20170311_093937Canadian Motor Speedway has been proud to present a Hendrick Motorsports #24 car for seven years at Motorama (and the CME) and was most proud to have Jeff Gordon’s 93rd and final NASCAR Cup winning car in last year’s display.  Since Jeff’s Martinsville win car straight from victory lane would be near impossible to top, we went in another direction for Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo  2017.

Our friends at AECON brought in one of their new Bulldozers for us to decal and display…to set the tone for 2017.  IBI Group and EllisDon were also featured in our display this year with a new construction visualization video and a 3D model of CMS complete with lights and 3D printed cars.

Niagara College’s Motive Power department was an exhibitor with CMS at Motorama, showcasing their research & innovation, automotive programs and discussing their new Green Automotive program.

Continuing a very popular tradition, attendees were able to speak with Mr. John Bickford.   Bickford is the stepfather and the man behind the illustrious career of Jeff Gordon, the designer of Canadian Motor Speedway.  John answered questions about Jeff’s career, on and off the track, his involvement in CMS and even autographed a few of Jeff’s books upon request.  As an official Canadian retailer of Jeff Gordon’s first ever authorized autobiography,  JEFF GORDON: His Dream, Drive & Destiny, CMS has Jeff’s book in Fort Erie office.

Thank you to the show organizers for another successful show – we are already planning for 2018!  Thank you also to the attendees who came by to visit our booth.  The bulldozer in our display helped us to show that this will be a year for construction to finally begin.  We thank our friends and fans for their extensive and amazing patience as we finish off the remaining requirements to get heavy equipment back on the site in Fort Erie.



OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS CAREER FAIR – Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board Youth Conference: November 30,2016


TASTE OF FORT ERIE: September 17, 2016

VERBATIM CONFERENCE: September 15, 2016















BUFFALO MOTORAMA: March 24-26, 2016


TORONTO MOTORAMA: March 11-13, 2016






The first Ba5 event of 2016 for the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce was hosted at Fort Erie Town Hall.  Habitat for Humanity Niagara is building 2 homes in Fort Erie this summer thanks to the support of many community partners.  Stay tuned for details on CMS’s involvement.

Habitat For Humanity Niagara




This year’s revamped Gala Auction will include a Jeff Gordon autographed section of sheetmetal from his #24 3M Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS that was raced in Atlanta (March 2015) in Jeff’s final NASCAR season.  Framed in a shadow box and complete with a Hendrick Motorsports certificate of authorization and numbered autograph hologram for registration.  You have to be there to bid and tickets will only be on sale for a few more days.  Proceeds from the event will go towards the new Greater Fort Erie High School and the Chamber of Commerce Student Bursary Fund.



This bi-annual event recognizes and rewards the small, large, accessible, community oriented and emerging businesses in Fort Erie that have worked so hard to maintain excellent customer service and thier bottom-line.  CMS was proud to present the Technology, Innovation and Environmental Initiative Award to Rio Vista Golf Course, who have been working towards becoming a 100% organic golf course.

Chamber BEA winners 2015

more CMS in the Community…

In between meetings regarding finalization of site plans, traffic management plans and highway interchanges, CMS reps have been busy updating people at festivals, expos and trade shows about the progress being made to obtain building permits.

NIAGARA NETWORKS: Sept 30th, 2015

The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce Trade Show hosted its annual tradeshow – NIAGARA NETWORKS.  CMS reps enjoyed chatting with residents and business operators around Niagara.

TASTE OF FORT ERIE: Sept 26th, 2015

On Saturday, Sept 26th, Members of the Bridgeburg District BIA hosted the first Taste of Fort Erie festival in a historic downtown area that is moving towards revitalization.  A huge turnout on a beautiful day made this inagural event a huge success!  CMS had a booth at the Niagara River end of Jarvis St.  A special thanks to Birdie Golf Carts for letting us use a super fast golf cart, complete with CMS logos.

BRIDGEBURG DISTRICT photos courtesy of Mike Sansano.



