It’s Saturday at the Canadian Motorsports Expo and the line is forming out front for the Carl Edwards autograph session. It’s chilly outside and there is some snow on the ground, but you can escape winter by coming to the CME. It’s going to be a great day today at the CME! Check out the schedules below or visit www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com for more details.
In addition to the events on the Mazda Stage and in the Jones Brown Seminar Room, there will be autograph sessions in several booths, including Robert Yates at the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series hauler. As well, Ron Fellows and Scott Steckly will be at the Canadian Tire booth. Parking is free at the CME. We’ll see you today!
Here is today’s schedule at the MAZDA STAGE:
Saturday, February 11, 2012
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. CANADIAN YOUNG GUNS: Up and coming Canadian short track and road racers take part in an on-stage session talking about their careers, plans and dreams.
12:00 – 12:40 p.m. CARL EDWARDS Q&A: NASCAR Star Carl Edwards will take to the Mazda Stage for a Q&A with the fans. Find out what ‘Cousin’ Carl thinks about coming close to winning in all in 2011 and what he expects in 2012. Qualifying for the Daytona 500 takes place just one week after the CME!
12:40 – 1:40 p.m. CARL EDWARDS AUTOGRAPH SESSION: A limited number of lucky fans will be able to get an autograph from one of NASCAR’s biggest stars. Watch for details on how you can be one of them!
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. MAZDA CANADA ANNOUNCEMENT: Mazda Canada officials take to the stage to unveil some exciting news that will impact Canadian grassroots road racing.
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. RON FELLOWS: Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows talks about his career, his racing plans for the upcoming summer and what fans can expect at Mosport in 2012 and beyond. He’ll be joined by Canadian Tire Automotive VP Allan MacDonald to discuss yesterday’s news that Mosport has been renamed Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. As well, Ron will welcome rising Canadian road racing star Robert Wickens.
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MEET THE MEDIA FAN FORUM: If you’ve missed the recent UFC or WWE battles, you can get your fill of conflict by catching the Meet the Media Fan Forum on the Mazda Stage at the CME. Erik Tomas, Norris McDonald, Dean McNulty, Jeff Pappone, Todd Lewis and acclaimed F1 journalist Gerald Donaldson will discuss current motorsports events in a 90-minute battle royale!
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. ROBERT YATES Q&A: Legendary NASCAR team owner and engine builder Robert Yates will be appearing at the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series hauler on Saturday at the CME. But on Saturday afternoon, Yates will take to to the Mazda Stage to chat with the fans about his championships, drivers, career and current events. Robert will also be signing autographs today at the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series hauler, at 10:40 and 4 p.m.
7:15 – 8:30 p.m. INSIDE TRACK READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS: Readers of Inside Track Motorsport News recently filled out almost 10,000 ballots, casting their votes to indentify Canada’s top and future racing stars in a variety of racing disciplines. Be at the Mazda Stage at 7:15 p.m. to find out who won.
SATURDAY SEMINARS IN THE JONES BROWN SEMINAR ROOM
ALL SEMINARS ARE FREE!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. TRAILER TOWING, REGULATIONS & SAFETY: For most kinds of racing, a trailer and tow vehicle are necessary when it comes to and from the racetrack. Cory Adams will provide attendees with information about hauling trailers and the documents that may be required. He will also discuss annual inspection stickers and when they are required, CVOR registration, class of licences, weight requirements and RVs.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RANDY LAJOIE: More than a decade ago, two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy Lajoie had an idea that turned into a dream. LaJoie began manufacturing seats for race cars. Not long after, he founded The Joie of Seating. Lajoie has developed a stamped, molded aluminum seat that fits 95 percent of a driver’s body. In his opinion, it has “revolutionized the aluminum seat market.”
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. JIM LEO – PIT FIT: PitFit Training has grown into the industry leader in the development and implementation of motorsports-specific human performance training and lists clients from Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, Grand-Am, ALMS, USAC and numerous junior level auto racing series. Find out what the top racers in the world know about training and fitness by attending this free seminar.
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. MOTORSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY – JOHN WALKER: While today’s cameras and equipment make it more possible than ever before for racing enthusiasts to capture good photos at the racetrack, there are many techniques and tips that can make your results even better. Award-winning motorsports photographer John Walker of OneWord has a passion and expertise for photography that comes through in his work. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from John how you can take your best-ever photos next season!
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. MAZDA CANADA PRESENTS ‘SPONSORSHIP / MARKETING 101 FOR RACERS: You know you have the driving talent to win. Do you have the off-track skills required to succeed? The MAZDASPEED team will explain the differences between sponsorships and partnerships, and how racers need to spend even more time and effort on their off-track performance than ever before. Talent, helmet, and ego are not enough. The speakers include: John Doonan, Director of Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations; Dean Case, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Communications Officer, Mazda North American Operations; Jim Jordan, Manager of Alternative Marketing, Mazda North American Operations; and Jim Bowie, Brandrenaline, Inc. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to improve this important part of your program.
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. KARTING – ‘ARRIVE & DRIVES’: If you’ve ever thought about getting you or your child involved in karting and don’t know where to turn, this is your chance to learn your options. Canadian Karting League owner Russ Bond and his associates will walk you through the process of getting involved in an ‘arrive & drive’ program. CKL is also offering a 2 for 1 registration offer for people who sign up at the CME.
6:15 – 8:00 p.m. DARRICK DONG: ADVANCED BRAKE TECHNOLOGY: Darrick Dong – the Director of Motorsports for Performance Friction Brakes – returns to the CME’s Peel Seminar Room to deliver his expert seminar detailing the things you need to know about braking to make you a better racer and get an edge on your competition. Darrick’s Advanced Brake Technology seminar covers all racing brake systems.