683 miles
Opened: 2009
Notes: Was in the planning stage for 27 years

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Credit to Noticias de Neuquén

NUEVE DE JULIO
Full Name: Autódromo Ciudad de Nueve de Julio
Location: Nueve de Julio Partido, Buenos Aires
Primary Track Length: 2.869 miles
Opened: 1970
Notes: A frequent test track for Turismo Carretera

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Credit to Diario el Nueve de Julio

OBERÁ
Full Name: Autódromo Oberá
Location: Oberá, Misiónes
Primary Track Length: 2.722 miles
Opened: ????
Notes: Located on a panhandle sandwiched by Brazil and Paraguay

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Credit to Azul Radio Digital

OLAVARRÍA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Hermanos Emiliozzi (Autódromo Dante y Torcuato Emiliozzi)
Location: Sierra Chica, Buenos Aires
Primary Track Length: 3.156 miles (full), 2.558 miles (Turismo Carretera layout)
Opened: 1998
Notes: The Turismo Carretera layout uses the 90 degree left hand sweeper in the center followed by the double apex at the top center, while the full layout uses the twin 180 degree bends

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Credit to Mohamed Competición

PARANÁ (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Ciudad de Paraná
Location: Near Sauce Montrull, Entre Rios
Primary Track Length: 2.622 miles
Opened: 1969
Notes: Very high speed with plenty of banked corners

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Credit to Turismo Entre Ríos

POSADAS (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Rosamonte
Location: Posadas, Misiónes
Primary Track Length: 2.715 miles
Opened: 1980
Notes: Has a spectacular and massive hill on the frontstretch

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Credit to Plazas y Monumentos

POTRERO DE LOS FUNES
Full Name: Circuito de Potrero de los Funes
Location: Potrero de los Funes, San Luis
Primary Track Length: 3.896 miles
Opened: 1987 (originally), 2008 (reopening)
Notes: Semipermanent, used once in 1987 and sat dormant before being restored in 2008

MOTORSPORT/GTFIA SAN LUIS 2008
Credit to noticiascuyo

RAFAELA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Ciudad de Rafaela (facility), Autódromo Juan Rafael Báscolo (Turismo Carretera layout)
Location: Rafaela, Santa Fe
Primary Track Length: 2.873 miles (oval), 2.897 miles (Turismo Carretera layout)
Opened: 1952
Notes: Only the Turismo Carretera layout (which uses the three chicanes) is named for Báscolo; Is banked at about 9 degrees in the turns; Opened as a dirt track, and was paved in 1966

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Credit to Atletico de Rafaela

RÍO CUARTO
Full Name: Autódromo Parque Ciudad de Río Cuarto
Location: Río Cuarto, Córdoba
Primary Track Length: 2.515 miles
Opened: 1959
Notes: None

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Credit to Zona Deportiva Sampacho

RÍO GALLEGOS (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo de Río Gallegos José Muñiz
Location: Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Primary Track Length: 2.613 miles
Opened: ????
Notes: None

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Credit to Facebook

RÍO NEGRO
Full Name: Autódromo Parque Ciudad de General Roca
Location: Río Negro, Río Negro
Primary Track Length: 2.25 miles
Opened: ????
Notes: None

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Credit to Diario Río Negro

RIVADAVIA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo General San Martin
Location: Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut
Primary Track Length: 2.548 miles
Opened: 1969
Notes: The turn at the left hand edge is right on the coastline

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Credit to Google Earth

ROSARIO
Full Name: Autódromo Municipal Juan Manuel Fangio
Location: Rosario, Santa Fe
Primary Track Length: 1.613 miles
Opened: 1981 (originally), 2012 (reopening)
Notes: Closed in 2009, receiving the Juan Manuel Fangio name when it reopened

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Credit to Grupo RJG

SAN JUAN
Full Name: Autódromo Eduardo Copello “El Zonda”
Location: Villa Basilio Nievas, San Juan
Primary Track Length: 2.013 miles
Opened: 1967
Notes: Situated in the mountains; Famous for its 270 degree corner, separate start and finish lines, and its many earth walls

