FT. ERIE, ON -Canadian Motor Speedway ( CMS ) is extremely proud and delighted to officially announce a truly historic moment in CMS history, and a new era in Canadian Motorsport! After seven years of government regulatory and developmental process, heavy excavation equipment is working the CMS site in Fort Erie Ontario, to commence phase-one of the project, the relocation and major environmental enhancement of Miller Creek. This is a critical step to allow for the second phase of the project to proceed, the construction of the grandstands, the oval track and the road course.
Canadian Motor Speedway Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb said, “We are making history in Canada and North America for the motorsport fan with this track! It has been a very, very long journey, but now we have a wonderful journey ahead of us! For the Town of Fort Erie, this is a new era! CMS is the hub, but around it you have hospitality, retail, research and development that is like a city in itself. CMS will be an attraction that will bring tremendous value to the Town of Fort Erie and the Province of Ontario!”
For CMS Partner and Executive Director Azhar Mohammad, it’s like a dream come true! “We are ecstatic! If you look at the efforts that have been expended and the milestones we’ve achieved after so many years with extensive support from the community, this is truly exciting for our entire team and partners in Kuwait and the U.A.E!”
Designer of the track, 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon is thrilled! “We have cleared a lot of hurdles along the way. We’ve had to be very patient during the entire process, but I’m excited for Canada, I’m excited for auto racing! CMS will definitely be Canadian pride at its best! It’s a Canadian Speedway built by Canadians, just 45 minutes from Toronto, 15 minutes from Niagara Falls and Buffalo. I think Canadians are going to be very proud to have a 1.2 kilometer, three-quarter-mile track that’s going to put on some great racing once it’s completed!”
The core property for the oval, the grandstands and the road course is in CMS hands, while work to finalize site planning and the archeological clearances of the periphery properties has been scheduled over the next three months.
Aecon Group Inc., one of Canada’s largest construction companies, is the project’s Construction Manager. They will be responsible for managing the entire 820 acre development, working with local construction resources to ensure CMS is positioned for timely completion, within targeted cost, with the highest level of quality and safety.
“We are thrilled to be working with Canadian Motor Speedway, and pleased to bring our expertise to the development of this world class race track!”, stated Teri McKibbon, Aecon’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
CMS plans a formal ground-breaking in late spring of 2014 to green-flag eighteen months of construction of the sports’ first Carbon Neutral, and Canada’s first world class oval and integrated road course hosting a variety of racing platforms, notably stock car and open wheel racing, which is slated to be race-ready in 2016.
About Canadian Motor Speedway: CMS is a world-class motorsport and entertainment development in Fort Erie, Ontario. CMS will include industrial, recreational and commercial retail space, as well as a motorsport innovation park in collaboration with McMaster University’s renowned Faculty of Engineering, expanding the build-out to $400 million. The core of the project is a stand-alone “Jeff Gordon Designed Signature Speedway” that combines to form an FIA/FIM grade road course.
FIA, The Federation Internationale de l’automobile, is a non profit association established as the Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs to represent motoring organizations and motor car users. FIA is best known as the governing body for many auto racing events.
FIM, The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the global sanctioning and governing body of motorcycle racing. It represents 103 national motorcycle federations, divided into six regional continental unions.
UPDATE: Click here to listen to an audio clip of Jeff Gordon discussing Canadian Motor Speedway.
From Canadian Motor Speedway