Ghosts of tracks past

DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

EDMONTON - The layout of the new Edmonton Indy racetrack has a couple of spiritual ancestors. Cleveland was always obvious since it was a city centre airport where fans could see the entire race from the grandstands. Now, with a long straightaway heading into a sharp corner, it closer resembles the formation and is kindred, too, to Portland, Ore.

Portland’s straight went into a tight chicane, but both were called “Calamity Corner.”

Or called worse by teams and pilots.

Even Cleveland’s run-off area saw a driver’s day end before it started.

Here’s what some drivers said after Thursday’s track walk:

“I’m thinking wishbones and wings!

“I think there is going to be a lot of attrition, just because the way the setup is, with long straights and slow corners. It makes it for drivers to be a little more optimistic than they should. And I include myself in that.”

– Newman/Haas driver Oriol Servia who once saw car parts flying around him in Cleveland.

“They took a lot of the high-speed corners, like they had in Portland. But certainly Cleveland is pretty much there. I’m looking forward to racing on this track. It’s going to be fun.”

– Penske’s Helio Castroneves, also a Cleveland victim.

“There isn’t much space there!”

– Dreyer & Reinbold’s Ana Beatriz, standing on the long, wide straight and pointing at the first corner.


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