The Caesars Palace Circuit was a venue at the Caesars Palace casino, in Las Vegas. The track was set up in the parking lot behind the casino, next to Interstate 15, the main highway access to Las Vegas. It hosted four races: two Formula One events using a very twisty road course, and two for the CART series, using the perimeter of the circuit to make a 1.125 mile oval.
The owners of the Caesars Palace casino had long been attracted to the idea of hosting Formula One, and attracting wealthy 'high rollers' that would attend the race. They believed that the glamor of the Monaco Grand Prix could be replicated in the Nevada desert. When Watkins Glen defaulted on payments for the 1980 United States Grand Prix, that circuit was taken off of the calendar, and a replacement was sought. The Las Vegas group was contacted, and a contract was quickly signed.
The location of the circuit, just northeast of where Flamingo Road crosses I-15, is now two high-rise hotel room towers, a large patio with multiple swimming pools, a 12,000 seat sports arena (used primarily for boxing), and a multi-level parking garage.
Event history Edit
The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Caesars Palace circuit:
|Year||Event||Winning Driver||Winning Constructor|
|1981||1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix||Alan Jones||Williams-Ford|
|1982||1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix||Michele Alboreto||Tyrrell-Ford|
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