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.
Tufte's dream became a reality in April 1955, the natural topography of the glacial Kettle Moraine area was utilized for the track, sweeping around rolling hills and plunging through ravines. By September 10, 1955, the track's first SCCA national race weekend was held. At 4.048 miles in length, with 14 turns, the track is virtually the same today as it was when it was first laid out and is revered the world over as one of the world's finest and most challenging road courses.
Millions of dollars in improvements have been made throughout the years, but the original 4.048-mile, 14-turn configuration has never been altered. In 2005, Elkhart Lake's Road America, Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its history was documented in a book, "Road America: Celebrating 50 Years of Road Racing" by Tom Schultz. Celebrities such as David Letterman, Tom Cruise, Patrick Dempsey, Tim Allen, Ashley Judd, and the late Paul Newman have visited this venue, not only for the great racing but also for the scenic surroundings of this resort community.Courtesy: Road America.
Track Length: 1950 Elkhart Lake street circuit - 3.300 miles / 5.311 km 1951-1952 Elkhart Lake street circuit - 5.300 miles / 8.529 km 1955-2002 Grand Prix Course - 4.048 miles / 6.514 km 2003 to date Grand Prix Course - 4.048 miles / 6.514 km Grand Prix Motorcycle Course - 4.000 miles / 6.437 km
The Track is located near Elkart Lake, between the Cities of Green Bay and Milwaukee in Wisconsin, USA. General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, is the nearest international airport about 68 miles to the south.
By road, the circuit is on State Highway 67.
From the north (Green Bay/Minneapolis)
Travel south on I-43 to the Sheboygan area and exit onto Hwy 23 West to Plymouth. Then take Hwy 67 North
and after 3.5 miles the circuit entrance is on the left.
From the south (Milwaukee, Chicago) Travel north on I-43 to Hwy 57 north (Plymouth). Take Hwy 57 North to County Road J (about 2 miles north of the Hwy 23 overpass). Turn left (west) onto County Rd J and then turn right (north) onto Hwy 67. From the west (Madison, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley), travel on Hwy 23 east to Hwy 67. Exit to the right onto Hwy 67 North and continue to the circuit.
General admission parking is free with the purchase of a ticket, with preferred parking available at extra cost.