Formerly known as Sparky the Firedog’s Birthday Party, The Town of Fort Erie Fire Department’s Public Education hosted Community Safety Day.  Community partners OPP, NRP, RCMP, EMS and more had safety vehicles and allowed kids to test out firehoses and check out firetrucks, rescue boats.  The longest line was at the ladder trucks, where kids ccould get a bird’s eye view of Fort Erie, Buffalo and probably Niagara Falls.  If it had been a clear day, they may have been able to see the Toronto skyline?



This annual tradeshow is another great opportunity for residents to meet local business operators and in our case, receive updates on CMS.  The Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Trade Show was another successful event in their busy season.  The Business Excellence Awards and the 10th Annual Black Cat Gala Auction are coming up in October and November.



CMS joined Niagara College for the day at the St. Catharines GM Powertrain Plant which included GM Plant tours, a GM Car Show and the Canadian Reveal of the 2016 Chevrolet CAMARO.  Niagara College President Dan Patterson, Mayor of St. Catharines Walter Sendzik  and GM Plant Manager Carolyne Watts all stopped by the NC tent.

Stephen Carlisle, GM Canada president and managing director also announced a $13-million investment into the St. Catharines powertrain facility that will enable the production of more variants of the 3.6-litre V6 engine currently being built at the plant.




United WayThe United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie hosted their 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club in Fort Erie and raised approximately $15,000.  Canadian Motor Speedway was the Dinner Sponsor for the Golf Tournament and looks forward to working with the United Way more in the future as it helps many people and local organizations.

The United Way is an amazing community partner whose funding priorities include ensuring basic needs (safe, affordable shelter and a reliable, healthy food source) and providing secondary support to targeted groups.  These targeted groups or local organizations assist community members who need additional help to address issues and overcome barriers – whether it be people affected by a disability, people facing literacy issues or newcomers, children or seniors at risk.

FORT ERIE CHAMBER of COMMERCE Golf Tournament: June 22nd, 2015

CMS was a Platinum Gold Sponsor at the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament benefiting the Chamber’s Student Bursary Fund.  It was a warm day, but we had fun out on the course at the beautiful Legends on the Niagara .


The kickoff to the Fort Erie Festival season was the 11th Annual Stevensville Springfest.  CMS had a display in the community center and there were many activities outside as well, including a dunk tank with Fort Erie Councillors.



Colourful flowers, plants and local businesses filled the Leisureplex with hopes of Spring weather and gardening season.  Canadian Motor Speedway was there to share our Carbon Neutral initiatives for the design, construction and operation of CMS as well as all of the green events we can host.




CMS Media Release: April 30th, 2015

Fort Erie Racetrack Approved – CHCH News: May 1st, 2015

‘Crucial’ incentives for $400-million speedway get green light at Region - The Hamilton Spectator: May 1st, 2015

Ontario officials approve tax breaks for Fort Erie speedway - Buffalo Business First: May 4th, 2015



At the Planning & Development Services Committee session for the Niagara Region, CMS received a clear sign of support in the form of inclusion in the Niagara Region Economic Gateway Zoning.  Following the council session and media interviews, update meetings were held to discuss progress with our Site Plan, the Traffic Management Plan (that supports a 2-lane bridge at Bowen Rd and the QEW) and the status of the Town of Fort Erie’s application for the water/waste water infrastructure at the Province.    The finish line for requirements to be completed in order to receive our building permits is in sight!

Region OKs tax breaks for ‘once in a lifetime’ Speedway project - Niagara This Week/Fort Erie Post: April 23, 2015

Niagara regional council recommends tax breaks for Fort Erie car track - Buffalo Business First: April 23, 2015

Speedway incentives approved - St. Catharines Standard: April 22, 2015

Column: Speedway momentum growing quickly - Bullet News: April 22, 2015



March was a busy month for political addresses and political support for Canadian Motor Speedway.  CMS attended the Niagara Falls State of the City address by Mayor Diodati, the State of the Region address by Niagara Regional Chair Alan Caslin and the State of Fort Erie presentation.  The Town of Fort Erie, The Niagara Region and the City of Niagara Falls all adopted a motion at Council stating their support and making CMS a priority.

