True North Strong Centre Site of Future SDMA Race Track
True North Strong Centre SDMA Zulich Laderoute

Dario Zulich of the True North Strong Centre and Tim Laderoute President of Sudbury District Motorsports Association are celebrating their partnership with Collège Boréal for the proposed new racetrack on the Kingsway.

Race enthusiasts across Northeastern Ontario might finally get their long time wish granted for a permanent, dedicated motorsports facility if The True North Strong Centre gets the nod from City Council for a new arena and event centre in late June, as project developer Dario Zulich has just added an exciting motor sports park element to his vision of building a multi-faceted sports and entertainment centre on the Kingsway.

At a media event today at College Boreal, Zulich unveiled a partnership with the Sudbury District Motorsport Association (SDMA) and Collège Boréal to build year-round racing facility that will include a quarter mile dragstrip, motocross and snowcross track and even a half mile, paved oval race track that could also be used in the winter months for snowmobile racing.

For northerners looking to satisfy their need for speed, they currently have to travel hundreds of miles to Barrie, Sault Ste. Marie or southern Ontario to watch or participate in any events with their racing machines. Zulich believes that with a modern racing facility in Greater Sudbury it will draw race fans from all across the north who will provide a direct economic boost to our area in addition to also providing a hometown track that will encourage more racers to get involved in motorsports.

According to Tim Laderoute, President of the SDMA a volunteer group first organized ten years ago that originally planted the seeds for a motorsports park in Greater Sudbury, “ We started the SDMA in 2007 with a membership drive to gauge the level of interest from local racing fans. We were overwhelmed with the level of interest and enthusiasm and we started working with the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation who commissioned a feasibility study that looked at the economic benefits to our area.”

Laderoute adds, “Encouraged by the consultant’s report, we then put together a short list of potential locations that included a property near the airport, but for a number of reasons the airport site wasn’t feasible. We then looked at other locations including the property on the Kingsway where the True North Strong Centre is looking to build their amazing sports entertainment district. In assessing our needs, we think it is the perfect spot to locate the first multi-discipline motorsport facility in Northeastern Ontario with the size and location of the property while being able to share the infrastructure and features of The True North Strong Centre. We, at the SDMA, are thrilled to be partnering with The True North Strong team and Collège Boréal to bring racing back to Greater Sudbury.”

True North Strong Centre SDMA soap box racers

The proposed new motorsports facility will be working with the various sanctioning bodies to bring a wide variety of racing to Greater Sudbury from drag racing to stock cars, dirt bikes, go-karts and snowmobile racing.

Along with partners Andrew Dale and Perry Dellelce, Zulich’s vision for the True North Strong Centre includes a combined new arena and events centre, hotel, casino and an attached commercial zone of restaurants, shops and now the permanent motorsports park for The True North Strong Centre. Zulich expects to provide a major economic boost to Greater Sudbury with job creation, tourism and also shot of hometown pride for Greater Sudburians who will have a world-class sport and entertainment destination worthy of our City’s great reputation for innovation.”

True North Strong Centre SDMA

The new motorsports facility at the True North Strong Centre is a unique partnership between Collège Boréal, Sudbury District Motorsports Association and Dario Zulich and his partners that will offer a new form of sports entertainment that hasn’t been offered in Greater Sudbury for over 40 years.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the SDMA and College Boreal that will be able to have their automotive program and other trades and applied research programs to get involved with some hands-on training at the new facility” says Zulich. “My partners and I are donating a sizeable amount of land on the Kingsway site to the SDMA to help with the required 140 acre footprint the motorsport facility will need. We know that with the large number of racing fans in our area that the motor sports park is going to be a very successful, exciting year-round addition to the True North Strong Centre. Having Collège Boréal and the Sudbury District Motorsports Association join us as strategic partners in the motor sports park is a complimentary fit to our vision as a sports entertainment destination that will provide new economic energy and add critical mass to our vision and give another reason for people to come to Sudbury and stay and play in our city.”

For more information on the True North Strong Centre visit their website and Facebook page.

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