Twin Ring Motegi is a motorsport race track located at Motegi, Japan. Its name comes from the facility having two race tracks, both a road and oval course configurations. It was built in 1997 by Honda, as part of Honda’s effort to bring the IndyCar Series to Japan, helping to increase their knowledge of American open-wheel racing.
The resulting facility features an egg-shaped oval and a complete separate road course with three different configurations (see below), wich two complete pit and paddock complexes. And thats just for openers. Twin Ring Motegi is also home to the Honda Collection Hall, a stunning exhibit of Honda racing and production cars and motorcycles, as well as the Honda Fan Fun Lab which features a preview of Hondas next generation technologies. And overlooking Turns 3 and 4 of the oval is a four star hotel and restaurant.
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The three road courses include the Grand Prix (pictured left), East (pictured middle right), and West (pictured right). The 2.983 mile (4.8 km), 14 turn GP course utilizes much of the West course before passing under the ovals back straighaway and winding through the surrounding countryside before a tight hairpin and return straightaway (with a separate pit facility) brings it through a second tunnel and back inside the speedway. The 2.12 East Course uses much of the GP, but only a small portion of the West Course. The 0.869 mile West Course is contained within the oval and consists of six turns.
The Oval Course (pictured middle left) is the only one of its kind in Japan, and currently is only used once a year for racing. It is a low-banked 1.549 mile (2.493 km) egg-shaped course, with Turns 3 and 4 being much tighter than Turns 1 and 2.
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