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Credit to Pinterest

SAN LUIS (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Rosendo Hernández
Location: San Luis, San Luis
Primary Track Length: 2.796 miles
Opened: 2003
Notes: Was rebuilt into a new high-speed circuit in the late 2000s to attract Turismo Carretera, with the old layout still standing, but not being used

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Credit to Agencia de Noticias San Luis

TERMAS DE RÍO HONDO (TC)
Full Name: Internacional Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo
Location: Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero
Primary Track Length: 2.986 miles
Opened: 2008
Notes: Saw the WTCC for several years, and currently sees the Argentine Motorcycle Grand Prix

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Credit to Argentina Municipal

TRELEW (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo de la Ciudad de Trelew “Mar y Valle”
Location: Trelew, Chubut
Primary Track Length: 2.433 miles
Opened: 1996?
Notes: None

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Credit to AHGT

VIEDMA (TC)
Full Name: Autódromo Viedma
Location: Viedma, Río Negro
Primary Track Length: 2.579 miles
Opened: 2004
Notes: None

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Credit to Mohamed Competición

 

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ARCA Tracks Database

This is a massive project. I will be cataloguing the circuits ARCA has raced at. I will list their location, their length, their surface, and what year they closed in. Listing what years they were run in would unfortunately take too long. I will put an asterisk if they are still used by ARCA, however. If there are multiple layouts, I will list what I find relevant. If a track was reconfigured, and is still open, I will mark what they currently use with a carrot. If all the layouts are still used, they’ll all have carrots.

411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved, 0.375 dirt^
Location: Seymour, Tennessee
STILL OPEN

AKRON RUBBER BOWL
Length: 0.2 dirt
Location: Akron, Ohio
Closed: Sometime after 1959 (track) REOPENING SOON (stadium)

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.528 paved, 1.54 paved^
Location: Hampton, Georgia
STILL OPEN
Notes; Saw two fatalities, Stuart Lyndon in 1985 and Chad Coleman in 1998.

ANDERSON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Anderson, Indiana
STILL OPEN

ASCOT STADIUM
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Ascot, California
Closed: 1990

AUTO CITY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved^, 0.25 paved^
Location: Clio, Michigan
STILL OPEN

AVILLA SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved, 0.333 paved
Location: Avilla, Indiana
Closed: Early 90’s

BAER FIELD SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved^, 0.375 paved^
Location: Baer Field, Indiana
STILL OPEN

BARBERTON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Barberton, Ohio
STILL OPEN

BEAVER VALLEY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Martin, Kentucky
Closed: 1968

BERLIN RACEWAY*
Length: 0.4375 paved
Location: Marne, Michigan
STILL OPEN

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Length: 0.625 paved
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Closed: 2008

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.533 paved
Location: Bristol, Tennessee
STILL OPEN

BUTLER SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Butler, Pennsylvania
Closed: Likely Mid-50s

CANFIELD SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Canfield, Ohio
Closed: Mid-70s

CANTON MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Canton, Ohio
Closed: Mid-90s

CAPITAL CITY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 paved
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Closed: 2015 (LOOKING TO REOPEN)

CC SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
STILL OPEN

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY*
Length: 1.5 paved
Location: Concord, North Carolina
STILL OPEN
Notes: Saw two fatalities, Blaise Alexander in 2001 and Eric Martin in 2002.

CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY*
Length: 1.5 paved
Location: Joliet, Illinois
STILL OPEN

CINCINNATI RACE BOWL
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Evendale, Ohio
Closed: 1958

CLARKE COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt
Location: Osceola, Iowa
STILL OPEN

CLAY CITY RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Clay City, Kentucky
NEWLY REOPENED

CLOVER LEAF SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location; Valley View, Ohio
Closed: 1990
Notes: Was closed when it was found that the track was built on a toxic waste dump.

CLOVIS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Clovis, California
Closed: 1977

COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 paved
Location: Obetz, Ohio
Closed: 2016

CORBIN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.25 paved^
Location: Corbin, Kentucky
STILL OPEN

CROWN POINT SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt, 0.375 dirt
Location: Crown Point, Indiana
Closed: 2005
Notes: Also went by Broadway Speedway.

