Walt Disney World Speedway
is a racing facility located on the grounds of the Walt Disney World
resort near Orlando, Florida
It was built in 1995 by IMS Events, Inc., a subsidiary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Corporation, and was designed primarily as a venue for the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World, an Indy Racing League
Currently, the circuit's primary use is as a venue for the Richard Petty
Driving Experience, and the Indy Racing Experience, programs that allows fans to drive or ride in real race cars. It no longer hosts any professional competition.AutoWeek
magazine and the Orlando Sentinel
dubbed the track "The Mickyard"
of the Disney icon Mickey Mouse
and Indianapolis Motor Speedway
's nickname, the "Brickyard").
The track is a three-turn tri-oval
, designed by Indianapolis Motor Speedway chief engineer
Kevin Forbes and the location was chosen in September 1994 by Greg Ruse of Buena Vista
Construction. The track is situated on a triangular plot of land adjacent to the Magic Kingdom
's parking lot
. Plans for the track were first announced on January 23, 1995. The track was designed to fit within the boundaries of the existing infrastructure, requiring minimal rerouting of existing roads.
On June 27, 1995, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Chairman of the Board Mari Hulman George
took part in a groundbreaking ceremony. She presented the track with one of the original paving bricks from the famous "Brickyard." In a... Read More