Top Five Most Iconic Race Tracks from Around the World
Ask any race fan which tracks he or she likes best, and the answer will usually always include a few different venues. NASCAR fans usually mention Daytona and F1 fans will always suggest Monaco. A few tracks around the world have managed to transcend all of racing culture and are loved worldwide for the speed, technique and mechanical prowess required to get to the winner’s circle.
5. Suzuka International Racing Course
It started out as a test track in the early 1960s for Honda, but over the years, fans and F1 drivers alike have grown to love this unique track. The “figure 8” design was featured on the popular video game “Pole Position II,” which introduced the Suzuka International Racing Course to worldwide popular culture even outside racing.
Although it’s not actually a track in the traditional sense of the word, the Circuit de Monaco demands respect nevertheless. Used for just a few days each year for the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, this track with one of the most famous hairpin turns in the world is a true test of skill for drivers (whether they’re racing or not!). A poll even recently suggested Monaco was a sporting “wonder” of the world.
3. Monza (Autodromo Nazionale Monza)
A track designed for incredible displays of speed, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in northern Italy has seen racing action since 1922. The track requires incredible aerodynamics and power to compete at top levels. More Formula 1 races have been held at Monza than any other track in the world.
2. Daytona (Daytona International Speedway)
Americans are often accused of not looking beyond their own borders when it comes to internationally loved sports, but Florida’s Daytona is called an “International Speedway” for a reason, and that’s because it’s an iconic part of global racing history. Every February, the Daytona 500 is watched by racing fans across the world.
Nurburgring is arguably the most well-known racetrack in the entire world. People don’t just compete here in races; vehicle designers and manufacturers also test their new equipment and prototypes at this iconic track. Nurburgring is so well known over the world that plans were recently set into motion to create an entire replica of Nurburgring near Las Vegas, just 10 miles from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.