It was a chance for those behind the microphone and camera to jump into a race car in preparation for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Luxxur 300 which is coming to Wetaskiwin’s Edmonton International Raceway July 27.
The media day, as it was called, was held July 16 and offered up a member of the Canadian NASCAR circuit, Colin Livingston, who races as a member of famed Canadian driver Alex Tagliani’s team.
Livingston spent lots of time answering questions about his stock car and the high-pressure circuit, but the attraction of the day wasn’t a ride in the car, heading top speed around EIR’s tight oval.
Journalists from CTV, City TV, CBC Edmonton and Black Press media all took turns in Livingston’s shotgun seat. The roar of the car was deafening, the corners seemed to come up in a second or two at full speed and the tires squealed like they were about to unravel. But Livingston himself put it best by noting a ride around the track with one car was nothing; imagine 20 to 22 cars all roaring around for 300 laps.
That’s what visitors will enjoy the weekend of July 27 when the Canadian NASCAR series makes its only stop in Alberta at EIR for the Luxxur 300, named after Bayer’s top-level herbicide.
Livingston said the recent victory for Tagliani in Toronto’s Pinty’s Series grand prix stop was a perfect example of the action and excitement in Canadian stock car racing. He said it was only the second street race on the new General brand tires the cars are using.
Last year at the same race, Tagliani had been leading the entire field all of the laps, then got beat by Andrew Ranger on the final lap.
This year was payback for Tagliani, as he led the pack 34 of 37 laps and took top spot in the grand prix.
Livingston said a smaller track like EIR is great for fans because they can see the entire track all the time.
Wetaskiwin mayor Tyler Gandam has already proclaimed July 22 to 28 NASCAR Week in the city. In honour of the event, a free community BBQ will be offered in Jubilee Park. Live entertainment will also be there along with NASCAR drivers and cars. The BBQ runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Racing also starts that night at EIR; gates open at 4 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.
The next day gates open at 12 noon with NASCAR Pinty’s practice at 12 noon followed by qualifying at 4:45 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.
A shuttle runs from the Wetaskiwin Ag Society grounds on Hwy. #13 to EIR, so you don’t even have to worry about parking.
Remember, EIR has a full concession and gift shop, plus is licensed.
Check online for ticket information, as family options are available. http://www.edmontonraceway.com/