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.
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.
|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|
|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|