We’re back! There will be a slight change to the Motion Motorsport Report this year. Instead of coming out sometime at the start of the week we will now publish later in the week (Thursdays, in most cases), during the racing season. This will allow time to gather all the photos, etc. as well as let readers know what is coming up on the weekend in their favourite series.
IMSA is the first to open the season with their Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend. If you do nothing else in your lifetime, make it a point to attend at least one Rolex. It will change your life forever.
The sounds, the sights and the smells are intoxicating. Drive through the infield at three in the morning and you will experience sensory sights never to be forgotten. The partying, the drinking, the barbecuing and the huge number of serious race watchers will amaze you.
I’m not sure they still have it but in the morning of the race start they used to have a Vintage Racer demonstration event. Original Ford GT40s, Porsche 917s, Ferrari 512s and other bad boy vintage racers take to the track and when they hit the high banks, they bring back awesome memories.
I saw my first sports car race at Daytona when the race was called the Continental way back in 1966 and I have been hooked ever since. The highlight was sitting on the Jack Rouse pit wall in 1995 with Paul Newman who had just stepped out of one of Jack’s Mustangs after setting fast time during the night at age 70. He was promoting an upcoming film ‘Nobody’s Fool’ and 70 happened to be his age!! One of the coolest drivers I had ever spoken with.
IMSA ran qualifying last Sunday during the ‘Roar for the 24′ and those results are printed below. Canada was well represented including the Pfaff PRO McLaren (they switched from Porsche this year) and the Multimatic PRO Mustang GT3s.
NASCAR Cup Series: Their first race is the Busch Light Clash at the L.A. Coliseum Feb. 4
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Their first race is Daytona, Saturday, Feb. 17.
NASCAR Craftsman Trucks: Their first race is Daytona, Friday, February 16.
Formula One: Their first race Bahrain, Sunday, March 2.
IndyCar: Their first race is St. Petersburg, Sunday March 10.
IMSA: The starting lineups have been set during ‘the Roar Before the 24′ for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. The 10 GTP entries are led by 2 Cadillacs and a Penske Porsche. There are 13 LMP2 entries. In PRO the 13 entries were led by a Porsche, Lexus and Corvette. In GTD, clearly the busiest class, 23 entries were led by Lexus, Porsche and Acura.
Show me another series with so many manufacturers taking part? I’ll wait!!
The full 24 hours are being broadcast on Rev TV starting at 1.30 on Saturday.
NHRA: Their first race is March 10 at Gainesville.
PRO Superstar Shootout: In Bradenton, February 8 – 10.
World Series of Pro Mod: In Bradenton, March 1 – 3.
NASCAR Canada Series: Their first race is at Mosport (CTMP), Sunday May 19. In breaking news, yesterday, it was announced that 19-year-old Treyten Lapcevich the reigning NASCAR Canada Series champion – is making the jump to the United States-based zMax CARS Tour with Chad Bryant Racing in the #77 car. Click here for the full story.
APC Series: Their first race is at Sunset Speedway, Saturday, May 18.
Ontario Sportsman Series: Their first race is at Delaware, Friday, May 17.
Delaware Speedway: Their first race is Friday, May 10.
Flamboro Speedway: Their first race is Saturday, May 4.
Southern Ontario Motor Speedway (Buxton): The status of the track is uncertain at this time.
Grand Bend Speedway: Their first race is Saturday, June 1.
Grand Bend Motorplex (Dragway): Their first race is the weekend of May 19.
St. Thomas Dragway: Their first race is the weekend of May 19.
Toronto Motorsports Park: Their 2024 schedule has not been released yet.
Shannonville Drags: Their first race is the weekend of May 5.
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