In Las Vegas Nevada, there’s a lot of strange things. Themed hotels and even a scaled down replica of the Eifel Tower can be seen in the middle of the arid desert, and these strange charms have a certain eclectic appeal (even if they may be a bit cheesy.) Now though, another iconic European landmark is rumored to be in line for a reproduction — The famous Nürburgring racetrack.
The man behind this idea is Burton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports. He hopes to build the replica Nürburgring about 10 miles away from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith recently admitted in an interview with Sirius XM Sports that he has been in conversations with “some Germans” regarding the idea of constructing a Nürburgring here in the US, and Smith has already approached the Governor and Bureau of Land Management for the 8,000 or so acres of land he will require.
There’s no doubt that American car manufacturers would jump all over the opportunity to perform “Ring testing” right in their own back yards, and the enthusiast following would obviously be massive. We can only speculate and hope that the US Ring would be for purposes of track events, sanctioned racing, and OEM testing. Because oh what a tragedy (and heinous disregard for the roots of the Nordschleife) it would be if the track was never opened to the public!