Where Is Auto Club Speedway? [Expert Review!]

Many of you may know that I follow motorsport quite closely and have always believed that data collection is among the most undervalued aspects of any fandom. Being able to compile detailed stats on racing drivers, teams, and competitors is hugely valuable and can help you make much better, more informed decisions about which cars to purchase and which ones to avoid. That’s why I’m so happy to see the latest addition to my collection of racing-related data: Google Maps’ new Street View feature which allows you to explore real-world locations in 360-degree street-level imagery. This is truly amazing!

With this new functionality, you’ll be able to virtually roam around the famous North Carolina Motor Speedway, taking a closer look at the various turns, the grandstands, and of course, the racing surface itself. Since the Street View camera does not allow for any kind of cropping or manipulation of the images, they’ll essentially be as good as the official map grids which NASCAR has made available for everyone to use.

I decided to dive right in and use this new feature to find out more about my favorite racing venue and see what all the buzz is about. Let’s begin our journey to the center of the racing universe, shall we?

The History Of Auto Club Speedway

Auto Club Speedway is one of the most recognizable sports venues in the United States, if not the world. The track first opened its gates in 1927 and was originally known as Rockingham Speedway. The track was originally constructed for auto racing but served as a venue for various other racing competitions as well (including, but certainly not limited to, stock car racing). In 1960, the track was renamed in honor of the original Auto Club which had its origins in Southern California and was one of the first clubs to promote and organize motorsport events.

The following year, the track underwent a major renovation which expanded the seating capacity from 10,000 to 50,000. For the next several years, the track continued to grow both in size and stature, hosting several notable events including the World 600 in 1968, the Carolina 500 in 1972, and the U.S. Nationals in 1975. The track also hosted the first-ever IndyCar World Championship in 1974 and the following year became the first North American stadium to utilize oval-style tracks. In 1978, the track was purchased by Bruton Smith and his family, keeping the oval format but renaming it after himself (who served as the president of the track from 1979 to 1995).

The Current And Future Of Auto Club Speedway

These days, Auto Club Speedway mostly serves as a road course for NASCAR events and boasts a 70-degree banking angle which makes for some incredible racing. The track currently holds two NASCAR races per year as well as several major motorsport events throughout the year. The most recent addition to the race schedule is the revived ARCA race which was first held at the track in 1982 and has been held annually since. In total, the track has hosted over 450 races to date, more than any other circuit in the world. In 2015, the track celebrated its 90th anniversary and is currently in the process of a major renovation which will see the addition of an upper deck behind the grandstands. Additionally, the entire frontstretch will be closed off to create more seating areas and improve circulation.

If you’ve ever been curious about Auto Club Speedway, this new feature will certainly satisfy your curiosity and provide you with enough information to make a well-informed decision about whether or not to visit the track. It’s always a good idea to visit the actual venue before making any sort of travel plans as this will give you a much better sense of the overall ambiance and feel of the place. Hopefully, Google Maps’ Street View will become even more valuable in the future as more locations are added to the service and more people begin to use it. Keep up with the latest developments by following me on Twitter!

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