The IndyCar Series known as the NTT IndyCar Series under sponsorship, is the premier level of open-wheel racing in North America. Its parent company began in 1996 as the Indy Racing League, created by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George as a competitor to CART. In 2008, the IndyCar Series merged with the Champ Car World Series; the series is self-sanctioned by IndyCar. The series' premier event is the Indianapolis 500. Due to the legal settlement with CART, the Indy Racing League was unable to utilize the name IndyCar until the beginning of the 2003 season. For 1996–1997, the series was referred to as the Indy Racing League, with no genre designation. For 1998–1999, the series garnered its first title sponsor, was advertised as the Pep Boys Indy Racing League; the contract was not renewed after the second year. In 2000, the series sold its naming rights to Internet search engine Northern Light for five seasons, the series was named the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. After only two seasons, the sponsorship agreement ended when Northern Light reevaluated its business plan and ended all sponsorships.
The league reverted with no title sponsor. The IndyCar Series name was adopted beginning in 2003, as the series was now entitled to use it. In 2006, IndyCar forged an alliance with Simmons-Abramson Marketing, promising to be "actively engaged in the league's marketing, public relations, sponsorship and branding efforts—from its IndyCar Series to the venerable Indianapolis 500". Simmons co-authored the new IndyCar theme song, "I Am Indy". For the 2008 season, DirecTV served as a presenting sponsor, although this deal only lasted one year due to objections by the series' new cable broadcaster Versus, as it was owned by competitor Comcast. Izod was announced as the series title sponsor beginning on November 5, 2009. Exact financial terms were not disclosed but the deal was reported to be worth at least $10 million per year for 5 years, but ran only 4 of the announced 5 seasons, as Izod ended its sponsorship after the 2013 season. In 2014, Verizon Communications became title sponsor of the series through 2018.
Verizon declined to renew the deal. In January 2019, it was announced that Japanese communications company NTT would become title sponsor and official technology partner of the IndyCar Series, its U. S. subsidiary NTT Data has been a sponsor of Chip Ganassi Racing since 2013. Since the series inception, IndyCar Series events have been broadcast in the United States on several networks, including ABC, CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports Networks, TNN. Beginning in 2009, Versus began a 10-year deal to broadcast 13 IndyCar races per season, whereas the remaining races, including the Indianapolis 500, would remain on ABC through 2018; as of the 2018 season, ABC aired 5 races per-season, with NBCSN or other NBCUniversal networks airing the remainder of the schedule. On March 21, 2018, it was announced that NBC Sports would become the sole U. S. rightsholder under a new three-year contract. NBCSN will continue as the primary broadcast outlet for most races, overflow content will be available through its subscription service NBC Sports Gold.
Eight races per-season will be televised by NBC—including the Indianapolis 500, marking the first time in 54 years that the race will not be televised by ABC. In the United Kingdom, since the launch of BT Sport in August 2013 races are shown on one of the BT branded channels or ESPN. Previous to August 2013, the IndyCar Series races were broadcasts on the Sky Sports family of networks, with the viewing figures of the IndyCar races in the UK outnumbering those of NASCAR races; the IndyCar Series had highlights of all the races on the channel Five British terrestrial channel and Five USA, but has since been discontinued since the 2009 season. In Portugal, all of the IndyCar Series are broadcast on Sport TV. In February 2013, Sportsnet announced that it would become the official Canadian broadcaster of the IndyCar Series beginning in the 2013 season in a five-year deal with the series; the new contract will include broadcasts on the Sportsnet regional networks, Sportsnet One, City, along with mobile coverage and French rights sub-licensed to TVA Sports.
