Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez

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Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez

Coordinates: 34°41′39.38″S 58°27′33.65″W / 34.6942722°S 58.4593472°W / -34.6942722; -58.4593472

The Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez is a motor racing circuit in Buenos Aires, Argentina built in 1952 under president Juan Perón, named Autódromo 17 de Octubre until Perón's overthrow, as 17 October was a date of great significance to his political party.

The circuit is located in a park in the southern part of the city, and is situated on flat lands surrounded by large grandstands, giving most spectators an excellent view area of the whole circuit. Some races were run without the twisty infield section, reducing lap times significantly.

The 1000 km Buenos Aires sports car event used the Autódromo as well as sections of highway situated near the track from 1954 to 1960. The 1000 km event would return again from 1970 to 1972, but using just the Autódromo section.

The 20 Formula One Argentine Grand Prix races were held in the Autódromo between 1953 and 1998. Formula One used a number of different configurations- the No.9 circuit was used from 1954–1960 and 1971–1973, and the very fast No.15 layout was used from 1974-1981 which added 2 long straights and a spectacular long third corner between the 2 straights often taken in top gear totally flat out, which provided an exciting view for spectators, especially when the cars exited the third corner often on the brink of spinning off or crashing at 180-190 mph. And the twisty No.6 configuration was used from 1995-1998. The Argentine Grand Prix was dropped from the 1982 calendar because of Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands and Carlos Reutemann's sudden retirement after the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix. The 10 Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix race were held in the Autódromo between 1961 and 1999.

The Buenos Aires Grand Prix race were held in the Autódromo since 1952.

Names
  • 1952-1955: Autódromo 17 de Octubre
  • 1955-1989: Autódromo Municipal Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • 1989-2008: Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
  • 2008–present: Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez
Major events
  • Formula One Argentine Grand Prix
  • Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix
  • 1000 km Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires Grand Prix
  • 200 km de Buenos Aires
  • 200 Miles of Buenos Aires
Principal categories
  • Formula One
  • World Sportscar Championship
  • Grand Prix motorcycle racing
  • TC2000
  • Turismo Carretera
  • TRV6
  • Formula Three Sudamericana
  • Stock Car Brasil
  • Formula Truck

The track hosted many non-championship races, including Formula 3000, European Formula Three and European Formula Two.

Concerts

The 2007, 2008 and 2010 Creamfields editions were held in the track, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox, John Digweed, LCD Soundsystem, James Zabiela, 2 Many DJs, Tiefschwarz, Steve Lawler, Satoshi Tomiie, Booka Shade, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, among others playing here.