Does Road America Have Electric Vehicle Charging Stations?
Yes, we have one Tesla Charger on-site, call 800-365-7223 for
location and operating times.
How many events take place at Road America?
Over 425 events are held annually at Road America. The facility
often hosts multiple activities on the same day incorporating the
four-mile track, the interior Road America Motorplex and the
beautiful grounds surrounding the facility. In addition to public
events, the facility is in use by various private clubs,
organizations, group programs and schools.
What is Road America?
Road America is a 640-acre, world-class motorsports facility
featuring a 4.048-mile permanent road course and a 1-mile
supermoto/karting track. Since its first official race in
September of 1955, it has been a favorite circuit of racers
world-wide who relish the challenges of the undulating landscape
and the high speed turns and curves. Fans return year after year
to enjoy the park-like atmosphere, fantastic food and
wheel-to-wheel competition by the world’s fastest riders and
What is the closest Airport to Road America?
Sheboygan County airport (private jets, smaller aircraft)
within 10 minutes.
Mitchell International Airport is located in Milwaukee
(commercial) within one hour of the track.
Appleton and Green Bay (commercial) within one hour of the
Chicago O’Hare Airport (commercial) within three hours of the
What is the shipping address for Road America?
Always include the first and last name of the recipient and their
SAMPLE: Attn: John Smith / Team Racing, Road America, N7390 Hwy.
67, Plymouth, WI 53073.
Please include the phone number of the receiver.
Packages can be picked up at the Shipping and Receiving
building (near Gate 6). Hours vary and are posted at
There is a $5 fee per package at the time of pick up.
Tickets & Admission
Can anyone attend a Club event?
Each club/organization determines whether the public will have
access to the event and, if so, sets the admission fees.
If you are interested in Club Events, please contact the club
directly using the links on our Events Schedule.
Do you ever sell out of tickets?
Due to the size of our facility, we do NOT sell out of
What access does a general admission ticket give me?
All tickets include access to the paddock and free general
parking. NASCAR paddock is closed to the public during the event.
Daily tickets, Weekend tickets, and a Season Pass all
provide the customer with access to the paddock and free general
What are the ticket prices for children?
Children 16 and under are free with a paying adult and photo
Anyone over the age of 16 is the same price as an
adult. This also applies to all camping prices.
Where can I find information on camping?
Road America allows spectator tent or motorhome camping during
the major public events. Additional fees apply and advance
reservations recommended, order online or by calling
Where is the paddock and do fans have access?
The paddock is located on the inside of the track.
General admission ticket includes walk-in access to the paddock.
NASCAR paddock is closed to the public during this event.
Fans can get an up-close look at the drivers, crews, cars, and
equipment during most events.
Vendors and concessions are available.
Fans can take photos and get autographs.
Remember: Racecars have the right of way!
Does Road America offer autograph sessions?
Road America includes autograph sessions in the major public
Please check the event schedules for dates and times.
Does Road America offer facility tours?
Tours are available by appointment only.
Please contact our office in advance to set up an appointment
(800) 365-7223 or email@example.com
Does Road America offer on track touring for motorcycles?
The Salute to Cycles parade gives spectators the opportunity to
ride their own motorcycles on the track for a minimal fee.
The parade is offered during our MotoAmerica and Rockerbox
Motofest events (See Ticket information.)
Admission to the event is sold separately (16 and under are free
with paying adult & photo ID.)
The cost is per person/per day.
The amount of time that you will spend on the track varies.
The motorcycles have a lead motorcycle/pace car, as well as a
pace car in the rear and is a controlled lapping session.
You must participate in a riders safety meeting before the
Road America highly recommends the use of helmets, however,
special riding equipment is not required.
Cars, SUVs, vans, trucks, campers, buses, etc.
are NOT allowed on the track.
We recommend making an advance reservation either on-line or by
calling our offices at 1-800-365-7223.
Touring is held rain or shine.
No refunds or exchanges.
Does Road America offer on-track touring for cars only?
