Michael Adams: Ontario Formula Ford Mosport Release

While it took until the midpoint of the season, the Ontario Formula Ford Championship definitely found a way to bring the winning ways of Michael Adams to a halt over the weekend - mechanical failure and monsoon conditions! Those were the circumstances that took the rookie out while leading both Saturday and Sunday at Mosport, yet, strangely, it may have been his best outing yet!

Adams was a fixture at the front of the field in his return to Mosport and was once again a cause for concern to the newer A-class cars while leading the B-class. He qualified on the front row Saturday, missing outright pole position by just a tenth of a second, and nearly repeated the feat Sunday when he clocked third overall. Race action then proved a double disappointment, yet the seventeen-year-old took it all in stride as part of racing when offering up his weekend review.

"Saturday I was just exiting turn five and shifting from first into second when BAM! The drive shaft broke right where the spline enters the tripod for the CV joint," Adams said. "It was a shame. Qualifying had been awesome and I actually had the pole until the last lap. I was happy with that. Then I was having so much fun being able to race with Trent (Hindman) and Keenan (Harris) once the race started. Those two are both fantastic drivers, fast and clean. They will give the width of a car, no more, no less. I was really impressed with how the three of us were running wheel-to-wheel with no hacks and no squeezing, just hard, clean racing. The way it should be!"

Of course, Adams retired from the fun working lap eleven of fifteen with the drive shaft failure leaving Moss Corner, but the trio was right back at the front of the field on Sunday and took up where they had left off. Adams qualified third on day two, wringing the absolute best out of his 1992 Van Diemen, and after an early dice for position had established himself comfortably in second when Mother Nature introduced a new variable: rain. There was enough to close the course due to flooding during parts of the day, and after the Formula Ford race began in dry conditions, rain began to cycle back in before the end of lap three.

"The rain was getting worse by the second and when I crested the top of the hill on the back straight it seemed to be at its worst," Adams said of torrential conditions that erased many in the field on Sunday. "I was off the throttle, but just aquaplaned off the end of the straight. It was raining so hard! I was a passenger before I even saw the corner - the car just refused to turn. I can say you really don't realize how fast you're actually going until a tire wall is ten feet in front of you!"

The conditions created mayhem with cars off course in multiple corners, three of the top five included, and the race was stopped shortly after. Adams was left nosed into the tires outside of turn eight, and for the second-straight day had retired under extenuating circumstances. Despite the end results, the Flagship Racing crew was left drawing on a number of positives at the close of the weekend, and now looks forward the championship resuming on Labour Day weekend.

The 2011 Ontario Formula Ford Championship is scheduled to race seven double-header events from May through October, at Canadian Automobile Sport Club sanctioned Race Ontario Regional events. The OFFC runs on track exclusively, and has six events at Mosport International Raceway and a single event at Shannonville Motorsports Park. For more information, please visit offcseries.com.

From Jason Holland

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:56

Snap-on’s Clear Coat Offers Highest Shine Finish Ever Created For Tool Storage

Your tool storage says a lot about you, so Snap-on has created a finish to show off your personality and really leave an impression on customers and techs alike. The new Clear Coat Series from Snap-on is the highest shine finish ever created for tool storage. Clear Coat is an additional top layer that adds depth and a mirror-like gloss over select colors to create a one-of-a-kind look, similar to the finest automotive finishes.

"The application of a Clear Coat layer allows expansion of our base-coat palette to include metallic colors, but the benefits of Clear Coat don't just end with the look itself," said John Landree, product manager for Snap-on. "Each box is pre-treated and painted with ultra-tough powder-coat paint before the Clear Coat finish is applied. This allows the base color to remain intact under the toughest shop conditions. The Clear Coat technological breakthrough enhances performance with superior resistance to harsh chemicals, chipping, scratching and abrasion."

What's more, because the top coat is clear, minor wear is easy to refinish to keep the tool storage unit looking as good as new.

Customers can find out more about Snap-on Clear Coat Tool Storage by contacting their participating Snap-on franchisee or visiting www.snapon.com/toolstorage.

About Snap-on Tools: Snap-on Tools is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions which are used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers and in the marine, power sports and aviation industries. Snap-on Tools is one of the largest non-food franchise companies in the world, selling its products and services through franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels. Snap-on Incorporated, which was founded in 1920, is a $2.6 billion, S&P 500 company located in Kenosha, Wis. with operations throughout the world. For additional information, visit www.snapon.com.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 10:56

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada roars into Mosport for season finale

BOWMANVILLE, ON, July 20, 2011 /CNW/ - When the first race of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada blasted past the green flag at Calabogie Motorsports Park in early May, few people knew what to expect from the new series or its participants. In a field of six cars, the racing proved to be gripping throughout the pack. After a stop at the ICAR Circuit in Mirabel, Quebec, with a similarly-sized field, and equally close racing, the season finale, part of the coming weekend's Mobil 1Grand Prix of Mosport, has produced some big surprises.

The biggest - literally - of which is the size of the Mosport field. Sixteen cars have been entered for the series' two races on Saturday and Sunday, with competitors from as far away as Vancouver, parts of the United States and from Bogotá, Columbia.

