Ever since Race City Speedway closed permanently in 2011 Calgary track driving enthusiasts and racers have been travelling 3hrs north to Castrol Raceway in Leduc.
The nearly 600kms round-trip commute to drive a fairly short road course adjacent to the Edmonton Int’l Airport has been enough to put a damper on the Calgary track day scene but there is finally good news on the horizon!
For almost a decade two groups, Badlands Motorsports Resort and Rocky Mountain Motorsports, have been raising capital, sketching road courses and negotiating with the counties to make a new track close to Calgary a reality. The Badlands location in Kneehill County near Rosebud has an exciting track layout with lots of elevation changes designed by internationally renowned track designer Alan Wilson but there is no firm timeline for when this facility will open. The good news is that Rocky Mountain Motorsports (RMM) development 25mins north of Calgary expects to start paving their TILKE GMBH & CO-designed 3.5km track very soon for a summer 2020 opening date!
The options for gaining access to the RMM track will be similar to how the Area 27 track in Oliver B.C. (designed by none other than Jacques Villeneuve) is run; paid members will have access to approximately 50% of the track time and the other 50% of the time will be available to rent for car and motorcycle club lapping days, driving schools, timed events and corporate events. Individual RMM memberships start at $37,500 and climb $225,000 for the top-tier investor equity level membership. The good news for grassroots level motorsport driving enthusiasts is that RMM is committed to creating plenty of opportunities for non-members to access track time which should create a lot of excitement for those of us who want to drive their cars at the limit and improve car control skills without fear of endangering road users or getting huge speeding fines!
We plan to announce the return of Tunerworks Track Days once RMM is fully operational.