Since 2008, the Atlantic Roadracing League has run track days, racing, training and just about everything else at Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie, N.S.; now, that’s changing. Sort of.
A new non-profit organization, known as the Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League, will be overseeing roadracing activity at Shubie now. Sean Kelly will be the president, and the board of directors will be made up from a list of respected roadracers.
“We didn’t want to go through a branding change for 2014 even though the organization was changing so we took the necessary steps in allowing the new organization to use the ARL name and brand,” said Andrew Murray, who owned and ran previous governing body Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. for years. He’s staying on board during the transition to make sure everything goes smoothly.
“Our first goal in this transition is to ensure that road racing events and academies continue for 2014 and beyond. Secondly, we needed to ensure all participants, customers, and sponsors who signed on for events in 2014 will be recognized. I’m glad to say we were able to achieve these goals,” Murray said.
“It has always been our goal to grow the sport in Atlantic Canada and to provide the most professional, well run events in the region and we feel we have been able to do that over the years. However, because ARL is not recognized as a stakeholder in the facility known as Atlantic Motorsport Park it was very difficult to be sustainable over the years. Our primary goal when determining this new approach was to ensure motorcycle racing continues in our region, and I am glad we have achieved that.”