Jacarepagua race track closes ahead of 2016 Games

© AP, 30 October 2012
Al Unser Jr, drives his Penske during Friday's training session, for the Rio 400 Indy Race, March 15, 1996. (AP Photo/Eduardo Di Baia)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Jacarepagua track in Rio de Janeiro has hosted its last auto racing event before the site is redeveloped to make room for the 2016 Olympic Park.

The track, previously home to Formula 1, CART and MotoGP, is where Ayrton Senna made his F1 debut in 1984 and is officially known as the Nelson Piquet Internacional Raceway.

Jacarepagua hosted F1 in 1978 and from 1981-1989. CART raced there in an oval set-up from 1996-2000, and MotoGP used the track from 1995-2004.

The track was shortened after part of the venue was used for the 2007 Pan Am Games.

Local authorities promise a new track will be built in the city.


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