Additionally, Sportsnet would originate coverage from the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Indianapolis 500, Honda Indy Toronto with Bill Adam, Todd Lewis, Rob Faulds. Canadian driver Paul Tracy joined Sportsnet as an analyst. Rede Bandeirantes and DAZN serve as the Brazilian broadcast partners in that country since 1986 and 2019, respectively. Grupo Bandeirantes sports channel BandSports show live races and race highlights. ESPN has been the international broadcast partner of IndyCar Series in Latin America. Eurosport has been the international broadcast partner of IndyCar in most of Europe. In the late 2000s, the official website streamed online all races and practice sessions unrestricted; that service is now limited in the United States to television subscribers of the respective television network broadcasters. The IndyCar Series is not an open formula motor sport archetype. A spec-series, the league mandates chassis and engine manufacturers which teams must use each season; the league mandates horsepower level, aerodynamic configuration, maximum engine speed to which all entrants must adhere.
The league mandates direct control over all drivers, with an designated race boss in race con
Henry County, Georgia
Henry County is a county located in the north central portion of the U. S. state of Georgia. Per the 2010 census, the population of Henry County is 203,922; the county seat is McDonough. The county was named for Patrick Henry. Henry County is part of GA metropolitan statistical area, it is home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. The Henry County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1995, Henry County was the sixth-fastest-growing county in the United States. Henry County, Georgia was created by the Georgia State Legislature in 1821 from land acquired from the Creek Indian Nation by the First Treaty of Indian Springs. Henry's original land area was much larger than it is today, stretching from near Indian Springs in the south to the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs in the north. Before one year passed the size of the County was diminished through the separation of land areas which, in whole or in part, became present day DeKalb, Fulton and Newton Counties.
Divisions resulted in Clayton, Spalding and Butts counties. In the beginning Henry County was a virgin wilderness. Prior to 1821, the Creeks and a few trappers and traders were the only residents of this area; the Creek Indians left their mark through place names, a few small Indian Mounds scattered around the County and through the arrowheads and broken pottery which can be found throughout Henry County. Jesse Johnson, son of John Johnson and great-grandfather of U. S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, was a "first settler" of Henry County, he was a prosperous farmer, the second sheriff, judge, before he moved to Texas. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 327 square miles, of which 322 square miles is land and 4.4 square miles is water. The vast majority of Henry County is located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin, with just a small western corner, west of Hampton, located in the Upper Flint River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin.
DeKalb County – north Rockdale County – northeast Newton County – east Butts County – southeast Spalding County – southwest Clayton County – west The Henry County Board of Commissioners is responsible for administering county government to residents. Four commissioners are elected by voters in individual districts, while the commission chairman is elected countywide and serves as the county's chief executive. June Wood, the current commission chair, is the first African-American to serve in the position after being elected in a December 2016 run-off election; as of January 2019, the following individuals serve the county on the Board of Commissioners: Henry County operates its own reservation-based transit service for use by county residents. In addition, Xpress, a regional commuter bus service operated by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, serves park-and-ride lots in Stockbridge, McDonough; as of the census of 2000, there were 119,341 people, 41,373 households, 33,305 families residing in the county.
The population density was 370 people per square mile. There were 43,166 housing units at an average density of 134 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 81.38% White, 14.68% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, 1.13% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Census Estimates from the 2008 American Community Survey indicate that the African-American population is 32.6%. There were 41,373 households out of which 42.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.40% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, 19.50% were non-families. 15.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.00% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.19. In the county, the population was spread out with 29.20% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 34.90% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, 7.40% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males. The median income for a household in the county was $57,309, the median income for a family was $61,607. Males had a median income of $41,449 versus $29,211 for females; the per capita income for the county was $22,945. About 3.70% of families and 4.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.50% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 203,922 people, 70,255 households, 54,445 families residing in the county; the population density was 633.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 76,533 housing units at an average density of 237.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 55.0% white, 36.9% black or African American, 2.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 2.4% from other races, 2.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.8% of the population.
