Greenwood Roadway was an auto and motorcycle paved racetrack located in Otter Township, Warren County, 28 miles (45 km) south of Des Moines, Iowa, on Highway 65.

It was only open from 1963 to 1966, but it managed to host several major auto racing events, including several Sports Car Club of America races and one round of the United States Road Racing Championship, the predecessor to the Can-Am series.

To learn more about the history of Greenwood Roadway visit: http://greenwoodroadway.com 

The Track

Greenwood Roadway was a 3.0-mile (4.8 km) long track with varying widths from 24 to 65 feet (7.3 to 20 m).When it was built, the roadway was to be one of the premier road racing tracks in the United States.

However, poor spectator access and a lack of sufficient seating hindered the track’s attendance. Plagued by pavement problems and little revenue, the operators of the track were forced to close it down.

The Races

Races were run from 1963 until 1966.  Six SCCA, three AMA, and one USAC event were the prominent races.

Cars were fielded by famous drivers such as Carrol Shelby, Jim Hall, Al and Bobby Unser, and Ed Leslie. 

On July 18th, 1964 Jim Hall set the track record of 1:57s (92.31 mph)