"This first season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada has turned out to be extremely gratifying for all of us at Porsche Cars Canada," said Joe Lawrence, President and CEO. "Not only have we brought back Porsche single-make racing to Canada - the place where it all began in the 1980s - but we have really seen the series start to take root and grow, with almost triple the number of cars since I threw the green flag to start that first race in May. Judging by the calls we're already getting, we expect even bigger and better things for next year."

"Tough, close racing is what a single-make series is all about," observed Rick Bye, former Rothmans Turbo Cup race winner. "The engines are sealed and no modifications are permitted. That means it's all about the driver and the quality of the car's setup by the crew. True talent will stand out."

The original Porsche one-make series was a stepping stone for many well-known Canadian drivers like Scott Goodyear, David Empringham, Richard Spenard, Ron Fellows, Bill Adam and Paul Tracy.

Perry Bortolotti, of Kanata, Ontario, winner of three of the first four races, is hoping to sew up the Platinum Cup title this weekend. Bortolotti is fresh from his run at the Porsche Carrera World Cup race at the awesome Nurburgring in Germany, where he was the sole Canadian representative in a field of nearly 100 Porsche GT3 Cup Cars.

"Mosport is a classic race track," he observed. "But coming from the Nurburgring, it is no longer quite as intimidating as I once thought."

Fellow competitor and Speed Merchants/Fiorano Racing teammate Jim Hoddinott sees Mosport as his ultimate challenge.
"Mosport is the ultimate test of speed. It is the absolute best track in North America and also the most intimidating," he observed. "It really separates the men (and women) from the boys."

As for the series, Hoddinott is also impressed. "The first two events really established the baseline for the talent and professionalism needed to compete at this level. And this weekend - with all the additional high-caliber entries - will be the ultimate test and will set the tone for 2012."

Shaun McKaigue, a veteran of all four of this season's races, leads the Gold Cup championship points race. He agrees the future looks bright. "It was a leap of faith on everyone's part - drivers, organizers, IMSA, Michelin and Porsche Cars Canada. I am very pleasantly surprised how well everything has turned out."

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge has become a fixture on the racing scene around the world. Run on every continent except Antarctica and Africa, it is estimated that the GT3 Cup Challenge will hold 120 events and 255 championship rounds in 2011. The Canadian series is divided into three classes: Platinum Cup, featuring the more powerful 2011 and 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, Gold Cup, which includes 2005½ - 2009 Porsches and Silver Cup for 996-generation Porsches. All three classes run on Michelin tires.

The two races of the season finale run Saturday, July 23 at 4:50 PM and Sunday, July 24 at 8:55 AM at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. The season's overall champion will be presented with a Tudor Heritage Chronograph, provided by Rolex Canada.

From Laurance Yap / Porsche Canada

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 15:36

PHOTOS: Super DIRT Series - Granby

Photos from Autodrome Granby on July 19, 2011 by Rick Young - www.RickAtTheRaces.com

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 15:34

ALMS: Change is in the air at historic Canadian road course

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón continues its summer stretch this weekend at Canada’s most historic road racing course: Mosport International Raceway. The legendary circuit, located less than an hour outside of Toronto, will play host to Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on July 24.
The race marks the Series’ 13th consecutive visit to Mosport but the first Grand Prix with the track’s new owner: Canadian Motorsport Ventures, Ltd. Since purchasing the track in 1998, Dr. Don Panoz made Mosport one of the premier motorsports venues in Canada. In June, it was announced that Panoz was handing over ownership to CMV, an investor group comprised of real-estate developer Carlo Fidani, transportation industry leader Al Boughton and Canadian sports car icon Ron Fellows.

 The new date and owners aren’t the only things that have changed since the Series’ most recent trip to Mosport. Last year’s overall winner, Muscle Milk, is no longer powered by a Porsche but rather by a V-12 Aston Martin. Drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr stood on the top step of the podium at Long Beach in April but are chasing Dyson Racing and its Lola-Mazda in the LMP1 championship. Chris Dyson and Guy Smith are the most recent race winners at Lime Rock and have high hopes of making it two straight with a victory at Mosport. It’s a place the team has had more success at than any other venue on the schedule. Dyson Racing has won twice overall at Mosport (2004 and 2005) and scored a class win in 2003. The team, backed by G-Oil and running on isobutanol, currently leads the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge points.

Change is also the theme for GT, at least when it comes to Mosport. Since 2008, three different manufacturers and three different teams have won the GT category (Ferrari with Risi Competizione in 2008, Corvette with Corvette Racing in 2009 and Porsche with Flying Lizard Motorsports in 2010). Who could continue this revolving door of GT winners in Canada? Look no further than the winner of the opening three rounds: BMW Team RLL. Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller are on fire; undefeated thus far in their BMW M3 GT and leading the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT points. While a BMW win would continue Mosport’s streak of new GT winners, it would be old news to the members of the GT paddock, aching to knock the favorite off its pedestal.
A repeat winner in LMPC is highly probable considering last year’s winning co-drivers, Gunnar Jeannette and Elton Julian, now drive for different teams – both with a win and pole position already this year. Jeannette now partners with Ricardo Gonzalez for CORE autosport, which won the category at Long Beach and currently leads the LMPC point standings. Julian is paired with Eric Lux at Genoa Racing. The pair is the most recent LMPC winner, coming off a victory at Lime Rock Park to move Genoa ahead in the class’ team championship. The Jeannette/Gonzalez duo leads the Julian/Lux pairing by six points in the driver chase.

