Edmonton International Speedway, also known as Speedway Park, was a 251-acre (1.02 km2) multi-track auto racing facility located in the present Cumberland and Hudson neighbourhoods of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The facility featured a 1⁄4-mile (400 m) dragstrip, a 2.53-mile (4.07 km) 14-turn road course, and a 1⁄4-mile short oval. At its peak, it had capacity for over 30,000 fans.
In the late 1940s, the dirt-surfaced Breckenridge Oval opened on the site. In 1952, the oval was shortened and paved as a 1⁄4-mile asphalt oval, and the 8,000-seat facility was renamed Speedway Park.
In 1967, the 1⁄4-mile drag strip opened and had a full length of 4,350 feet (1,330 m). In 1968, the road course opened in time for the first Can-Am race. Over the years, the facility also hosted Formula Atlantic, Formula 1600, Formula 5000, Trans-Am, as well as NHRA-sanctioned drag racing.
Qualico Developments was the land owner in the latter years. The track closed in 1982, after the area was annexed by the City of Edmonton. Qualico then converted the land to housing. Edmonton would be without any form of professional racing until Capital City Raceway Park opened in 1991.
In popular culture
- The thunderous Can-Am series raced in Edmonton from 1968-1973, where the race was known as the Klondike 200, and the primary sponsor was Molson Brewery.
- Denny Hulme won all four races from 1968 to 1971, while Mark Donohue won the 1972 and 1973 races driving a Porsche 917 for Roger Penske.
- Other well-known Can-Am drivers that raced at EIS included Bruce McLaren, Jackie Stewart, Peter Revson, Jacky Ickx, and Danny Sullivan.
- The Canadian Road Racing Championship raced F5000 cars twice at EIS:
- The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) raced F5000 cars three times at EIS:
- May 24, 1970 (Winner: Ron Grable, Lola)
- August 1, 1971 (Winner: David Hobbs, McLaren)
- June 4, 1972 (Winner: David Hobbs, Lola)
- When the SCCA put full-bodies on F5000 cars and called them Can Am cars, this series raced once at EIS:
- August 16, 1981 (Winner: Geoff Brabham, VDS)
- Formula Atlantic was originally called Formula B, and as FB it raced in Edmonton three times:
- The speedway brought in the Formula Atlantic series from 1974–1977, and again in 1981:
- Other well-known Atlantic drivers that raced at EIS include Bobby Rahal, Keke Rosberg, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Kevin Cogan, and Howdy Holmes.
- The SCCA's Trans-Am series raced at EIS twice: