You often hear the expression, “the Italians love their motor racing,” or, “the French love their motor racing.”
Add to that list, “the Canadians love their motor racing.”
We’ve just about got it all again, folks. The Formula One Grand Prix of Canada will return to Montreal in June after a year’s absence. The Indy Racing League will be back in Toronto and Edmonton come July. NASCAR will bring the Nationwide Series back to Montreal in August but is represented throughout the summer months, coast-to-coast, by the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Now, add to that lineup the announcement this week that the World of Outlaws sprint car circuit will be racing in Quebec come summertime, in addition to regularly scheduled stops in Ontario and Alberta.
The Outlaws – King Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana, Donny Shatz, Kevin Swindell and the rest of the stars – will compete at Autodrome Drummond in Drummondville, Que., on Tues., July 27, as part of a three-race swing that will include two nights at the Ohsweken Speedway near Brantford.
Attention all you F1, Indy and NASCAR fans. You ain’t seen racing till you’ve seen 24 sprint cars on a dirt track all heading for the first turn at the same time.
The World of Outlaws made their debut in Canada in 1979 at Victory Lane Speedway in Winnipeg and competed four times at that facility over the next four years, with three-time champion Sammy Swindell winning all of those events, making him the winningest World of Outlaws driver in Canada.
It was over 25 years before the series returned to Canada, with a stop at Ohsweken in 2007 with Jason Sides picking up the victory.
For each of the last three seasons, the series has visited both Ohsweken and Castrol Raceway just outside Edmonton. Over that time, six drivers have scored wins: Jason Meyers, Saldana and Sides each have two victories to lead that list while Jac Haudenschild, 20-time series champion Kinser and four-time and defending series titlist Schatz each have won once.
The Outlaws will tow to Ohsweken from Drummondville for the Six Nations Showdown Fri. and Sat., July 30-31. The series then heads to Alberta for the fourth annual Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway on Aug. 27-28.