Meanwhile in GTC, with no defending race winner entered, the heir apparent to the Mosport win could be Black Swan Racing. The team finished second last year en route to the class championship and has already collected two wins this season. Expect a strong challenge from TRG, however, which came on strong at Lime Rock Park with a one-two finish, headed by Mike Piera and Dion von Moltke.

 Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, the fourth round of the 2011 ALMS championship, is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24 with ESPN2 airing the race starting at 10 p.m. ET. Live video coverage will be available at 2:50 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com in the US, and americanlemans.com for international viewers. Canadian fans may also watch live coverage on Rogers Sportsnet. Worldwide radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio at americanlemans.com.

For more information on the broadcasts, go to www.americanlemans.com/tv.

Visit the American Le Mans Series' schedule page for information on tickets and area accommodations. You can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes), on our Facebook page and the official YouTube channel.
From Ryan Smith

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 15:28

Inside Track TV - Episode 1.06

Inside Track TV - Episode 1.06 - June 9, 2011

Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:35

F1600: BGR Team Grote wins in Montreal

BGR Team Grote enjoyed the ultimate success this past weekend with a well deserved victory in the Formula Tour 1600 F1 GP support event. The team returned to the GP with the last visit being in 2007 with Kyle Marcelli and Conor Daly.  With 41 cars to contend with and 3 of the 5 team drivers having never seen the track before it was a steep learning curve. Both Kieran Murphy and JC Cote had been there last season so they had some but limited knowledge of the Circuit Gilles Villenueve.  A very short qualifying session did not help much as a total of 6 laps to learn the track and get a handle on set up put the team under pressure to figure things out in a hurry.  The approach to Saturday's race was to keep learning and use it to get ourselves further up the grid for the Sunday feature.
Qualifying 8th was Trent Hindman making his debut in FF, Chris Vlok lined up 15th, JC Cote in 21, Ayrton Triolo 25th and Kieran Murphy suffering through a misfire the whole session was 36th. The race went green the whole distance and the group enjoyed a 16 lap event with all of the drivers getting more acclimated to the track.

Each driver improved and learned what they set out to do and other than a spin with JC who had light contact and was forced to retire, they moved up with Trent coming home in 6th, Chris improving 6 spots to 9th, Ayrton jumping up to 19th despite a spin to avoid another competitor and Kieran improving to 28th with the misfire still not completely cured.
The Sunday race was what we had been working towards and when the team  arrived to a rain soaked track  it was obvious it would be a wild affair with very tricky conditions for everyone. From the start it was Trent making his way methodically through the fast group of leading drivers, one by one he moved forward and he was up to second by the 5th lap, then it was a duel between the reigning Quebec FF Champion Olivier Bonnet and Trent. After several attempts he made the pass on the long straight run down to the final corner and took the lead, he then was able to stretch his lead and secure the win for the BGR Team Grote group. Chris Vlok had another solid run with a 9th place finish despite being pushed off the road for the second straight weekend and losing a couple of spots on the final lap.  Ayrton had made his way forward from his grid spot but a late spin dropped him back to 18th at the flag. He had climbed to 14th at one point but none the less enjoyed his first trip to the GP. JC had moved up but the tricky conditions caught him out as he had a spin and made contact with the wall in his first ever FF rain race.  Kieran with the misfire now cured finished 28th after a spin took back the 6 spots he made up during the first 7 laps.
"It was a great weekend for  BGR Team Grote despite the troubles we had with Kieran's elusive misfire and the bad luck that JC encountered. Trent did an outstanding job and we are very excited about the rest of the season as he will contend for wins from here on out.  Chris did a great job as well, he has the speed and as he becomes more familiar with the circuits and the competition he will definitely be on the podium soon. Ayrton did a good job and would have had better results if not for a some evasive moves he had to make to miss cars and spin himself in doing so. It was our first weekend with JC and he is a pleasure to work with. He was thrown into the deep end with the weather as he had never driven a FF in the rain. Some more seat time would pay dividends and we hope to see him again soon. I have to thank all our crew for their hard work, Mark, Gibby, David, Christine, Kyle, and our engineer Eric Langbein provided great cars. The Formula Tour 1600 officials did a great job and worked through some difficult situations with the courtesy we have now become accustomed to with them. We were also very grateful for attendance of our guests from Grote who were treated to a win by their own car! " commented team principal Brian Graham.
BGR Team Grote is now busy preparing for the 2011 edition of the Can Am Cup to be held at Mosport International Raceway June 24-26. Trent, Ayrton, and Kieran will be joined by team alumni driver Mikhail Goikberg as they try to bring home the Cup! To learn more about the team visit www.briangrahamracing.com.


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