Summit Point Motorsports Park features four road racing circuits that are used for amateur automobile, kart, and motorcycle racing, high performance driver education and emergency training for local and federal law enforcement.
Built between 1969 and 1970, Summit Point Motorsports Park, opened in 1970 as a professional racing venue featuring the Summit Point Circuit. The first races held there were IMSA International Sedans, later to become The Radial Tire Series, and IMSA Pro Formula Ford. The event was held on Memorial Day, May 30, 1970. Rasey Feezell won in an Alfa Romeo 4 door sedan, whose modifications were very questionable, taking home the grand sum of $200 prize money. Five of the eleven entrants were from Raleigh, NC.
During its early years SCCA held numerous events at the track. Several Regional and National races were run each year. Many racers got their start in the popular SCCA Driver’s Schools held there by the DC Region.
Paul Newman ran several of his early races there in a Bob Sharp-prepared Datsun 510 sedan. He wished to be just another “racer” and did not want to be recognized at racing events as a “superstar”, so he and wife Joanne Woodward kept to themselves and eschewed signing autographs. Few realized they were racing in the company of famous actors. The only outward clue was the plate on his 510’s front bumper… “PLN”
Over time the track was host to a number of professional races sanctioned by IMSA and the SCCA Trans-Am Series through the late 1980s. The track was closed for a period in the late 1970s. It was subsequently purchased, and reopened, in the early 1980s by 1970 Formula Vee World Champion Bill Scott. Racing resumed. In addition to races, the track and its environs became a training ground for various Federal agencies and other security organizations.
An additional course, the Washington Circuit, opened in Spring 2009. It is dedicated to Summit Point Kart.