An auto dealer from New York is in early talks with Lee County, Florida to build two motorsports facilities on land near the Southwest Florida International Airport. Estero’s Carmine Dell Aquila, who owns a Nissan car dealership in Long Island, New York, has been noted as looking at a 400-500 acre site to build the raceways. One circuit would be dedicated to off-road racing while the other would be a paved oval.
Road Atlanta announced today that Michelin will be the new naming rights holder for the historic raceway, while also previewing some coming upgrades to the facility. The host of the annual Petit Le Mans IMSA finale will now be known as Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Michelin is the first ever naming rights holder in the track’s history, having previously been the official tire partner of Road Atlanta.
When NASCAR returns to Sonoma Raceway in the summer of 2019, fans will have a new layout to watch the racing action from. For the first time since 1997, NASCAR will race on the circuit’s classic carousel instead of the shorter short-chute they have used since the 1998 season.
Talladega has been one of the most legendary tracks in the NASCAR system for more than 50 years. Its long straightaway allows for petal to the metal racing that allows for both spectacular wrecks and furious sprints to capture the checkered flag.
The planned Formula E e-Prix to be held in Zurich this season has been postponed. A conflicting event within the city has caused race organizers to put an end to the planning of this season’s event in Switzerland. The Swiss capital city of Bern now looks set to replace the Zurich event.
Today, Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) is a 125,000-seat success story, with an 850-acre campus. The infield area alone is more than 120 acres. It is known as one of NASCAR’s fastest tracks, as it is one of only two tracks that does not require restrictor plates on the cars. The record for average lap speed during qualifying is 197 mph by Geoff Bodine and during a race the top average lap speed record is 158 mph by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It is for these reasons that AMS uses “Real Racing… Real Fast” as its slogan.