In terms of ancestry, 10.7% were American, 9.3% were Irish, 9.2% were German, 8.2% were English. Of the 70,255 households, 45.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.5% were non-families, 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.89 and the aver
Kentucky Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway in Sparta, which has hosted ARCA, NASCAR and Indy Racing League racing annually since it opened in 2000. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, Inc.. Before 2008 Jerry Carroll, along with four other investors, were the majority owners of Kentucky Speedway; the speedway has a grandstand capacity of 87,000. Construction of the speedway began in 1998 and was completed in mid-2000; the speedway has hosted the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and most the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2011. On January 8, 1998, Jerry Carroll announced that he and four other investors were going to build a $153 million racing facility in Sparta, Kentucky. Five months groundbreaking ceremonies were held on July 18, 1998. While construction continued, it was announced that the speedway would open with an ARCA race in 2000. Afterward, it was announced that the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series would promote a race following the ARCA race.
Testing at the track began with Bill Baird, who participated in ARCA. In November 1999, it was announced that it would hold a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in 2000; the speedway continued to announce races for the 2000 racing season, one of, a second ARCA race. Several months the speedway decided to resurface the track because of bumps in the surface from winter. On June 16, 2000, the speedway opened with a Slim Jim All Pro Series event. One day the speedway held its first major series, the Craftsman Truck Series, won by Greg Biffle. In August of the same year, Buddy Lazier won the inaugural IndyCar Series race. On August 29, 2000, NASCAR announced that Kentucky Speedway would sanction a Busch Series race in 2001. One year after the speedway opened, it held its first Busch Series event, with Kevin Harvick emerging as the winner. During the 2002 Infiniti Pro Series race at the track, Jason Priestley suffered a concussion and fractures to his thoracic spine and feet, becoming the first major injury to occur at the speedway.
Three years Carroll began his efforts to receive a Nextel Cup Series event at the track. While trying to do so, Kentucky Speedway filed an anti-trust lawsuit against NASCAR and the International Speedway Corporation; the reason for the lawsuit was the claim that both companies violated federal antitrust laws because of restricting the awarding of Nextel Cup Series events. The lawsuit continued for three years before concluding in January 2008 with Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissing the trial with ISC and NASCAR winning the lawsuit. Following the dismissal, Judge Bertelsman commented, "After careful consideration and a thorough review of the record, granting Kentucky Speedway the benefit of the doubt on all reasonable inferences therefrom, the court concludes that Speedway has failed to make out its case."During May 2008, the speedway announced that Speedway Motorsports Inc. bought the speedway from Jerry Carroll. Bruton Smith invested $50 million in the speedway, planned to move a NASCAR Cup Series event to the track by 2009.
However, the speedway did not receive a NASCAR Cup Series event in the 2009 season. In 2009, the lawsuit against NASCAR and ISC was dropped by Carroll, but other former owners of the speedway sued Carroll, therefore extending the lawsuit further; the speedway continued playing host to Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights Series events through 2010 and further. In 2010, both former owners of the speedway reached a settlement. In August 2010, it was announced that the speedway would hold its inaugural NASCAR Cup Series event, the Quaker State 400, during the 2011 season. Before the first NASCAR Cup Series event, Kentucky Speedway expanded the capacity of the track from 66,000 to 107,000; the speedway reconfigured pit road, added 200 acres of camping. The inaugural Quaker State 400 was won by Kyle Busch. However, the race was overshadowed by numerous logistical problems. A massive traffic jam on Interstate 71 resulted in as many as 20,000 people being unable to get to the race.
The traffic situation was so severe that at least one driver nearly missed the pre-race drivers' meeting. Many fans still in route by the halfway point of the race were asked to turn back in order to make it easier on those leaving the race. Speedway Motorsports admitted that it had not anticipated the sheer number of fans attending the event and had not made any significant upgrades to the infrastructure in and around the facility. Speedway officials apologized for the snafu and allowed those who didn't get in to redeem their tickets at Speedway Motorsports' other tracks for the rest of the season, or the 2012 Quaker State 400. In late 2011, the speedway purchased a 170-acre farm adjacent to its original property, converted to parking; the purchase was a portion of more than 300 acres of land the speedway converted to parking. Additionally, speedway management began to work with the state government and police to improve event ingress and egress in time for the 2012 race. In 2012 for the first time since the track opened, Kentucky Speedway did not host an IndyCar event.
