** update 4/18/12
The inaugural Central Minnesota Icebreaker has regrettably been cancelled due to wet grounds, snow, cold temperatures and the forecast of rain for much of the weekend. The event will not be rescheduled this season, but will be held in April of 2012.
As of mid-day on Wednesday, the forecast calls for below average temperatures and more rain/snow showers to fall in the Alexandria area over the next few days, therefore the decision has been made to cancel the show for this upcoming weekend.
Event promoter Chris Stepan said ‘Just like the last two weeks, the weather has been just terrible over the past couple of days and even though the temperatures and weather forecast looks decent for tomorrow and Friday, the grounds and race track are still very wet and with the forecasted rain over the next day likely, we just don’t see any way of getting the track and grounds ready for even a Saturday/Sunday or Sunday only event and I certainly don’t want to get everyone here to Alex and then be forced to pull the plug because we can’t get it on once everyone’s already here.’
Stepan also said ‘After discussing this with Phil, the other Viking board members and the track prep crew at Viking for quite some time over the past three days and throughout the morning today, we came to a consensus that with the wetness of the facility, the forecast for more rain and snow tonight and the cold temperatures and snow that is expected through Friday, that the best thing to do would be to postpone the event until next spring.’
Although the forecast for the race isn’t great, it looks like the weather is going to improve enough throughout the day Thursday to dry the facility, and the forecast for Friday is forecasted to be in the mid-60’s and sunny, so we have decided to run an open practice session on Friday night from 5:30pm-10:00pm for anyone who wants to come and get some laps to open up the 2011 season. Pit gates will open at 3:00pm and practice will get underway at 5:30. Car/driver pit passes will be $25, pit crew and all other pit passes will be $10 for everyone else and the grandstands will be free.
For more information go to http://www.vikingspeedway.net/