|"America's National Park of Speed"|
|Location||Town of Plymouth, Sheboygan County, at N7390 Highway 67, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, United States|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (UTC-5 DST)|
|Capacity||Open seating without capacity limitation|
|Owner||Road America, Inc.|
|Operator||Road America, Inc.|
|Opened||10 September 1955|
|Former names||Elkhart Lake Road Races (1955-1960)|
Grand Prix of Road America
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Road Race Showcase at Road America
NASCAR Xfinity Series
GT World Challenge America
(1991-1996, 1998, 2002-2004, 2006, 2008-2009, 2014-present)
NASCAR Cup Series
Kwik Trip 250
American Le Mans Series
Road America 500
Road America 200
Rolex Sports Car Series
|Grand Prix Course (1955-present)|
|Length||4.048 miles (6.515 km)|
|Race lap record||1:41.874 ( Alex Zanardi, Reynard 98I, 1998, CART)|
|Motorcycle Course (2003-present)|
|Length||4.000 miles (6.437 km)|
|Race lap record||2:10.998 ( Jake Gagne, Yamaha YZF-R1, 2021, Superbike)|
|Karting road course|
|Length||0.8 miles (1.3 km)|
|Off road racing road course (defunct)|
|Length||1.1 miles (1.8 km)|
Elkhart Lake Road Race Circuits
|Location||Cty Hwys, J, P, JP, A, and Lake St., Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin|
|Area||56.7 acres (22.9 ha)|
|NRHP reference No.||06000053|
|Added to NRHP||February 17, 2006|
Road America is a motorsport road course located near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, United States on Wisconsin Highway 67. It has hosted races since the 1950s and currently hosts races in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IndyCar Series, SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, ASRA, AMA Superbike series, and SCCA Pro Racing's Trans-Am Series. NASCAR will replace Road America with street racing through Downtown Chicago starting in 2023.
The track is situated on 640 acres (260 ha) near the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. It has hosted races since September 1955 and currently hosts over 400 events a year. Of its annual events, 9 major weekends are open to the public which include 3 motorcycle events including the MotoAmerica (AMA FIM) series, 3 vintage car events, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events, the United Sports Car Racing Series, the Pirelli World Challenge, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Road America is one of only a handful of road circuits in the world maintaining its original configuration being 4.048 miles (6.515 km) in length with 14 turns. The track features many elevation changes, along with a long front stretch where speeds approaching 200 mph (320 km/h) may be reached. One of the best known features of this course is a turn on the backside known as "the kink".
Road America's open seating allows spectators to venture throughout the grounds. Grandstands are available in several locations, as well as permanent hillside seating where crowds of more than 150,000 can be accommodated.
In addition to the main course, the facility includes a 0.8-mile (1.3 km) karting track called the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex inside the Carousel. The 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. The motorplex also hosts events sanctioned by the North Woods GP series running Supermoto and street bike racing using small displacement motorcycles.
The Motorplex was built at the site of an earlier off road racing circuit used for several SODA events in the 1990s. The 1995 event was televised tape delayed on ESPN2 by reporters Marty Reid, Ivan Stewart, and Jimmie Johnson. The course was 1.1 miles (1.8 km) long with 150 feet (46 m) of elevation change. The track featured a blind jump nicknamed "The Hell Hole".
In late 2006, Road America began a project to remove the old Bill Mitchell bridge and use a tunnel as the main entrance to the paddock. The tunnel project was completed in May 2007 with the grand opening celebration on May 31 for the AMA Suzuki Superbike Championship weekend. The tunnel is 16.5 ft (5.0 m) high and 36 ft (11 m) wide and has two lanes of traffic and two pedestrian walkways on either side. With the removal of the bridge, a new spectator viewing area was created.
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 3.3 mi (5.3 km).
For the next two races, in 1951 and 1952, a different course was used. It was 6.5 mi (10.5 km) long, on County Roads J, A, and P. To date, one may still drive most of the original course.
After the tragedy at Watkins Glen in 1952, where a child was killed, the U.S. ruled to discontinue motorized 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, Clif Tufte started what is now known as Road America, in a configuration that has changed little over the past 60 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.
Many different racing series have had the occasion to race at Road America. The first was the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) on September 10, 1955. The Road America 500 is a sports car race that was part of different championships, among them the SCCA National Sports Car Championship, the United States Road Racing Championship and the IMSA GT Championship. Currently it is a points-paying race of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The Grand Prix of Road America is an open-wheel race that was held as part of the Champ Car World Series and currently it is a part of the IndyCar Series.