Brad Keselowski went on to win the second NASCAR Cup Series race held. In 2012 the Camping World Truck Series lost one of its two dates, focusing as part of the triple-header that headlines the Cup race. For 2013, the Cup race was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain and Matt Kenseth went on
The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barrier, sometimes generically referred to as a soft wall, is a technology found on oval automobile race tracks and high speed sections of road and street tracks, intended to absorb and reduce kinetic energy during the impact of a high speed crash, thus, lessen injuries sustained to drivers and spectators. It was designed by a team of engineers led by Dean Sicking at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, it was developed from 1998–2002, first installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2002. The SAFER barrier consists of structural steel tubes welded together in a flush mounting, strapped in place to the existing concrete retaining wall. Behind these tubes are bundles of closed-cell polystyrene foam, placed between the barrier and wall; the theory behind the design is that the barrier absorbs a portion of the kinetic energy released when a race car makes contact with the wall. This energy is dissipated along a longer portion of the wall.
The impact energy to the car and driver are reduced, the car is not propelled back into traffic on the racing surface. The SAFER barrier lessens damage to the car itself, thereby reducing repair costs. After its introduction in 2002, nearly every oval track on the IndyCar and NASCAR circuits had the device installed by 2005. Road and street tracks apply SAFER barriers on high speed cornering sections; the SAFER Barrier and its developers have won several awards within the racing and engineering community, including the Louis Schwitzer Award, Pocono Raceway Bill France, Sr. Award of Excellence, NASCAR Bill France, Jr. Award of Excellence, R&D 100 Award, SEMA Motorsports Engineering Award, GM Racing Pioneer Award, Autosport Pioneering and Innovation Award. Sicking received the National Science and Technology Medal from President George W. Bush, in part due to his work on the SAFER Barrier and on other roadside safety devices. Throughout the decades of organized professional automobile racing, track owners and sanctioning bodies were developing and attempting to utilize various devices to protect drivers and spectators in the event of a crash.
Tire barriers and sand barrels, Styrofoam blocks, gravel traps, earth embankments, other various low-cost devices were implemented, with a varying level of success and usefulness. In most cases, the devices were practical for road and street courses, but impractical, or inappropriate for oval tracks. Oval tracks were constructed with reinforced concrete walls around the entire perimeter of the track; the high speeds of oval track racing required strong walls to prevent cars from leaving the racing surface and protect spectators alike due to centrifugal force. Early years saw metal guardrails on the outside perimeters at some oval tracks, but their limitations and troublesome results saw them phased out by the late 1980s; the concrete walls showed favorable protection for spectators, against large NASCAR stock cars held up nearly unscathed during crashes. However, the hard surface and unforgiving nature of the walls were prone to cause injury to the drivers in a crash. In the years of the 20th century increasing speeds and several high-profile fatal accidents accelerated the need and public outcry for safety improvements at the track level.
The undesirable results or outright failures of existing safety devices required the need for a full-scale research and development of a new device. Throughout the 1970s–1990s, Indycar constructors, for instance, had attempted to address the issue of impact dissipation through car design. Pieces of the car were designed to breakaway after impact. Crumple zones were created. While it yielded positive results, it had drawbacks; the debris field created new hazards for cars approaching the crash scene, if cars hit pieces of the debris, it could be propelled into the spectator areas. In two high-profile incidents multiple spectators were fatally injured when sheared off wheel assemblies were punted into the grandstands; the precursor to the SAFER Barrier was developed in 1998. The Polyethylene Energy Dissipating System was developed by the Indy Racing League and retired GM engineer John Pierce at Wayne State University; the device consisted of PE cylinders mounted upright along the concrete wall, covered with plates of the same material, overlapping each other in the direction of travel.
