Ice racing will make another stop at Crescent Lake in Portage la Prairie this weekend -- if the weather allows it.
The Winnipeg Sports Car Club's (WSCC) Fire on Ice Racing Tour is set to return for two action packed days of racing for fans in Portage. Race track construction begins this afternoon.
"Right now everything is a go," says Jordan Sharples, WSCC's ice race director. "We're starting to plough the track around noon. So the team will be going out to design it, lay it out, do the pits, the track and the starting area. Those will be the guys that will make the call by 5 p.m. to go (ahead with the race) or not."
Sharples says 'the call' from track builders will be about moisture levels on the track, which is something they can't have.
"That's the only grey area we have right now that might affect the event," admits Sharples. "We've got plenty of ice, plenty of track, a lot of enthusiasm with our competitors, the only thing we're a little worried about is water on the track. That will affect racers' visibility, so if there's an incident where a driver's windshield is covered with water and he can't see, that's a big concern."
Racing will happen both Saturday and Sunday, with the first race starting at noon. There will 12 total races, six on rubber-to-ice, and six races in the studded category.
"The racers always have a blast in Portage," adds Sharples. "It's not too far of a drive for most of them either, so it's a good excuse for them to get out with their families and enjoy the hotel."
The races will be broadcast on a low power FM frequency, so you can listen to an announcer while in your vehicle on-site, watching the action.