DALLAS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Dallas, Texas
Closed: After 1958

DAYTON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Closed: 1982

DAYTONA INT’L SPEEDWAY*
Length: 2.5 paved
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
STILL OPEN
Notes: Saw two fatalities, Francis Affleck in 1985 and Julius Johnson in 1990.

DELAWARE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Delaware, Ontario
STILL OPEN

DUQUOIN STATE FAIRGROUNDS*
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: DuQuoin, Illinois
STILL OPEN

ELKO SPEEDWAY*
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Elko, Minnesota
STILL OPEN

EXPO SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 dirt, 0.5 dirt^
Location: Cortland, Ohio
STILL OPEN
Notes: Was known as Trumbull County Speedway when ARCA visited.

FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE SPEEDWAY*
Length: 0.596 paved
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
STILL OPEN

FIVE FLAGS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Five Flags, Florida
STILL OPEN
Notes: Hosts the Snowball Derby and the Snowflake 100.

FLAT ROCK SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Flat Rock, Michigan
STILL OPEN

FLEMINGTON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 paved
Location: Flemington, New Jersey
Closed: 2002, demolished 2005

FLORENCE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 dirt, 0.5 dirt^
Location: Union, Kentucky
STILL OPEN

FORT MIAMI FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Closed: 1957

FORT WAYNE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 paved
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Closed: Circa 1966

FREMONT SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 dirt
Location: Fremont, Ohio
STILL OPEN

GATEWAY INT’L RACEWAY*
Length: 1.270 paved
Location: East St. Louis, Illinois
STILL OPEN

GOLDEN SANDS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 paved
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
STILL OPEN

GREAT NEW YORK STATE FAIR
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: Syracuse, New York
Closed: 2015, demolished 2016

GREATER PITTSBURGH SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 dirt, 0.333 paved
Location: Clinton, Pennsylvania
Closed: 1970

GREENVILLE-PICKENS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.5 paved^
Location: Easley, South Carolina
STILL OPEN

HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Wilson Conococheague, Maryland
STILL OPEN

HATFIELD SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.375 dirt, 0.375 paved
Location: Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Closed: 1966

HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA
Length: 1.8 road^, 2.1 road^
Location: Topeka, Kansas
STILL OPEN

HEIDELBERG RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Heidelberg, Pennsylvania
Closed: 1973

HUNTSVILLE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt, 0.25 paved^
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
STILL OPEN

ILLIANA SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.5 paved
Location: Schererville, Illinois
Closed: 2016

ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS*
Length; 1.0 dirt
Location: Springfield, Illinois
STILL OPEN

INDIANA STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
STILL OPEN

INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDROME
Length: 0.2 paved
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
STILL OPEN
Notes: Was called Art Zipp’s Speedway when ARCA stopped by. Holds the Figure-8 World Championships.

IOWA SPEEDWAY*
Length: 0.894 paved
Location: Newton, Iowa
STILL OPEN

I-70 SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.54 paved
Location: Odessa, Missouri
REOPENING IN 2019 AS 0.5 MILE DIRT
Notes: Closed 2008, reopening as new 0.5 mile dirt track in 2019.

I-80 SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.4 dirt
Location: Greenwood, Nebraska
STILL OPEN

I-96 SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.375 dirt^
Location: Ionia, Michigan
STILL OPEN
Notes: Was called Ionia Speedway when ARCA visited.

JUKASA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 paved
Location: Hagersville, Ontario
NEWLY REOPENED
Notes: Closed 2010, reopened 2017. Once known as Cayuga Motor Speedway.

KALAMAZOO SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
STILL OPEN

KANSAS SPEEDWAY*
Length: 1.5 paved
Location: Kansas City, Kansas
STILL OPEN

KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.5 paved
Location: Sparta, Kentucky
STILL OPEN

KIL-KARE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Xenia, Ohio
STILL OPEN
Notes: Got its name from an old resort that told people to ‘kill all [their] cares’.

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Knoxville, Iowa
STILL OPEN

KOKOMO SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt
Location: Kokomo, Indiana
STILL OPEN

LAKE ERIE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: North East, Pennsylvania
STILL OPEN

LAKEWOOD SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: Lakewood, Georgia
Closed: 1962 (to all but special events), 1979 (completely)

LANCASTER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 paved
Location: Lancaster, New York
STILL OPEN

LANGHORNE SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.0 dirt, 1.0 paved
Location: Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Closed: 1971

LANIER NATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Braselton, Georgia
STILL OPEN
Notes: Across the road from Road Atlanta. Recently reopened.

