The Autódromo Internacional Miguel E. Abed is a racing track located in the town of Amozoc, 30 kilometres (18.64 mi) east of the city of Puebla in the Mexican state of the same name. The track has a capacity for 42,500 People.

History

Aerial view.

It was opened in 2005 and considered to be one of Mexico's premier racing facilities.[1] It features a road course and a 1.25 miles (2.01 km) oval. The track held three World Touring Car Championship events in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The FIA WTCC Race of Mexico was a round of the World Touring Car Championship, held at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed near the city of Puebla in Mexico.

The race was first run in the 2005 season, the first season of the revived series. This year, the race was almost cancelled because circuit was not ready to hold a competition. It was run every year between 2005 and 2009 except in the 2007 season, when the planned event was cancelled due to problems with the Puebla circuit, although these problems were addressed for 2008. The event was run in June in 2005, in July in 2006, in April in 2008 and in March in 2009. The 2010 running was cancelled due to security and budget fears in the region.

The annual 24 Hours of Mexico race is held at the track since 2006.

The circuit facilities are the most important of the country. It opens to every kind of events including: Test Driving, Driving Experiences, Track Days, 0 to 60 series, Helicopter Experience, Corporate Events, Driving School and Go-Kart circuit.

Layouts

The track has 18 possible layouts, and several has been used for different events. WTCC used one configuration in 2005, and other in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Then NASCAR Corona Series, currently NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series has used the oval in 12 races and other configuration one time. LATAM Challenge Series has used several layouts for this circuit.

The oval track

Oval Layout

This is a counter-clockwise paperclip oval with two long straights of 650 m (0.4 mi), and curves with a radius of 118 m. The main event in this track is the Puebla 240, a race of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. For the 2018 season, Puebla is on the discussion for a possible IndyCar Series race.[2]

The touring car circuit

WTCC Layout

Autódromo Internacional Miguel E. Abed is based on an American style oval with long banked turns and then a twisty, technical infield which is similar to Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba with an extremely rough surface. It has no camber worth noticing on the infield part and elevation change. There is a compromise to the setup of the touring car on the touring car circuit whether it goes fast on the infield (requires more downforce) or goes fast on the oval part (requires more speed). Touring car winning on this circuit requires smart driving as much as sheer speed, tyre wear control (because of the rough surface) and strategy.[3]

Formula E circuit

Formula E Layout for Puebla ePrix

On 22 April 2021, it was announced that Autódromo Miguel E. Abed would host a Formula E race in Mexico instead of Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, since it is still being used as a field hospital due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico. The event would be called as Puebla ePrix and it would be held on the dates of 19-20 June 2021.[4]

On 14 June 2021, the Formula E circuit layout was revealed, in which the layout was very similar to the WTCC layout except following a tighter hairpin after T3 and rejoining the WTCC layout at T6 within an infield loop; and also the layout included attack mode activation zone as the ‘joker lap’ alternate route different than other Formula E circuits.[5]

Fatalities

On June 14, 2009 during the 97th lap of a 100-lap NASCAR Mexico Series race at Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Amozoc, Puebla, Carlos Pardo (September 16, 1975 – June 14, 2009) was hit by Jorge Goeters, which caused him to lose control of his car and he crashed sideways into the end of a lower retaining wall at over 200 km/h.[6] The car was virtually destroyed on impact. He was transported to a local hospital by helicopter, where he was pronounced dead. He was declared the winner of the race since he was leading the race at the last completed lap before the accident occurred, beating Goeters by 0.044 seconds. Pardo, driving for Motorcraft team, had started the race from the last row.

References

  1. ^ "Todo listo para la inauguracion del Autódromo Miguel E. Abed sede de la 5ª. Fecha del WTCC". WTCC México. Retrieved May 28, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ China, Mexico among four possible new IndyCar races
  3. ^ "Puebla". race-game.org. 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  4. ^ "Formula E and FIA reveal full calendar for 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship". Formula E. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Formula E reveals oval-based Mexico track layout". Autosport. 14 June 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Fallece el piloto Carlos Pardo" (in Spanish). Crónica. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-15.

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Coordinates: 19°01′48″N 97°59′17″W / 19.03000°N 97.98806°W / 19.03000; -97.98806