In this Saturday, May 16, 2015 photo, cars compete in a World Touring Car Championship race at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (AP Photo/Maciej Sakowicz)
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Race drivers call it "The Green Hell" and it has taken dozens of drivers' lives, but Germany's Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car racing fans.In 1975, Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda set the circuit's record, covering the 22.8-kilometer distance in under seven minutes, his average speed being some 196 kilometers per hour.Deemed too fast and dangerous, the track was shortened in early 1980s to just under 21 kilometers, called the Nordschleife, or the Northern Loop, and had the Grand Prix loop, a new track of some 5 kilometers added. By shortening the distance, it allows fans to see the racing cars more often than on the long track.
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