Falls council supports speedway – Bullet News: March 25, 2015

Councillor wants Region to prioritize motor speedway – St. Catharines Standard: March 17, 2015

Fort Erie council shows support for speedway – Fort Erie Times: March 11, 2015

2 Lane solution for Canadian Motor Speedway – Niagara Falls Review: March 10, 2015

Speedway support kicked into high gear – Bullet News: March 9, 2015




NIAGARA FALLS SPORTS EXPO – click for more info



On March 5th, the Brock University Sports Management Council and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences hosted a Sports Management Conference.  Claire MacSweyn from CMS was one of the speakers at the conference and was pleased with the opportunity to let students know about Canadian Motor Speedway, the various events that will be hosted at CMS and the future careers that relate to Sports Management and Applied Health Sciences.



On February 26th, The Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Southern Tier Mayor’s luncheon.  6 Mayors from Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland spoke to the future of the Niagara Region and provided highlights from their respective municipalities.  It is always an informative and entertaining event.  Mayor of Fort Erie, Wayne Redekop, spoke to three main developments in Fort Erie that need to move forward: Canadian Motor Speedway, The Miller Creek Marina project and the Fort Erie Horse Racetrack re-development.

 South Niagara mayors talk about future of region, Bullet News, Feb 26th, 2015

2014:   While the detailed planning continues behind the scenes with CMS Architects, Engineers and consultants, Town Of Fort Erie, Region of Niagara, Province of Ontario and the MTO;  the Marketing Department has been at Trade Shows, College Information Fairs and some of Niagara’s amazing golf courses updating residents, race fans and business owners that although no work occurred on site, CMS is positioned well to move forward and begin construction on the Speedway in 2015.


ONTARIO COLLEGES INFORMATION FAIRS: On October 20,21,22, 2014, we spent time with Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges Information Fair in Toronto and at their campus in Welland.  Over three days we saw over 15,000 students trying to decide their futures.

NIAGARA NETWORKS: On October 16th, 2014, The Niagara Networks Tradeshow was hosted in the ballroom of the Niagara Fallsview Casino & Resort.  CMS spoke with residents and business owners from all over the Niagara Region.  It was a beautiful venue, right next to the Falls and another reminder as to why CMS is in the perfect location in Niagara!

Niagara Networks


MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: Between October 2nd and October 16th, 2014, CMS attended 4 Municipal Election ‘All Candidates Nights’.  Council, Region and Mayoral Candidates introduced themselves to residents and answered some tough questions about their visions for Fort Erie.  As for CMS, every candidate supports the development and wants to help us move forward as quickly as possible.  We are excited to see so many candidates taking an interest in our Municipality and look forward to working with whomever the residents elect.


FORT ERIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRADE SHOW: On September 18th, 2014, CMS was an exhibitor at the Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.   Over 400 residents attended another successful Chamber of Commerce event and we were excited to tell residents that we will be opening up a local office in Fort Erie by the end of year…stay tuned!  CMS is happening!



On September 16th, 2014, we actually took to the fairways ourselves and golfed in the Niagara College Golf Tournament at Peninsula Lakes Golf & Country Club.  Mayor Martin is not only the leader of our Town, but carried our team to a very respectable score.  It was an opportunity again to meet community stakeholders in the Region and it’s always a pleasure to chat with Niagara College’s President, Dr. Dan Patterson.


MICHAEL N ANDERSON, DOUGLAS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: On Sept 5th, 2014,  we were proud to sponsor the Micheal N Anderson, Douglas Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic at Bridgewater Golf & Country Club.  It was one of the hottest days of the year, but still a fun day to support important medical infrastructure in Fort Erie!


MAYOR’s ‘DRIVE FORE BUSINESS’ GOLF TOURNAMENT: On June 23rd, 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway was a Platinum Gold sponsor for the annual Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Mayor’s ‘Drive for Business’ Golf Tournament at Bridgewater Country Club. Money raised from the golf tournament benefits the recipients of the Chamber of Commerce’s Student Bursaries.


