Peterborough, ON- For close to half a century, motorsports fans in Central Ontario have looked to one specific venue as their source of entertainment. From humble beginnings – with cars built in backyard garages, with equipment and parts acquired from the local salvage yard – to today’s high-tech, mass-produced machines, the racing world has grown and continues to thrive on a tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road west of the Liftlock City.
Whether your introduction to competition at the venue eventually nicknamed Canada’s Toughest 1/3-Mile Paved Oval came via the original Westgate Speedway banner or under its current moniker, Peterborough Speedway has been in continuous operation since 1967 and has claimed an enviable position on motorsports landscape. Under the direction of current owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse beginning with the first green flag of the 2000 campaign, the track is a popular Saturday night destination throughout the region.
“We’ve had a great run over the years and show no signs of slowing down,” said Josiasse. “This will be my 16th season at helm and we have an amazing team in place to give our supporters an action-packed campaign. From the ticket takers, to the popcorn makers and the drivers in each of our divisions, we’re all working toward a common goal of giving our fans outstanding value for their entertainment dollar.”
Peterborough Speedway’s 2015 schedule kicks off Saturday, May 16 when Country 105 presents the opening ceremonies and a full night of racing with free spectator grandstand admission and action in the 4Fun, Mini Stock, Renegade Truck, Thunder Car, Late Model and Legend divisions and a fan appreciation autograph session at intermission.
Fans can get details on this year’s full calendar when the track participates in the first ever Canadian International Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13 to 15 – at the International Centre in Toronto. There will also be pre-season displays April 10, 11 and 12 at the 37th annual Kawartha Home, Cottage and Country Show at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough, and April 12 through 18 at the Lindsay Square Shopping Mall.
“Some people might have the impression that there isn’t much going on between the end of one season and the start of another, but nothing could be further from the truth,” stated Josiasse. “Actually, once the green flag flies, things settle down a little, but there is always something happening and things that need to be done. Operating a speedway is far from a Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 proposition.”
Find the latest news leading up to the new campaign by visiting www.peterboroughspeedway.com or by liking the track on Facebook or following it on Twitter. You can also download the free Peterborough Speedway app on your Smartphone.
Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media