Road America is heating up as its 2021 season gets underway with a lineup of events, both on and off the racetrack. With more than 50 days of on-track action and over 500 events in total, fans can expect to encounter full throttle fun at America’s National Park of Speed.
“We have probably the most diverse events schedule of any motorsports venue in North America,” says John Ewert, communications director for Elkhart Lake’s Road America. “Not just on the track, but also go-karting, geocaching, outdoor movies and family events.”
The month of July showcases two annual favorites – The NASCAR Cup Series Road America 250 presented by Kwik Trip July 1-4 and The WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman July 15-18.
The NASCAR Cup Series Road America 250 features NASCAR’s future stars such as Cole Custer, Tyler Reddick, Christopher Bell and Erik Jones battle it out with superstars such as Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Chase Elliott, on the storied 4-mile, 14-turn road circuit.
“The vibe at this event is incredible,” Ewert says. “You’ll see top race car drivers just walking through the campground, taking pictures and signing autographs, so the personality and access is really exciting.”
The WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman is one of the largest vintage racing events in the United States, featuring over 400 cars competing in several groups. This year’s event will also include a NASCAR and Grand National racer reunion. On Friday evening, race cars will parade to downtown Elkhart Lake and Saturday evening will feature the sports car parade where visitors can get up close to the vehicles.
“The racers and competitors let fans see the cars and kids can sit in driver’s seats,” Ewert says. “They just have to get back to the track by 8 p.m. because they don’t have headlights.”
Road America is located on 640 acres in a park-like setting that is visited by more than 800,000 fans each year. Spectators are free to move about the facility and are not dedicated to a specific seat. “It’s one of the few venues where you can sit under a shade tree and still watch race cars,” Ewert says.
For tickets and the full event lineup, visit roadamerica.com.