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About the Track

Specifications:

  • 1.40 mile lap length
  • Width, 32.0ft at narrowest 42ft at widest
  • Smoothly graded grassy run-off areas
  • 600 ft paved pit road
  • Plenty of paved paddock parking
  • Shaded paddock areas
  • Showers
  • Free overnight camping
  • Spacious air conditioned classroom
  • Concessions services available
  • Race fuel available (98 Unleaded, Sunoco)
  • Electricity service is available.
    115v $10.00/day, 30 & 50amp $15.00/day
  • Top quality professional ambulance service available
  • Wrecker service available upon request
  • P.A. system with optional FM radio transmitter
  • Talladega Gran Prix Raceway is located just minutes from Interstate 20.
  • T.G.P.R., built in 1985 has been host to numerous motorcycle races, go-kart races, sport car races, and various clubs events.
  • T.G.P.R. is used as a test course by a major motorcycle manufacturers and pro racing teams.
  • T.G.P.R. is available for tuning and testing of motorcycles, cars, and go-karts.
  • T.G.P.R. is in operation year around and welcomes newcomers and veterans alike.
  • T.G.P.R. is great for spectators with a clear view of the entire course from almost any vantage point. T.G.P.R. is the only

The Talladega G.P.R. Story

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, was built in the fall of 1985 by two brothers, David and Mike Upchurch as well as a third partner Gerald Rhodes. The track was built at the site of an old cattle farm. David had been road racing in the area with several friends for awhile and became frustrated with the travel and expense of getting track time. So the search was on to find an alternative. It started with the idea of just building a practice track and this led to a larger parcel of land which prompted the decision to go full bore and build a racing facility. So with the help of family, numerous friends, racing buddies and a little luck the track was completed.

The race track is the first of its kind in the United States. Talladega Gran Prix Raceway was originally designed by Ed Bargy as a motorcycle road race course. Typical race tracks were designed primarily for car racing with motorcyclists merely being an afterthought. Talladega Gran Prix Raceway was designed to avoid the use metal or concrete barriers outside of corners, which for a motorcyclist could mean the difference between a major injury or death and just a skint up bike and set of leathers.

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway was also founded on another very important idea: to provide an affordable place for privateers and race teams alike, as well as clubs and small groups to tune and test their machinery and hold races. To this day, leasing rates are still some of the most affordable in the country.

The track is nestled at the base of Cheaha Mountain, just minutes from the Cheaha State Park. The track is located next to Alabama Highway 21, only 15 miles south of Exit 185 on Interstate 20. Within a short drive of the track you can visit the International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum, next door to the museum is what placed Talladega, Alabama on the racing map, Talladega Super Speedway. The "April in Talladega" Pilgrimage annually welcomes visitors to its many antebellum and turn-of-the century homes. It is generally scheduled for the 3rd weekend in April. Also plan to visit the Davey Allison Memorial, which honors the memory of the great NASCAR driver from nearby Hueytown, Al. who was killed in a helicopter crash at the Super Speedway.

Just 20 minutes south of Talladega is historic Desoto Caverns, named after the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Desoto, whom first discovered the caverns. North of the race track is the cities of Oxford and Anniston which offer fine dining, shopping malls, and a museum of natural history.

Its close proximity to Birmingham, AL. (1 hour ), Atlanta, GA. (1.5 hours ) and its wealth of surrounding attractions make it one of the places to race in the Eastern U.S.

Talladega Gran Prix Raceway is a 1.4 mile road course located just minutes from Interstate 20. The track, built in 1985 has been host to numerous motorcycle races, go-kart races, sport car races, and various clubs events. The track is also being used as a test course by a major motorcycle manufacturer. The track is available for tuning and testing of motorcycles, cars, and go-karts. Interested parties are invited to email katrina@tgprace.com to inquire about open dates and rental rates. The track is in operation 52 weeks a year and welcomes newcomers and veterans alike. Do check out the links page that will put you in touch with racing organizations, racing schools, various clubs, and vendors.