LAS VEGAS PARK SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Closed: Circa 1959

LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt
Location: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
STILL OPEN

LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.375 dirt^
Location: Abbotstown, Pennsylvania
STILL OPEN

LONESOME PINE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Coeburn, Virginia
STILL OPEN

LONGHORN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Pilot Knob, Texas
Closed: 2000

LORAIN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Wellington, Ohio
Closed: After 1972

LORAIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 dirt, 0.375 paved^
Location: South Amherst, Ohio
STILL OPEN

LOST CREEK SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Lost Creek, Kentucky
Closed: Circa 1984

LOUISVILLE DOWNS
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
CLOSED TO CARS, STILL OPEN TO HORSES

LOUISVILLE FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 0.333 paved
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Closed: 1981

LOUISVILLE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.4375 paved, 0.375 paved
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Closed: 2001

LUCAS OIL RACEWAY PARK AT INDIANAPOLIS*
Length: 0.686 paved
Location: Brownsburg, Indiana
STILL OPEN

MADISON SPEEDWAY*
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Oregon, Wisconsin
STILL OPEN

MANSFIELD MOTORSPORTS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.4 paved, 0.4 dirt^
Location: Mansfield, Ohio
STILL OPEN

MARLBORO MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.333 paved, 1.7 road
Location: Marlboro, Maryland
Closed: 1969
Notes: I have no idea which layout ARCA ran.

MEADOWDALE INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Length: 3.27 road
Location: Carpentersville, Illinois
Closed: 1968

MEMPHIS MOTORSPORTS PARK
Length: 0.75 paved
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
STILL OPEN

MERCER RACEWAY PARK
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Findlay, Pennsylvania
STILL OPEN

MEYER SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Houston, Texas
Closed: 1979

MICHIGAN INT’L SPEEDWAY*
Length: 2.029 paved
Location: Brooklyn, Michigan
STILL OPEN

MICHIGAN STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 1.0 dirt
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Closed: After 1965

MIDDLE GEORGIA RACEWAY
Length: 0.548 paved
Location: Byron, Georgia
Closed: Mid-80s, apparently saw some use until no later than 2004 (STILL USABLE FOR CERTAIN THINGS)

MID OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE
Length: 2.4 road^, 2.25 road^
Location: Lexington, Ohio
STILL OPEN

MILLSTREAM SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Millstream, Ohio
Closed: 2017 (LOOKING TO REOPEN)

MILWAUKEE MILE
Length: 1.029 paved
Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
STILL OPEN

MISSOURI STATE FAIR SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.0 dirt, 0.5 dirt^
Location: Sedalia, Missouri
STILL OPEN

MOBILE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.497 paved
Location: Irvington, Alabama
STILL OPEN
Notes: Will Kimmel famously entered the parking lot here in 2015.

MONROE COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Monroe, Michigan
Closed: 1954

MONTGOMERY MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.55 paved^
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
STILL OPEN

MOREHEAD SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.4 dirt
Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Closed: After 1968

MOTOR CITY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt
Location: Warren, Michigan
Closed: 1959

MOUNT CLEMENS SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt, 0.5 paved
Location: Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Closed: 1985

MUSKINGUM COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Zanesville, Ohio
STILL OPEN
Notes: Has had many different layouts, though I couldn’t find enough documentation on them.

NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY
Length: 1.333 paved
Location: Lebanon, Tennessee
TESTING ONLY

NEW BREMEN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved, 0.5 dirt
Location: New Bremen, Ohio
Closed: 1981
Notes: Paved in 1966, returned to dirt in 1979.

NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK
Length: 2.25 road
Location: Millville, New Jersey
STILL OPEN

NEWPORT SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.337 paved
Length: Newport, Tennessee
STILL OPEN

NORTHVILLE DOWNS
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Northville, Michigan
CLOSED TO CARS, STILL OPEN TO HORSES

NORTH WILKESBORO SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 dirt, 0.625 paved
Location: North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Closed: 2011
Notes: Closed 1996, reopened 2010, closed again 2011.

