Continental Divide Raceways


Continental Divide Raceways
Continental Divide Raceways
Location Castle Rock, Colorado
Coordinates 39°19′59″N 104°53′34″W / 39.33306°N 104.89278°W / 39.33306; -104.89278Coordinates: 39°19′59″N 104°53′34″W / 39.33306°N 104.89278°W / 39.33306; -104.89278
Opened 1959
Closed 1983
Road course
Length 2.8 mi (4.51 km)
Turns 10
Oval
Length .5 mi (.805 km)
Drag strip
Length .8 mi (1.3 km)

Continental Divide Raceways was a race track located in Castle Rock, Colorado. Built in 1959, it featured a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) road course, half-mile (.805 km) oval, and 4,200-foot (1,300 m) drag strip. The land was intended to be used for a multi-sport spectator venue, but a racing complex was built after a hill climb was staged on the property.[1] The track saw its most active time in the 1960s, hosting the USAC National Championship, major sports car races, and Trans-Am. The track closed in 1979 due to a fatal accident but reopened in 1981, holding a Winston West stock car race in 1982 before being sold to real estate developers in 1983.[2]

Contents

Race results

USAC Champ Car "Rocky Mountain 150"

Year Date Driver Team Car
1968 July 7 United States A. J. Foyt Sheraton-Thompson Coyote-Ford
1969 July 6 United States Gordon Johncock Gilmore Broadcasting Eagle-Ford
1970 June 28 United States Mario Andretti STP Oil Treatment McNamara-Ford
[3]

Sports car races

Year Date Driver(s) Team Car Championship
1960 June 26 United States Carroll Shelby Meister Brauser Scarab-Chevrolet USAC Road Racing Championship
July 17 United States Bob Holbert Porsche 718 RSK SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1961 July 2 United Kingdom Ken Miles Crandall Industries Incorporated Porsche 718 RSK USAC Road Racing Championship
1963 August 18 United States Augie Pabst Meister Brauser Scarab-Chevrolet United States Road Racing Championship
1965 August 15 United States Hap Sharp Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral 2A-Chevrolet United States Road Racing Championship
[4][5]

Trans-Am

Year Date Driver Car
1967 August 27 United States Jerry Titus Ford Mustang
1968 August 25 United States Mark Donohue Chevrolet Camaro
[4][5]

References

  1. ^ Galpin, Darren. "Continental Divide Raceway Track Info". The GEL Motorsport Information Page. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. http://www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/continen.html. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Continental Divide Raceways". North American Motorsports Pages. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CO/Continental.html. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Continental Divide Raceway". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. http://www.champcarstats.com/tracks/castlerock.htm. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Continental Divide - List of Races". Racing Sports Cars. http://www.racingsportscars.com/track/archive/Continental%20Divide.html. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Continental Divide Raceways". Ultimate Racing History. http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist3.php?trackid=54. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  • Hylton, Pete (2007). Ghost Tracks. Benton, KY: Legacy Ink Publishing. ISBN 9780979697616. 



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