Length: 2.84 mi
Light rain today through Saturday, with high temperatures rising to 87°F on Wednesday.
Once it was a high-speed blast through the forest, nowadays it’s a thoroughly modern facility and one can hardly tell that a circuit ever passed through the dark forest. The old circuit was built in the 1930s by the unanimous decision of municipal council and at first it hosted motorcycle races. In 1938 it was renamed the Kurpfalzring and that name was used until 1947. In the World War II the track was severely damaged by the passing armored vehicles. Despite that, the local motorsports fans were eager to get things going once again and the racing resumed in May 1947.
For the next 40 years the autodrome has undergone minor changes and in 1970 it hosted the Formula One German Grand Prix for the first time. A rather clumsy incident happened in 1982, when Nelson Piquet collided with Eliseo Salazar and started a short brawl on live TV. In 2002 the circuit and its facilities were completely renovated under the supervision of Hermann Tilke. Unfortunately, the organizers experienced big financial problems after the revisions, similar to the problems at Nürburgring. So it was agreed to jointly host the F1 round biennially, starting with the Nürburgring in 2007.