What is Road Racing?
Road racing is high-speed, action-packed door to door racing on purpose built road courses.
SPRINT RACING Involves multiple races per day, 15-20 minutes in length, with classes based on car HP to WEIGHT ratio testing ultimate driver/CAR combination.
Endurance racing involves a single 1.5, 3, 8, 12, or 24 hour race testing a team of drivers and a car – the most cost effective way to go road racing!
NASCC currently runs several sprint and endurance road race and lapping events a year at Rad-Torque Road Course in Edmonton, Alberta Canada located off HWY 19 west of Nisku.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are 2 ways, both easier thank you think, to get involved in road racing! The first, and most important, is volunteering as a race worker – no better way to get close to the action! The second, equally as fun, is to build a car, assemble a team, and go racing! See below for a quick summary on how to do either!
BECOMING A RACE WORKER
The heart and soul of our events are our race workers! From working corners, timing and scoring, officiating, driving support vehicles or otherwise – there exists a plethora of opportunities to get involved all at no cost! Benefits are many including being right next to the racing action, free food and beverage, universal appreciation and, most important, the ability to go work professional races like Indy & F1!
If you want to know more about getting involved as a race worker, don’t hesitate to come out to a club meeting or, simply register as a volunteer at nascc.motorsportreg.com and show up to a race, we’re always happy to find a spot for you!
There is no more exciting way of testing you and your cars abilities than door-to-door racing! Going racing is an amazing adventure – and can be as expensive or cost effective as you’d like. The steps to go Sprint Racing & Endurance racing are generally quite similar, and are itemized below. Most important is don’t panic – we all started from 0 – don’t hesitate to come ask questions!
Steps to go racing:
- Get a license by attending a school – see seasonal schedule
- Build a car, following the NASCC & WCMA regulations outlined below
- Acquire the required driver safety equipment (helmet, HANS, suit, boots, gloves, etc- all detailed in the WCMA regulations linked below)
- Get registered – assemble a team of drivers(endurance) or, just you(sprint), buy club memberships, get your licenses at wcma.motorsportreg.com & register at nascc.motorsportreg.com
- Go racing!
When in doubt, ask questions! We all started in the same place. Attend a club meeting (see About us for details) or hit our Facebook to ask!
If you’d like to work with a shop to help you along the way, there are plenty of NASCC affiliated shops in Alberta that would be happy to work with you. Check out our sponsors page for more details!
NASCC ROAD RACING 2024 @ RAD TORQUE RACEWAY
Dates for the 2024 season are now posted below, and more information will be posted as available. For now, we a mix of 2024 informatin and some 2023 season information that may still be useful to you.
We’re excited to announce an action packed schedule for 2024 – including a world class school, sprint and endurance schedule. Registration, when open, will be available at nascc.motorsportreg.com. Discounts available for various packages – check out registration to see more!
- May 11, 2024 – WCMA Race Licensing and High Performance Driving School (Classroom on line May 9, on track Saturday, May 11)
- This training will prepare you for Endurance and/or Sprint Race licensing – both classroom and on track training give you the ultimate educational experience. Check out the poster and get more information at this link – Race School Information.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WCMA 2024 Championship Racing in Alberta at two venues in Nisku and Carstairs.
- Race at both venues to earn WCMA season championship points and maximise your chance to be on the Championship podium by the end of September
SPRINT RACES 2024 at RAD Torque Raceway in Nisku
- July 6 & 7 – Sprint Races with Endurance Race Saturday
- July 27 & 28 – Sprint Races with Endurance Race Saturday
- Aug 24 & 25 – Speedway Park Revival Sprint Races (No Endurance race, schedule about the same as in 2023, click here)
SPRINT RACES 2024 at Rocky Mountain Motorsports, near Carstairs
- June 1 – Sprint Races (May convert to Endurance Race, tbd)
- July 13 & 14 – Sprint Races
- Sept 7 – Sprint Races
ENDURANCE RACES 2024
- June 1 – possible Endurance Race at Rocky Mountain Motorsports, to be determined
- July 6 – 3 Hour Ironman, 1.5 h King of the Road & 7 hour Endurance Race
- July 27 – 3 Hour Ironman, 1.5 h King of the Road & 8 hour Endurance Race at RAD Torque Raceway
- Sept 16 – 3 Hour Ironman, 1.5 h King of the Road & LA1k+ (fixed 12 hour) Endurance Race at RAD Torque Raceway
How will combined Sprint/Endurance weekends work?
- The combined events are intended to increase the Festival Atmosphere of racing at RAD Torque, but as a new format we are looking for feedback. A key question we are asked is “how much track time will my run group get, how will this work?” We are asking for feedback from you on the possibilities outlined below, write to
- Normal Sprint practice and qualifying on Saturday, two Sprint Races for Vintage and Open Wheel, one Sprint Race for Closed Wheel, and one (possibly 2) King of the Road races for Closed Wheel. Sunday’s will be a typical Sprint Race weekend schedule. This structure gives all run groups essentially the same amount of track time as in previous seasons.
