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Riverside International Raceway

Riverside International Raceway was a complex in Southern California, featuring a multi-configuration road course which is one of the most famous of all the American race tracks. There were various configuration options, permitting road courses ranging in length from 2.54 to 3.3 miles. There also was a 1/2 mile paved oval and a 1/4 mile paved dragstrip.

Riverside has long since been converted to a shopping mall and housing.

Last Updated: 2015-05-01

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Track Facts

Elevation: 1600 feet Latitude: 33.933462 Longitude: -117.271156 GPS: N 33 56.0077, W 117 16.2693 Time zone: PST/PDT (-0800/-0700)

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Historical Note

The road course opened on September 21st, 1957, and operated until 1988. The revised turn 9 was built in 1969. The paved oval operated from June 25th, 1960 through 1966; it incorporated the original turn 9 of the road course on its south end.

The dragstrip operated from 1959 through 1970, and from 1983 through 1986. During the 60s, the dragstrip was sometimes operated at 1/2 mile length for the land speed enthusiasts; generally during the months when the Great Salt Lake was not usable due to weather.

References

Allan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 158. Order from National Speedway Directory

Gordon Eliot White, Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconographix, 2006 , ISBN 1583880844 , pp. 21. Order from Powell's Books

Track Office

Track: Riverside International Raceway Day Street Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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The terraserver link below shows a topo map view of the track from 1980.

The first map dates from the mid 80s, and shows a variety of options and the final version of turn 9.
Riverside Track Map mid 80s

The second map dates from about 1963, and shows the original turn 9 and the more limited set of options that were in use at the time.
Riverside Track Map 1963

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