Fans Flock to Edmonton

The first day of practice at the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton drew the largest Friday crowd of the 2005 Champ Car season so far, with 55,722 people flocking to the airfield circuit according to official attendance figures

Fans Flock to Edmonton

Temporary grandstands have been erected much of the way round the 1.973-mile track and afford expansive views of the action. Most of the stands were 80 percent full on Friday and the corporate suites and beer gardens were also abuzz with activity.

"The crowd has been amazing today," noted Paul Tracy. "To see the grandstands completely packed today for qualifying. It looked like the stands were sold out, the suites were sold out, the infield by the trucks is packed.

"It's a great feeling to come to a new venue and have the kind of support we've had. The series and the promoter here have hit a home run."

With a capacity crowd expected for raceday organisers are well on their way to hitting their three-day attendance target of 155,000.

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