I am planning on attending the meeting at the Sheraton today to object in the strongest terms regarding this proposed project of bringing an oval raceway to Red Deer. I will suggest that the city and Red Deer County gather together motor sport enthusiasts and professionals and set up a think-tank to discuss a motorsport agenda for Central Alberta.
How does setting up a oval track help the general public improve their driving skill-set? It doesn’t, all it does is potentially create a bigger problem on the street with your average red neck thinking he’s a race car driver.
Any of us who have been involved in motorsport for a while know that the average 100-hp driver in his 400-hp car, doesn’t need any more encouragement to rip around our streets and potentially injure people.
On the other hand, setting up a road course will not only create a much-needed facility for motorsport events here in Central Alberta, but will also create an opportunity for Mr. Average to come to the track in his Honda Civic and learn performance driving and accident avoidance skills in a controlled environment, as well as creating an excellent training facility for our emergency services.
As a professional high performance race car instructor and having been a racer for the last 50 years, I am totally against this proposal.