@CTMPOfficial • @IMSA • @UnitedSportsCar • (BOWMANVILLE, ON – July 3, 2015) The top sports car racing teams and an international field of drivers from over a dozen countries will arrive at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next week for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance featuring the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, July 9-12.
The highlight of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance will be the prestigious TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, making their only stop north of the border in 2015. It will be the seventh of twelve rounds, as the Series continues its summer stretch following the long layoff for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The top sports car series in North America boasts more top manufacturers than Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar combined. The elite marques that will compete this weekend include BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Mazda, and Porsche plus the revolutionary Delta Wing prototype.
British Columbia native Michael Valiante will be looking to make some noise at his home track in the VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP, in the top-level Prototype class. After finishing third in the championship in 2014, Valiante currently sits atop the standings as he looks to win it all this year.
In addition to the TUDOR Championship, four popular series, Continental SportsCar Challenge, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda and the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich will also take to the 3.957 km grand prix circuit.
The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge featuring production cars specifically modified for racing highlight the action on Saturday, July 11 with what is always a competitive race from start to finish. The list of Canadians that will look for a win on home soil are Toronto natives Anthony Mantella, Sasha Anis, Mark Wilkins and Scott Maxwell, Barrie’s Kyle Marcelli and James Vance of Stouffville in the Grand Sport Class (GS) and Vancouver’s Adam Isman, Zach Meyer of Toronto, Richmond’s Wei Lu, Glenn Nixon of Mission and Remo Ruscitti of Burnaby, BC will compete in the Street Tuner class (ST).
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance features a wide-array of fun things away from the track for fans to see and do, such as Tech Talks, Driver Chats and autograph sessions with TUDOR Championship and other series’ drivers. There will also be vendors selling authentic race-related merchandise. Both the TUDOR Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will feature Open Grid Walks on Saturday and Sunday, giving fans an up-close, interactive experience with the teams and drivers on track just minutes prior to the drop of the green flag.
The action kicks-off on Thursday (July 9) with a full-day of testing for all series’ except the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Friday (July 10) will see practice and qualifying sessions for all supporting series’ and the TUDOR Championship will hold their test sessions. Saturday’s (July 11) schedule starts with both practice and qualifying, followed by races for IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Cooper Prototype Lites. Sunday (July 12) morning opens with races in MX-5 Cup and IMSA GT3 Cup and the two-hour, 45 minute feature TUDOR Championship race at 12:05 pm. The Cooper Prototype Lites and MX-5 Cup close out the weekend.
A four-day SuperTicket is just $70 until July 8 ($80 at the Gate). Each ticket includes parking, access to the race team paddock and the Expo and Marketplace. As with all Canadian Tire Motorsport Park events, children 12 and under are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.
Family and general camping areas are available. An advanced general camping pass is just $55 for the weekend when purchased before July 8 (tents or pop-up trailers). Advance RV passes are $75. There are full-service washrooms and located on the grounds.
For the spectators that like to get closer to the action, the Grand Prix Club offers a VIP hospitality package which includes a fully catered BBQ lunch, beverages and bar service (beer and wine) on Sunday. The GP Club Chalet tent is located trackside overlooking the start/finish straight and corner one. Passes are just $225 and are also good for admission to the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information and to order tickets, call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET), visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information: Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
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