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General FAQ’s:

Do you have to make a reservation?

The Race Room has a combination of drop-in, and by appointment racing hours. To guarantee your seats, we always recommend booking your event regardless of the time. Book your race event by calling (587) 880-1580 or book online through our fast and secure booking system.

What are your hours of operation?

By Appointment: Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 9pm, Drop-in Racing: Thursday – Friday 5pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 6pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Do you have a minimum age requirement?

We have a recommended age of 15+ to properly race our simulators. We can make exceptions if the driver has any past driving or racing experience, and can review on a case-by-case basis. Get in touch if you have more questions on age requirements.

Do you sell Gift Cards?

Yes, we have gift cards available for our most popular events: P1 Series, Sprint Racing, Raw Racing, and The Gentlemen’s Series. Click here for more info.

What is the race room all about?

The Race Room is Calgary’s premier racing simulator centre. We operate 4 professional grade, full-motion racing simulators in a cool and casual environment full of racing inspired decor.

How does it work?

The simulation is brought to you by iRacing, a server based platform that provides a selection of over 70 different tracks from around the world and 42 different race cars. Tracks are some of the more renowned from around the world. Road courses and ovals, Super Speedway, long and short are available. When racing, the simulation rules are the same as the real world; complete with black flags, yellow flags, blue flags, pit stops, strategy calls, etc.

What if I don’t know much or anything about driving race cars?

Not to worry! Before you climb into a simulator, we’ll cover some driving techniques and skills that will help you get up to speed quickly. Our staff will take care of you, give you pointers on your driving and most importantly make sure your having a great time!

What types of cars are available to race?

We have a large selection of real-world race cars available to drive. From Indy cars, F1, Daytona Prototypes, Stock Cars, GT cars, Legends, Pro Mazda, Skip Barber f2000, Sedans, Open Cockpit, IMCA and more!

Do we race against a clock, by ourselves or against other racers?

All of the above! Our P1 Series event is a ‘fastest lap’ competition where we choose a car & track combination for the month and drivers compete for fastest lap times and prizes at the conclusion of the event. Our Sprint Racing event is tailored to be an open lapping session where you can go out on track and have fun, work on your lap times in a ‘non-race’ environment. Other events like our Raw Racing, Gentlemen’s Series, and Team Series events typically follow on official racing event schedule with a formal practice, qualifying, and feature race format; putting all the drivers together on track and racing head-to-head!

What can I expect from the race cars?

All the race cars in iRacing are modeled after the real world race cars. Driving race cars in our simulators will be in many ways, just like driving cars in the real world which makes these simulators an exciting challenge of skill, patience, and determination! Force feedback wheel and pedals, along with the motion systems make your driving experience incredibly immersive!

Do we require special clothing or shoes?

No, however we recommend you wear flat and narrow shoes for best pedal feel.

How many people can race at once?

The Race Room operates 4 professional grade full-motion simulators and 4 drivers can be racing at any given time. The Race Room can accommodate groups of up to 20 drivers.

Will I experience motion sickness?

There is a slim chance that you will experience motion sickness. We find about 1 in every 50 drivers will experience some symptoms.

What is your cancellation policy?

For reservations, we require a “1st Driver Deposit” at the time of booking. 1st Driver Deposits are fully refundable up to 15 days before your event. Cancellations under 15 days from your booking will result in your deposit being forfeited. Bookings are fully transferable to other drivers.

Can I host my stag or stagette party at The Race Room?

Absolutely, we’re a great destination to start your celebration or special event.

How do we pay?

We accept Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, American Express and Cash. Interac Debit is not available at this time.

When should we arrive for our event?

We ask racers to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your event time.

Do you have to book your event?

Yes, The Race Room operates by appointment only. Bookings can be made online, or over the phone. Same day bookings are not always available and highly recommend you call for up to the minute same-day availability.

Can I join a racing series and race at the Race Room on a regular basis?

Yes you can. iRacing offers series racing in all classes of race cars. There is a staged licensing process that will allow you to train and learn how to sim race with others at the same level as you. As you get better and your license class moves from rookie to D to C to B to A the selection of race cars get more powerful and more demanding to drive. The Race Room is open evenings and weekends for series racing. But just because you don’t have, say an F1 race license, we can still put you in an F1 car, invite others to come and join the race you have just hosted (if you want).

Do you serve alcohol?

We can, however, its by permit only and there are associated costs to the permit. If you want to bring alcohol on your own, you can, but, drinking and driving is not advised.  Post race you may relax in our gallery, watch your race and enjoy an adult beverage if you wish.