Address: Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66111, USA
PH: +1 913 328 3300
Circuit type: Permanent oval and road courses
Kansas Speedway was established by International Speedway Corporation to provide a new venue for oval racing to the Midwest. In 1997, Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, were selected as the site for the new speedway. Located at the intersection of interstates 70 and 435, construction began in May of 1999 on the 1.5 mile tri-oval. The facility would feature uniform 15 degree banking in the turns and boast seating for 72,000 spectators and more than 60 luxury suites.
Construction began in September 2000 and was completed in early 2001 in time for an inaugualr test for stock cars and Indy Lights single seaters in April. The inaugural race weekend took place in June for the NASCAR Winston West Series Kansas 150 and ARCA RE/MAX Series BPU 200. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Indy Racing League made their debut at the July race weekend in 2001, marking the first time NASCAR and IRL run on the same track during the same weekend. The first top-level NASCAR race was won by Jeff Gordon in September.
In the summer of 2012 the Speedway announced track improvements include a complete repaving of the existing track surface, reconfiguration of the oval, and the addition of a 2.37 mile road course. The project started immediately following the STP 400 on April 22.. The changes to the oval centred on the introduction of progressive banking from 17-20 degrees, with the front stretch banked at 9-11 degrees and the back straight a uniform five degrees.. Portions of the infield were graded and paved as part of the road course development. The repaving in particular drew praise from the NASCAR drivers when they attended a tyre test in August of that year.
SAFER barriers extend around 1.28 miles of the existing concrete retainer walls between Turns 1 and 2, between Turns 3 and 4 and along most of the frontstretch.
Also new in 2012 was the Hollywood Casino, which overlooks the track at Turn 2, boasting 2,000 slot machines and 52 gaming tables.
Kansas Speedway is located 13 miles west of Kansas City, Kansas, close to both I-70 and I-435. The nearest airport is Kansas City International, a short drive north of the city itself.
Free parking for 35,000 cars is provided at the Speedway, but expect delays on race days, so plan ahead and follow directions to the parking lots given by track officials.
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