Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet

Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet

The Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet (Nelson Piquet International Autodrome), also known as Jacarepaguá, after the neighbourhood it is located, was a race course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which hosted the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix 10 times.


The circuit was built in 1978 on reclaimed marshland, thus the course is quite flat with little elevation change. The course itself has few distinguishing characteristics, with two main straights, plus numerous slow-speed corners; however, the scenic backdrop of the mountains of Rio is quite stunning.

From 1996 to 2000 the CART series staged events at Jacarepagua in an accessory oval circuit named Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway having approximately 3 km (1.875 mi) length. The circuit also hosted the Brazilian motorcycle Grand Prix race from 1995 to 2004, and held the Mil Milhas Brasil endurance race in 1997.

As of early 2005, there were plans to partially demolish this racetrack to make room for a new sports complex to be used for the 2007 Pan American Games. It would have made the track approximately long, thus making it too short for most international racing series. However, the FIA's ruling on a track's minimum length is ambiguous. In 2006, despite rumors of the race being cancelled, the Brazilian Stock Car Rio event was contested on a temporary short circuit combining sections of the oval and normal circuits and the start/finish line was moved to the back stretch, which was cut short to make room for the Pan-American games venues.

Another proposal for the circuit was to have both a club permanent circuit, and an international-length half-permanent, half-car park circuit involving that circuit and an extension which utilises the car parks of the park. That would be have been designed by Hermann Tilke.

As of 2008, the track comprises of the original's second half, with a hairpin that connects the previous main straight and back straight. It remains active, with races such as Stock Car's Corrida do Milhão.

In January 2008, it was announced that the track was to be demolished to allow the city to build an Olympic Training Centre venue for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic bid.

Formula One races

Year Driver Constructor Report
1989 Nigel Mansell Ferrari Report
1988 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
1987 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Report
1986 Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda Report
1985 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Report
1984 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Report
1983 Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW Report
1982 Alain Prost Renault Report
1981 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford Report
1978 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Report

MotoGP races

Year 125 cc 250 cc MotoGP Report
2004 Héctor Barberá (Aprilia) Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia) Makoto Tamada (Honda) Report
2003 Jorge Lorenzo (Derbi) Manuel Poggiali (Aprilia) Valentino Rossi (Honda) Report
2002 Masao Azuma (Honda) Sebastian Porto (Yamaha) Valentino Rossi (Honda) Report
Year 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
2001 Youichi Ui (Derbi) Daijiro Kato (Honda) Valentino Rossi (Honda) Report
2000 Simone Sanna (Aprilia) Daijiro Kato (Honda) Valentino Rossi (Honda) Report
1999 Noboru Ueda (Honda) Valentino Rossi (Aprilia) Norifumi Abe (Yamaha) Report
1997 Valentino Rossi (Aprilia) Olivier Jacque (Honda) Michael Doohan (Honda) Report
1996 Haruchika Aoki (Honda) Olivier Jacque (Honda) Michael Doohan (Honda) Report
1995 Masaki Tokudome (Aprilia) Doriano Romboni (Honda) Luca Cadalora (Yamaha) Report

CART Champ Car history

Season Date Race Name Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team
1996 March 17 Rio 400 André Ribeiro Lola Honda Tasman Racing
1997 May 10 Hollywood Rio 400k Paul Tracy Penske Mercedes-Benz Penske Racing
1998 May 10 Rio 400k Greg Moore Reynard Mercedes-Benz Forsythe Racing
1999 May 15 GP Telemar Rio 200 Juan Montoya Reynard Honda Chip Ganassi Racing
2000 April 30 Rio 200 Adrian Fernández Reynard Ford-Cosworth Patrick Racing


External links

Official website

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