Remember when a bunch of racers loaded cars onto boats and shipped them to South Africa? The event was the ASA Free State 500 at he Phakisa Freeway Circuit located just outside of Welkom, Free State, South Africa.
On January 31, 2010 the American Speed Association teamed up with local officials to host an event at the 1-1/2-mile oval which sat in the middle of four gold mines. The race itself was a golden event, with a solid contingent of fans and drivers from four continents. John Mickel of the United Kingdom bested the 24-car field after inheriting the lead when former NASCAR racer Geoff Bodine ran out of fuel. Americans Toni McCray, Marc Davis, Rick McCray, and South African John Spies rounded out the Top Five.
Sadly, this was a one-time only event on the oval. However, the track has hosted events on the road course since that time. It’s next scheduled event is the African Endurance Series on February 25, 2017.