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The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is named for the famous Mexican brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez and was modeled after Italy's Formula One Monza track. It was built in a park in 1962, after the success of Ricardo Rodriguez in Formula one motivated the Mexico City authorities to invest in the construction the racing circuit. The track got its name shortly after it opened when Ricardo Rodriguez tragically lost his life here in a non-title event (Ricardo's brother Pedro would also lose his life behind the wheel two years later). The circuit hosted its first Formula One Mexican Grand Prix one year later and remained part of the F1 calendar through 1970, when the track suffered serious crowd control problems and after the 1970 event the FIA refused to give the Mexicans a new World Championship date because they were unable to guarantee that the crowd would not invade the track. The circuit was rebuilt and in 1986 F1 returned. The track was bumpy mostly due to Mexico City's location on a geologically active region and an elevation of 7,500 ft the thin air makes breathing more difficult for both the drivers and their cars. But it was agreed the new circuit was a great challenge, particularly the final curling banked 180-degree corner called the Peraltada. Champ Car made its first appearance on the circuit in 1980 and 1981, but did not return again until 2002. After the last F1 Mexican Grand Prix in 1992, a baseball stadium was built on part of the circuit, so when Champ Car series began coming to the track in 2002, it was partially bypassed by a series of sharp turns entering and exiting the baseball field, re-entering Peralta halfway through. So in essence the outfield is home on race weekends to guys who make their living driving twice as fast as a Nolan Ryan fastball.


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