Castrol Raceway expansion not meant to challenge Indy

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Castrol Raceway expansion not meant to challenge Indy

Unread post by MattJM » Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:45 pm

Ryan Ellis, Global News: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 3:13 PM ... story.html

Edmonton's Castrol Raceway is on track for a multi-million dollar expansion, a move that is expected to attract more racing fans to central Alberta.

"We can draw people, and cars, from all over western Canada, and it'll be a state-of-the-art facility," said Rob Reeves of Castrol Raceway.
Over the next two years a new 2.7 kilometre road course will be built at the existing facility south of Edmonton. A similar course in Calgary is scheduled for closure, which would leave Castrol's track as only one of two in western Canada.

The course is designed to handle a variety of racing series, though the goal is not to take anything away from the Edmonton Indy.
"We don't want to compete with Indy for the next three years," Reeves said. "Our intention is to get road course racing year round here in Edmonton with all the different classes."

Reeves admits that with further investment, the new track could be brought up to Indy standards. The $3 million course is expected to be built in stages over the next tw
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Re: Castrol Raceway expansion not meant to challenge Indy

Unread post by sean6m » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:20 pm


At a press conference held earlier today, Castrol Raceway owners Rob Reeves and Ron Hodgson, along with Dave Fifield C.O.O. of Wakefield Canada Inc., announced the construction of a 2.7 Kilometer Road Course at the raceway. The Road Course will be the newest addition to Castrol Raceway, which also boasts a ¼ Mile IHRA sanctioned Drag Strip, 3/8 Mile clay Oval and a 10 Acre Pro Motocross Track.

A Road Course has been in the works on the Castrol Raceway property since it was first built 20 years ago. “With the commitment of Wakefield Canada (Castrol’s Canadian parent company) to remain the Title Sponsor and partner of the race track, it seemed like the ideal time to build,” said Rob Reeves.

If all goes according to plan, the Road Course will be fully completed within three years. Phase one is currently underway and will consist of completing the first 1.4 km loop of track with the hope of being operational by the end of this summer. Phase two will see the completion of the second 1.3 loop, and phase three will bring it all together.

The Road Course will bring a whole new dimension of racing to Castrol Raceway - open and closed wheel racing, Formula Atlantic/Indy Lights and Grand Am racing along with road cars special track days.

With the rumored closure of Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park, Castrol Raceway’s new Road Course will be the only track in the vicinity with the next closest one located in Mission, B.C.

According to Reeves, “Castrol Raceway will rival the best motorsports facilities in North America, bringing back the same excitement that was felt with the Edmonton International Speedway.”

It’s an exciting time for Castrol Raceway, Canada’s Premier Motorsports Complex. This weekend will see the top drag racers from across North America come to Edmonton for Canada’s biggest drag racing event: the 9th annual Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals (June 24-26). Over 40,000 spectators will experience the ground-pounding excitement of Top Fuel Dragsters and the nitro-powered mayhem that makes up the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing series. From 8,000 horsepower, 300 mph Top Fuel Dragsters to 20,000 horsepower, flame-throwing jet semis, and the one and only Grave Digger, race fans will witness the fury, mayhem and adrenaline-soaked thrill of drag racing entertainment.

Later on this summer (August 6 & 7) Castrol Raceway will play host to the one and only Monster Jam monster truck show! There’s nothing like the original and this year’s line-up includes the superstars of Monster Jam: Grave Digger, Superman, Monster Mutt and Captain’s Curse. The trucks will have all the space they need in Castrol Raceway’s outdoor arena to thrill monster truck fans.

The World of Outlaws return to Castrol Raceway for the Oil City Cup (August 26 & 27). For two days Castrol Raceway will again be the center of the Sprint Car Universe, as the best drivers in the world, return for the 5th Annual World of Outlaws: Oil City Cup. The winged warriors will do battle with their fire-breathing 850-plus horsepower machines each night for the $10,000 top prize. The Oil City Cup is the only chance in 2011 that Sprint Car fans in Western Canada have to see the World of Outlaws in action, with their thrilling wheel-to-wheel brand of racing, just centimeters apart at breathtaking speeds.
And for the first time in Canada, Castrol Raceway hosts the Super Chevy Show this September long weekend (September 2-4). Making its Canadian debut in 2011, the Super Chevy Show tour brings high-powered Chevy racing excitement and beautiful classic Chevy Show Cars to Castrol Raceway. Incredible show cars take center stage in the Car Show Series – the nation’s largest single-make car show series. Chevy fans will be treated to two separate shows Saturday and Sunday! Don’t want your car to be judged? Then join your friends in the non-judged Show ‘n Shine Class. Don’t miss the Super Chevy Show!

Please visit the brand new for more information and a full event listing.

Castrol Raceway is located just south of Edmonton, adjacent to the Edmonton International Airport. South on Highway 2, and 2kms West on Highway 19 towards Devon.
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