A group of expensive cars at the Edmonton Indy City Centre Airport Race Track to kick off the SuperCars for SuperCars Lottery, in Support of Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS)
Credits: PERRY MAH/QMI AGENCY
EDMONTON _ A handful of race fans were grinning with glee in the city's downtown after winning the chance to cruise the Edmonton Indy racetrack on Saturday with a genuine Indycar superstar.
More than 100 people crowded the red-carpet entrance to the Indy Driver's Party at a bistro on Friday, where the street was jammed with Indycars, Ferraris, Lambourghinis and more.
In a draw held just outside the party, the Sun-sponsored SuperCars for SuperKids lottery gave 25 people the opportunity to zoom five passenger laps at the City Centre Airport on Saturday in the fastest, hottest sports cars.
"This is just about taking home memories of the Edmonton Indy and it's all for a good cause," said organizer Peter Gouveia.
Ticket sales proceeds go to Edmonton's Youth Empowerment and Support Services which helps children and teenagers in crisis.
Driving from Vermillion with their family to check out the Indy offerings, Jake and Colton Wynnychuk were crossing their fingers for a chance to race with the best.
"It's a new experience to just see all these cool cars," said Jake.
"You see them in the magazines and pictures online but to see so many here is pretty cool."
Eyeing a Ford GT from across the street, Edmonton resident John Magnifico, his wife Holly and four-year-old daughter Danielle browsed the slick rides parked along the street.
"I've always liked the Indy. It's fun. A lot of good times and a lot of nice cars," said Magnifico.
Five more winners were to be announced later Saturday.
Winners get a tour of the track to be chauffeured by Indycar drivers Graham Rahal, Simona De Silvestro and Edmonton teenager and Star Mazda Series driver Stefan Rzadzinski.