Track Prep

Racetrack designers design tracks for motorsports.

These include oval tracks, tracks for street races, drag strip tracks, stock car tracks, and motorcycle tracks. Some tracks are designed for a one time race, like Le Mans, while other tracks are multiple use and could combine motorcycle racing, stock car racing and drag racing. 


Designers work with civil engineers, architects, accountants and logistics professionals. The designers consult with the owner to determine the requirements and the budget. Then they determine what kind of track could fit into the specifications.

The next step is to draw a plan. When racetrack designers are engaged to design a track for an owner, they have to know about grading, drainage, site suitability, safety factors and budget issues. After the design is approved, the designer works with engineers to create the track specifications. 

Hermann Tilke

Born: Olpe, 31 December 1954

Education: Trained as an architect and engineer

Racing experience: Competed in touring cars and endurance racing, mostly at the Nürburgring

First job: Set up Tilke Engineering in 1984, providing a new access road for the Nürburgring. Then shortened the Austrian Osterreichring into the safer A1-Ring

Hermann Tilke is the world's leading automotive circuit designer and his resume speaks for itself.

There are only four circuit designers recognized by the FIA, formula one's governing body, and only one man who gets the F1 gigs: Hermann Tilke.