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New Ontario racetrack green-lit, hopes to woo NASCAR

Posted Nov 9th 2012 10:15AM

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You may think that NASCAR is exclusively an American sport, but it appears to have a following in southern regions of Canada. How do we know that? Well, it seems that a project has been green-lighted to build a speedway in Fort Erie, Ontario.

The $400-million project would see the construction of the new Canadian Motor Speedway, a 1.6 kilometre (one-mile) oval track with spectator capacity of 65,000. Though it is unclear if the track will come into the fold of the NASCAR calendar, a mile-long oval circuit is a pretty solid indicator of the kind of racing intended for this location.

Lest you think the facility is only for turnin' left, the plan also includes a 4 kilometre (2.5-mile) road course. According to Canadian Motor Speedway executive director Azhar Mohammed, "This will be a world class facility that will attract visitors from all over North America. We are very anxious to begin the next steps in seeing the speedway become a reality."

While there were some appeals against the project, they were all rejected by Ontario Municipal Board. The project will provide jobs, and eventually tourism to an area that was forced to close its slots at the existing Fort Erie Racetrack last spring. We look forward to seeing how this track plays into the motorsport community at large.

News Source: TSN

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