A move by a Calgary alderman to extend the Race City Speedway lease is revving the engines of racing fans.
Ward 12 Ald. Ric McIver told Metro he will put forward the notice of motion to extend the race venue’s lease until 2015 — a motion initially turned down in January, essentially forcing the closure of the track in 2010. After waiting six months, McIver will only need eight votes instead of 10 for the motion to move forward.
“People, certainly thousands of people that use Race City, consider it a very valuable asset,” McIver said. He also noted the public-safety aspect, with a safer venue for drivers to test their wheels against others.
“When you add up all the benefits, then the bottom line becomes that Calgary is better with Race City than without it.”
Race City fans are excited about having the alderman’s support, including self-professed “gearhead” Darrin Heichert.
“It just makes sense for the city and it’s a win-win situation all around. We’re a city of over a million people and we need this,” he said, pointing out both Edmonton and Vancouver have similar attractions.
“Calgary would rake in a lot of money like those cities with the kind of special events they hold.”
The creator of an I Want Race City to Stay Facebook group, Adam Muise, said he fully supports McIver’s motion and hopes Race City will stay where it belongs.
“I use it for drag racing —myself and my father spend a long time working on our race truck to use at that facility. I also go down with friends to have a fun night watching the races,” he added.
The owner of Race City Speedway couldn’t be reached for comment.