Address: Autódromo de San Luis, San Luis, Argentina
Circuit type: Permanent road course
The Autodromo Rosendo Hernández is a racetrack located in the Province of San Luis , Argentina. Owned by the Auto Moto Club San Luis, it first opened in 2003 and was built to attract Argentina's premier racing series, the stock cars of Turismo Carretera.
The original course was flat, technical and fairly featureless. Modern in configuration, it was nevertheless quite narrow and didn't exactly set pulses racing. Being set in a semi-arid climate, dust clouds formed by cars as they put a wheel off the racing surface were a constant issue, as was the high preponderance of slow speed turns, which were not favourable to the stock cars. After one race in 2003, Turismo Carretera decided to race elsewhere, though the circuit did continue on the TC 2000 touring car calendar for several years.
To address these problems, the circuit closed in 2006 for extensive remodelling, which saw a new much quicker layout constructed, taking the width of the track up to almost 50 feet. Many safety measures were added, including kerbing and grass and asphalt run-off areas to remove the dust problems. The original layout is still there among the infield but is no longer actively used.
The changes worked, creating a much more challenging track which is now considered among the best the country has to offer. Restored to the Turismo Carretera calendar from 2007, the circuit quickly became widely adopted by the major Argentine series.
In 2014, Turismo Carretera again elected to race elsewhere, but the track rebounded by beginning to host a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The 2014 event was won by champion Petter Solberg, while the 2015 running was taken by Robin Larsson.
The Autódromo de San Luis is located on the western perimeter of the city of San Luis in San Luis Province, Argentina. The city's airport (Brigadier Mayor César Raúl Ojeda Airport) has a daily flight to Buenos Aires via San Rafael. Mendoza's Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport offers a larger number of flights to destinations across Argentina and Chile, but is a three hour drive to the west.
The circuit is accessed off the intersection of the main Route 7 and Route 147 highways - the entrance is on Route 7.