BRIDGEBURG CAR SHOW: On June 1st, 2014, Canadian Motor Speedway set up a display at the Central Ave Firehall for the 6th annual Bridgeburg Car Show in Fort Erie, Ontario.  This car show is hosted by one of the Town’s newest located next to the Railway Museum, Sugar Bowl park, Fort Erie Library and the Fort Erie Tennis Club.  Vehicles and patrons from Southern Ontario, Western New York attended, and although some may say it was too hot, after the winter we had…we’re not going to complain.   Awards were presented for best Ford, Chevy, Chrysler, Import, Truck, Engine, Paint, Rims, Mayor’s Choice, Furthest travelled, “Rat Rod” and dirtiest vehicle.   The fire trucks were out on display as well as a bouncy house for the kids.  Sparky the FireDog stopped by for an update on our project and gave a thumbs up for CMS!

BUFFALO BISONS GAME: On May 30th, 2014, Thanks to our friends at Rich Products, we had a great evening at the Buffalo Bisons game.  Azhar, (CMS Executive Director) had the honour of throwing the first pitch as well!   Rich Products International headquarters are in Buffalo, NY and they recently opened their new Atrium & Innovation Center, which we enjoyed a preview of prior to the Bisons game.  There are a few Canadian-USA parallels with Rich Products also owning a manufacturing plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River; one of Fort Erie’s largest employers.  Rich Products also own the Buffalo Bisons, who are the Triple-A Affiliate of the MLB Toronto Blue Jays in Canada.


THE YOUNG AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONALS 2014 TRADE SHOW: On May 29th, over 1000 people participated in the Young Auto Professionals Trade Show at Port Colborne’s new VALE Health and Wellness Centre.  Billed as the largest trade show in Southern Ontario directed at auto and truck repair professionals working in independent shops, large dealerships and fleet settings, the show more than fulfilled the expectations of guests, exhibitors and the staff of Young Auto Professionals.  Canadian Motor Speedway had a booth and we enjoyed talking with many auto shop owners, mechanics and automotive industry suppliers.   Castle Products brought their 4 time NASCAR Busch North #44 car with Andy Santerre’s name above the driver’s window.  It was an excellent trade show, well organized and attended and CMS looks forward to participating again next year.   Niagara has an amazing automotive history and we can’t wait to be a part of it!


SKILLS CHALLENGES: CMS attended the Ontario Technological Skills Canada Competition May 5-6th at RIM Park in Waterloo with Niagara College.  5000 Elementary students on Monday and 15,000 High School students on Tuesday attended the ‘futures expo’ and watched elementary, secondary and post -secondary students compete in 65 trade skills.  Congratulations to all the students who competed and the teachers who helped them along the way!

We also attended Nationals for the Skill Canada Competition, June 4-7 at the International Centre in Toronto with Niagara College.

Click here for more information on the Provincial Championship:

Click here for more information on the National Championship:


BLACK, WHITE & READ GALA: On Saturday April 12th, 2014, CMS representatives had a wonderful evening at the Black, White and READ Gala in Fort Erie.  Hosted by the Adult Literacy Council of Greater Fort Erie and in partnership with Mayor Martin & The Town of Fort Erie, the bi-annual gala is one of Fort Erie’s ‘premiere’ events and the ALC’s largest fundraiser.  This year’s theme was ‘Ready, Aim….Celebrating the Past and the Future’. The sound of War of 1812 cannons went off outside around the Leisureplex and Town Hall as militia ‘battled’ across the pond and the theme carried inside with live actors and tribute displays honouring the past.    Not only was the décor in Black, White and Red, but all of the guest’s attire was as well and everyone enjoyed a fantastic dinner prepared by the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. The Adult Literacy Council is a volunteer driven registered charity that promotes literacy, empowers adult learning and assists people in improving their literacy skills.  The organization formed in 1978 with the goal to provide help in basic reading, writing and math for people in the community who are no longer in the school system. Thanks to the ALC, The Town of Fort Erie,  Leadership Niagara, the event sponsors and all of the volunteers that made the event so successful!  CMS is looking forward to the next Gala in two years.  (Photo courtesy of Jamielee Greene Photography.)

