Stardust International Raceway

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Stardust International Raceway
Location Spring Valley, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Coordinates 36°6′28″N 115°15′9″W / 36.10778°N 115.25250°W / 36.10778; -115.25250Coordinates: 36°6′28″N 115°15′9″W / 36.10778°N 115.25250°W / 36.10778; -115.25250
Owner Stardust Hotel and Casino
Opened 1965
Closed 1970
Major events Can-Am
Trans-Am
USAC Champ Car
Surface Asphalt
Length 3 mi (4.830 km)
Turns 13
Lap record 1:29.63 (Bruce McLaren, McLaren M8A-Chevrolet, 1968, Can-Am)

The Stardust International Raceway was an auto racing track in Spring Valley, in the Las Vegas Valley. 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.[1] 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.

Results[edit]

Sports car[edit]

Year Driver Entrant Car Distance/Duration Championship Report
1965 United States Hap Sharp United States Chaparral Cars Chaparral 2A-Chevrolet 200 miles (320 km) Non-championship report
1966 Canada John Cannon Genie Mk.10-Chevrolet 180 miles (290 km) United States Road Racing Championship report
1966 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Lola T70 Mk.2-Chevrolet 210 miles (340 km) Can-Am report
1967 United States Mark Donohue United States Roger Penske Lola T70 Mk.3-Chevrolet 183 miles (295 km) United States Road Racing Championship report
1967 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom Team Surtees Lola T70 Mk.3-Chevrolet 210 miles (340 km) Can-Am report
1968 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M8A-Chevrolet 210 miles (340 km) Can-Am report

Trans-Am[edit]

Year Driver Entrant Car Distance/Duration Report
1967 United States Mark Donohue United States Roger Penske Chevrolet Camaro 350 miles (560 km) report

USAC Champ Car[edit]

Season Date Race Name Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
1968 March 31 Stardust 150 United States Bobby Unser Eagle Ford Leader Cards Racing report

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stardust memories". Las Vegas Sun. May 22, 2003. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 

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