The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a race track located near the town of Monza, north of Milan, in Italy, and one of the most legendary tracks in the world. It is the natural home of the Italian Grand Prix since the inception of Formula 1, and is known for the passion of its tifosi (supporters).
Built in the Royal Villa of Monza park in a woodland setting back in 1922, Monza has been the setting of numerous highs in motorsports history, be them great performances, moments of glory and also, tragedies. The site has three tracks: the 5.793 kilometres (3.600 mi) Grand Prix track, the 2.405 kilometres (1.494 mi) Junior track,and a decaying 4.250 kilometres (2.641 mi) high speed track with steep bankings. Major features of the main track include the Curva di Lesmo, the Curva Parabolica, the Variante Ascari chicane and the high-speed flat-out Curva Grande.
A very fast track, it rewards cars with a lot of power and low downforce, allowing very high speeds and averages (F.1 of the turbo era used to reach over 370 kmh as top speed).
In addition to Formula One, the circuit hosts almost every other motorsport category, from single-seaters and touring cars to sportcars and GTs, on top of endurance races such as the famous 1000 km. It also featured the only edition of the unique Race of Two Worlds, an ephemeral confrontation between F.1 and F.Indy cars. Monza has also a rich motorcycle tradition, having hosted the Italian GP for years and the Superbike nowadays.