Black, White & Read Gala


NIAGARA COLLEGE’s SEAFOOD GALA: On Saturday April 5th, 2014 CMS representatives along with over 700 guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, silent auctions and live auctions to raise money for the Niagara College Foundation.  This was a special year as it was the 25th Anniversary of the Seafood Gala; an event that supports student success through equipment and learning resources, scholarships and bursaries. Niagara College students once again played a major role in the success of the evening, including the planning, welcoming, serving of hor d’ourves, assisting the chefs in the kitchen and helping with the auctions.   It was great to see so many business and community leaders in the room, many of them Niagara College Graduates.  (Photos courtesy of Ozkur Photography)


HIGH SCHOOL TECH CHALLENGE: The Canadian Motor Speedway was proud to attend the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s High School Technology Skills Challenge at Seaway Mall in Welland, Ontario on March 4th, 2014.  We spent the day with Niagara College and their Motive Power program students who were the judges for the skills competition.


STATE OF THE TOWN, CITY and REGION ADDRESSES: Over the last few months, Mayor Martin of Fort Erie hosted his State of the Town address, Mayor Diodati of Niagara Falls hosted a State of the City address and Niagara Regional Chair Gary Burroughs hosted his State of the Region address.  The Southern Tier Mayor’s Luncheon also included presentations by the Mayors of Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland.  They all had a common theme – the growth of Niagara – in all sectors.  Fort Erie is of course proud to have CMS in its municipality, but the first to recognize the regional benefits are immense.  CMS was at these events and was pleased hear our project mentioned at all of them as a trigger to the economy.




JEFF GORDON – HIS DREAM, DRIVE & DESTINY  – Jeff Gordon’s First-Ever Authorized Biography, released November 22, 2016.   “People are going to be able to read about me like they’ve never read about me before,” said Jeff Gordon.

This amazing book can be purchased online from Jeff Gordon’s store or through the Canadian Motor Speedway office in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.  It is a must-have for Jeff Gordon and motorsport fans!



Green Sports Alliance Summit

GreenSportsAllianceThe Canadian Motor Speedway is proud to be a member of the Green Sports Alliance, along with more than 370 sports teams and venues, from 20 different sports leagues,  and 14 countries.  The Green Sports Alliance  leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The nonprofit does so by inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners, and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals, and other environmentally preferable practices.

For more information about the Green Sports Alliance and to see their membership list:

For more information about Canadian Motor Speedway’s Carbon Neutral initiatives: and our Earth Week Blog.



Claire, from CMS will be attending the 6th annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Houston, June 28-30. The annual Green Sports Alliance Summit is the world’s largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability. The event brings together more than 700 industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices and the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain and engaging fans. The 2016 Summit program will cover the day’s most critical topics in professional and collegiate sports greening through The Power of Partnerships.

“Nothing can beat the power of sports when it comes to bottling and directing passion. This is just as true with sustainability-related initiatives as with any other cause.”
Green Sports Alliance Executive Director, Justin Zeulner

Green Sports Alliance 2016 Environmental Innovators of the Year Awards

Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference to be Honored Among Sports Greening Leaders at Green Sports Alliance 2016 Summit

Here’s a preview of of the Summit and some of the teams, stadiums, corporations, organizations and eco-athletes that will be involved:


Green Sports Alliance scoreboard



CMS & Brock University Partner for Research Enhancement

Canadian Motor Speedway and Brock University Partner For Research Enhancement

BrockAdvancing their mandate to form long-term partnerships with world-class Ontario post-secondary institutions, Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Brock University.

The partnership will initially focus on research collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and could potentially develop into projects with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, BioLinc and The Goodman School of Business.

Partnerships currently being considered involve students working with Sport Management Associate Professor Julie Stevens from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at Brock.

University faculty and students would be working alongside CMS to research planned motorsport and entertainment events, and the economic impact those events might have on corporate sponsors, the Speedway, the Town of Fort Erie and the Niagara Region.

“Right now the first step is economic. If you get some basic event information, you can go and find how many competitors and attendees those typically have and use those numbers to project what the economic impact would be on Niagara,” Stevens says.

Officials from Brock and CMS gathered at the Speedway office in Fort Erie on Tuesday March 22 for the signing.