Other notable series have included NASCAR's Grand National (now NASCAR Cup Series) in 1956 and NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2010, CART from 1982 until 2007, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Racing Series, CanAm, Trans-Am, AMA, and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs from 2009 to 2013. The Stadium Super Trucks began racing at the track starting in 2018; the trucks run a shortened course that bypasses turns 6 to 12, though the full layout is used on the final lap.
Road America also holds a variety of vintage racing events, including the Brian Redman International Challenge, now the HAWK with Brian Redman.
At the 2008 Road America 500 an Audi R10 TDI set an LMP1 pole time of 1:46.935. At the 2009 Road Race Showcase, Dyson Racing Team set an LMP2 pole time of 1:51.010. At the 2011 Road Race Showcase, BMW Team RLL set a GT pole time of 2:05.447, while at the same event a Porsche 997 GT3 set a GTC pole time of 2:14.126.
One NASCAR Grand National (now NASCAR Cup Series) race was held in 1956. The track hosted two more Cup series races in 2021 and 2022 before being planned to be replaced by the Chicago Street Race in 2023.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race distance||Race time||Average speed
|1956||August 12||15||Tim Flock||Bill Stroppe||Mercury||63||252||3:29:50||73.858||Report|||
|2021||July 4||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||62||250.48 (403.131)||2:54:33||86.271||Report|||
|2022||July 3||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||62||250.48 (403.131)||2:35:51||96.622||Report|
On December 21, 2009, NASCAR announced that with the situation at the Wisconsin State Fair Park being unclear, and losing races at the Milwaukee Mile, they would move Milwaukee's Xfinity Series race to Road America. The first race was held on June 19, 2010 and was won by Carl Edwards. In 2015, the race moved to late August during an off-weekend for the Sprint Cup Series.
|Year||Date||Winning Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed|
|2010||June 19||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||50||202.4 (325.731)||2:57:17||68.501|
|2011||June 25||Reed Sorenson||Turner Motorsports||Chevrolet||57*||230.736 (371.333)||2:55:24||78.929|
|2012||June 23||Nelson Piquet Jr.||Turner Motorsports||Chevrolet||50||202.4 (325.731)||2:22:35||85.171|
|2013||June 22||A. J. Allmendinger||Penske Racing||Ford||55*||222.64 (356.224)||2:58:50||74.697|
|2014||June 21||Brendan Gaughan||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||53*||214.544 (345.275)||2:48:03||76.6|
|2015||August 29||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||45||182.20 (293.222)||2:20:21||77.874|
|2016||August 27||Michael McDowell||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||48*||194.304 (312.702)||2:36:20||74.573|
|2017||August 27||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing||Chevrolet||45||182.20 (293.222)||2:12:53||82.25|
|2018||August 25||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||45||182.20 (293.222)||2:23:57||75.926|
|2019||August 24||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||45||182.20 (293.222)||2:11:38||83.031|
|2020||August 8||Austin Cindric||Team Penske||Ford||45||182.20 (293.222)||2:56:37||61.830|
|2021||July 3||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||45||182.20 (293.222)||2:25:47||74.972|
|2022||July 2||Ty Gibbs||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||48*||194.304 (312.702)||2:36:14||74.621|
The CART Champ Car series held races at the track from 1982 to 2007, with the exception of 2005. The Verizon Indy Car Series revived the event beginning in 2016.
At the beginning of the Group 6 race in the 2005 Brian Redman International Challenge, there was a large incident consisting of most of the field: The driver starting fifth (Ray Mulacek, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro) accelerated well before the green flag and tried to force his way between the wall and the car in front of him, resulting in contact with the wall. A following car checked up and was rear-ended, causing a spin that led to further contact as following cars were unable to avoid the growing incident. After just a few seconds of green flag racing, the red flag was waved. Following the initial incident, the failure of trailing drivers to heed red flags being shown at 14 and 15 (under the bridge at the crest of the hill) may have compounded the issue. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured, with the worst injury being a broken arm.
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. Da Matta was unconscious when the safety crew extricated him from the car, and was airlifted via ThedaSTAR to Theda Clark Medical Center south of Appleton, where he underwent surgery to remove a subdural hematoma.
Adam Schatz, 26, from Chicago, Illinois, died in a karting accident during the Road America Super Nationals, Championship Enduro Series on July 12, 2008.
