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Grand Prix Raceway
Grand Prix Raceway
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Tomorrowland's Grand Prix Raceway was an opening day attraction based on Disneyland's Autopia and originally required a C coupon. It was sponsored for many years by Goodyear and the cars featured Goodyear tires. The 160 Mark VII cars for the attraction were designed by Bob Gurr and were built in 1967 in tandem with the new cars for Disneyland's Tomorrowland remodel. The design of the cars echoed that of the Corvette Stingray. Grand Prix Raceway was given a new name on September 28, 1996 and became known as the Tomorrowland Speedway. In 1999 it became known as the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway and had an Indianapolis 500 theme before reverting to the Tomorrowland Speedway name in 2009.
The track has been shortened several times throughout the years. The original configuration can be seen above. It was first changed for the construction of Space Mountain, as seen below. The second time the track was shortened was during the construction of Mickey's Birthdayland. In 2012 the track had to be shortened again for the relocation of Dumbo, the Flying Elephant during the New Fantasyland expansion. The track was modified again in 2019 in preparation for Tron Lightcycle Power Run.
The Grand Prix Racing Team licence below was "signed" by Charles J. Pilliod Jr, who served as the CEO of Goodyear from 1974 to 1983. Pilliod spearheaded the retooling of Goodyear factories to produce radial tires, which led to their acceptance in the US. Licenses are still given out occasionally and usually feature Mickey Mouse and the Tomorrowland "gear" logo on them.
Grand Prix Photo Gallery
Notice the Skyway "dog leg" turn in the background of this photo.
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