First used for motorsport on Whit Monday 1931, the narrow lanes were widened and made a permanent in 1933. It closed at the outbreak of World War II after being taken over by the Ministry of Defence as a military vehicle depot.
In 1971, the land was purchased by Tom Wheatcroft (Wheatcroft & Son Ltd), who rebuilt the circuit and racing resumed in 1977.
In 2007, Tom agreed a 150-year lease to Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd. When Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd. went out of business, and with no buyer found, the lease terminated and ownership reverted to back Wheatcroft & Son Ltd. MotorSport Vision completed its takeover of Donington Park in January 2017 and immediately began a multi-million-pound improvement project to be completed in time for the 2018 racing season.
One of the biggest additions to the site is Garage 39 Café, Bar and Restaurant.