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Argentina is second in the world only to the United States when it comes to active racing circuits. There are currently 30 functional professional circuits, each of these configurations being 2 kilometers or more in length . This astonishing number speaks loudly not only of the popularity of motorsport in Argentina, but also the mistaken tendency of building excessive circuits to sub par safety standards.

The United States is the country with most tracks worldwide, with around 120 active circuitsmost of them ovals. Argentina comes second with 30 and Australia third with more than 20 tracks with a length surpassing 2 kilometers. England and France lead the Old Continent, whereas Brasil accounts for 14 circuits with this length profile.

Despite these figures, which reflect the popularity of the sport in the country, Argentina has gone without a Formula One Grand Prix for 15 years and without a F1 driver for over a decade. The crying reason being the unorganized and diffused investment into motorsport infrastructure.

With very few exceptions, the safety feautures and quality of the circuits are far from ideal. Their funding comes mostly through support of the municipalities, whom wish to benefit from the television exposure and jump-start their local economies by attracting a major TC 2000, TC, or Top Race event. In Argentina, a massive crowd of circuits chases a minor group of calendar dates, leaving them with limited activity and scarce revenues year round.

Buenos Aires is the province with the mosttracks in the country, namely La Plata, Nueve de Julio, Olavarría, Balcarce, Junín, Mar de Ajó y Pigüé. Capital Federal only has the historic but obsolete "Oscar y Juan Gálvez" circuit.

Smaller circuits and dirt tracks prevali throughout the rest of the argentine provinces with the exception of the "Autódromo provincial Termas de Rio Hondo" in Santiago del Estero and the "Circuito Potrero de los Funes" in San Luis, although their respective distances from the city of Buenos Aires complicated the logistics to host higher-scale international categories.

The most well known and established circuits in Formula One, as is the case with Sao Paulo with Interlagos or London with Silverstone, are located within a reasonable driving radius from the major urban areas.Velociudad, with a FIA Grade 1 4.8 kilometer circuit and located 50 minutes north from downtown Buenos Aires, will soon become the ultimate argentine venue in host major motorsport events.

Juan Emilio de Antón
Director de comunicación
Velociudad Speedcity Circuit

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