During the end of the race, Schatz was in second place. On the main straight, shortly after the last turn, Schatz saw the kart in third position on his left and tried to pull ahead to be bumped. As he did so, the kart in fourth position bumped the third, speeding the third kart up. At this point Schatz was not clear as to what was happening, and as he moved to his left, the two karts made contact.
Schatz's kart veered hard left and hit the wall. The impact sent the kart flying ten feet into the air ejecting the driver onto the track. The rest of the drivers avoided Schatz, some drivers stopped and after seeing Schatz's condition, waved to get medical help.
The race was immediately stopped as medical assistance arrived on the place of the accident. Schatz had suffered brain stem and spinal cord injuries and his heart had stopped. He was revived by the doctors and taken to the Theda Clark Memorial Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin, but his injuries proved to be too severe to survive and one week later he died.
During the Pirelli World Challenge weekend, drivers Steve Hill and Jim Booth were involved in an intense battle for first. The drivers contacted each other heading towards turn 5, causing Jim Booth to go airborne into the catch fence at 150 mph. This caused significant damage to the fence throwing debris into the spectator area. Booth's car was completely destroyed while Hill was able to continue the race with minor damage. Neither of the drivers, personnel, or spectators were injured during the incident.
The official lap record for Road America is 1:41.874, set by Alex Zanardi in the 1998 Texaco/Havoline 200, while the unofficial all-time track record is 1:39.866, set by Dario Franchitti during the qualifying of the 2000 Motorola 220. The official fastest race lap records at Road America for different classes are listed as:
|Grand Prix Course: 6.515 km (1955-present)|
|CART||1:41.874||Alex Zanardi||Reynard 98I||1998 Texaco/Havoline 200|
|IndyCar||1:43.4651||Josef Newgarden||Dallara DW12||2017 Kohler Grand Prix|
|CCWS||1:44.133||Sébastien Bourdais||Lola B02/00||2006 Grand Prix of Road America|
|LMP1||1:48.723||Marco Werner||Audi R10 TDI||2008 Road America 500|
|IMSA GTP||1:48.944||Juan Manuel Fangio II||Eagle MkIII||1992 Road America 2 Hours|
|LMP2||1:49.439||Franck Montagny||Acura ARX-01B||2008 Road America 500|
|DPi||1:51.034||Dane Cameron||Acura ARX-05||2020 IMSA SportsCar Weekend|
|Indy Lights||1:53.013||Zachary Claman DeMelo||Dallara IL-15||2017 Indy Lights Grand Prix of Road America|
|LMP900||1:53.403||Frank Biela||Audi R8||2002 Road America 500|
|Group C||1:55.330||Manuel Reuter||Porsche 962C||1993 Road America 500 km|
|DP||1:55.458||Tristan Nunez||Mazda Prototype||2016 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase|
|LMP675||1:56.944||Jon Field||MG-Lola EX257||2002 Road America 500|
|WSC||1:58.379||Didier Theys||Ferrari 333 SP||2001 Road America 500|
|Formula Atlantic||1:59.174||Raphael Matos||Swift 016.a||2006 Road America Formula Atlantic round|
|LMPC||1:59.245||Patricio O'Ward||Oreca FLM09||2017 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase|
|Can-Am||2:00.268||Geoff Brabham||Lola T530||1981 Can-Am/CRC Trans-Am Road America|
|LMP3||2:01.296||Felipe Fraga||Ligier JS P320||2022 IMSA Fastlane SportsCar Weekend|
|Pro Mazda||2:01.3306||Toby Sowery||Tatuus PM-18||2018 Road America Pro Mazda round|
|GT1 (GTS)||2:01.446||Olivier Beretta||Chevrolet Corvette C6.R||2005 Road America 500|
|F5000||2:02.220||Danny Ongais||Lola T332||1976 Road America F5000 round|
|LM GTE||2:02.281||Nick Tandy||Chevrolet Corvette C8.R||2021 IMSA SportsCar Weekend|
|Group 7||2:04.374||Mark Donohue||Porsche 917/30 TC||1973 Road America Can-Am|
|Formula Regional||2:04.900||Raoul Hyman||Ligier JS F3||2022 Road America FR Americas round|
