Motorsports return in Alberta

The return of motorsports in Alberta is finally here.

Rocky Mountain Motorsports (RMM) has announced that the company and its investors will be building a brand new racetrack, and close to home as well. With the track being just 25 minutes north of Calgary, it offers a unique driving experience for the car enthusiasts of Alberta. The track was designed by Tilke GmbH & Co. KG, whose previous accolades are the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Both tracks are world-renowned Formula 1 circuits and have catered to hundreds of thousands of fans over a single Grand Prix weekend. Over 400 000 people attended the 2021 F1 Grand Prix in Austin.

Construction continued on the track throughout the cold December days. Photo By Ty Davidson

Alberta has been without a racetrack since the removal of the Race City Motorsport Park in 2009 because of financial issues involving the track. This has led to more people using the streets to fill their urge for speed, resulting in the Calgary police investigating multiple street racing incidents.

Chestermere RCMP officer Kirk Meers, says that the “introduction of a racetrack could help take some of the racing off the street, however, it is unlikely to make a significant impact.”

Kirk goes on to state that Race City “was a place for people to go and use their vehicles in a safe and controlled matter, but the issue of street racing will always be the convenience of open roads rather than paying for a track day.”

The Rocky Mountain Motorsports offers a safe place for people to satisfy their need for speed. They offer driving courses, recreational track days, and even automotive dealership test drives. Many people are excited to see the return of motorsports to southern Alberta,

The introduction of a new racetrack in southern Alberta helps encourage residents to take their speed off the open road and out of harm’s way of the public by taking their vehicles to a safe environment.

With multiple facilities being located at this track to help the public be as safe as possible. RMM offers a one-of-a-kind experience that has been lost in Alberta.

Stephen Dawe, Director of Brand and Marketing for RMM, says “RMM is the premier destination for racing enthusiasts, and will offer a one of a kind experience to inexperienced and professionals alike.”

One of 16 technical corners at RMM. Photo by Ty Davidson

Construction of the track started in the summer of 2020. The track was expected to open around summer 2021, but has since been pushed back on the account of the pandemic still surging throughout the nation. “The new expected release date should be spring 2022,” says Stephen Dawe.

On top of a racetrack, Rocky Mountain Motorsports also offers housing options. RMM offers condo options to people willing to spend the $220 per square foot, on top of extra interior options. These condo units will feature private garages and be placed trackside to offer the best viewing experiences.

Calgary police are also excited to see the track open, as it offers a safe place for police officers to do vehicle training in a closed environment. Rocky Mountain Motorsports raceway could become the primary vehicle training facility for police officers in the surrounding area.


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As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Ty Davidson is working as a writer for The Press during the 2021-22 academic year.