The plates mounting pattern resembled scales on a fish. The PEDS barrier was installed on a trial basis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in time for the 1998 Indianapolis 500, it was installed along the inside wall near the entrance to the pits. However, it was not impacted during the race. About two months the barrier received its first full-scale test. During the 1998 IROC at Indy race, Arie Luyendyk spun and impacted the barrier broadside with his IROC stock car; the violent impact ripped many of the PEDS Barrier components from the wall, threw them high into the air, littered the track with huge amounts of debris. Luyendyk's car bounced off the wall, across the track and back into oncoming traffic; the car was narrowly missed by another car approaching at high speed. Though the barrier was credited with saving Luyendyk from serious injury, it was deemed a failure due to the flaws that were exposed with the design. A updated version was installed for a trial basis for the 1999 Indianapolis 500, but after driver Hideshi Matsuda impacted it, another major flaw was exposed.
The barrier was removed s
The Rinnai 250 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, a few miles south of Atlanta. This race has long served as Atlanta's lone Busch/Nationwide Series date, has been shuffled around the schedule several times. From its inception until 2001 the race was run as part of Atlanta's spring Winston Cup race weekend, as the then-Busch Series ended its season at a different track than the then-Winston Cup series. Following the transfer of the season ending Cup series race from Atlanta to Homestead-Miami Speedway after the 2001 season, the 312-mile race was moved to Atlanta's fall race weekend where it remained until Aaron's Rental, sponsoring the race, chose instead to sponsor the lone Busch event at Talladega; the race gained sponsorship from GlaxoSmithKline through its Nicorette brand and moved back to its traditional spring date. In September 2008, NASCAR officials announced that Nicorette would not renew its corporate sponsorship for race after the 2008 season.
On October 26, 2008 it was announced that Unilever's deodorant brand Degree will take over sponsorship of this race starting in 2009. It was announced that the now-Degree V12 300 would be moving to September as part of the latest round of NASCAR realignment, which resulted in the Pep Boys Auto 500, the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, the Pepsi 500 at Fontana trading places; the Degree V12 300 took the place of the Camping World RV Service 300 on NASCAR's Labor Day weekend race schedule and serves as an accompanying race to the AdvoCare 500. In 2015, the Xfinity race at Atlanta moved along with the Cup race to the second weekend of the season and ran as a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon along with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series; the race was reduced to 250 miles in order to make the race a doubleheader on the same day. Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards got their first series wins at Atlanta. 1993: Race postponed from March to November due to Southeastern Blizzard. 1998: After reconfiguration of the track between the two 1997 Cup races, the track was remeasured to 1.54 miles and laps reduced to 195 laps as a result.
2000: Race started during the day, but finished under the lights due to a rain delay of 6 hours on Lap 92. 2004 and 2008: Race extended due to NASCAR overtime. 2019: First win for the Toyota Supra. All other Xfinity wins. Racing-Reference.info – Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Results "What's Behind The Aaron's 312?"-referring to the race in Atlanta
NASCAR Xfinity Series
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is a stock car racing series organized by NASCAR. It is promoted as NASCAR's "minor league" circuit, is considered a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organization's top level circuit, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. NXS events are held as a support race on the day prior to a Cup Series event scheduled for that weekend; the series was called the Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series in 1982 and 1983, the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series from 1984 through 2002, the NASCAR Busch Series from 2003 through 2007, the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2008 through 2014. It is sponsored by Comcast via its consumer cable brand Xfinity; the series emerged from NASCAR's Sportsman division, formed in 1950 as NASCAR's short track race division. It was NASCAR's fourth series; the sportsman cars were not current model cars and could be modified more, but not as much as Modified series cars. It became the Late Model Sportsman Series in 1968, soon featured races on larger tracks such as Daytona International Speedway.
