Road America

Photo by Les Tension from 2019's SCCA WeatherTech Chicago Region June sprints.

ELKHART LAKE — This weekend is the perfect time to discover, or perhaps re-discover, Road America—Elkhart Lake's own motorsport road course.

The 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs will return to Road America Oct. 9 through 11. Nearly 600 entries are expected between the 26 classes of competition, making it one of the largest annual amateur road-racing events.

The Runoffs are a winner-take-all championship for the Sports Car Club of America racers, open to any who qualify. Prize money will be up for grabs, along with bragging rights. The most notable winners include Skip Barber, Paul Newman, Bobby Rahal, Graham Rahal, Roger Penske and Jimmy Vasser.

NASCAR coming to Road America 4th of July weekend

Road America President and General Manager Mike Kertscher announced last month that the NASCAR Cup Series will add Road America to its schedule July 4, 2021.

“Since we welcomed the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2010, our fans have been asking for the NASCAR Cup Series, and we are very proud to make it happen on the Fourth of July,” said Road America’s President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher in a news release. “The weekend is going to be memorable and exciting for everyone as we celebrate Independence Day at America’s National Park of Speed. We encourage new and returning fans to get their tickets and campsites early because we intend to host four full days of on-track action. Our entire staff is excited to welcome the teams, drivers, and new visitors to show them that Road America is the ideal facility to come for the experience and stay for the race.”

Tickets are now available at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223.

About the venue

Road America was built in 1955 using the natural topography of the Kettle Moraine area. Local Clif Tufte organized other citizens and the Chicago Region of the SCCA to develop the track when state legislature banned racing on public roads. The first race weekend was held Sept. 10 and 11 of that year. 

The track is 4.048 miles in length with 14 turns and, with the exception of routine maintenance, has never been altered. Today, it lies on a 640-acre park-like grounds and attracts approximately 800,000 visitors a year with its more than 400 events held annually.

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