Castrol Raceway closed due to AHS COVID 19

Photo by VelocityMotorsportsNews.com at Castrol Raceway Nisku, Alberta

Castrol Raceway Statement:

We have just received notification from AHS to ๐—–๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ immediately as per CMOH Record of Decision – Order 12-2021 (alberta.ca), stating closure to Public as a โ€œRacing Entertainment Centreโ€.

We opened this past weekend for outdoor motor vehicle training and recreation; it was our understanding this was permissible, so long as ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ป-๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ (๐—ถ.๐—ฒ. ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด), ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ โ€˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜โ€™ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€. We did not intentionally disregard current public health orders, as per Alberta BizConnect for Outdoor Sport and Recreation โ€œ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ค๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ (๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ) ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅโ€; motor sport and motor recreation by its inherent nature is an โ€˜individualโ€™ sport. Again, this we interpreted as compliance.

This past weekend, only limited attendance for individual/solo participation, Staff, and Crew essential to the safety and operations of the performance vehicle were permitted to attend; ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€.

It was also previously encouraged by AHS for us to consider virtual performance events as suitable alternative; this we believe implied the โ€œon-trackโ€ portion of our overall operations was permitted so long as all Public Health measures were in effect (i.e. Masking, Distancing, sanitizing, no spectators, etc). We took the necessary steps and financial commitment to implement a new live streaming platform, in which we initiated testing this past weekend.

Our facility is much for than a โ€˜Racing Entertainment Centreโ€™- we regularly provide motorized vehicle training, coaching and instruction, we provide closed course access for safe street and highway traffic safety initiatives aligned with Vision Zero, we provide safety certification and licensing examinations for motorized recreation and purpose built performance vehicles in compliance with multiple sanctioning and motor sport governing bodies (i.e. NHRA, WCMA, FIA, FIM). We provide space and capacity for Drive-In and Drive through pandemic conscious events such as Magic of Lights and Graduations; we provide a restricted access facility for private training such as law enforcement, fire & rescue, as well as automotive innovation exploration (i.e. autonomous vehicles).
It is not our intention to disregard the safety and well being of our community. We believe wholeheartedly we were in compliance with ongoing public safety standards and protocols. ๐™„ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™  ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™›๐™›, ๐™‹๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™–๐™›๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™จ, ๐™–๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™š๐™™ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š. We will continue to communicate the AHS for ongoing compliance and clarity, so we can all get back to the โ€œnew normalโ€ for our facility at the earliest opportunity.

Castrol Raceway
http://www.castrolraceway.com/
https://www.facebook.com/castrolraceway

Photo by VelocityMotorsportsNews.com Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC) at Castrol Raceway Nisku, Alberta

Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC) Statement:

Murphy’s Law strikes again! 10 mins after I sent out the last email about the NASCC continuing with the planning for our May 15th and 16th events we get a notification that AHS has asked Castrol Raceway to shutdown indefinitely. While this is sad news and not totally unexpected we must try and do the best we can to keep racing alive. Our backup plan in case the May 15th and 16th events were postponed was always to move them to the next dates we had booked at Castrol which is June 19th and 20th if Castrol is allowed to hold events. For those of you who registered for any of our events in May we will be contacting you.

We will still go ahead with our Club Meeting over Zoom this Wednesday evening, May 5th at 7:30 pm to update everyone and so you can ask questions and provide input.

Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC)
http://nascc.ab.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/19068689376/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/motorsportvolunteers/

Western Canada Motorsport Association (WCMA)
http://www.wcma.ca/new/

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