Drivers used obsolete Grand National cars on larger tracks but by the inception of the touring format in 1982, the series used older compact cars. Short track cars with small 300 cubic inch V-8 motors were used. Drivers used smaller current year models featuring V6 motors; the modern-day Xfinity Series was formed in 1982, when Anheuser-Busch sponsored a newly reformed late-model sportsman series with its Budweiser brand. The series switched sponsorship to Busch in 1984, it was renamed in 1986 to the Busch Grand National Series. Grand National was dropped from the series' title in 2003 as part of NASCAR's brand identity. Anheuser-Busch dropped the sponsorship in 2007; the Nationwide sponsorship was a seven-year contract, did not include the banking and mortgage departments of Nationwide. The sponsorship carried a $10 million commitment for 2008, with 6% annual escalations thereafter. On September 3, 2014, it was announced that Comcast would become the new title sponsor of the series via its cable television and internet brand Xfinity, renaming it the Xfinity Series.
In 2016, NASCAR implemented a seven-race Chase system similar to the one used in the NASCAR Cup Series. On August 23, 2018 NASCAR announced that the field size of the NXS will be cut from 40 to 38. On March 6, 2005, the series held its first race outside the United States, the Telcel-Motorola 200; the race was held in Mexico City, Mexico at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, a track that has held Formula One and Champ Car races in the past. It was won by Martin Truex Jr. On August 4, 2007, the series held its second race outside the United States, at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, another road course, it was won by Kevin Harvick. In July 2008, NASCAR announced that the Nationwide Series would not return to Mexico City in 2009, in 2012 they announced that it would not be returning to Montreal in 2013. In 2016, the NXS and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series adopted a playoff format similar to the NASCAR Cup Series Chase for the Championship. Unlike the NASCAR Cup Series, whose Chase consists of four rounds, the Xfinity Series and Truck Series both use a three-round format.
After each of the first two rounds, the four Chase grid drivers with the fewest season points are eliminated from the grid and Chase contention. The best-placed driver overall from the four Dash 4 Cash races advances to the Chase. Round of 12 Begins with 12 drivers who qualify for the Chase grid with 2,000 points Round of 8 Begins with 8 drivers, each with 3,000 points Championship 4 The last four drivers in contention for the season title will have their points reset to 4,000 points, with the highest finisher in the race winning the NXS title. In the 1980s, races were sparsely shown by ESPN if they were covering the cup race at the same track. Starting in 1990, more races began to be shown. By the mid-1990s, all races were shown. Most standalone races were aired on TNN, which helped grow coverage of the series, while races that were companion races with Winston Cup dates aired on the network airing the Cup race. TNN aired some of these races, which aired on CBS, NBC, ESPN, ABC and TBS. From 2001 until 2006, Fox Sports covered the entire first half of the Busch Grand National season, while NBC and TNT both aired races during the second half, with Turner Sports producing all the coverage for both networks.
However, in numbered years, coverage was changed, with the opening race at Daytona airing on NBC in 2004, on TNT in 2002 and 2006 and the track's July race airing on FX. Large portions of Fox's coverage aired on sister network FX, with a few marquee events on the network itself. From 2007 until 2014, ESPN was the home of the renamed Nationwide Series. Four races per season aired on ABC, with the remainder on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews. Early in ESPN's run, ESPN Classic was used for NNS overflow, however with less carriage of that network, this practice ended. Fox Sports did make a return to the series, airing the 2011 Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond on Speed Channel, due to ESPN giving up its exclusive rights to the race because of programming conflicts. In 2015, the NXS returned to FOX Sports during the first half of the season. Like the previous time Fox held righ
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is a 2.54-mile road course located just north of Braselton, United States. The facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams; the track has 12 turns, including the famous "esses" between turns five. The track is owned by IMSA Holdings, LLC through its subsidiary Road Atlanta, LLC, is the home to the Petit Le Mans, as well as AMA motorcycle racing, smaller events throughout the year. Michelin acquired naming rights to the facility in 2018. In 1969, David Sloyer, Earl Walker, Arthur Montgomery purchased a 750 acres plot of farmland in Braselton, with the intent to build a world-class road racing facility; when a Can-Am race had to be canceled due to flood damage, the series organizers chose Road Atlanta to replace it. The track began to take form taking only six months to excavate and pave the road course; the first race was held on September 13, 1970.