Touring gives spectators the opportunity to drive their own
streetcars on the track for a fee.
The cost varies by event and is per car / per day. Touring is
offered during several public events.
Admission into the event is sold separately (16 and under is free
with a paying adult & photo ID).
You may have passengers in the car — state laws apply (safety
belts and child restraints required).
The amount of time that you will spend on the track and speeds
Touring is a controlled lapping session with a pace car leading
and in the rear — no passing is allowed.
You must participate in a technical inspection (proper air
pressure in the tires, no leaking fluids, etc.) and drivers’
safety meeting before the touring session.
SUVs, vans, trucks, campers, buses, motorcycles, etc. are NOT
allowed on the track.
Space is limited to the first 200 cars per day and space sells
We recommend making an advance reservation either on-line or by
calling our offices at 1-800-365-7223.
Touring is held rain or shine.
No refunds or exchanges.
What activities are available for fans at events?
Fan activities vary by event and details are always included in
the event schedule.
Vendors and displays are available throughout the paddock.
Karting at the Road America Motorplex.
Family Fun Zone – check the event schedule for locations.
Paddock Shop for apparel and gifts
Big Screens – check event schedules for details
What should I wear when attending an event at Road America?
Road America is a large facility including grass, gravel,
pavement, trails, and hills. With this in mind, comfortable
walking shoes are recommended.
Sunscreen is always a good idea. If you forget your sunscreen it
is available for purchase at the Paddock Shop.
Racing continues either rain or shine and weather conditions
change rapidly in Wisconsin. Don’t forget sweatshirts, jackets or
rain gear if the forecast calls for rain.
For certain events, hot pit/hot garage access requires specific
attire including long pants and closed-toed shoes. Check with the
event schedule before arriving.
Parking & Seating
Do you have reserved seating?
Road America does NOT have reserved grandstand seating.
Grandstands are located around the facility and are on a
first-come, first-serve basis. There are benches built into the
hillsides for seating or you can bring blankets or folding chairs
and spectate from open grass areas around the facility.
Is there a charge for parking?
General admission parking is FREE with the purchase of a ticket.
Preferred Parking passes can be purchased for $25. The Preferred
Parking Pass is a Thursday-Sunday designated parking area with
easy walk-in access to the paddock.
All spectators will be parked during the IndyCar event in a
designated parking area with easy walk-in access to the paddock.
Access Around the Facility
Can I bring my own golf cart, ATV, dirt bike, etc?
Spectators are NOT allowed to bring off-road vehicles
on the property. In other words, the vehicle needs to be street
licensed in order to use it on our property. Bicycles or
street-licensed mopeds are acceptable modes of transportation
around the facility but are not allowed in the paddock. Roller
skates, roller blades, scooters (motorized or nonmotorized), and
personal golf carts are NOT allowed.
Are alcoholic beverages available at Road America?
Beer and wine are available for purchase at our concession
Turn 1 concession stand does serve mixed drinks and liquor.
Are pets allowed on the premises?
Pets are strongly discouraged. You must remember that this is a
It is Road America’s policy that should you absolutely need to
bring your pet, it must be kept under the control of a leash or
in your vehicle with adequate ventilation, food, and water.
Pets are NOT allowed unattended in the campground.
You must pick up and dispose of waste left behind by your pet.
Should the pet cause harm or become a disturbance to other
spectators, it will be grounds for ejection from the park without
Pets are NOT permitted in Paddock areas during
Can I bring my own food and drink to Road America?
Carry-ins are allowed into the property.
We ask that you refrain from taking your own beverages/coolers
into the concession stands and seating areas around the stands.
You can bring your own beverages, food, grills, and coolers and
have a picnic in the open grass areas or if you are camping
We ask that you do not bring glass into the property and that you
dispose of charcoal in the properly labeled containers.
Keep in mind that Road America is known for its great food at the
13 concession stands around the property.
Can I use my cell phone while at Road America?
You can use your cell phone at RA, but keep in mind that service
areas vary and access declines as the number of people attending
an event increases.
Road America does not have cell phone charging stations.
