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Street circuit

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The Monaco Grand Prix, held at the Circuit de Monaco, is one of the world's most prestigious and famous auto races.
The Toronto Indy street circuit has run at Toronto’s Exhibition Place since 1986.

A street circuit is a motorsport racing circuit composed of temporarily closed-off public roads of a city, town or village, used in motor races. Airport runways and taxiways are also sometimes part of street circuits. Facilities such as the paddock, pit boxes, fences and grandstands are usually installed temporarily and removed soon after the race is over but in modern times the pits, garages, race control and main grandstands are sometimes permanently constructed in the area. Since the track surface is originally planned for normal speeds, race drivers often find street circuits bumpy and lacking grip. Run-off areas may be non-existent, which makes driving mistakes more expensive than in purpose-built circuits with wider run-off areas. Racing on a street circuit is also called "legal street racing".

Local governments sometimes support races held in street circuits to promote tourism. In some cases, short segments or connector roads of the circuit are purpose-built for the racecourse, and remain in place year-round, but are not otherwise utilized by public traffic.

List of street circuits[edit]

active circuits in bold


The St. Petersburg street circuit held its first race in 1985, and was integrated into the IndyCar Series in 2003.
Punta del Este Street Circuit, Uruguay was the first ePrix of Formula E in the Americas. It runs along Punta del Este's harbour – nicknamed the Monte Carlo of South America.[1][2][3]
Puerto Madero Street Circuit, Argentina, alongside a typical food stand in the Costanera Sur.


Guia Circuit, host of both the Macau Grand Prix and the World Touring Car Cup's Race of Macau.
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, currently used in Formula 1.

Europe and Africa[edit]

Circuit de la Sarthe, also known as Le Mans for its association with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, partly runs on public road.


Albert Park Circuit, Australia

Never used[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mandalika is not a street circuit as defined in the Wikipedia article; the name was created by the Indonesian government, which owns and has developed the circuit from scrubland. See Talk:Mandalika International Street Circuit#Street circuit


  1. ^ "Circuit Guide | Punta del Este, Uruguay | FIA Formula E". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  2. ^ "Formula E reveals circuit for Punta del Este ePrix". FIA Formula E. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  3. ^ "Formula E unveils Punta del Este circuit in Uruguay". autosport.com. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  4. ^ "Motor Racing: Hanoi to host F1 race in 2020". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2018-11-03.