Edmonton International Speedway

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Edmonton International Speedway
Can-Am at Edmonton International Speedway 1973.
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Coordinates 53°36′25″N 113°33′25″W / 53.607°N 113.557°W / 53.607; -113.557Coordinates: 53°36′25″N 113°33′25″W / 53.607°N 113.557°W / 53.607; -113.557
Capacity 30,000
Opened 1966
Closed 1982
Former names Speedway Park
Major events Can-Am, Formula Atlantic, Formula 1600, Formula 5000, Trans-Am, NHRA
Road Course
Length 4.067 km (2.527 mi)
Turns 14
Short Oval
Length 0.4 km (¼ mi)
Drag Strip
Length 0.4 km (¼ mi)

Edmonton International Speedway, also known as Speedway Park, was a 251-acre (1.02 km2) multi-track auto racing facility located in the present Cumberland and Hudson neighbourhoods[1] of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The facility featured a ¼ mile dragstrip, a 2.53 miles (4.072 km) 14-turn road course, and a ¼ mile short oval. At its peak, it had capacity for over 30,000 fans.

History[edit]

In the late 1940s, the dirt-surfaced Breckenridge Oval opened on the site. In 1952, the oval was shortened and paved as a 1/2 mile asphalt oval, and the facility was renamed Speedway Park. The oval had seating for 8,000.

In 1967, the 1/4 mile drag strip opened, and had a full length of 4,350 feet (1,326 m). The following year in 1968, the road course opened in time for the first Can-Am race. Over the years, the facility also hosted Formula Atlantic, Formula 1600, Formula 5000, Trans-Am, as well as NHRA-sanctioned drag racing.

Qualico Developments was the land owner in the latter years. The track closed in 1982 after the area was annexed by the City of Edmonton. Qualico then converted the land to housing. Edmonton would be without any form of professional racing until Capital City Raceway Park opened in 1991.

David Cronenberg's 1979 movie Fast Company was primarily filmed at Edmonton International Speedway. It was closed in 1982.

Major Series[edit]

Can-Am[edit]

Formula 5000[edit]

  • The Canadian Road Racing Championship raced F5000 cars twice at EIS:
  • The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) raced F5000 cars three times at EIS:
    • May 24, 1970 (Winner: Ron Grable, Lola)
    • August 1, 1971 (Winner: David Hobbs, McLaren)
    • June 4, 1972 (Winner: David Hobbs, Lola)
  • When the SCCA put full-bodies on F5000 cars and called them Can Am cars, this series raced once at EIS:
Gilles Villeneuve and Keke Rosberg at Edmonton International Speedway Formula Atlantic race, 1977.

Formula Atlantic[edit]

Trans-Am[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hudson Neighborhood Structure Plan" (PDF). Planning and Policy Services Branch, Planning and Development Department, City of Edmonton. September 2007. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 16, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 

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