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 over the weekend include Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche and Viper, plus the revolutionary Delta Wing Prototype.
In addition to the WeatherTech Championship, four exciting series will also take to the 3.957 km grand prix circuit; the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires, SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich and the Nissan Micra Cup.
The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge featuring production cars specifically modified for racing will highlight the action on Saturday, July 8 with an always competitive race from start to finish. There are several Canadian drivers chasing a win on home soil this weekend; Toronto’s Scott Maxwell and Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, Ont., both early season winners in the GS class, will be among the Canadian drivers. Joining them are Daniel Burkett of Winnipeg (GS), another Toronto native James Vance (ST), as well as Michael Valiante (ST) and Remo Ruscitti (ST), of Vancouver.
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix features a wide-array of fun things away from the track for fans to see and do, such as tech talks, driver meet and greets, and autograph sessions with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers. There will also be vendors selling authentic race-related merchandise. Both the WeatherTech Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will feature Open Grid Walks, 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 weekend kicks off on Thursday (July 7) with a full day of testing for all series except the WeatherTech Championship, who take to the track for practice rounds on Friday (July 8). Friday’s action also includes qualifying rounds for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Nissan Micra Cup. Qualifying for the WeatherTech Championship, MX-5 Cup and Mazda Prototype Lites finishes up on Saturday (July 9). The first races of the weekend also start on Saturday for the Nissan Micra Cup, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Mazda Prototype Lites and MX-5 Cup. Sunday (July 10) rounds out the weekend with a full day of action. The second race of their weekend doubleheaders take place for Prototype Lites, Nissan Micra Cup and the MX-5 Cup. The IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship will hit the track at 11:05 am for the highlight of the weekend – the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix which runs for two hours and 45 minutes.
A four-day Early Bird Weekend SuperTicket is just $65 until June 23 and the Advanced Weekend SuperTicket is $70 until July 6 ($80 at the Gate). Each ticket includes parking, access to the race team paddock and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Marketplace. As with all CTMP major events this season, children 16 and under are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available for purchase at the gate.
Family and General Camping areas are available. An Early Bird General Camping pass is just $50 for the weekend when purchased before June 23, and just $55 before July 6 (tents or pop-up trailers). Camping passes can also be purchased at-gate for $60. Early Bird RV passes are just $70 and Advance RV passes are $75 ($80 at gate). There are full-service washrooms and showers 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 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.