Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.
Hap Sharp, driving a Chaparral, won the first race at the Stardust Road Course in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. It featured a flat, 3-mile (4.8 km), 13-turn road course, and a quarter-mile drag strip. It was built in 1965 by the Stardust Hotel and Casino to attract high rollers to the hotel. In 1966 it began hosting the season finale of the Can-Am championship. In 1968 the USAC Championship Car series held a race at Stardust. The hotel was sold in 1969, and the new owners largely abandoned the track. Larry Horton, the track's manager, leased the land and ran drag racing events until 1970. Real estate developers Pardee Homes bought the land and built the Spring Valley community on it. Meanwhile, a replacement track, the Las Vegas Speedrome, was announced afterwards and opened in 1972, with a 1.8 mile drag strip and road course across from Nellis Air Force Base, which expanded into today's Las Vegas Motor Speedway.