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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Castrol Raceway announces road course construction

From Castrol Raceway

EDMONTON, AB -- Castrol Raceway owners Rob Reeves and Ron Hodgson, along with Dave Fifield C.O.O. of Wakefield Canada Inc., announced on Tuesday the construction of a 2.7km road course at the Raceway. The road course will be the newest addition to Castrol Raceway, which also boasts a quarter-mile IHRA sanctioned drag strip, three-eighths-mile clay oval and a 10-acre 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 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 1.4km loop of track with the hope of being operational by the end of this summer. Phase two will see the completion of the second 1.3km 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, BC.

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.”

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.

Later on this summer (Aug. 6-7) Castrol Raceway will play host to the one and only Monster Jam monster truck show. 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 (Aug. 26-27). And for the first time in Canada, Castrol Raceway hosts the Super Chevy Show this September long weekend (Sept. 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.

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

Castrol Raceway is located just south of Edmonton, adjacent to the Edmonton International Airport.

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