Vic Elford, in a Chaparral 2J, won pole and Tony Dean, in a Porsche 908/02, won the 300 km Can-Am event, with Stirling Moss as the Grand Marshal. Throughout the 1970s, more top-level series came to Road Atlanta, including Can-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA Camel GT, Trans-Am; the Sports Car Club of America held their annual national championship, the SCCA Runoffs, at Road Atlanta from 1970 to 1993. The first road race in NASCAR Busch Grand National Series history took place at Road Atlanta in 1986; the track was sold in 1978, was passed from one owner to the next—culminating in bankruptcy in 1993 under the Whittington Brothers. A partnership between business executives Frank Drendel, Jim Kanely, Eddie Edwards, George Nuse, Bill Waddell was formed to purchase the track; the next three years were spent making gradual improvements to the facility. New buildings were constructed, others were renovated, the track was widened and resurfaced and the grounds were landscaped. In November 1996, the track was purchased by Don Panoz, who would make Braselton the base of operations for his motorsports-related ventures.
Panoz introduced the first major changes to the track, removing the Dip and creating a chicane at the end of the long back straight. These changes brought the track up to FIA standards. A new pit and paddock area was constructed on the infield side of the track, allowing for larger events, a 10,000-seat terrace area was constructed around the new Turn 10 complex. In 1998, major racing resumed at Road Atlanta with the first edition of the Petit Le Mans endurance race; the race attracted worldwide attention, included entries from the Le Mans-winning Porsche factory team. The race would be the first race of the American Le Mans Series and included a spectacular accident where a Porsche 911 GT1 backflipped and flew into the side barriers. Petit has continued to be an annual event at Road Atlanta, a marquee event in the ALMS. Prior to the 2007 Petit Le Mans, the entire track surface was repaved; the works included moving the walls in the esses away from the track, with the intention of improved driver safety and better sight lines for spectators.
In the late winter of 2007/2008, the circuit was again modified with the reconfiguration of turns 4 and 12, for the ostensible safety benefit of motorcycle racers. In April 2008, Road Atlanta hosted the 4th stage of the Tour de Georgia, one of the largest cycling stage races in the United States; the stage was run using standard racing bikes instead of the more aerodynamic time trial bikes. Slipstream Chipotle won the stage with a time of 19:38.86, while Astana and Team High Road finished second and third respectively. Used in local cycling events, the circuit is run counterclockwise, owing to safety issues from the downhill Turn 11 to Turn 12, creating a steep climb from Turn 12 to Turn 11, a much safer route for cycling; the October 2008 Petit Le Mans had a four-day crowd of 113,000 people with an average weekend crowd of nearly 80,000 fans. The race entry list includes a number of returning cars. In September 2012, the track was purchased by IMSA Holdings as part of its acquisition of Panoz Motor Sports Group.
The intention was to combine American Le Mans Series. NASCAR K&N series has announced a return to the track in October 2013 as part of the K&N East series. In December 2017, the track hosted its first 24 Hours of LeMons event, the Kim Harmon Scrotium 500; the series is scheduled to return in 2018. Starting in 2019, the track will become Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta after Michelin and IMSA Holdings announced the naming rights agreement. Road Atlanta has been featured as one of the main drivable courses in the Xbox video game Forza Motorsport and its sequels, in the 1999 PC racing simulator Sports Car GT; the track was digitally created for Electronic Arts' F1 series "modded" to be compatible with multiple PC games. Scratch-made versions of the track have been created for rFactor and Papyrus' NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, it appears in the PlayStation 2 game Le Mans 24 Hours and on iRacing.com. AMA/FIM-MotoAmerica Suzuki Superbike Series WWW. Motoamerica.com IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar ChampionshipPetit Le MansIMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama Formula DDrift AtlantaTrans-Am Series Historic Sportscar RacingThe MittyLamborghini Super Trofeo North America American Endurance Racing 24 Hours of LeMons presented by Yokohama TireRack.com ChampCar Endurance Series Nati