USA - UNITED STATES
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Description Circuit proposed and built from 1995, according to Nascar owner, Bruton Smith’s idea to build a great circuit for more than 160000 spectators. At first it should have been a tri-oval, but in February 1998 it was converted into a 4-bends oval.

It has different banking values: from 8° to 24° on bends and 5° on main straight. Such banking let reach very high speed, average speed is more than 385 km/h - 240 mph. It has been paved more than once because of the poor quality of drainage

There is also a road infield course (ALMS course), that uses banked curves of the oval course and that could be splitted in some minor courses.

Behind curve 2 there is Lone Stars Tower, a great redidential complex: it’s possible to watch whole races from its windows.

It should have hosted on April 29th 2001 a Cart race. Nevertheless, the high banking and high max. speed caused many problems to drivers, that fainted away and/or suffered sight troubles; for these reason the race was canceled. For more details, see note, below on this page (unfortunately it’s available only in Italian on Italian page)

Today this track hosts IRL (since 1997) and Nascar races, always on oval course.
Location Fort Worth
TX - Texas - Southern States
Location Between Fort Worth and Denton

How to go there: from I-35 W North of downtown Fort Worth, take Hwy. 114 Exit. Speedway is located on Hwy. 114 W.

Texas Motor Speedway
3601 Highway 114
Fort Worth, TX
Latitude - Longitude + 33°02'12"     - 97°16'54"
33.036667     -97.281667
UTM Coordinates X = 660462.914  -  Y = 3656663.896  -  Zone 14S
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Microsoft Research Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) MapQuest
Altitude AMSL 192 m - 630 ft
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English ForumForum --> Chat in English --> Aerials of circuits [ENG]
(2) English German ForumForum --> North America --> USA: Southern States --> Texas - Texas Motor Speedway [ENG, GER]
(3) English (United States) racing.ballparks.com/Texas/aerial.jpgPhoto 2
(4) English (United States) www.megascenery.com/images/megacitydfw/dfw1-1.jpgPhoto 3
(5) English www.milermeter.com/?r=1983726Track layout
(6) English (United States) www.racefanguide.com
(7) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(8) English (United States) www.speedtv.com/_assets/library/img/large/87707_tms.track.night.jpgPhoto 1
(9) English (United States) www.texasmotorspeedway.com/pages/a_common/diagrams-seatingcharts.shtml
(10) English (United States) www.texasmotorspeedway.com/pages/fanguide/maps.shtml
(11) French Youtube (...)Video: CartCrash2001 - Volume 3 (2001-03 FortWorth)
(12) Italian Autosprint 10/1991 (page 11)A new circuit with oval and road courses is announced in Texas
(13) English (United States) www.texasmotorspeedway.comOfficial website
(14) English (United States) www.texasmotorspeedway.com/images/imgSpeedwayMaps.jpgOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Oval
Description  
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 23rd 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2414  m 7920  ft 1.5  mi   (10)

American Le Mans Series Course
Description In 2000 a temporary chicane was create more or less at pit exit. Tyre marks are clearly visibile on aerial photos, so probably it was used even later (and maybe before too), but I have no more info
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page June 13th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4554  m 14942  ft 2.83  mi   (9)
length 3740  m 12271  ft 2.324  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (5)

Infield Road Course
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 23rd 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2189  m 7181  ft 1.36  mi   (9)

Infield Short Course I
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 23rd 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 821  m 2693  ft 0.51  mi   (9)

Infield Short Course II
Description  
Years  
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 23rd 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 724  m 2376  ft 0.45  mi   (9)

Oval track
Description  
Years 1991
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 23rd 2007
Info last update March 1991
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2414  m 7920  ft 1.5  mi   (12)

Road course
Description  
Years 1991
Direction  
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page October 23rd 2007
Info last update March 1991
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4023  m 13200  ft 2.5  mi   (12)

Texas Motor Speedway: oval course

Texas Motor Speedway: oval course


Texas Motor Speedway, American Le Mans Series Course

Texas Motor Speedway, American Le Mans Series Course

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Texas Motor Speedway, Infield Road Course

Texas Motor Speedway, Infield Road Course


Texas Motor Speedway, Infield Short Course I (red)

Texas Motor Speedway, Infield Short Course I (red)


Texas Motor Speedway, Infield Short Course II (blue)

Texas Motor Speedway, Infield Short Course II (blue)



Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
June 13th 2008 American Le Mans Series Course   Guido de Carli borough82 borough82 Update Description
June 18th 2007     Lorenzo Tommasi     Update Video (link)
June 5th 2007     Lorenzo Tommasi     Update Description
June 15th 2006     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
August 7th 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description
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