|GT3||2:05.837||Jordan Pepper||Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo||2022 Road America GT World Challenge America round|
|GT||2:05.882||Antonio García||Chevrolet Corvette C6.R||2012 Road Race Showcase|
|Lamborghini Super Trofeo||2:05.961||Sandy Mitchell||Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo||2019 Road America Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America round|
|IMSA GTP Lights||2:06.115||Charles Morgan||Kudzu DG-2||1992 Road America 2 Hours|
|IMSA GTS||2:06.593||Scott Pruett||Oldsmobile Cutlass||1993 Road America 500 km|
|TA1||2:06.898||Ernie Francis Jr.||Ford Mustang Trans-Am||2020 Road America Trans-Am round|
|IMSA GTO||2:09.182||Pete Halsmer||Mazda RX-7||1991 IMSA GTO Road America 200 km|
|US F2000||2:09.656||Scott Anderson||Élan DP08||2012 Road America US F2000 round|
|Porsche Carrera Cup||2:09.941||Kay van Berlo||Porsche 911 (992) GT3 Cup||2021 Road America Porsche Carrera Cup North America round|
|Group 5||2:10.250||John Paul, Jr.||Porsche 935 JLP-3||1981 Road America 500 Miles|
|Sports 2000||2:10.648||Gary Gove||Ralt RT2||1980 Road America Can-Am round|
|GTO||2:11.399||Paul Gentilozzi||Jaguar XKR||2000 Road America 500 Miles|
|AGT||2:12.453||Irv Hoerr||Chevrolet Camaro||2000 Road America 500 Miles|
|Ferrari Challenge||2:12.838||Jason McCarthy||Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo||2021 Road America Ferrari Challenge North America round|
|TO||2:13.500||Hans-Joachim Stuck||Audi 200 Quattro||1988 Road America Trans-Am round|
|TA2||2:13.999||Rafa Matos||Chevrolet Camaro Trans-Am||2019 Road America Trans-Am round|
|NASCAR Cup||2:14.089||William Byron||Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE NASCAR||2021 Jockey Made in America 250|
|NASCAR Xfinity||2:14.655||Christopher Bell||Toyota Supra||2019 CTECH Manufacturing 180|
|SRO GT2||2.15.474||C.J. Moses||Audi R8 LMS GT2||2022 Road America GT America round|
|GT4||2:16.673||Corey Lewis||McLaren 570S GT4||2020 Road America 120|
|GTU||2:16.719||Darren Law||Porsche 911 (996) GT3 R||2000 Road America 500 Miles|
|Group 6||2:17.799||Mike Hall||Lola T294||1977 Citicop Can-Am Challenge|
|Formula 4||2:19.141||Matthew Christensen||Crawford F4-16||2022 Road America F4 United States round|
|IMSA AAC||2:19.146||Michael Dingman||Ford Mustang||1992 Nissan Grand Prix of Road America|
|USF Juniors||2:20.090||Mac Clark||Ligier JS F4||2022 Fleet Farm Grand Prix of Road America|
|IMSA GTU||2:20.208||John Fergus||Dodge Daytona||1992 Nissan Grand Prix of Road America|
|TCR Touring Car||2:20.971||Michael James Lewis||Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)||2020 Road America 120|
|TU||2:43.700||John Morton||Datsun 510||1972 Road America Trans-Am round|
|IMSA Supercar||2:57.261||Hurley Haywood||Porsche 911 Turbo||1991 Nissan Grand Prix of Road America|
|Motorcycle Course: 6.437 km (2003-present)|
|Superbike||2:10.998||Jake Gagne||Yamaha YZF-R1||2021 Road America MotoAmerica round|
|Supersport||2:18.013||Richie Escalante||Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R||2021 Road America MotoAmerica round|
|Twins Cup||2:26.685||Anthony Mazziotto||Aprilia RS 660||2022 Road America MotoAmerica round|
|Junior Cup||2:39.192||Rocco Landers||Kawasaki Ninja 400R||2020 2nd Road America MotoAmerica round|
Road America is host to several non-automotive events.
The Road America track has been included in multiple racing video games, including Automobilista 2, the Forza Motorsport series, CART Precision Racing, iRacing, Raceroom Racing Experience, NASCAR Heat 2, NASCAR Heat 3, NASCAR Heat 4,NASCAR Heat 5, Need for Speed: Shift, Shift 2: Unleashed, Project CARS, Project CARS 2, TOCA Race Driver 2, and Ride 3.
A group of Group 9 BOSS cars going around turn eight at the Kohler International Challenge
Fans looking east at Turn Five during the 1995 June Sprints