Castrol Raceway Statement:
We have just received notification from AHS to 𝗖𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗢𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 immediately as per CMOH Record of Decision – Order 12-2021 (alberta.ca), stating closure to Public as a “Racing Entertainment Centre”.
We opened this past weekend for outdoor motor vehicle training and recreation; it was our understanding this was permissible, so long as 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝗻-𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 (𝗶.𝗲. 𝗻𝗼 𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴), 𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗰𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲 ‘𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁’ 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗻𝘀. We did not intentionally disregard current public health orders, as per Alberta BizConnect for Outdoor Sport and Recreation “𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘺𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘪𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘰𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘨 (𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳) 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥”; motor sport and motor recreation by its inherent nature is an ‘individual’ 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; 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀.
It was also previously encouraged by AHS for us to consider virtual performance events as suitable alternative; this we believe implied the “on-track” 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 ‘Racing Entertainment Centre’- 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. 𝙄 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙛𝙛, 𝙋𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙖𝙛𝙚𝙩𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙩𝙤𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙨, 𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚𝙙 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚. We will continue to communicate the AHS for ongoing compliance and clarity, so we can all get back to the “new normal” for our facility at the earliest opportunity.
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)
Western Canada Motorsport Association (WCMA)