Ice Racing

Ice Racing 2018

Motorsport ice racing is cars, motorcycles & all-terrain vehicles usually racing on a frozen lakes or rivers in the form of a road course or oval. The sport you can find it is mostly in Canada & the Northern US states where racers still want to want to race when there home race track is full of snow.



Car ice racing can be the most cost effective racing there is with cars from Chevettes to Porsches racing in different classes. The main difference is classes is tires from studded & non-studded tires with the exception of the Chevettes & Neons which have a spec class.

What you need to go racing: a car with not too much prep except for safety equipment and the tires you need, a approved helmet & clothing and an ice racing licence is available at the Winter Driving and Ice Race School offered by the NASCC that has classroom & track time which is the best deal I have seen racing. Check out there website which has great information on getting into the sport:


Ice racing marshals are the Diehards of Motorsport marshalling!

The best way to watch a race is to be in the car, the second best way to watch as race is a trackside marshal and being part of race. If you are interested in racing but not sure about driving being a marshal might be for you. Ice Racing Marshals are there for emergencies and to communicate with racers with flags & to control & with each other on radio.

Speaking with Clem Salcedo NASCC Ice Racing Chief Course Marshal we talked about what to expect as an Ice racing marshal. The first thing is this winter conditions, that in the worst case it could get as cold as –5 to –40c, dress warm in lots of layers so as it warms up you can lose layers when it warms up. Try wearing any other colour except white so you do not blend into the snow bank. If you are new time there is an Ice Racing Marshalling school which like the race school with classroom & on track training with an experienced personnel.

An average racecourse is 6 turns and approximately 2 klms long so 20 trackside marshals can cover a racecourse. Track set-up starts with checking ice thickness for safety first then followed by ploughing out the course. You must be 18 years of age to be trackside but if being trackside is not for you there is many other volunteer jobs required to run a race. Non-trackside race positions: timing, pre-grid Pit in & Pit out, Tech, track set-up & clean-up.

Become Motorsport marshalling Diehard!
2018 Ice Race Supplemental Regulations have been updated on the NASCC website and can be found at

Dates for the Ice Race Season are:

2018 Ice Racing Winter season dates

November 29, 2017 Ice Race Pre-School Presentation and Q&A
Public · Hosted by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club NASCC Racing and Events

January 12 & January 13 – Ice Race / Winter Driving School 2018
Public · Hosted by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club NASCC

January 14 – Ice Race #1
Public · Hosted by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club NASCC

January 27 & January 28 – Ice Race #2 & #3
Public · Hosted by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club NASCC

February 10 & February 11 – Ice Race #4 & #5
Public · Hosted by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club NASCC

February 24 & February 25 – Lac La Biche Winter Festival of Speed
Public · Hosted by Northern Alberta Sports Car Club NASCC

Events are based on weather permitting & ice conditions.

Weather conditions may cause Ice Race date changes, so all other weekends between these dates are alternate dates.

Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC)

For more information on volunteering from January-March contact: or

2018 Calgary Sports Car Club (CSCC) Winter Driving Academy

This program is introduction to performance driving in extreme winter conditions. Where is not necessary to take this program to be able to participate in our ice racing series (Ice Dice) we feel that the training will help your progress quickly and make most out of the following events. Participation in ice racing series in not required after taking the school.

The focus of the school is on performance driving but no experience is necessary as we will cater the training to individual needs. Our goal is to help you improve car control, understand racing principals and increase your confidence of driving in winter conditions.

Welcome to the 2017 “Ice Dice” presented by the Calgary Sports Car Club (CSCC). Ice Dice is a recreational off-road Solo2 event in which participants compete individually against the clock on a temporary pylon course. The “Ice Dice” will be a best 3 out of 4 series taking place on Ghost Lake.

Our goal is to provide a controlled environment for performance driving in extreme winter conditions. Please be mindful of others who are on the lake but are not a part of our event. We ask that you refrain from warm-up, fast, or spirited driving while not on our track. Thank you for your understanding.

Jan 7: CSCC Winter Driving Academy at Ghost Lake

Jan 8: Event 1 (Championship Event)

Jan 22: Event 2 (Championship Event)

Feb 5: Event 3 (Championship Event)

Feb 19: Event 4 (Championship Event)

Mar 5: Event 5 (Non-Championship)


British Columbia

“Cars On Ice” Central British Columbia.


The Winnipeg Sports Car Club


Thunder Bay Autosport Club

The Toronto Autosport Club


Saskatoon Sports Car club


International Ice Racing Association



New York

The Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club

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