OAKSHADE RACEWAY PARK
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Wauseon, Ohio
STILL OPEN
Notes: Was called Wauseon Raceway when ARCA visited.

OGLETHORPE RACEWAY PARK
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.375 dirt^
Location: Pooler, Georgia
STILL OPEN

OHIO STATE FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 1.0 dirt, 0.2 paved
Location: Columbus, Ohio
CLOSED TO CARS, MIGHT STILL BE USED FOR HORSES (dirt), AFTER 1970 (paved)

ONA SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.4375 paved
Location: Ona, West Virginia
STILL OPEN
Notes: Once known as International Raceway Park. Closed in 1972, has opened and closed every few years, most recently reopening in 2007.

OWOSSO SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.375 paved^
Location: Ovid, Michigan
STILL OPEN
Notes: May have had several other lengths over the years.

OZARK EMPIRE FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Closed: Late 80s

PALM BEACH INT’L RACEWAY
Length: 2.043 road
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
STILL OPEN
Notes: Saw ARCA’s only confirmed rain race in 2010.

PAN-AMERICAN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Closed: 1978

PARAGON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Paragon, Indiana
STILL OPEN

PENNSBORO SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Pennsboro, West Virginia
NEWLY REOPENED
Notes: Once known as Ritchie County Speedway.

PERRY COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Hazard, Kentucky
Closed: 2004

PIKES PEAK INT’L RACEWAY
Length: 1.0 paved
Location: Pikes Peak, Colorado
STILL OPEN

PINE GROVE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Shippenville, Pennsylvania
Closed: After 1955

POCONO RACEWAY*
Length: 0.75 paved, 2.5 paved^
Location: Long Pond, Pennsylvania
STILL OPEN

PORTSMOUTH SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt?
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio
Closed: After 1962
Notes: Not the same track as Portsmouth Raceway Park, which opened in 1990.

POWELL SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.5 paved
Location: Powell, Ohio
Closed: 1965

RICHMOND INT’L RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.542 paved, 0.75 paved^
Location: Richmond, Virginia
STILL OPEN

RICHMOND RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.333 dirt^
Location: Richmond, Kentucky
STILL OPEN

ROAD AMERICA
Length: 4.048 road
Location: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
STILL OPEN

ROCKFORD SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.292 paved
Location: Loves Park, Illinois
STILL OPEN

ROCK HILL SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 dirt
Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Closed: After 1962

ROCKINGHAM SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.017 paved
Location: Rockingham, North Carolina
CURRENTLY TESTING ONLY
Notes: Closed 2004, reopened 2008, closed again 2010, reopened 2012, closed again 2013, reopened 2016.

SAGINAW FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 0.625 dirt
Location: Chesaning, Michigan
Closed: After 1956, demolished 2010

SAINT LOUIS INT’L RACEWAY
Length: 1.0 road, 2.7 road
Location: East Saint Louis, Illinois
Closed: 1995
Notes: Was demolished to make room for Gateway Int’l Raceway.

SALEM SPEEDWAY*
Length: 0.555 paved
Location: Salem, Indiana
STILL OPEN
Notes: Saw one fatality, Ray Duhigg in 1955.

SANDUSKY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Sandusky, Ohio
STILL OPEN

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Penn Township, Pennsylvania
STILL OPEN

SHADY BOWL SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.3 paved
Location: De Graff, Ohio
STILL OPEN

SHARON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Hartford, Ohio
STILL OPEN
Notes: Named for Sharon, Pennsylvania, but is in Ohio.

SHELBY COUNTY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 paved?
Location: Lakeland, Tennessee
Closed: After 1972

SOLDIER FIELD
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Closed: 1970 (track) STILL OPEN (stadium)

SOUTH ANTHONY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 paved
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Closed: 1964

SOUTH BEND MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: South Bend, Indiana
STILL OPEN

SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.357 paved, 0.4 paved^
Location: South Boston, Virginia
STILL OPEN
Notes: Home track of the Burtons.