- Endurance would start at 2:15 and is proposed to run 7 h to 9:15 on July 6, a full daylight event. On July 27, Endurance is proposed to run to 10:15, for an 8 hour race, including some run time in twilight/dusk. On Sept 21 the 12 h LA1k+ would run until 9 pm, which would be into the dark at that time of year.
- Some tentative schedules are linked here. These may change. Click on each of these dates July 6 & 7 July 27 & 28 Sprint race only Aug 24 & 25
RACE DETAILS & REGULATIONS
ENDURANCE RACING FORMATS
On a given race day, there are multiple endurance formats available:
- 1.5 hour Micro-Endurance King of the Road Races – 1 driver team entry, plus crew. Runs simultaneously with the 7-12 hour race.
- 3 hour Mini-Endurance Ironman Races – 2-3 driver team, plus crew. Runs simultaneously with the 7-12 hour race. Can be entered as a two car tag team, with two drivers and two cars.
- 7 – 12 hour Endurance Races – 3 to 6 driver team, plus crew. Keep an Endurance Car running for 7-12 (typically 8) hours, and share the fun, driving, workload and car thrashing with 4 or more of your best racing buddies, a novice driver, or your best crew. Raises a smile most every time! DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR NOVICES!
SPRINT RACING FORMATS
Sprint racing races typically last 15-20 minutes in length with competitors participating in multiple races per race day. Over the course of a weekend there can be 6-8 races, 2 practice sessions, and a qualifying session providing several hours of “seat time” for a given racer. Sprint racing is typically the fastest way to go racing with the most fierce competition available.
Sprint & endurance cars, drivers & teams must comply with WCMA (Sanctioning body) and NASCC (Club level) regulations as follows:
- NASCC endurance racing supplemental regulations can be found at the Race Forms & Download page linked in the Footer.
- WCMA road race technical & sporting regulations – accessed at the WCMA site here or at wcma.ca
ROAD RACING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What tracks do you race on?
NASCC currently runs a number of road race and lapping events a year at Rad-Torque Road Course – HWY 19 west of Nisku. RAD-Torque Track Map
I built a car – how does classing work?
Assuming what you’ve built is compliant with the WCMA.ca technical regulations (see other areas of this page) car classing is accomplished using the WCMA car classing calculator. See this page at the WCMA for more information – remember, there is a class for EVERYONE.
Where else can I go racing?
NASCC club members and volunteers frequently make the trip to other events including the Sports Car Club of BC’s races at Mission Raceway in Mission, BC. Winnipeg Sports Car Club’s Gimli race events, ARCA’s races at Rocky Mountain Motorsports Park in Southern Alberta and much much more. Further, if you build a car to race in Alberta against WCMA / NASCC rules it is usually eligible to race in various formats across North America – including Luckydog, Champcar, NASA, SCCA and more!
What is the WCMA & why does the NASCC use them?
The WCMA or Western Canadian Motorsport Association is a Sanctioning Body, not a club, and therefore does not have individual members but rather member clubs. The WCMA provides licensing, officiating, sanctioning, and other support to various motorsport clubs in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba & the territories interested in organizing events.
Further – the WCMA provides standard car, competitor and “sporting” regulations across these regions so that it is much easier and simpler to go racing wherever you like. Just like the NASCC, the WCMA is a volunteer organization.
The WCMA is an FIA affiliated entity, the same organization that supports motorsport and motoring clubs worldwide – including Formula 1!
What are supplemental regulations and how do they work?
Supplemental regulations are a fancy name for rules. There are a few sets of rules that a driver or team must be familiar with to go racing safely. The WCMA maintains the sporting and technical regulations, while the NASCC maintains event and sometimes novel class regulations. While reading them is a bit tedious, it is critical you understand them prior to building a car or competing in order to save you time and money. As always, club members and club-affiliated shops are happy to help answer questions.
- Sporting regulations – defines the sporting code for racing, general safety procedures and more “meta” regulations related to running race events.
- Technical regulations – defines racing classes and regulations that must be met for cars to meet those classes, including car and driver safety.
- Supplemental regulations – maintained by the club on an event by event basis, usually included as part of registration or linked at the Forms & Download page in the footer.
All cars must be built to WCMA standards in order to race at NASCC events.
How do I get licensed or involved?
See above section on getting involved at the top of this page for a summary on how to volunteer or become a racer.
In order to participate in road racing competitors must first attend the school and obtain their competition license. The NASCC offers a yearly competition school where competitors can attend a classroom session followed by a full day on track training course. The school is a fun way to learn the ropes of race driving while staying safe.
Once competitors have successfully finished the school, they simply apply to the WCMA for a license on an annual basis. Depending on competitor age, there are medical evaluation requirements as listed by the WCMA. Once a license is received, a competitor can register to race so long as their car complies with the racing regulations mentioned above.