“This agreement creates exciting opportunities for Brock researchers and students, the Canadian Motor Speedway and the surrounding community,” says Gary Libben, Vice-President, Research Brock University. “By coming together to apply research to real-world situations, we’re laying the groundwork for Niagara to gain economic and cultural benefits from this initiative in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Azhar Mohammad, CMS Partner and Executive Director, says the Speedway is proud of the opportunity to work with Brock’s Sport Management program.

“Canadian Motor Speedway values its partnerships with world-class educational institutions,” he says. “This partnership will provide experiential learning, expertise and research, as well as connect Brock University and CMS to other industry partners, taking us all to another level of excellence.”

Claire MacSweyn, CMS Marketing and Sponsorship Executive and a Brock University alumna, says this particular research will be important to forming the Speedway’s calendar.

“As a multi-sports and entertainment venue, CMS will have a diverse year-round calendar of events. Collaboration in Sport Marketing and Sustainability in Sports will benefit Brock University research, CMS operations, sponsor engagement and the fan experience at CMS. As a Brock graduate, I am impressed with the expansion of the University over the years and the level of excitement in regards to participation in bringing Canada’s largest stadium and events to Niagara,” she says.

Brock University joins McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering, Niagara College, and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Automotive Centre of Excellence on Canadian Motor Speedway’s growing list of educational partners.

CMS and Brock MoU Mar 22 2016

Azhar Mohammad, CMS Partner & Executive Director and Gary Libben, Brock University VP of Research


Jeff Gordon’s Race Car in CMS Display @ Motorama

Jeff Gordon’s Martinsville “Final Season-Final Win” NASCAR Sprint Cup Car Center Attraction in the Canadian Motor Speedway Display at The Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo

Toronto, Ontario // February 1st, 2016

One of the highlights of four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon’s final NASCAR Sprint Cup season last year was his milestone 93rd career series win at Martinsville, Virginia to advance to the final four in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

To commemorate that win and Gordon’s 23rd and final full-time season of competition, Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) is extremely proud to present Gordon’s 2015 # 24 AARP Member Advantages Chevy SS that he raced to victory that day as the center-piece of the CMS display at the 2016 edition of the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo.

2015 NASCAR Martinsville

Motorama will be held at Toronto’s International Centre March 11th, 12th and 13th, and Gordon’s Martinsville-winning car at the CMS display will once again be one of the headline attractions. This will be the 6th time CMS has presented Gordon’s # 24 car, but this year marks a very rare and special occasion where one of Gordon’s actual race-winning cars will be on display in Canada.

Continuing a very popular tradition, fans can once again meet and speak with John Bickford Sr. Bickford, who is the stepfather and the man behind the illustrious career of Gordon, the designer of Canadian Motor Speedway.

“I’m looking forward to attending The Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo, and the opportunity to talk with race fans and supporters of CMS,” said Bickford. “It’s something I look forward to every spring. Each year we strive to bring a unique show car to Motorama. This year, we’ll have Jeff’s 93rd win Martinsville car.”

This year, Niagara College‘s Motive Power Program, Applied Research Centre, and The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre will be exhibiting their technology together with CMS, showcasing their Hybrid Trainer and a 3D printed model of Canadian Motor Speedway. Fans will be able to see CMS’s motorsports stadium take shape in 3D form with preliminary specifications from our architects, IBI Group.

Motorama attendees can take their photo with the #24 race car in CMS’s ‘Victory Lane’ and also connect with CMS owners and the management team for the latest progress updates and construction plans for the signature speedway designed by Gordon.

“Jeff’s great run last season and his historic win at Martinsville was a moment of tremendous pride for all of us. We are absolutely excited this year to showcase Jeff’s actual winning race car at our display to commemorate and celebrate his stellar racing career. This will truly be a memorable event for the thousands of Jeff Gordon fans that have visited us each year at Motorama,” commented CMS Executive Director and Partner, Azhar Mohammad.


Major Step Forward for CMS Traffic Management Plan

Major Step Forward for Canadian Motor Speedway – Key Stakeholders Provide Full Support & Input to Finalize CMS Traffic Management Plan

Fort Erie, Ontario Another major milestone was reached by the Canadian Motor Speedway’s (CMS) development team this week, as major stakeholders involved in the Traffic Management Plan (TMP) provided their support and final input on the implementation of this unprecedented document.

The goal of the meeting was to move closer to a conclusion of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) final process to approve the TMP with a final review and consensus by key entities involved in the traffic management process for major events to be held at CMS.  Development of the framework for the TMP consisted of several years of in-depth discussions with specific agencies responsible for traffic, transit, emergency services, border crossings and the QEW corridor which will traverse CMS’s eastern gates.

The Wednesday January 27th meeting, facilitated by The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport at the 4-Points Sheraton Hotel in St. Catharines included The Ministry of Transportation of The Province of Ontario, The Niagara Region, The Town of Fort Erie, Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC), Canada Border Services Agency, Department of Homeland Security plus stakeholders related to traffic management on the ground in Niagara including the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police Service and Niagara Emergency Medical Services.

All of the listed organizations will have a role to play at various levels for CMS events, particularly when attendance exceeds 15,000 patrons to ensure a safe and fluid ingress / egress experience for all attendees. The high profile meeting also addressed issues that have historically surfaced at other similar facilities to assess and consider the best methods of management utilizing the latest technology.

All stakeholders have shown tremendous support of the CMS development since initial discussions and the generation of the Traffic Management Plan.

Canadian Motor Speedway Partner and Executive Director, Azhar Mohammad says the meeting was a huge positive step forward for CMS.   “The level of individuals participating in this unprecedented meeting was exceptional. Everyone came with the objective to arrive at a consensus on the Traffic Management Plan. We reviewed the key issues related to the execution of the TMP strategy, and everyone offered solutions that will further refine our TMP. We have committed to incorporate today’s points and issue the finalized plan to complete the TMP approval process in a matter of weeks. We have arrived at a traffic management plan that everyone will spring-board from. It validates the efforts we’ve invested in to date on determining the best practices to effectively manage the traffic component of our facility. We were equally pleased to learn that the MTO has begun its process to replace the Bowen Road interchange which concludes a two year joint evaluation process by CMS and the MTO. “

CMS Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb offered, “Our success has always been through the integration and consultation with all levels of government.  The assembly validates the interest and support CMS has received from so many agencies that are committed to helping us achieve our objectives – by providing a safe and efficient mobilization plan that has truly captured the experiences of everyone involved in our TMP.”

Tom Kuchyt, Chief Administrative Officer, The Town of Fort Erie was very pleased with the outcome.  “This was a great and very exciting day for The Town of Fort Erie and Canadian Motor Speedway. There are major hurdles in projects of this size. Getting through planning approval stages, getting infrastructure to the site, and certainly traffic management are the three main areas.  We’ve had many meetings with the MTO to discuss the traffic management plan. We’re just now crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. This was a fabulous group at this meeting. All the stakeholders came together to get a consensus on moving forward, and we’re very close. The MTO, Border Customs, the OPP, The Niagara Region, everybody participated.  I think everybody left this meeting in support of the CMS Traffic Management Plan.”

CMS is now in the process of formal submission of its site plan to The Town of Fort Erie which incorporates the parameters established in the TMP. Approvals are expected over the next few months.

Meanwhile, the orientation of the ¾ mile oval track on the site has been finalized, while 4-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon continues to work with CMS architects (IBI Group) on design refinements.

The plan is still on schedule to have permits issued to allow heavy equipment back on the site this summer for major excavation, with opening projected for 2018 barring approval delays.

Major CMS Progress – Bowen Road/QEW Hwy Interchange

Major Progress for Canadian Motor Speedway – MTO Conditionally Approves Bowen Road/QEW Interchange Plan.

Fort Erie, Ontario – After a lengthy and highly detailed process with The Ministry of Transportation of The Province of Ontario (MTO), Canadian Motor Speedway (CMS) has received notice that CMS will not be required to upgrade to a four lane structure and that a two-lane Bowen Road/Queen Elizabeth Highway interchange will be sufficient as long as certain conditions are met.

The conditions require CMS to arrange closure of the Bowen Road interchange at certain traffic thresholds based on the number of attendees to events and traffic queue lengths.  The interchange will remain open to emergency vehicles at all times.  The Region of Niagara and The Town of Fort Erie also have to agree to support the closure parameters, with further agreement by Ontario Provincial Police to provide staff to support the proposed Traffic Management Plan (TMP).

