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Top 15 Racetracks in the World to Visit Before You Die

Auto racing is one of the most interesting sports out there. It’s about horsepower, speed, victories, and defeats. Watching a race on TV is one thing, but seeing cars fly around a track at well over 200 miles per hour in person is exhilarating. Tens of millions of people flock to racetracks around the world each and every year to watch or participate in races.

1. Autodromo di Pergusa, Italy

The Autodromo di Pergusa is a racetrack in Italy that’s as beautiful as the cars that drive on it. Located around Pergusa Lake, the only natural lake in Sicily, the circuit hosts a variety of racing events. Its heyday was in the 1960s and 1970s, but it’s starting to creep back to prominence. If you’re looking for a beautiful European racetrack to visit, this one has to be on your list.

2. Silverstone, United Kingdom

Silverstone is the self-described home of British racing. While there are other circuits in the UK, the track’s claims aren’t unfounded. It’s been one of the fastest and most exciting racing venues in the world since the 1940s. Formerly an airfield, the site became a place of interest for drivers and eventually a circuit was built. Since its creation, the venue has flourished and grown into a world-class facility.

3. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has a rich history with the racing community. It came to prominence not long after the First World War. The rolling hills of the area made for the perfect racetrack landscape, and the first organized race took place in the 1920s. Since then, it’s become a legendary European racetrack. If you’re going to go anywhere near Belgium, it’s worth it to take a trip to Spa-Francorchamps for its beauty alone.

4. Circuit de la Sarthe (Le Mans), France

The Circuit de la Sarthe is better known by two words, Le Mans. This French racetrack hosts the most famous 24-hour endurance race in the whole world. The 24 Hours of Le Mans has captivated audiences for decades. Over the years, alterations have been made to the route, but the essence of the track maintains the glamor of its 1920s debut. If you’re a fan of motorsports or history in general, don’t overlook this racing circuit.

5. Ebisu Circuit, Japan

If you love drifting, you should be at Ebisu. This track offers plenty of opportunities to take in some of the best drifters in the business. The venue has 7 individual tracks plus a couple of skid pad areas making it ideal for racers and drifters of all kinds. The track is designed to keep costs down, making drifting and racing accessible to everyone. If you’re looking to see some unique cars zooming around a racetrack, this is the place to be.

6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, USA

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of those venues so ingrained in motorsports that without it, the racing world simply wouldn’t be what it is today. The Indianapolis 500 is the venue’s most well-known race, but the site is home to several others. It’s a huge venue with three circuits, including a large oval, a road course, and a motorcycle road course. It can accommodate hundreds of thousands of spectators at once, too. If you haven’t been to a race here, load up the car and take a trip to America’s heartland. It’s a spectacle you won’t forget.

7. Nürburgring, Germany

The Nürburgring is another one of those racetracks that has had an immeasurable impact on the automotive and motorsport industry. In fact, it’s hard to imagine what the automotive world would be like without this racetrack. The Nürburgring is the proving ground for new cars, and it hosts a variety of races and events. It’s an old racetrack dating back to just after WWI, but it’s been modernized over the years, and today, virtually every automaker test new models there before putting them on the market. If you’re interested at all in visiting racetracks, this has to be at the top of your list.

8. Daytona International Speedway, Florida, USA

The Daytona International Speedway was built by Bill Rance Sr. to be a 2.5-mile racetrack for the most astonishing racing the motorsports world had ever seen. With 32 degrees of banking in the turns and plenty of spaces along the track to open cars up, it’s safe to say that he succeeded. The Daytona International Speedway hosts NASCAR racing Grand-Am racing, American Motorcycle Association events, go-kart racing, Monster Energy Super Cross events, and more. This track does it all.

9. Watkins Glen, New York

This is where it all began for American auto racing. Watkins Glen has been America’s home for racing since the 1940s, before there was even a real racetrack. Racers used highways and country roads, but eventually the people involved in the community built a track, and the rest is history. It’s had its financial ups and downs over the years, but the venue keeps upgrading and improving. The International Speedway Corporation bought the property in 1997 and made a number of upgrades since then. If you’re a fan of history, auto racing, or both, this place has all you could ever hope for.

10. Bathurst’s Mount Panorama, Australia

This gathering place for all of Australia’s petrol heads is fast, fun and dangerous. It’s also beautifully placed in the winding hillside. Widely known as one of the most challenging racetracks in the world, this Aussie circuit is a favorite of many drivers. It got its start in 1938 and has since hosted a wide variety of races. There have been many spectacular victories at Mount Panorama and several harrowing crashes. That’s a fact that keeps many people coming back time and time again.

11. Sonoma Raceway, California, USA

Sonoma Raceway has been known by a few different names, including Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway. The track’s importance has also changed dramatically. It’s become one of the best racetracks in the world, and because of this, it’s also one of the busiest. It hosts a variety of events on about eight different circuits. Located in beautiful Sonoma, California, the site is worth going to, at the very least for the striking scenery.

12. Anglesey Circuit, United Kingdom

One of the most modern racetracks in the United Kingdom, Anglesey Circuit is also one of the most beautiful. It’s located on the island of Anglesey off the coast of north Wales. The site was originally a military facility, but after it was decommissioned, it turned into a motorsport’s venue. It held its first event in 1992, and the facility has flourished ever since.

13. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a unique place. The racetrack is complex, interesting, and hosts many of the best races in the world, but the location of the venue itself is what makes it so cool. It’s on a man-made island in the St Lawrence Seaway near Montreal. The site’s laid-back spirit and modern updates have made it a favorite of spectators and drivers alike. If you’re headed up to Canada anytime soon, make sure to check out this wonder of human ingenuity.

14. Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico

When you think Mexico City, you might not think of auto racing. But if you’d been to Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez you would think of nothing else. The site is the best racing spot in the whole country and has been for about half a century. It consists of four different circuits all designed for specific purposes. The venue has hosted everything from NASCAR and Indycar to Formula 1. It’s part of a giant sports complex on the southeast side of the city. If you ever visit Mexico’s Capital, you must stop by this legendary racetrack.

15. Circuit of the Americas, Texas, USA

The Circuit of the Americas is a newer racetrack, but that doesn’t keep it from being one of the most interesting and engaging courses on this list. It had a rocky construction, but despite the issues, it opened in 2012 to great fanfare from drivers and spectators alike. There are three circuits at the racetrack, each challenging in their own way. This has attracted a variety of racing series, which means you can go see a variety of car and motorcycle races.