BEAMSVILLE, ON – More than 12 years ago, Curtis Fielding hung up his racing gear and headed into the vineyard to launch a successful viticulture career.It was a move that turned Fielding Estate Winery, a family run venture in Beamsville, into an award-winning small lot winery where Curtis was named 2012 Grape King, the top honour for any grape grower in Ontario. With winery success now in place, Curtis is returning to his youthful passion on the racetrack.
Teaming up with Kerry Micks of Micks Motorsports and Mark Dilley, Curtis has secured a ride in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Clarington, Ont., on Sept. 1, and is hoping to expand his 2014 schedule to include more NASCAR Canadian Tire series races and possibly other races in the U.S and Canada.
“I’m aiming for some wins, or at least respectable placings,” says Curtis, who has enjoyed some spectacular races over his racing career. “And I’m hoping to keep the car on its tires and the competition on their toes.”
Curtis has been racing in some form or another since he was 18 when he was racing snowmobiles near his hometown of Minden, Ont. He was a regular on the Ontario Legends Series in his early 20s. By 23 he was racing in the former CASCAR Sportsman Series before getting out from behind the wheel and concentrating on building a family and business.
It was around that time his family bought a farm near Beamsville and planted the first vines. In 2005 Fielding Estate Winery opened its doors to the public and released its first vintage.
“I always give 100% and wanted to put my time and effort into the farm and business,” Curtis says. “But we have built it well and have the right people in the right places that the time is right to give racing another go. And tractors just aren’t fast enough.”
In the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Curtis will be running the 09 Ford Fusion stock car. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is Canada’s premier race series and only national championship, with races this season in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan and national television coverage on TSN, TSN2, RDS and RDS2.
Curtis will be racing in the second-last event on the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series calendar, an event that will also include a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Fielding Racing at www.fieldingracing.com, Follow it on Twitter @FieldingRacing and Like it on Facebook.
About Fielding Racing: Fielding Racing was born of Curtis Fielding’s love and passion for motorsports. The racing team, which is open to any types of racing opportunities and series, was created under the Fielding banner to recognize that it is a true family venture; Curtis shares his love of racing with his father, and would like to create the opportunity for his children to get involved in the future.
From Stephen Murdoch / Vice President, Public Relations