GrandSport Speedway is located in Hitchcock Texas just a short 29 miles south of downtown Houston just off Interstate 45. This is 12 miles north of the famous Island of Galveston. GrandSport is located in the town of Hitchcock, TX on a World War 2 Navel Base. There are numerous restaurants, hotels and attractions to see in the area.
GrandSport Back Then.
Once a private testing facility for Mecom Racing in the 1960’s the present day GrandSport Speedway is 10 years old with the completion of the asphalt in August 2007. GrandSport is built on a former Naval Air Station that was constructed in 1944 during the Second World War. Known as the Blimp Base, NAS Hitchcock housed blimps that were flown over the Gulf of Mexico during WWII looking for Enemy U boats trying to sneak into America’s second largest ship channel into Houston. The Blimp Base was purchased in the late 1950’s from the US government by famed Texas Oil Tycoon John Mecom Sr as a head office and field operation for his oil companies. In the 1960’s the Blimp Base housed John Mecom Jr’s historic race car operation and airplane collection. Some of the cars garaged there were the Cobra beaters. In 1962 due to an agreement with the other two of the big three, General Motors had to hastily get rid of the famed 6 GrandSport Corvettes! They all went to John Mecom Jr at the Blimp Base in Hitchcock Texas.
Some of the original buildings including the officer’s quarters, the firehouse, the laundry and mechanical shops are still standing on neighboring land. These building were once filled to the rafters with race car parts owned by Mecom racing. All that is left of the main Blimp hanger which was once the largest free standing wooden structures in the world are the four large concrete pylons 13 stories high that once held the hanger doors. They have become a local landmark.
GrandSport Speedway was originally built mainly for the use of the Racing Adventures Driving School. GrandSport is a safe challenging track that can be completely viewed from anywhere on site by an instructor or spectator.
With the closing of Texas Motor Speedway later this year GrandSport is positioning itself directly into the Track Rental, Racecar Storage and Motorsports Drivers Club market! With this you will be seeing many changes and additions to GrandSport in the next year
The 9-acre concrete paddock will soon have 80 member garages and 60 day shelters for guests at GrandSport.
Mako Circuit 1.4 miles
The 11-turn 1.4 mile roadcourse can be run in either direction and /or configured to the flying mile configuration as used by the Indycars on the recent shooting of the reality TV show – The Speedway Drivers Search. The track is very technical and has been used and praise by many pro teams who come to practice here due to the great year round weather and central location within the USA. The track has ample run off all the way around except the front strait pit wall. (660’ long)
Famed race car driver and driving expert Bobby Unser visited and drove the track and said he believes the 1.4 mile Mako Circuit to be the smoothest surface, technically best designed and most rhythmic tracks in North America. Colin Edwards ‘The Texas Tornado’ of MotoGP fame said if you could master this track you would be OK on any circuit in the world. In November 2008 The Speedway Drivers Search tested 30 new indycar drivers in Indycars on the Mako Circuit for the reality TV show ‘The Speedway Drivers Search’ ‘The Rookie’ and agreed with Unser and Edwards!
Tiger Circuit 1 mile
The new Tiger Circuit will be attached to the Mako Circuit. The will create a 2.3 mile track. The Tiger Circuit itself will be one mile long equipped with its own hot pit area. Both tracks will share the general paddock.
Below you will see the updates for the track that we are currently working on.
This includes but is not limited to:
- A one mile track extension
- New reatrooms and shower facilities
- Member Clubhouse. 4600ft on two levels with wrap around observation deck. Second floor to be also used as race control.
- 60 Day Shelters
- 80 Member Garages
- 8 Flag/Safety Station
- Gravel Traps
- Concrete protection walls
- Widening of the asphalt in the Horseshoe to allow bigger and faster cars to travel through at greater speeds
– New Entry road on south end of property
Exclusive track rental – Mako Circuit
Friday/Saturdays/Sundays $3000(Up to 15 cars, $75 car thereafter)
Mondays $2000. Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays $1750
Exclusive track rental- Full 2.2 mile track(Under construction, please inquire for available dates)
Friday/Saturdays/Sundays $7500(Up to 15 cars, $75 car thereafter)
Mondays $3500. Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays $2500
The track rental does not include insurance, ambulance, traffic cones, sweeper, track dry, tow recovery vehicle, flags, classroom, Sun/rain shades or power. They may be required for your event.
Traffic cones $1 each per day
Power sweeper $100 per day use and standby
Track dry $10 per bag
Instructors $350 per day
Flags $10 per day
Classroom $200 per day
Sun/Rain Shades $20 per spot per day
Power $5 per plug per day
Recovery vehicle $50 per day
Insurance $ Please inquire