NOLA Motorsports Park
Opened in 2011, NOLA Motorsports Park is one of the newest racing tracks in the United States built mainly for both cars and motorcycle racing enthusiasts.
Ambitious plan that is not fully completed yet
The circuit located in Avondale, Louisiana, near the city of New Orleans, was designed by Alan Wilson, South African race tracks designed and a husband of Desire Wilson, former racing driver and one of the very few women who raced in Formula 1. Originally, NOLA Motorsports Park had to be a posh country-club style like a venue for the wealthy racing enthusiasts but the circuit instantly became popular and soon opened its doors to non-members. During its short history, NOLA Motorsports Park also hosted some renowned racing series.
The ground was broken in 2009, at the former swampy golf course, and after more than $30 million was invested, the new circuit was opened in 2011. Actually, it wasn’t completely finished. Only the North Track was finished and there is a plan of constructing the South Track. The two tracks should be combined in the future to create an 8.64 km long Full Track with 27 turns, what should be one of the longest racecourses in the US.
Before the second phase of construction is completed, the North Track is more than good enough to satisfy all the needs of every racer. It is 4.42 km long clockwise run track with 16 turns and, interestingly, covered pit-lane, and 23-acre paddock.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana was held at NOLA in 2015
Although intended to be the venue for enthusiasts, NOLA Motorsports Park over the years hosted a couple of big racing events. In 2012, the season finale of AMA Pro Racing Superbike Championship was held there. In 2014, Cooper Tires Winter Fest was organized at NOLA Motorsports Park, with Indy Lights, US FF2000, and Pro Formula Mazda series testing their cars.
Finally, the biggest event was in April of 2015 when NOLA Motorsports Park was the of IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Louisiana. Unfortunately, IndyCar race has not returned in 2016 even after some modifications were done to the track, the safety measures were increased and temporary stands were erected to increase capacity.
NOLA Motorsports Park has modern facilities
In addition to the racecourse, there is also big 40-acre karting facility that includes 30 acres of track area with 7 acres lighted and suitable for night events. Another landmark of NOLA Motorsports Park is Event Center that sits beside trackside. Except for the club members, this place is available for conferences, private events, and holiday parties. NOLA Motorsports Park also has an eight-acre autocross pad, single lane dragstrip and luxury villas for residents.
The circuit is also home to J Howard Racing School, Karting Fast University, and also host various kart championships. There is also available Mustang Experience Driving School, as well as Xtreme Driving Experience. NOLA Motorsports Park is also opened for the very popular track days at affordable prices.
The nearest airport is Louis Armstrong International in New Orleans, some 30 minutes drive to the northwest. Approximately the same time you’ll need if you are coming from the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Address: 11075 Nicolle Boulevard, Avondale, LA 70094, USA
Phone: +1 504 302 4875