Road America track in Wisconsin maintains natural beauty, hosts NASCAR

Road America track in Wisconsin maintains natural beauty, hosts NASCAR


Road America track in Wisconsin maintains natural beauty, hosts NASCAR

ELKHART LAKE – Tucked within a fortress of trees, race cars speed through the Road America track, their engines buzzing louder and louder with each approaching turn.

The ground shakes as they get close and quickly zoom past. But when they’re gone, the soft rustling of trees can be heard overhead.

Wanting to maintain the natural beauty of America’s “national park of speed,” John Ewert, communications director for Road America, said Road America is always looking for more ways to be environmentally conscious.

Keeping with the natural landscape

A canopy of trees at Elkhart Lake's Road America provides shade and habitat for small woodland creatures, Thursday, July 28, 2022, near Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Unique to the Road America grounds, with its tree coverage and rolling hills, is its close connection with the natural environment.

Unlike the hot asphalt and aluminum benches often found in racecourse stadiums, Ewert said visitors often say they feel like they’re in a park.

He said keeping the natural topography of the land was intentional when the racecourse was first established.

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