The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may be headed to Canada sometime within the next few years.
The Toronto Sun reports that 4-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon is helping with plans to build a 1-mile oval track near Niagra Falls, not far from Toronto.
Canadian Motor Speedway, if built, is expected to take the same shape as Auto Club Speedway and Iowa Speedway. Iowa is the only other track built with input from a NASCAR driver; that driver being 1989 Cup champion, Rusty Wallace.
Construction is expected to begin on the track in 2011. If everything goes like it did with its sister track in Iowa, Canadian Motor Speedway could be ready for racing action by as early as 2012.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series currently races once a year at the road course in Montreal, and that series typically seems to draw good crowds. However, NASCAR is not crazy about the idea of holding a Cup race there, and Gordon believes that “there has to be an oval track for a Cup race to be enticed across the border.”
But at the rate NASCAR is moving from the South and into new areas, along with the fact that Gordon is helping design the track and that it appears to be another cookie-cutter oval, we could probably expect a Sprint Cup race there sometime within the next 5 years.
Don’t be surprised if it happens.