Road America's Race Season is Almost Here!
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., March 30, 2016 - The 2016 race season is almost underway, and there is certainly a lot to look forward to at America's National Park of Speed!
In the offseason, quite a bit has changed, Road America broke ground on a new retail and visitors' center inside the paddock while rebuilding the main gate and adding a new winner's circle, that is also located in the paddock. Construction is underway for all of the projects, which were designed to improve the overall fan experience while staying true to form with the traditional Road America architecture around the facility. The retail center will serve as a focal point where visitors may gather, shop and learn about Road America's history. Scheduled opening is spring of 2016 and the retail center will be open year round.
Here is a look at progress of the improvements going on at Road America. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets early for the 2016 season and print them at home as Road America's first race weekend will be May 12-15, when it hosts the SVRA Spring Vintage Weekend.
Two-wheeled action takes to the track when the MotoAmerica SuperBike Doubleheader hits the track June 3-5. One week later, June 10-12, vintage motorcycle enthusiasts will be on track during the AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Classic and the Rockerbox Motofest® will entertain fans and enthusiasts alike during the weekend with on-track action and vintage motorcycle show. The WeatherTech® Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints® returns to the 4-mile circuit from June 16-19 - Road America's longest running annual sports car event.
The Verizon IndyCar Series takes center stage June 23-26 as an international lineup of drivers will have their chance to battle it out for glory on one of the world's most majestic road courses. They will be joined by the Pirelli World Challenge featuring many of the world's top sports cars and drivers in an all out wheel-to-wheel battle consisting of six classes headlined by separate GT and GTS races along with the TC class. The Porsche GT Cup class will run alongside the GT and GT-A class cars over the course of the weekend. In all, a total 12 different races will fill the schedule during the jam-packed weekend.
A mid-summer classic, The WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by HAWK, takes place July 14-17, and has quickly grown to become one of the largest vintage racing events in the country. A Historic CAN-AM race with an impressive field of cars is also expected to gather in celebration of CAN-AM's 50th Anniversary, plus the Nationwide Insurance Concours D'elegance on Friday and Saturday night in downtown Elkhart Lake round out the festivities to make The WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by HAWK a can't miss spectacle for any racing enthusiast. August 4-7, the IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge and WeatherTech® SportsCar
Championship takes over Road America's 4-mile circuit for what will be one of the most incredible weekends of sports car racing in the world and the event is now appropriately named The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. Fans will get to see the IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge Series race on Saturday, Aug. 6, with the WeatherTech® SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, August 7.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series rolls into Road America August 25-27, bringing intense door-to-door racing action to the nation's most intimidating road course. The NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule and the event could prove to be a pivotal race for drivers looking to improve their standing in the championship points. The event has also been known to draw an influx of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars and various sports car series veterans, eager for seat time and a chance to capture a win at one of the nations most storied circuits. Fans will also enjoy SCCA Pro Trans Am racing during the weekend.
August 28, OPTIMA Batteries will hold one of its OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational qualifying events at Road America, affectionately known as the OPTIMA FACEOFF. The event includes autocross, road course, braking and acceleration challenges, plus a style and design competition and road rally.
September 16-18, the VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival returns, featuring several impressive machines including many pre-war racers and CAN-AM enthusiasts reliving history at America's National Park of Speed.
Coming again on October 1-2, one of the most intense and popular endurance challenges for amateur athletes, Tough Mudder, returns to Road America and includes a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course challenge that involves diving into ice-cold water, crawling through mud and running through bursts of fire.
To purchase season passes, tickets or learn more about upcoming events at Road America, please visit Road America online at www.roadamerica.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00122qHfaOsKseiPK_oth0Gs8_3oFdrseThLEwoA3RleO67hbFMfi0x2nNL4GMK3XmduXFY-5ODLCpZZNd3hVltOpFRwMjEhqZZA8FmD0lHSfE8dvtPnXAVZNQME3lz3UMlLZRfcDZVqK1FKWJigVAJHiWkdqsnijIQWAmirWiUr8F5nKumq4zWIV9hlB6kyy6k9D0qSLfJHIeZVnXy_uH1QEH1uhhwjo-4LkfplssqUtTA9ftc0VwiVXZJ-ojwSqww5wUOn3aIbttWd8HI1Eh2oAcfzO_kbQehYBsPh2rGTvwUKoyq-6EIsPCToqjL9TTuIbsq-mG6SddC0hU7A7PpHw==&c=ft3Rw47-w_1kdleQH1U1VifjjB2YN5StV3Z8U4CuhDDEQX9Pzd3FvQ==&ch=il167bfZiALQcnsS5oRtAtDtPk_LF-sbUaTUgJtVK3V1okSmsEaMaA==] or call 800-365-RACE (7223).
About Road America: Established in 1955 as the first permanent road racing course in the United States, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world's best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the Road America Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=00122qHfaOsKseiPK_oth0Gs8_3oFdrseThLEwoA3RleO67hbFMfi0x2nNL4GMK3XmduXFY-5ODLCpZZNd3hVltOpFRwMjEhqZZA8FmD0lHSfE8dvtPnXAVZNQME3lz3UMlLZRfcDZVqK1FKWJigVAJHiWkdqsnijIQWAmirWiUr8F5nKumq4zWIV9hlB6kyy6k9D0qSLfJHIeZVnXy_uH1QEH1uhhwjo-4LkfplssqUtTA9ftc0VwiVXZJ-ojwSqww5wUOn3aIbttWd8HI1Eh2oAcfzO_kbQehYBsPh2rGTvwUKoyq-6EIsPCToqjL9TTuIbsq-mG6SddC0hU7A7PpHw==&c=ft3Rw47-w_1kdleQH1U1VifjjB2YN5StV3Z8U4CuhDDEQX9Pzd3FvQ==&ch=il167bfZiALQcnsS5oRtAtDtPk_LF-sbUaTUgJtVK3V1okSmsEaMaA==] Follow Road America onwww.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.