Raceway Park of the Midlands is a 2.23 mile, 15 turn road course and drag strip located about 20 miles south of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. The road course is used by SCCA Club Racing and several other organizations.
The drag strip now operates under the name I29 Dragway.
2005 update provided by Guy Watney, Kansas City Region SCCA.
New: 2004-03-28 Last Updated: 2019-08-23
The track was planned as a multi-function motorsports facility, designed by Alan Wilson. The road course was completed in April 2002 and the drag strip in April 2003. At the time of writing, the kart track has not been completed and, it appears, may not be, in which case karts will use parts of the road course.
The track originally operated as Mid-America Motorplex.
Raceway Park of the Midlands
19340 Jesup Avenue
Pacific Junction, IA 51561
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Take I-29 South to Exit 35, Glenwood. Turn right, and then left at the T-junction. The track is about 2 miles south to the left.
Take I-29 to Pacific Junction, Exit 32. Turn left and proceed on Hwy 34 for about 1 mile. Turn right on 190th Street and the track is about 1.5 mile north, just after the railroad track, on the right.
Access to the track from I-29 is good. Since the paddock is located outside the track, it is accessible at all times. The paddock is only partly paved, and much of the paving is breaking up already, so good paddock space is at a premium. There are permanent rest rooms and modern showers, but no electrical hookups. The concession stand is open for limited hours and provides a wide variety of foods and beverages. Race fuel is available from credit-card-operated pumps.
Pit-out leads onto the track on the outside of the exit of turn 10, although this does not seem yet to have caused any trouble. Pit-in is very narrow, curved, and is surrounded by armco barriers, so that low formula cars and sports racers are completely hidden from the outside. Sound control for SCCA events is located on driver's left on the beginning of the main straight between station 10 and the start stand.
The track is essentially flat, with no significant elevation changes, other than a slight dip at station 3. It is very safe, with wide runoff areas and little concrete or armco. The surface drains well, with little standing water even during the heaviest rain. The curbing is at present inadequate, so that cars that put a wheel off at the apex of a turn tend to bring dirt or mud onto the racing surface.
There is adequate paddock space for RV parking and camping, but no electrical hookups. The bunkers at the corner stations are small and cramped, and are occupied by unsatisfactory plastic gazebos which are too small to provide shelter and fulfil little function other than getting in the way. Since the track is flat, line of sight between stations is generally good, although they are so spread-out that responding to an incident can take some time. Most stations cannot be reached without driving on the racing surface.
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