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Trying To Bring Back The Buzz: New Edmonton Indy Track Layout Unveiled

Dumontier (l) helps unveil details of new Edmonton Indy course at City Centre Airport
Octane Motorsports Events Inc. yesterday unveiled track designs for the July 24 Izod IndyCar race in Edmonton, and the northeast corner of the Edmonton City Centre Airport will feature a "3.61-km course and six different grandstand locations, each with its own giant-screen video board," according to Terry Jones of the EDMONTON SUN. The grandstand "is configured for 20,000 temporary seats to be put on sale now but is set up with expectation of expansion to much greater numbers as sales grow." Octane President Francois Dumontier said, "The seats will be much closer to the track and the best ones will be much coveted from one year to the next." Jones notes the 13-turn course features the "longest combination of straight-aways, with the opportunity for plenty of passing on not only the straights but several turns, particularly Turn 1." Three-day ticket packages are available in three price ranges -- C$230, $150 and $125. All are "lower than in 2010." Dumontier indicated that the "race day general admission price is reduced but the Saturday price will be increased 'to better reflect the reality of the program' Octane is planning" (EDMONTON SUN, 2/9). In Edmonton, John MacKinnon notes Octane is "looking to the Edmonton race's beginnings with Champ Car in 2005 as a template for sizzle and customer satisfaction." Edmonton Indy GM Anne Roy: "We want to recreate that buzz, we want to go after that. I remember feeling that 'care factor,' people took care of each other" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 2/9). Roy added, "The first three years of ChampCar here was amazing. There was a real care factor here. The drivers and the teams loved coming here. My goal is to recreate that again." Dumontier: "In the first years of Champ-Car there was a buzz in town. The race lost that in the last three years. We intend to bring back the buzz at the track and throughout the city. We want to inspire people to embrace the race" (EDMONTON SUN, 2/9).

END OF THE LINE: IndyCar yesterday announced that it will not return to Twin Ring Motegi in '12. The series will hold its final event at the 1.5-mile oval north of Tokyo on Sept. 18. IndyCar Commercial Division President Terry Angstadt: "While our businesses move in different directions, we will keep the door open for future events at the track" (IndyCar).
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