Do Not rely on your cell phone if you need to relay or
receive important information.
Do you have camping at Road America?
Road America does allow spectator tent or motorhome camping
during the major public events.
We recommend that you make advance reservations.
You can make your reservations on-line or by contacting the Road
America offices at 1-800-365-7223.
Contact an RA security representative and supply them with a
description of the child, i.e., name, age, color of hair, clothes
they are wearing, etc.
What to Leave at Home
What to leave at home?
Personal golf carts, ATV’s and unlicensed vehicles
are NOT allowed on Road America property.
They WILL be impounded upon arrival until the end of
Firearms and fireworks are also prohibited.
Drones, QuadCopters, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Vehicle
(UAS/UAV) are NOT Allowed.
Track Speed Record
What is the track speed record?
1:39.866 / 145.924mph (234.791 kph) set by Dario Franchitti,
2000 Team Kool Green Honda Reynard, CART Championship Race
Where can I find information on Road America’s History?
The History of Road America
In the early 1950s, 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 the
scenic surroundings of this resort community.
Road America is big business, attracting 800,000 visitors a year
from every corner of the world. Economic impact studies show that
Road America, its events and visitors generate more than $70
million dollars annually each year. Over 425 events are held
annually at Road America, often running multiple activities on
the same day incorporating the four-mile track, the
interior Road America Motorplex and the beautiful
grounds surrounding the facility.
The First Race
In 1955 the SCCA granted a sanction for an SCCA National, the
highest form of road racing in the country at the time, held
September 10 and 11. The feature, a 148-mile race for the era’s
large sports racing cars, became a duel between two men and their
cars. Sherwood Johnson of Rye, N.Y., was one of the country’s
best drivers. He was driving semi-works D Jaguar for the Briggs
Cunningham team. Phil Hill of Santa Monica, Calif., a rising
racing star on the west coast, took to the track in a Ferrari
Monza. For 37 laps Johnston and Hill were inseparable but then
began to fight for the lead during the last six laps. As they
approached the finish line on the last lap, Hill inched ahead and
barely won the race. Phil Hill’s average speed was 80.2 mph.
The First Professional Race Weekend
The first professional race weekend was the August 1956 NASCAR
Grand National race. At the time NASCAR was just a regional
southern series and not widely popular. Well under 10,000
spectators attended the two-day event. On Saturday Paul Goldsmith
won in a Jaguar Mk., VII sedan with a winning speed of 59.2 mph.
The Sunday race was run in the rain and was a display of spinouts
and hay bale bashing. The day’s winner was Tim Flock in a Mercury
at a speed of 71.4 mph.
Who do I contact for Media Credentials?
Media credentials must be requested in accordance with RA
policies, additional information is available on
our News page.
Who do I contact for Vendor space during an event?
Who do I contact for Volunteering at Road America?
Road America is always looking for non-profit organizations that
are interested in assisting with parking attendant positions,
concessions, etc. Call us at 800-365-7223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I contact to make wedding arrangements at Road America?
Please contact our offices at 1-800-365-7223 or
Driving the Track
Can I buy Fuel at Road America?
Yes, fuel is available for purchase via credit card at all club
events. To gain access to the pumps, purchasers need to be
participants who are registered in an event that is taking place.
There are two types of fuel available: Sunoco Standard, 110
octane, (leaded), and Sunoco 260 GTX , 98 octane (unleaded).
What is it like to drive the track from a racers perspective?
Road America is a racetrack that sports car drivers both revere
and respect. Like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit in
France, Road America’s extended straights are a test of
horsepower and its high-speed curves are a test of bravery.
We asked Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner to take us for a
virtual lap around this fast, flowing circuit that winds through
the hills and valleys of Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine. Here is what
the 26-year-old driver and 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans winner had to
say about this challenging 4-mile, 14-turn road course that’s
known as the National Park of Speed:
I like race tracks that are fast, with quick corners and a
layout that has a rhythm – and Road America has all of those
things. When my Corvette’s setup is right and the car feels
comfortable, it’s a very rewarding lap.