With this decision, CMS now has a clear directive on the highway and road infrastructure required to finalize the TMP and can continue to work with stakeholders to refine the Site Plan for final submission and approval.

Canadian Motor Speedway Partner and Executive Director, Azhar Mohammad says MTO approval for Bowen Road is a major step forward in the CMS time-line.

“This is very positive news for us and another major milestone achieved moving us closer to construction. During the last three years, the Bowen Road interchange issue has been a significant challenge and it was critical for CMS to receive this conditional approval from the MTO.  There are some conditions that need to be met, but our consultants have already prepared most of the responses and we expect to present the final report incorporating a 2 lane interchange format within the next few weeks. We can now focus on the detailed site plan submission and other more challenging infrastructure elements such as water and waste-water. We commend the MTO for their efforts with CMS, our traffic management consultants BA Group, and local emergency services for sharing our priority of developing a safe and effective traffic management plan.”

CMS Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb welcomed the MTO decision enthusiastically.

“This long awaited response from the MTO is great news despite the extensive and costly process to arrive at this point. As always, we steadfastly believe in the CMS project and its location in Fort Erie and Niagara. This is not only good news for racing fans on both sides of the border, this is a sign and trigger for the future growth of the economy in the Town, the Region and the Province. Our entire CMS team, Town, Region and especially the MTO are to be applauded for this achievement.”

Alan Caslin, Chairman of The Niagara Region knows the MTO decision is an important economic step forward.

“Niagara Regional Council is pleased to see action by the Province on necessary steps to make the CMS project a reality. This significant foreign direct investment will create 750 jobs and is critical to drive new growth in our Regional economy.”

Niagara Regional Council supported the CMS project, including it in The Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre Community Improvement Plan, which enables receipt of over $3 Million in grants and tax incentives.

Sandy Annunziata, Niagara Regional Councillor for Fort Erie, who’s been a tireless supporter of the CMS project since its inception, says the MTO decision is a critical move in the right direction.

“This is an important milestone that is the culmination of an incredible amount of hard work! To our friends at CMS, it confirms they have a partner in the Province. To the residents of Fort Erie and Niagara, it confirms a commitment to helping small communities reach their full economic potential. And to our Foreign Investors, it confirms Ontario is pursuing an agenda that makes investment like this a priority.”

Town of Fort Erie Mayor Wayne Redekop knows maximum effort was needed to secure MTO approval.

“This is extremely good news for all concerned and a relief, I am sure, for the team at CMS.  A great deal of credit goes to Azhar Mohammed and his associates for their persistence, as well as to the staff of the Town of Fort Erie, the Region of Niagara, and their economic development arms.  Now that this major hurdle has been overcome and with a focus on dealing with the servicing requirements for the site, we anxiously anticipate this project moving forward to make the vision a reality.”

Tom Kuchyt, Chief Administrative Officer, The Town of Fort Erie called the MTO decision very positive.

“The Bowen Road/QEW interchange will not require upgrading to a four lane structure, a cost that would have been borne by CMS.  This leaves one remaining major hurdle relating to off-site infrastructure required for the development of the site. Efforts can now focus on providing sanitary and water servicing to the property. The Town couldn’t be happier and we would like to thank the MTO, The Region and all stakeholders involved in this outcome.”

It is hoped the next series of permits can be obtained to allow heavy equipment to return to the CMS site next summer to complete the relocation of Miller’s Creek and to begin excavation of the core property for the oval track and grandstands.

4-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon continues to work with CMS architects (IBI Group) on design refinements for the 3/4 mile oval portion of the CMS complex.

Construction completion is projected for third quarter 2017 barring any approval delays.


CMS Open House


During the Fort Erie Friendship Festival, the CMS Fort Erie Corporate Office is opened its doors to the public.  Our office is located at 168 Garrison Rd, Suite #1, across from Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s, just up from the Peace Bridge.

The Open House was being held to let residents know that we have an office in Town and gave an opportunity for the public to obtain updates from CMS Management.

For more information, please go to our  OPEN HOUSE event page.