Autobahn Country Club Article

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AUTOBAHN COUNTRY CLUB Latitude and Longitude:

41°27′17″N 088°07′38″W / 41.45472°N 88.12722°W / 41.45472; -88.12722

Autobahn Circuit
Location3795 CenterPoint Way, Joliet, Illinois 60436 [1]815-722-2223
OpenedOctober 2004
ArchitectAlan Wilson
Major events Harrah's Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda
Full Circuit
Surface asphalt
Length5.73 km (3.56 mi)
North Circuit
Surfaceasphalt
Length2.41 km (1.50 mi)
South Circuit
Surfaceasphalt
Length3.32 km (2.06 mi)

Autobahn Country Club is an auto racing road course located in Joliet, Illinois, operated as a country club, while also hosting many outside events. The facility includes a configurable main track with a 1.50-mile (2.41 km) north track, a 2.06-mile (3.32 km) south track, a full track of 3.56 miles (5.73 km), skid pad, and a 0.8-mile (1.3 km) kart track. The kart track has a kart fleet, and hosts touring kart races in addition to in-house races. The club has a free test fleet of Cadillacs, Lexus cars, AMG Mercedes cars, Porsche 911, Ferrari California, Acura NSX, McLaren 570, and a Nismo Nissan 370Z. The club has a sanctioning body called Autobahn Member Racing, which hosts series for Spec Miatas, GT cars, Radical Sportscars, a discipline called Chase Racing similar to bracket racing, open wheel cars, as well as series for rallycross and autocross. The club requires a $35,000 membership fee to use the tracks and 'club house', which contains a bar and banquet hall. The club has a racing school with instructors including Super Vee champion and 1978 Indycar Rookie of the Year Tom Bagley and 1990 SCCA Formula Ford champion Tony Kester. There is also a public defensive driving school, that uses specially prepared BMW cars to teach safe driving skills. Many members purchase land to build garages and personal condos. Notable members include legendary racers Bobby Rahal, Graham Rahal, David Heinemeier Hansson, Cooper MacNeil, and Tom Bagley. The club is home to many exotic cars, including a Ferrari Dino, a Ford Mustang Boss 302, a Nash Healey, a Ferrari Challenge Stradale, an Allard K2, a Radical SR8, an Alfa Romeo Zagato, and a Williams Formula One car.

The facility is available for rent by private parties. It hosts events for various organizations including the SCCA, NASA, and various marque clubs. [2]

The tracks

The Autobahn full track is 3.56 miles in distance. The full track can be split into two smaller tracks. The south track is much larger than the north. Autobahn Country Club also offers a professional half-mile go kart track and skidpad for the teen driving academy and other private events.

Businesses in paddock

Along with private garages and condos, various performance shops and race headquarters are located on the Autobahn campus. Some of these include Eurosport racing, Team Stradale, Havoc Racing, and many other businesses available for onsite service.

References

  1. ^ "The Autobahn tracks". Archived from the original on 2007-11-01.
  2. ^ "NA-Motorsports".

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