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The Last Lap

Race City Motorsports Park Hosted Its Final Event

The Calgary racing community gathered to celebrate Race City's history hosting motorsports events. Photo by Shawn BishopAfter 24 years, the road course at Race City Motorsports Park, in Calgary, Alberta hosted its last event, The Last Lap, organized by Alberta Race Car Association (ARCA) and presented by Belvedere Technical Services on September 10-11.

The road course at Race City opened in 1987, two years after the oval and dragstrip were completed. As a result of the explosive growth in Calgary in recent years, the facility could not hold onto its lease with the city. It will be closed and demolished in 2012.

Race City hosted numerous series, including the Players/GM Challenge series West, the Honda Michelin series west, the Canon/Yokohama F1600 series, Formula Atlantic, as well as hundreds of club races over the past 24 years.

The race weekend featured the ARCA GT Challenge, won by Harold Schmidt. As the day came to an end on Sept. 11, members of the Calgary Vintage Racing Club took to the track in a last lap ceremony, each car carrying a checkered flag.

The Last Lap ceremony at Race City. Photo by Shawn BishopDuring the podium ceremonies on Sunday, long time volunteers Sue Wilson and Gail Terner were honoured. Sue has been a fixture at Race City since day oone.

Despite the closure of Race City Motorsports Park, club road racing in Alberta is taking only a brief hiatus. Permanent venues are being explored and proposed in Southern Alberta as well as Castrol Raceway in Leduc. Road races have been organized by the Northern Alberta Sports Car Club on the unused runways at CFB Edmonton for several years as well.

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