SPARTAN SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Mason, Michigan
STILL OPEN

SPEEDWAY SALYERSVILLE
Length: 0.333 dirt
Location: Salyersville, Kentucky
Closed: After 1969

SPORTSDROME SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Jeffersonville, Indiana
STILL OPEN

SPORTSMAN PARK
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Bedford, Ohio
Closed: 1955, demolished 1956

STREETS OF DES MOINES
Length: 1.7 street
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Closed: 1994

TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY*
Length: 2.66 paved
Location: Talladega, Alabama
STILL OPEN
Notes: Saw four fatalities, Gene Richards in 1982, Ken Kalla in 1983, Tracy Read in 1987, and Chris Gehrke in 1991.

TAMPA FAIRGROUNDS
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Tampa, Florida
Closed: 1971, demolished 2002
Notes: Also went by Plant Field.

TAYLOR COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.375 dirt
Location: Campbellsville, Kentucky
Closed: After 1968

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
STILL OPEN

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.455 paved
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
STILL OPEN

TEXAS WORLD SPEEDWAY
Length: 2.0 paved
Location: College Station, Texas
Closed: 2017
Notes: Closed 1989, reopened 1992. Was to be demolished in 2015, but demolition was delayed. Saw one fatality, Louis Wusterhausen in 1972.

THE GREATER CUMBERLAND RACEWAY
Length: 0.625 dirt
Location: Cumberland, Maryland
STILL OPEN

TOLEDO SPEEDWAY*
Length: 0.5 paved^, 0.2 paved^
Location: Toledo, Ohio
STILL OPEN
Notes: ARCA’s ‘home track’. Saw one fatality, Scott Baker in 2000. Hosts the Glass City 200.

TRENTON SPEEDWAY
Length: 1.0 paved, 1.5 paved
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Closed: 1980, demolished 1981
Notes: Was replaced by a sculpture grounds, probably the best use of the land a track was once on I’ve ever seen.

TRI-COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: West Chester, Ohio
Closed: 1987

USA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Length: 0.75 paved
Location: Lakeland, Florida
Closed: 2008

VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Length: 3.27 road
Location: Danville, Virginia
STILL OPEN
Notes: Closed in 1972, but reopened in 2000.

WATKINS GLEN INT’L
Length: 2.454 road
Location: Watkins Glen, New York
STILL OPEN
Notes: John Finger won ARCA’s only visit to the track in 2001. Everyone on the lead lap crashed, and Finger was the only one to get away from it, meaning he won by a lap.

WEST 16TH STREET SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.25 paved
Location: Speedway, Indiana
Closed: 1958
Notes: Was across the street from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

WEST VIRGINIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.625 dirt
Location: Mineral Wells, West Virginia
Closed: 2013
Notes: ARCA’s visit to this track in 1997 was the most recent time ARCA has run a dirt track that was not one mile.

WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt
Location: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
STILL OPEN

WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY
Length: 0.5 dirt, 0.5 paved^
Location: Winchester, Indiana
STILL OPEN
Notes: Banked at an astronomical 37 degrees. Hosts the Winchester 400.

WISCONSIN INT’L RACEWAY
Length: 0.5 paved
Location: Kaukauna, Wisconsin
STILL OPEN

The World Trade Center Grand Prix

Built in 1973 and brought down on September 11th, 2001, the twin towers stood magnificently over the horizon of New York City. Two thousand, nine hundred and seventy eight innocent lives were lost that day fifteen and a half years ago, with all but about 225 being in New York City at the Towers. I barely remember that day, though I do remember it. The sight of smoke over the horizon is something that you just don`t forget. The fact that I could see it despite being well over forty miles away just shows you the magnitude of the disaster.

People from all over were killed. I personally believe four or five residents of my town perished. My town is not exactly one where everyone knows each other, as it`s actually quite large, but it`s still a town where crime is infrequent and murders happen maybe once every five to ten years. The daily routine is: You get up, you go to school/work, possibly pulling into a gas station if need be (I live in New Jersey, so we don`t pump our own gas, which I actually love), you attend school/work, you do anything else you need to, you come home, and that`s that. It`s a large town with a bit of a small town feel, so that day is still spoken of frequently here.

