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: http://nascc.ab.ca/racing/ice-racing/
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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 is to be a trackside marshal. If you are interested in racing but not sure about driving yourself, being a marshal might be for you. Ice Racing Marshals are there for emergencies and to communicate with racers with flags and to communicate regarding the race with others via radio.
What to expect as an Ice racing marshal: The first thing you need to expect is to dress warmly. Temperatures in Canada and Alberta while marshalling can be anywhere from -5 to –40 Celsius depending on where you are; so dress warmly in lots of layers. You can always shed a layer of clothing if it warms up. Try wearing any other colour except white so you don’t blend into the snow bank. If you are new to Marshalling you are on track training with experienced personnel. An average race course is 6 turns and approximately 2 kms long so 20 trackside marshals can cover a racecourse.
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.
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Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC) Statement:
Our Club Executive is still busy preparing and committed to having a 2021 Ice Racing Season. Although we cannot guarantee anything due to COVID-19 restrictions and the unseasonable weather we are very hopeful and feeling positive. Definitely our Ice Racing procedures and policies will change and we have experience from a successful summer racing season.
Our current anticipated Ice Race Schedule is as below, but this may change on Ice Conditions or restrictions. We hope to use Roy’s Lake and Cooking Lake with the exception of the tentative dates at Alberta Beach and Lac La Biche.
– January 15 – Winter Driving and Ice Race School Classroom session
– January 16 – School on Ice – Roy’s Lake Parkland County or Cooking Lake Strathcona County
– January 17 – Race 1 – Roy’s Lake Parkland County or Cooking Lake Strathcona County
– January 30 & 31 – Race 2 & 3 – Roy’s Lake Parkland County or Cooking Lake Strathcona County
– February 13 & 14 – SnoMo Days, Alberta Beach
– February 27 & 28 –Lac La Biche Winter Festival of Speed – Race 6 & 7
Northern Alberta Sports Car Club (NASCC)
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Western Canada Motorsport Association (WCMA)