Willow Springs International Motorsports Park

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Turn 3/4/5, or "The Omega", can be seen on the hillside above Pit Lane.

Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is located in Willow Springs near Rosamond and Lancaster, California, and is about an hour north of Los Angeles. It is a historic race track, in existence more than fifty years. Construction of the track began in 1952, with the inaugural first race held on November 23, 1953.[1] The main track is a challenging 2.5-mile (4.0 km) long road course that is unchanged from its original 1953 configuration. The interesting elevation changes and high average speeds make it a favorite of many road racing drivers.

Willow Springs International Raceway Park also features other racing facilities such as The Streets of Willow (1.8 mile road course), The Horsethief Mile (road course), Willow Springs Speedway (1/4 mile paved oval), Willow Springs Kart Track (a .625-mile, 9-turn paved sprint track), The Playpen (a 1/4-mile paved training track), and the Walt James Stadium (Clay Oval and Paved Oval).

Efforts by fans have resulted in the State of California declaring Willow Springs International Raceway as a California Point of Historical Interest in 1996.[2]

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Description

A downhill section of the big track.
Willow Springs - Big Track - Turn 4

The 9 turns of Willow: The main track at Willow Springs Raceway, informally called the "Big Track", consists of 9 turns. The layout is built for speed, but combines speed with turns and elevation changes to offer a unique challenge. It is possible for a capable car or motorcycle to exceed 160 miles per hour (260 km/h) on the front straightway.

Streets of Willow Springs: Constructed in 1987. A 1.8-mile (2.9 km) road course with multiple configurations, it has an attached Skid Pad measuring 400 ft (120 m). by 350 ft (110 m). and a 60 ft (18 m). by 40 ft (12 m). garage. Located just north of Willow Springs International Raceway on 70th St. West., it is accessible through the Main Track entrance, or the 70th St. West gate. Racing fuel and tire service are available daily.

Horse Thief Mile: 1-mile (1.6 km) canyon-like road course

Willow Springs Speedway: ¼-mile paved oval

Walt James Stadium: 3/8-mile dirt oval

All the tracks, from the air.

Media

Willow was used by George Lucas in 1:42:08 A Man and His Car (1966)

The track is in the 1985 Christopher Cross music video "Every Turn of the World"[3]

On 3 February 2013 the track featured on the British BBC program Top Gear, while Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May were being chased by planes.

Track Records

The overall track record is held by Michael Andretti in a 1987 CART Indycar (Champ Car). Andretti completed a lap of the 2.5 mile main track in 1 minute 6.050 seconds, for an average speed of 136 miles per hour (219 km/h).[4]

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Coordinates: 34°52′30″N 118°15′52″W / 34.875°N 118.26444°W / 34.875; -118.26444