Gone Forever, Part 2: Five Places Where The Streets Have Gone Silent
The various forms of the top open-wheel racing series in the United States — of course now known as the IndyCar Series — have raced on dozens of tracks in dozens of cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Japan, Australia and beyond.
But, with time, and the changing tastes of racing fans, needs of corporate sponsors, support of cities and overall finances, many of these locations have fallen off the schedule.
In this series, which we’re calling “Gone Forever”, we go one step further exploring tracks that have gone beyond losing a scheduled date on the racing calendar: namely, they no longer exist as racetracks at all, gone and all but forgotten in the minds of racing fans even today.
(And in case you missed it, read part 1 of our series, where we looked at some ovals that are no more!)
Next up on our look back are temporary road / street circuits. When open-wheel racing reached its peak in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, big cities around the world lined up for a chance to get a date on the IndyCar calendar. With successful, tenured races in Long Beach, California and Toronto, among others, the promise of a big tourist boom and big TV day loomed large.
But more often than not, the promise faded with economics, logistics and politics all conspiring to doom these races.
Without any further ado and in no particular order, here are five memorable cities with bygone street circuits that have left the racing behind forever.