Racing events are exciting whether you're watching stock cars from the greatest grandstands in the world or dirt bikes over a homemade hill track. The roar, the rev, and the risk all add to the energy, and a great circuit really kicks the whole experience into fifth gear, creating once-in-a-lifetime racing moments.
Many such moments have taken place at iconic locations across the United States, from California, to Indiana, to Georgia where
. This craggy route features incredible turns and some breathtaking changes in elevation that we wouldn't miss for the world.
Watch your favorite cars snake and plunge through the hillsides, hurtling to the twisting floor of the valley. If you're a fan of tough tracks and seeing vehicles tested to their absolute limits, the Sonoma Raceway is a must-see.
Racing circuit of legend, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is without a doubt the most iconic of the bunch. The Speedway features one wide oval track for a flat-out race between opponents while the inner track offers a daring set of curves to challenge the agility and maneuverability of vehicles and their drivers.
The track and accompanying facilities can be seen mapped out on the
Before the circuit became known as “The Brickyard” due to its famous brick surfacing, the track was originally made of stone chips. These were prone to breakage and caused accidents, which sadly proved to be fatal for some early race car drivers.
Now the surface has been replaced with tarmac that earns the Speedway a spot among the world’s fastest. However, the original bricks still reside at the start line, where winners kiss them as part of a tradition started by Dale Jarrett in 1996 after the NASCAR Brickyard 400, according to
The IMS hosts a number of races, but the most revered is the Indy 500. Started in 1911, it is one of the world’s longest-running motor races, according to Goodwood Road and Racing. Today, qualifiers for the race often hit breakneck speeds upwards of 230 mph.
A celebration of engineering expertise, you can also catch the
The IMS is a true hub for racing fans, welcoming more than 200,000 to each 500 race. Visiting this iconic facility just once is an experience of a lifetime, and is surely on the bucket list of every racing enthusiast.
Jerry is a personal insurance broker that lives in your pocket. But don’t worry about buying tiny office furniture—Jerry is an app. Once you download Jerry, just answer a handful of questions that will take you roughly 45 seconds to complete and you’ll immediately get car insurance quotes for coverage similar to your current plan. Jerry customers save an average of $879 a year.
Genevieve holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, but her first and forever loves are writing and editing. She is passionate about creating transportive experiences for readers and feels most at-home in the literary world. When she's not writing about finance or car insurance, you can probably find Genevieve watching a good film, looking for sushi, or putting on her chef's hat in the kitchen.