One of the more prominent locations for NASCAR races is in the United States of America, more specifically in the Midwestern state of Iowa. Thanks to the hard work of motorsport enthusiasts and organizers like Richard Petty, the Iowa Speedway has become one of the most popular speedways in North America. Let’s take a look at how to find where the track is located in your city so you can make the most of its famous racing events.
If you’re coming from the south, the best way to reach the Iowa Speedway is through Iowa City. You’ll have to take Interstate 75 North until you reach the University of Iowa. Once you pass the university, you’ll have to follow the signs for Corn Creek Parkway. Stay on that road until you reach the speedlimit sign, and then turn right (west). Follow the road for about a mile and a half until you reach the entrance to the track. You’ll see billboards and lots of green outside the turn one entrance along with the famous painted bull’s-eye sign. As you make your way up the main straight, you’ll pass under a flyover ramp and see banners and flags flying above you. There are ample parking spaces available inside the track’s garage, as well as along the sides and back of the venue.
If you’re driving from the north or northeast, take Interstate 80 West until you reach the Iowa City exit. Once you exit the freeway, turn left (northwest) and follow the directions above. There is also an Amtrak stop located directly across the street from the entrance to the Iowa Speedway. This Amtrak stop offers direct service to Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other major Midwest cities. You can board the train in Iowa City and be at the track in no time.
The Iowa City Airport has direct flights to major cities like Atlanta, Chicago, and St. Louis. If you’re driving to the track, you can take the I-80 exit to the airport. It’s about a 25-minute drive from the airport. Just follow the signs for Corn Creek Parkway and you’ll soon find yourself at the entrance to the track. Parking is available directly in front of the airport terminal, and the ride to the track is free. You can also take the train to the airport. There’s a train stop right across the street, and it’s only a 10-minute drive to the track. Once you arrive at the terminal, it’s also a short walk to the gates.
The Wal-Mart-owned Des Moines Metro Area Transit provides direct bus service to the track. The route is approximately hourly, and the ride is only about 15 minutes. If you’re driving, you can take Interstate 80 South to exit 34. Turn right (west) and follow the directions above. Alternately, you can also take U.S. Highway 30 East to the Iowa City Airport. From the airport, take a taxi to the track. It’s about a 15-minute drive to the gate, and tickets can be purchased from the driver. The downside to this option is that you’ll have to pay for the ride to and from the airport. When you buy your ticket, make sure you indicate the direction you’re traveling in.
The Des Moines Amtrak stop is located adjacent to the Iowa Speedway. This Amtrak stop offers direct service to Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other major Midwest cities. Trains run on average about once every two hours, so you’ll definitely want to make sure to catch one if you’re wanting to go to the track. As stated above, the station is located adjacent to the track, so it’s a short walk to the gates. Or, if you’re driving, you can take Interstate 80 South to exit 31. Turn left (west) and follow the directions above. There is also the Midwestern University Metrorail station. If you’re a student at the university, you can take the METRORail to this station. It’s only a 10-minute walk from there to the track. Once you get off the train at the station, it’s another 10 minutes to the gates.
For whatever reason, you may prefer to take your bicycle. Well, you’ll have to find a way to get to the track because there’s no direct route. Fortunately, you’ll pass through one of the most well-known cycling cities in the country, namely, Iowa City. There is a bike lane along the road to the airport, so you’ll have no problem getting to the track. Follow the main road and you’ll be there in no time.
Cabs are another option. You can get one at the airport, and most cities have yellow cab companies that service the area around the track. The downside to this option is that you’ll have to call a cab company to get to the track, and they may charge you a bit more than just a regular taxi. Once you get there, the ride will be worth it.
The best way to get to the Iowa Speedway is by car. You can take the airport or the train, and there are numerous other options for those who prefer to travel by bus or bicycle. Walking is also possible, but can be difficult because of the extreme hilly terrain. If you’re driving, follow the directions above. The ticket price depends on the day of the week and whether or not there is an event going on. On average, you can expect to pay about $20 for a general admission ticket and you may have to pay additional money for parking.