You may think that NASCAR is exclusively an American sport, but it has quite a following in Canada, too. How do we know that? Well, aside from knowing a few fans who count themselves among our neighbors to the north, it seems that a project has been green-lighted to build a NASCAR-minded speedway in Fort Erie, Ontario.

According to reports, the $400-million project will see the construction of a new Canadian Motor Speedway, a one-mile banked oval track with spectator capacity of over 65,000, including 60,000 grandstand seats, 5,000 club chairs and 80 suites. Though it is unclear if the track will eventually join the NASCAR calendar, a mile-long oval circuit is a pretty solid indicator of the kind of racing intended for this location. Another not-so-subtle indicator of investors' hopes for the facility? The designer is four-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon.

Lest you think the facility is only for turnin' left, the plan also includes a 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 and live horse racing recently. We look forward to seeing how this track plays into the motorsport community at large.

As the Toronto Star notes, NASCAR's Nationwide series has already announced that it will stop racing in Montreal, so the Canadian Motor Speedway could conceivably make a play for the event if it doesn't go to Mosport as rumored.

Construction for the facility is expected to take just 18 months.


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      Porschetr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fort Erie Ontario is basically across the river from Buffalo, NY. It will get many Americans NASCAR fans I guess.
      sundude
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The designer is four-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon." Hee-hee=hee. The guy just drew an oval on a napkin and said, "There's your track! Where's my cheque?"
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      Super excited for this to happen (the track, less so NASCAR). Also, Mosport is now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        nobody cares about the current name...It'll forever be Mosport in the hearts of race fans Same thing for Sears Point (now called Sonoma Raceway), Laguna Seca ( now called Mazda Race Laguna Seca), BeaveRun Park (now called Pittsburgh International Raceway)
          flammablewater
          • 2 Years Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
          Not disagreeing with you on that point, but this isn't just a name change, CT is pouring millions into improving the track and facilities. I'm very excited to race there once it's done.
      Timothy Carey
      • 2 Years Ago
      **** that carbureted bullshit. Why waste all that space for the oval when you could put more race track for people who know how to turn left and right.
        TopGun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Timothy Carey
        FI now TC...as of that matters to have good racing. You wanna go up to Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and tell them they can't turn left and right?
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Timothy Carey
        They do...i personally love the F1 track.
      Matthew A Clarke
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe one day F1 will stop by. I wont hold my breath but i can dream.
        m99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew A Clarke
        they could. An FIA approved roadcourse is part of the complex.
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      If nascrap can get another track open with a real road track open for the public: I'm all in favor.
      Matthew A Clarke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they would make it into a road course as well. they could bring a few other race series as well, not just nascar.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew A Clarke
        The article says that the plan includes a 2.5 mile road course. That could make things interesting, as this is only a little over an hour from me, not counting border crossing time.
        Matthew A Clarke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matthew A Clarke
        edit: never mind. I can't believe I didn't read the entire thing.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fort Erie lost their OLG slot facility but live horse racing is still active. The future is up for debate without the slots at racetrack program being discontinued in Ontario.
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      https://maps.google.com/?ll=42.928478,-78.979383&spn=0.01359,0.033023&t=h&z=16 If you're curious of the exact location (according to the drawing and article)
      • 2 Years Ago
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