USA - UNITED STATES
HOUSTON (RELIANT PARK)
Description Street circuit, it will be inaugurated on May 11th-13th 2006 with Champ Car and ALMS races under the lights. It’s the first Champ Car race under the lights not on an oval circuit after the race at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, July 5th 2003. The track will be lightened by 18 stadium lights; start is scheduled at 8.00 PM local time. Paddock will be inside Reliant Arena. Approx 150,000 spectators are expected
Location Reliant Park, Houston
TX - Texas - Southern States
Location Reliant Park, a sporting and (I think) fairy area; all elements (Reliant Stadium, Reliant Astrodome, Reliant Arena, Reliant Parkway) are sponsored by Reliant
Latitude - Longitude + 29°40'50"     - 95°24'19"
29.680556     -95.405278
UTM Coordinates X = 267242.034  -  Y = 3285809.297  -  Zone 15R
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 12 m - 39 ft
Inauguration May 11th 2006
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian mail, note Mails from Lorenzo Tommasi dated November 11th 2005, April 17th 2006, April 20th 2006 and May 19th 2006
(2) English mail, note Mail from Michel Marti dated May 19th 2006
(3) English ForumForum --> North America --> USA: Southern States --> Texas - Houston track is changed 48h before the start! [ENG]
(4) Italian ForumForum --> North America --> USA: Southern States --> Texas - CLAMOROSO! Modificato il tracciato a Houston [ITA]
(5) English www.champcarworldseries.com/CONTENT/PDF/Results/2006/20060511PDFR_0001.pdfOfficial map
(6) English www.milermeter.com/?r=1980676Track layout
(7) English www.milermeter.com/?r=1983676Track layout
(8) Italian Autosprint 41/2005 (page 44)New street circuit, it will host ALMS in 2006
(9) English www.grandprixofhouston.com/event_info.htmlOfficial 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.

Reliant Park
Description First proposal of the circuit, dated end of 2005
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page May 21st 2006
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Reliant Park

Without chicane
Description  
Years 2006
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration May 11th 2006
Closing May 11th 2006
Last update of this page May 21st 2006
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2736  m 8976  ft 1.7  mi Without chicane  

Reliant Park

With chicane
Description During ALMS practice they found that Corner 2 was too dangerous, so a temporary chicane has been added on the previous straight. As the circuit with chicane is shorter than the one without it (according to layout, the circuit with chicane should be longer), maybe some more minor changes were made and/or they remeasured track length. For more details, see on the forum
Years 2006
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration May 12th 2006
Closing  
Last update of this page June 13th 2008
Info last update May 11th 2006
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2720  m 8923  ft 1.69  mi With chicane  
length 2724  m 8937  ft 1.693  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (6)

Reliant Park
Description  
Years 2007
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration May 12th 2006
Closing  
Last update of this page June 13th 2008
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2700  m 8857  ft 1.678  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (7)

Proposal end of 2005

Proposal end of 2005


2006 final layout without chicane

2006 final layout without chicane


2006 final layout with chicane

2006 final layout with chicane

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2007 layout, compared with the 2006 one without chicane

2007 layout, compared with the 2006 one without chicane

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Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
June 13th 2008     Guido de Carli borough82 borough82 Update Description
March 31st 2007 Reliant Park 2007 Guido de Carli     Update Description with map
May 21st 2006 Reliant Park 2006 Lorenzo Tommasi Lorenzo Tommasi Michel Marti Update Description with map
May 13th 2006 Reliant Park 2006 Guido de Carli   Lorenzo Tommasi Update Description
April 17th 2006 Reliant Park 2006 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
November 15th 2005 Reliant Park 2006 Guido de Carli   Lorenzo Tommasi Update Description
November 12th 2005 Reliant Park 2006 Lorenzo Tommasi   Stephan Zeidler New Description
November 12th 2005 Reliant Park 2006 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli Lorenzo Tommasi New Description with map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list
 
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