Hello. Please don't be misled by the fact this is my first post here. I've lurked for more than a year, and I'm as big an IRL fan as anyone here. I'm also one of those "USAC-type" guys.
Having said that, I'm really curious about Hanford (California) Speedway. So curious, in fact, that I bought the 1967 California 200 program auctioned off at eBay last week. I'm trying to get a picture of what this track looked like. (long story, but short story is that I want to try and "make" this track for Papyrus' Indycar Racing 2 sim). I thought I'd ask here, since the discussions on Ontario, Trenton and TWS turned up alot of great info!
Here's what I've gathered. From 1951 until 1968 the track hosted NASCAR Grand National racing and USAC champ cars (in the 60's). Various WWW sources indicate it's length as 1.3 and 1.33 miles. The program says it was "recently lengthened" to 1.5 miles for 1967. There are no photos or maps of the track, however, and this proved majorly disappointing. There is an arty cover that shows what appears to be a triangular-shaped "track", more or less equalateral. I can scan the program cover if anyone's interested. I saw some coverage of the '67 event on an old Car & Driver from Speedvision a few years ago and the track (or turn which was shown over and over) appeared to be severely banked, a la Daytona.
OK, now you know what I know. What I'm curious about is what additional info, maps, photos or insights anyone can offer about the mysterious Hanford Speedway.
Thanks in advance for any help on this one!