Which makes it all the more understandable why no one remembers what happened on February 26, 1993. On that day, a bomb was set off in one of the towers` basements, with the intention of causing it to domino onto the other tower and bring both down. It was a powerful bomb, but didn`t have the intended effect of felling the towers. Even still, it did cause a high amount of destruction and chaos: well over a thousand injuries were reported, nearby residents went without television signals for a week and power overall for five hours, and six lives were lost. The perpetrators were caught and brought to justice, but after 9/11, this attack is rarely noted.

The attack on Feburary 26th also had another bizarre, and indirect, effect: completely ending any chance of the CART Grand Prix Of New York being held.

Scheduled for either June 27, 1993, or July 11, 1993 (I`ve heard both), the Marlboro CART Grand Prix Of New York was first proposed in 1990 and was announced in 1992. A race in downtown New York had been something organizers had wanted to do since the beginning of motorsport, yet the closest they`ve ever gotten was, or will be, the shoreline streets of Brooklyn later this year for a Formula E race, though there have been a few karting events on short street circuits every once in a while.

The track itself was, suffice to say, not enough either, though due to its location its simplistic layout was justified (it didn`t require the closure of too many streets). It was 1.3 miles, and about eight or so turns, five major ones with the rest being small kinks. The track encircled the Twin Towers, and as such is often remembered as the World Trade Center Street Circuit. The race was apparently going to be between 180 and 200 miles, meaning they`d probably be either 139 laps for 180 miles, 144 laps for 187 miles (300km), or 154 laps for 200 miles. The Lights race would likely have been 58 laps for 75 miles, as that was the usual length of Lights races around that time.

Upon this announcement, the Meadowlands Grand Prix was almost immediately cancelled. The Meadowlands Grand Prix was held at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, not too far from the city. The race at the Meadowlands was already losing steam around that time, but with the announcement of the New York race, the organizers quickly bailed on the East Rutherford event and called it off. They learned some time later that bailing was a big mistake. Many of these organizers thought that it was just the end of the beginning for the New York GP, and that, with the race finally announced, it would be held and be a huge success.

In fact, it was the beginning of the end.

The big problem with the race, besides the obvious closure of the streets and the need for them to be repaved, was in the sponsor – Marlboro. The entire country in general was sort of doing an anti-smoking crusade, as all withheld effects had been released to the public in the late eighties, and the government had started to crackdown on tobacco advertising. New York`s mayor, Michael Dinkins, was staunchly for the crackdown, and had banned tobacco advertisements from sports arenas in the city in 1990. Dinkins promised a series of small events and programs geared towards children to teach the dangers of smoking. So the race, which Marlboro had wanted to basically be a big Marlboro advertisement with billboards everywhere, was also planning on holding several events geared towards youngsters showing them that smoking was unhealthy and unbecoming. Marlboro voiced their displeasure, leading to concerned parents on one end and an angry sponsor on the other.

While the logical move would have likely been to find a middle ground, it`s safe to say that there was no middle ground. These were the early 1990s, after all, the public had recently learned that all the harmful effects of tobacco and asbestos that had been conspiracies for the longest time were truthful, and they were extremely distrustful of big companies in general. Marlboro`s next move was never disclosed, though with Dinkins not budging on the kids` events, they likely decreased the amount of money they were feeding into the event. The event pretty much sat on a table for a few weeks after that, but Marlboro did eventually agree to some anti-smoking billboards in certain sections of the general area. However, the political hypocrisy, as one writer called it, had taken its toll.

In early October, the Marlboro Grand Prix Of New York was called off. The cash flow from Marlboro did not make up for the logistical issues in closing off major streets in New York City and repaving those streets for a CART race. The attack on February 26th, 1993 sealed its fate, with the city pouring millions into its own recovery.

New York has tried several times for a race in or near the city limits. Throughout its history, several F1 street circuits have been proposed, including one in Flushing Meadows in 1985 and Central Park in 2009, plus several downtown circuits throughout the seventies and eighties. Several speedways have been proposed as well. One just outside the city limits came close to being built in the late eighties before some key players in the project were arrested, and a 1.35 mile trioval by the name of Liberty Speedway was proposed in 2003, with the man at the helm of the project being none other than our current president. But, at the end of all roads lay failure for every project to host a race near the American center of commerce, and the World Trade Center street circuit was no exception. The Formula E race in July 2017 was the first time a major race was held in city limits, and even then it was on the outer edge.