Who Built Charlotte Motor Speedway? [Expert Guide!]

If you’ve never been to North Carolina then you may not know much about what Charlotte Motor Speedway is like. You probably know that it’s the home of the National Speedway Championships and that’s about it. If you’re curious about what the place is like you can always visit their website to get an idea of what to expect. You’ll find there is a lot more to the place than what you may think and it’s a good thing if you plan on visiting the place as it has a lot more to offer than just racing. If you want to know more about who built Charlotte Motor Speedway – and what it was like back in those days – you’ll have to keep reading. Here we go:

Early Years: The Father Of Modern Speedway

Founded in 1906 the original Charlotte Motor Speedway was a quarter of a mile west of its current location. The track was originally built for and hosted the North Carolina League of Automobile Clubs. The track held its first official night race in 1911 and grew in size over the years. In 1923 the track was sold to Samford Motorsports Association and in 1924 they expanded it to a mile in length. Since then it’s been on the up and up and in the 1950s they added a third dimension by adding a banked turn. This track layout is still used today and is the reason why the place is still referred to as “The Speedway”.

An Early Bird Special: Pre-War Years

Before the Second World War the Indianapolis Speedway was the Mecca of motorsport and the location of the grand annual Indianapolis 500 race. Thanks in large part to that race and the other major races that took place there pre-war cars and motorsport fans were in high demand. It was also a golden opportunity to display your patriotism and support the war effort. The U.S. government even subsidized the cost of a car to encourage people to buy them.

In 1939 the Indianapolis 500 moved to a one-day format and was reduced to a 600-mile race. This, in turn, led to the end of the Golden Era of Speedway Racing as fans started going to other tracks. The move to one day also saw the death of the Indianapolis Speedway as a major sporting event as it was widely recognized that one day was not enough to complete a full marathon.

The War Years: An Opportunity To Further Expand

After the Second World War the Indianapolis 500 reverted to its previous format and added a second race – the post-war Indianapolis 500. This race took place at a time when gasoline was in short supply and racing was the only option for many who could now afford cars. This was also the era when drivers were paid more than before as well – some even making six figures per year. While there were restrictions on how much you could win at one time, there were still some lucrative prize money offers from the likes of DuPont and General Motors as well as individual tracks.

The 1950s saw more motorsport investments as well as a more prominent role for women in motorsport. It was the start of an era when motorsport became a popular sport among families and individuals looking for a cheap way to enjoy themselves. The decade also saw the introduction of the first turbocharger to Formula One as well as the first ever drag Racing awards ceremony – the Dodge Main event.

Modern Times: The Age Of Spectatorship

During the time of the Golden Era of Speedway Racing fans could attend the events for free as there were no charges for parking. This, in turn, created an entire generation of sports fans who would grow up wanting to be closer to the action and see the beauty of a white-painted horserace. Today, however, the situation is somewhat different. While there are still no charges for parking they do incur a fee for electronics devices like laptops and tablets – as these are not permitted in the grandstands (with a few exceptions). This is why many now call the place “The Retirement Home of Motorsports” as there is nowhere else they would rather be than at the Speedway.

A Living Museum: The Present Day

Even though the past century has seen a dramatic shift in terms of what the Speedway is – and is not – used for it has still maintained its original moniker. The car culture in America shifted from being dominated by men to being dominated by women and families. NASCAR as we know it was originally created as a way for men to socialize their sons and teach them business acumen (hence the nameless nature of the sport).

Today, however, the Indianapolis 500 is more of a nostalgia trip for many who grew up watching it and more of an opportunity to come together for a common cause as families and friends. The one-offs like the Craftsman Truck series and the odd IndyCar race offer a unique glimpse into the history of the sport.

While the situation surrounding the place has changed and motorsport has evolved over the years it still carries the same mystique as when it was first established. Those who grew up racing there or who have visited the place in recent years will attest to that.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!