If you've got a need for speed, a shindig like this is the place to be.
Unless, of course, you're navigating the midway along the bleachers in a golf cart while you're on a mission to shoot pictures and video.
The past two days, that has been what myself and photo editor Tom Braid have been doing. Tom's the loud one. I'm the one in the loud shirt.
While these Indy drivers can rack up some m.p.h., there are faster folks here.
The Edmonton Police Service have their race cars here. The Challenger is the new one but the old Duster is rockin' a new badged paint job. They are just on display. No high-speed chases. And -- so far -- they haven't issued any speeding tickets.
CAPP-ING OFF A CAREER
Driving fast has put Terry Capp in the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame. The local drag-racing legend has always done it in a straight line, pushing a few thousand horse. His BubbleUp nostalgia funny car is on display in the Castrol Racing setup.
Capp holds the Canadian top-end speed record and he did it just a couple of years ago, going 300-m.p.h-plus before his own internal odometer ticked off 60.
The hope was to do a burn-out on a long enough stretch near the grandstands, but certain powers concerned with the event waived a black flag on that.
"Maybe they were scared to hear the sound of a real engine!"
UP, UP AND AWAY
But there's nobody here faster than Canadian Air Force pilot, Capt. Dave Monk. The captain and his cohorts arrived at the City Centre Airport race site doing about, oh, 800 m.p.h. and have been staying put alongside the tanks at the CFB military display.
I asked Cap'n Dave if the thinks any of the hotshot ground-bound racers -- like, say, fellow Canuck and woundedwarriors.ca guy Paul Tracy -- could handle any of the CAF's speed machines.
Since they are used to having things blur past their vision, the pilot thought most of the drivers could possibly do it.
But the other way around? Monk wants to stay in the air.
"I'd probably crash," he said.
Dave "Crash" Monk? Sorry, Capt. That tag is already taken.
Random anonymous survey says ... One.
That's how many of the many I asked that answered a straight-up 'yes' to the question of whether we will see Sebastien Bourdais back racing in North America, and, in IndyCars in particular.
There had to be obvious interest from Newman/Haas/Lanigan last off-season to bring their four-peat Champ-Car champ back to winning shores, but Bourdais wasn't ready to give up his Formula One dream. But then, halfway through the F-1 season, Torro Rossi made Bourdais's mind up for him.
There were maybes that leaned towards no, but most figured that the Frenchman would try to form a post-F-1 career in Europe, as close as possible to he and his wife's home in Le Mans, France.
If I buy an Indy team, I'm hiring today's polesitter Will Power away from that pesky Penske fellow.
Because he's shown steady improvement in his career, and made the most of every chance he's been given.
And because I'd convince Scott Speed to quit messing with NASCAR and come back to open wheel to be the Aussie's teammate.
Power and Speed. How could anyone beat that combination?
But I guess I wouldn't be able to get away with calling the team "Crash Motorsports."