ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — If someone built Road America today, it might look a lot different.
The 4-mile, high-speed road course in central Wisconsin is a favorite among IndyCar drivers, earning favorable comparisons with historic tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. But it can bite you, too. When compared with a newly build road course, such as Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas, Road America doesn’t have nearly as much room for error.
“It’s a track that has kept its character, stayed true to its roots,” Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud said. “I mean, we love it. It’s a very challenging racetrack. Probably one of the most challenging because if you make one mistake, it’s like the old days. You’re going to go off and crash. It’s not like one of the new tracks where a mistake is just like a video game. I personally enjoy that.”