Turn 1 is very fast and very difficult because you are
turning and braking simultaneously. I approach the first turn
flat out in sixth gear, then downshift to fourth and use the
access road on the left side as my braking reference. The key
here is to carry the engine speed through the middle of the
corner and then get back on the power hard.
Coming out of Turn 1, I shift up to fifth gear through the
gentle Turn 2 bend and approach Turn 3, which can be a difficult
corner to get right. Going into the turn, I downshift to third;
with the camber in this corner, it’s easy to lock up right front
tire. If you’re close behind another car coming out of Turn 1,
then Turn 3 can be a good passing opportunity. However, there’s
not much room at the exit with a ditch behind the rumble strips,
so if you use the curb you have to get back on the road
Turn 4 is just a gradual bend in the road, but Turn 5 is
super important because it’s a great passing opportunity. Going
downhill under the Sargento Bridge, I’m in sixth gear through one
of fastest parts of the track. The braking zone for Turn 5 is a
great place to pass; we decelerate from 150 mph, so the balance
of the car under hard braking is critical. There’s room on the
exit to run wide, and then it’s back hard on the throttle going
up the hill to the Corvette Bridge.
You have to be easy on the brakes going under the Corvette
Bridge into Turn 6 because the car gets very light going over the
crest of the hill. It’s a blind corner, too, which adds to the
excitement factor. This corner has a lot of grip, so it’s
possible to toss the car across the apex and then let the track
catch it at end of Turn 6 – big fun!
I’m back on the throttle hard going into Turn 7 and through
the Hurry Downs, one of my favorite sections at Road America. The
car needs good balance to make this transition quickly; if it’s
right, you don’t use the brakes at all, just lift a little on the
throttle. Turn 8 is a tight, 90-degree corner, so if the guy in
front makes a mistake in Turn 7, you can really put the pressure
on here. The track is typically a little slippery here in the
braking zone. I go down to second gear, let the track catch the
car in the apex, and then power slide out of Turn 8.
Next up are Road America’s most famous corners, the Carousel
and the Kink. I hold my breath a bit, and get settled for this
very difficult series of turns. Going into the Carousel, I bring
the car to the left and try to drive it as flat and long as
possible, usually taking several apexes. I turn the steering
wheel to the to point that I can get the most out of the front
tires, and use my right foot on the gas pedal to steer the car.
The Carousel sets you up for the long, fast ride through the Kink
and Kettle Bottoms.
The Kink gets your undivided attention – it’s one quick
corner. There are faster corners, but the Kink is special because
you can’t take it flat out. It becomes a game to see who can stay
on the throttle the longest. Hitting a curb in the Kink can upset
the car, and that’s the last thing you want in that corner. I
enter the Kink in fifth or sixth gear, depending on the gear
ratios, and lift just a bit on the entry. I admit that on the
first lap I do tap the brake, but after that, I go through the
Kink without braking – although my foot is usually hovering over
the brake pedal!
After the Kink, it’s a flat-out run down through a tunnel of
trees to Canada Corner and another excellent overtaking
opportunity. If you have a fast car, you can really make up time
on a competitor, but it’s difficult to pull off a pass if he
drives a defensive line. I shift down to second gear for Canada
Corner, and it’s important to have a car that puts the power down
well to accelerate through Thunder Valley and the Bill Mitchell
Turn 13 seems to get faster every year as the engineers find
new ways to give us more downforce. The exit is very fast, but
it’s tough to see where the apex is and how much room you have at
the exit. Last year I had a close encounter with the wall there
when I was pushing too hard on cold tires. I learned that Turn 13
can bite you.
It’s important to get good exit from Turn 14, the final
corner because it leads onto the long, uphill straight. The car
gains speed slowly climbing the hill and then sets you back in
the seat when the track finally flattens out. The front straight
is a good place to draft. The GT cars often run two-wide here,
which makes it difficult for the faster Prototype cars to get
around us, but that’s just part of the multi-class racing at Road