Wheels may be in motion to add Calgary to the IndyCar racing series, fuelling discussion on the ultimate potential of a replacement track for the now-closed Race City Motorsports Park.
CEO Randy Bernard told Toronto media Monday that the Indy series does have eyes on Canadian expansion and identified Calgary as one three cities being explored.
That came as local motorsports enthusiasts are finalizing a proposal for a multi-million-dollar racing facility on Calgary’s outskirts that Ald. Shane Keating has described as an “international stage.”
Reached Thursday, Keating had not heard of Bernard’s comments but said he was intrigued.
“The goal is to make this place as diverse as possible,” he said, adding with the proper funding the new Race City could be ready to host an event of Indy’s magnitude within two years.
IndyCar spokesperson Amy Konrath emphasized that Bernard’s comments were made from a long-term perspective and no formal plans are in place to establish a Calgary Indy.
“There’s a lot of factors we look at,” she said. “We look at the demographic, we look at the track, we look at what people have proposed, how our cars would manage there . . . is this somewhere our sponsors want to be?”
Details about Calgary’s new motorsports park — namely its location and price tag — are still being kept under wraps, but Keating said to expect an announcement sometime this summer.
- IndyCar currently stops in Toronto and Edmonton for annual events. The Toronto race was established first and dates back to 1986.
- In Edmonton, promoter Octane Motorsports is working to find a new track as its contract with the City Centre Airport expires next year, according to spokesperson Normand Prieur.