(TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 1, 2013) ‘More Mazdas are raced every weekend than any other car brand’ is far from a hollow, advertising cutline. Considering Mazda’s historical contributions to motorsports, which includes an overall win in the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with their continued support of grassroots road racing and of such divisions as the North American MX-5 Cup and the Pro Mazda Championship, it is hard-earned and well-deserved recognition.At the 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News, the Japanese-based marque will once again be literally centre stage as the proud, presenting sponsor of the Mazda Stage.
“Mazda Canada’s sponsorship of the Mazda Stage reflects the importance that the company places on motorsports, especially grassroots racing.”
Over the three day (February 8-10) Canadian Motorsports Expo, the Mazda Stage will be the central focus for the fans as it plays host to the show’s headlining celebrities, including NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip, and offers a fan-friendly destination for autograph sessions and interactive, expert forums.
Mazda Canada representatives will also make an appearance on the Mazda Stage to make an announcement regarding the expansion of their motorsports contingency program that was announced at last year’s CME.
“Exactly one year ago at the 2012 Canadian Motorsports Expo, Mazda Canada made a commitment to increase support for Canadian motorsports by offering a contingency program for several racing series in Canada,” said Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager, Public Relations at Mazda Canada. “With the success of last year’s program, we are excited to be coming back here again to grow the program and support even more grassroots racing in Canada.”
Mazda’s profile at the Canadian Motorsports Expo will extend well beyond The Mazda Stage, as it will also feature the Mazda2 B-Spec Media Race Car, a car that participated in the 2012 Canadian Touring car Championship (CTCC) under the command of a variety of prominent Canadian automotive journalists. Also on display will be a modified 1993 Mazda RX-7, which is raced locally in the Sigma Racing Time Attack Series.
ABOUT MAZDA CANADA: Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, Mazda Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of the Mazda Motor Corporation, based in Hiroshima, Japan, and is the Canadian distributor of Mazda vehicles in Canada. Mazda Canada’s head office is located in Richmond Hill, ON, with regional offices in Montreal, Vancouver, and Richmond Hill. A Mazda Parts Distribution Centre, serving all of Canada, is located in Mississauga, ON. Mazda Canada employs 140 people across Canada at these locations. As of January 2012, there were 165 independently owned, franchised dealers across Canada. Visit www.Mazda.ca for more information.
ABOUT THE CME:The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. This year’s celebrity guests include NASCAR stars Kyle Busch, two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip and Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows. The show will also feature an appearance by JP Tremblay, Mike Smith and Robb Wells, the stars of TV’s Trailer Park Boys. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.