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313: Road America is more than a race track.

Show Date: 06/13/2020

(Season 14 EP 24)

Guest: John Ewert, Road America

John Ewert

In the early 1950’s, sports car races were being run on the streets in and around Elkhart Lake. When the state legislature banned racing on public roads, a man named Clif Tufte organized a group of influential local citizens and leaders of the Chicago Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). This group developed plans and sold stock to build a permanent racecourse. The overall vision of Road America grew out of the dreams of Tufte, a highway engineer, who chose 525 acres of Wisconsin farmland outside the Village of Elkhart Lake for the track.

The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to thousands of spectators each year.  In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers group event programs, the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex for karting and Supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools.

The race track has a busy schedule throughout the summer months. June will include:

*WeatherTech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints. Everything from showroom stock to highly modified purpose-built race cars from nine race groups are scheduled for this year’s race

*There is the SVRA Vintage Festival Weekend. The event will bring the past back to life with the sights and sounds from motorsport’s pioneering age both on and off the track. 

*MotoAmerica Superbike Series & Vintage MotoFest. Experience world-class motorcycle racing at nearly 200 miles per hour.

Check website for more details and other events.

John will explain that the track has a natural setting that makes coming to the track possible in these times of COVID-19.


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