Street circuit

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The Monaco Grand Prix, held at the Circuit de Monaco, is one of the world's most prestigious and famous auto races.

A street circuit is a racing circuit composed by temporarily closed-off public roads of a city, town or village, used in motor races. Facilities such as the paddock, pit boxes, fences and grandstands are usually placed temporarily and removed soon after the race is over but in modern times the pits, race control and main grandstands are sometimes permanently constructed in the area. Since the track surface is originally planned for normal speeds, race drivers often find street circuits bumpy and lacking grip. Run-off areas may be non-existent, which makes driving mistakes more expensive than in purpose-built circuits with wider run-off areas. Racing on a street circuit is also called "legal street racing".

Local governments sometimes support races held in street circuits to promote tourism.

List of street circuits

Americas

Punta del Este Street Circuit, Uruguay, the first ePrix of Formula E in the Americas. It runs along Punta del Este's harbour – nicknamed the Monte Carlo of South America[1][2][3]
Puerto Madero Street Circuit, Argentina, alongside a typical food stand in the Costanera Sur.
IMSA street circuit in Columbus, Ohio.

Asia and Africa

Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, the only street circuit in Asia currently used in Formula 1.

Europe

The Streets of St. Petersburg is one of the first non-oval venues ever visited by the IndyCar Series.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, in Eau Rouge, one of the most famous turns in motorsport.

Oceania

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Australia, the only Oceanian street circuit forming part of the 2015 championship of Formula 1.

References

  1. ^ "Circuit Guide | Punta del Este, Uruguay | FIA Formula E". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Formula E reveals circuit for Punta del Este ePrix". FIA Formula E. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  3. ^ "Formula E unveils Punta del Este circuit in Uruguay". autosport.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 

See also

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