Where Is California Speedway? [Facts!]

The 2018 NASCAR season is just around the corner, and with the new year already started, it’s time to start thinking about the big changes ahead. One of the biggest differences this year is how different the layout of the track will be compared to years past. NASCAR adopted a new template for their tracks in the form of the California Speedway, and with its distinctive undulating shape, it was designed to give the NASCAR drivers a new exciting backdrop to their already action-packed racing season. So what is the new California Speedway layout like? Let’s take a look.

A Whole New Animal

You may know that NASCAR adopted a new template for their tracks this year, and one of the most distinctive features of the new layout is how different it is compared to the traditional oval shape. If you’ve ever driven on a track before, you’ll know that there is a specific feeling you get when you loop the inner portions of the turns, and the long straightaways between them. These are features that made up the classic oval track, and they still exist in the new layout but not in the same capacity. Now, the track is not perfectly straight, and there are a few spots where the natural terrain forms small chicanes (indicating that this was once a goat pasture, or an old Indian hunting ground, as it were), but these are just details that make it interesting. What is interesting is how the turns have changed. They are no longer the sharp, edgy right angles that they used to be and have been replaced with a more gradual curve. This is not the only change as well, and one that is instantly noticeable is how different the ride is compared to a track that has remained relatively the same for years. While you may know what to expect when you visit any of the classic ovals, the new layout has given the drivers and fans alike a completely new feeling that this racing staple is worth traveling for and following this year.

A Whole New Template

The NASCAR Track Design and Construction Department got the opportunity to sit down with Jack Roush, who along with his racing team owns the famed Roush Fenway Racing. Roush had this to say about the new layout, “You never really know what to expect when you come to a new track, but they all have their own special charm. It is what it is. You have to respect it for what it is and be prepared to race on it.” Like many others, Roush is a big fan of the new layout and feels that it will add a whole new element to the sport. He went on to say, “The way the corners are now, everyone has to drive slightly different. I think that is what is going to make it so interesting. Maybe the biggest difference is that you are going to have to earn every inch you gain through the corners.” This sentiment was echoed by Chase Elliott, the son of the four-time NASCAR champion and current driver of the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, who has driven on all of NASCAR’s current tracks. “I’ve only driven a couple of tracks, but this one definitely feels like a whole new animal,” said Elliott, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year. “The layout is definitely different, and you’ve got to figure it out fast because there are a lot of changes that you don’t have time to learn. You have to go out there and race on it as fast as you can.” It’s clear that everyone is looking forward to diving into the new season and getting a first-hand look at this exciting new layout. NASCAR has put a lot of thought and effort into creating a track layout that is both challenging and rewarding for the drivers and fans alike, and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel this year and see how it all comes together. So, until next time, keep those tires turning….

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