- Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Name = Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Mexico City, Mexico
Champ Car World Series Gran Premio de México NASCAR Nationwide Series Telcel-Motorola 200 A1 Grand Prix
A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Mexico
Layout1 = Grand Prix
Surface = Asphalt
Length_km = 4.438
Length_mi = 2.774
Turns = 17
Record_time = 1:16.788
Record_team = Williams
FIA Formula One
Layout2 = NASCAR
Surface2 = Asphalt
Length_km2 = 4.028
Length_mi2 = 2.518
Turns2 = 16
Record_time2 = 1:27.458
Chip Ganassi Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Layout3 = Oval
Surface3 = Asphalt
Length_km3 = 1.6
Length_mi3 = 1
Turns3 = 4
Built in a public park in 1962, the circuit hosted its first
Formula OneGrand Prix the same year, as a non-Championship race. The following year the Mexican Grand Prixbecame a full World Championship event. The circuit remained part of the F1 calendar through 1970, when spectator overcrowding caused unsafe conditions. When the track re-opened in 1986, the circuit boasted a new pit complex, as well as improved safety all around. The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (as of 2008) has been the only venue for the Mexican Grand Prix.
The circuit is located within the public park of the Magdalena Mixhuca in northeast
Mexico City. The circuit is owned by the Government of the City, but is currently operated under concession by Corporación Interamericana de Entretenimiento, S.A. de C.V. or CIE, through OCESA, one of CIE's subsidiaries. CIE also organizes the NASCARand Desafío Corona races in this circuit and rents the circuits to other parties, including race organizers, automobile clubs and track amateurs for fees that are controversial due to their disproportionately high amounts compared to other ex-F1 courses.
The circuit itself has a very bumpy surface, mostly due to Mexico City's location on a geologically active region. Furthermore, with an elevation of 2,285 m,(7,500 ft) the thin air makes breathing more difficult for both the drivers and their cars. The circuit got its name shortly after it opened when Ricardo Rodríguez died in practice for the non-Championship
1962 Mexican Grand Prix(Ricardo's brother Pedro would also lose his life behind the wheel years later).
The circuit has an extremely fast final corner (the "peraltada") before a long start/finish straight, and thus reminded some of Monza; however, unlike Monza's "parabolica" curve, the "peraltada" curve is slightly banked, allowing even more speed through the corner. It was at this corner that Rodríguez crashed, although it is unclear whether this was due to excess speed or suspension failure. After the last F1 Mexican Grand Prix in 1992, a baseball stadium was built on the innerpart of this curve. When the
Champ Carseries began using the track in 2002, the "peraltada" curve was partially bypassed by a series of sharp turns entering and exiting the baseball field; re-entering the "peraltada" halfway through.
NASCAR Nationwide Seriesstarted racing at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in the 2005 season, with a chicaneon the main straightaway to slow the cars down. They also introduced a curve between the short course and the Ese del Lago to bypass the latter, but avoiding the stadium detour. Martin Truex Jr.won the race in 2005, and Denny Hamlinwon in 2006. For the 2007 race, the chicane was removed to increase passing opportunities down the front straight and into turn 1, and Juan Pablo Montoyafrom Bogotá, Colombia, won the race.
A1 Grand Prixseries started racing at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in the 2007 season using the full-track configuration used by Formula 1. Alex Yoongfrom Malaysiawon the sprint race and Oliver Jarvisfrom the United Kingdomwon the feature race.
In the Autódromo, it's also possible to make an oval track, thanks to a flat turn that goes from the middle of the main straightaway to the beginning of the backstretch. The oval is raced in counter-clockwise direction, as opposed to the road course.
The oval configuration of this Mexico City facility is arguably the most dangerous racetrack in Mexico, because of the limited visibility at the exit of Turns 2 and 4. This is because the
Foro Solbaseball stadium is located inside turns 1 and 2; and several trees are located inside turns 3 and 4.
During the 2006 season, two horrific accidents occurred in the oval track during
NASCAR Mexico T4 Seriesevents, which took several drivers out of the race and even required some of them to be taken to the hospital.
The oval configuration is used at least twice a year, with two double-feature events featuring the
NASCAR Mexico Corona Seriesand the NASCAR Mexico T4 Series.
Formula One history
"Note: Pink background indicates non-Championship year."NASCAR Nationwide Series will not return here in 2009.
A1 Grand Prix history
Panam GP Series- A1 Grand Prix Mexico City
A1 Grand Prix- A1 Grand Prix Mexico City
Rolex Sports Car Series- Mexico City 250
NASCAR Nationwide Series- Telcel-Motorola 200presented by Banamex
Champ Car World Series- Gran Premio de México
Champ Car Atlantic Series- Gran Premio de México
NASCAR Mexico Corona Series- 2 races in the oval
Copa Turismo México- Copa Turismo México Presentada por Continental y FIAT
Moto Pro México- Copa Turismo México Presentada por Continental y FIAT
* A1 Grand Prix Qualifying:
Alex Yoong, 86.490 sec. (115.015 mph), 2007
* NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying:
Scott Pruett, 87.458 sec. (103.647 mph), 2007
* NASCAR Nationwide Series Race (200 miles):
Juan Pablo Montoya, 2 hrs. 45 min. 15 sec. (74.969 mph), March 4, 2007
The Autódromo is unique in the sense that there is a baseball stadium inside Turn 14. The stadium, called
Foro Solis home to the Diablos Rojos del México, and also hosts music concerts.
Artists like Madonna, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Paul McCartney are just a few of the names that have played there.
The Coca-Cola Zero Festival will be held at the racetrack on April 12, 2008. (http://coca-colazero.com.mx/) Acts include The Smashing Pumpkins, The Mars Volta, My Chemical Romance, My Morning Jacket, Belanova, Bright Eyes, Kinky, Miranda, La Gusana Ciega, Jumbo, Division Minuscula, Timo Maas, Quiero Club, The Faint, Chetes, Le Baron, and Austin TV.
John Paul IIgave mass to nearly 2 million faithful at the Autódromo in 1999.
*Mexique is one of the racing circuits available for the "
Formula Dé" board game.
*1/4 mile drag racing events are also held here on occasion, on the main straightaway.
*The Government of
Mexico Cityorganizes a marathon and bicycle races on the circuit.
*Exotic models are often tested by specialized media in the circuit. Models have included the Enzo Ferrari,
Maserati MC12and Bugatti Veyron.
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