The Inside Track History Highlights


Road America, in beautiful Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin has a rich, captivating history spanning back to the early 1950s. Road America regularly shares key historical moments to race fans across the world to share in the camaraderie of racing. Learn more about America’s National Park of Speed!

Bill Wuesthoff History

Bill Wuesthoff Road America Race

Bill Wuesthoff, Road America Board of Directors Emeritus and former President formed a strong interest in all things automotive from an early age. Wuesthoff’s first project was customizing a 1915 Model T Ford to lighten it to race around the family farm. While being stationed in Germany in the mid-1950s, he developed his lifelong interest in Porsches. He raced a Porsche 718 RS-60 in the F Modified class for the first time in the 1960 June Sprints.  Drift editor Pierre Perrin said at the time, “While all the big machines were merrily keeping spectators aroused, there was a small silver Porsche RS-60 circling around with quiet regularity. Wuesthoff was out for his first ride and he was FAST.”

In September of 1960, Bill and his long-time friend, Augie Pabst, finished second in the Road America 500 in Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing team Ferrari V12 3.0-liter Testa Rossa. During the 1960 season, Dick Van Der Feen of Competition Press wrote, “It is difficult to exaggerate the stunning impression Bill Wuesthoff has made this year on experienced observers. After well-above-average success with a Healy and a standard Alfa a few seasons ago, Wuesthoff went off to military service. Last year he returned to the local scene, handily trumping the field in his super Alfa. This year he took delivery of a 1,500cc RS-60 Porsche and immediately he was much more than a good production car driver. Wuesthoff has moved into the top rung.”

Read More about Bill Wuesthoff in the Tappet Clatter Newsletter produced by the Revs Institute
Volume 27.2, October 2021

Photo: Bill Wuesthoff in the 1962 June Sprints at Road America in his #77 Porsche RS-60

Corvette Corral History

Road America Corvette Corral

Bill Mitchell, former VP of Styling at General Motors and longtime supporter of Road America, established the Corvette Corral, originally across from the pits, as a gathering spot for his creations. The former crossover bridge at Turn 13 was named the Bill Mitchell Bridge in recognition of his long devotion to Road America. Fans can now walk over the 4.048-mile Road America racetrack via the Corvette Bridge near Turn 6.

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