Circuit Overview

Blackhawk Farms Raceway has been going strong for almost half a century, becoming a favourite of many local and national race organisations. Despite never hosting any significant top level races in its history, the circuit has nonetheless seen a selection of star drivers negotiate its turns at different stages of their careers; various of the Andrettis, Boris Said, Paul Newman and Stirling Moss, have all competed here, as has F1 champion Alan Jones.

The track currently hosts events for a range of organisations, including Championship Cup Series (CCS), Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and Vintage Sports Car Driver Association (VSCDA).

Circuit History

The circuit was built in 1967 by Tito and Marcia Nappi on a 219 acre farm just west of South Beloit. The original track layout was designed by local racing legend Jerry Dunbar, who came up with a short but technical track which had some similarities to its much larger near neighbour, Road America. The "family" atmosphere of the facility is one of its most endearing features.

Mike and Raymond Irwin bought the facility in 1986 and made many improvements over the next 20 years, including renovating many of the buildings, and resurfacing the track itself several times. In 1992 a new chicane was added on the stretch between after Turn 3, to compensate for the lack of run-off at the following Turn 4.
Mike Irwin retired in 2005, after which Raymond assumed operations with the help of Paul Depirro and Cindy Robinson. Raymond Irwin also owned and operated Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas, during this period.

In August 2007 the circuit changed hands again, passing on to Paul Musschoot, a local businessman and longtime SCCA racer and technical inspector. In 2008, many improvements were made to the track site including a brand new tech building and bathroom facility. Additional improvements included reducing the property's water table with added drainage and an onsite Frisby Performance tire dealer.

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Blackhawk Farms Raceway, 15538 Prairie Road, South Beloit, Illinois 61080, USA
+1 815-389-2000
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