Brasilia was a modern racing facility built at a reputed cost of $3.
Brasilia was a modern racing facility built at a reputed cost of $3.5 million when it opened in 1974. The inaugural non-championship Gran Prêmio del Presidente Medici attracted a crowd of 85,000, but sadly this proved to be one of the few international races held there. Three-time world champion Nelson Piquet was retained as President with the goal of bringing international racing back to the capital. Brasilia hosted a round of the one-off Temporada GT series in 1996 and, more recently, a round of the IndyCar Series was announced for 2015. Redevelopment of the circuit began but the race was cancelled in January of that year after a change of local government. Work on the new circuit layout and facilities ceased immediately and Brasilia’s Autodromo lay dormant for eight years. It reopened for national events in 2022.
Permanent road course