MotoAmerica Fast Facts: Road America

  • Elkhart Lake’s historic Road America circuit winds through Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine. A “moraine” is an accumulation of soil and rock left when the glaciers retreated. The moraine was created when the Laurentide Ice Sheet, on the west, collided with the Lake Michigan glacier, on the east, which deposited sediment. The moraine is dotted with “kettles,” which are shallow, sediment-filled bodies of water formed when the glaciers retreated.
  • Road America’s first official race was in September 1955, which was an SCCA-sanctioned auto race. Motorcycles began racing at Road America in June 1980.
  • Road America’s official nickname is “America’s National Park of Speed.”
  • The official track length of Road America is 4.048 miles, which is the longest road course on the MotoAmerica schedule.
  • Road America features 14 turns, and sections of the track have colorful nicknames such as Moraine Sweep, Hurry Downs, The Carousel, The Kink, Kettle Bottoms, Canada Corner, Thunder Valley, and the Bill Mitchell Bend.
  • Road America’s Turn Five is one of the country’s premier spots for viewing motorcycle road racing.
  • Mat Mladin has the most Superbike race wins at Road America with 9 victories, including one win aboard a Ducati and the other eight in the saddle of a Suzuki.
  • The motorcycle racing lap record is 2:11.208, set by Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Superbike rider Mat Mladin during race two at Road America in 2006.
  • The auto racing lap record is 1:39.866, set by Team Kool Green CART Champ Car driver Dario Franchitti in 2000.
  • Siebkens “Stop Inn Tavern” is known as the best bar on the MotoAmerica road racing circuit. Siebkins recently celebrated its 100th year in business, and it’s the best place to tell and hear bench racing stories about Road America.