DAN AYKROYD NAMED AS GRAND MARSHAL OF MOSPORT'S AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES RACE
(BOWMANVILLE, ON -- AUGUST 14, 2008) -- Canadian acting legend Dan Aykroyd has been named as grand marshal of Canada's biggest sports car racing event, Mobil 1 presents The Grand Prix of Mosport, August 21-24.
Aykroyd, who gained fame as a writer and cast member of the late night comedy show Saturday Night Live and box office hits like The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters, will bring the 31-car American Le Mans Series field to life when he gives the command to the drivers to start their engines.
"I have a real passion for cars and motorcycles and I especially love the roar of their engines, so it's going to be a special treat to see and hear those exotic race cars fire up their high-performance motors when I say those four famous words, " said Aykroyd, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.
As the Canadian rights holder of Patron Tequila (distributed in Canada by Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits), Aykroyd will have a rooting interest in the 2 hour 45 minute race on Sunday (Aug. 24), since the US-based ultra-premium spirits company sponsors the Patron Highcroft Racing Acura team and drivers David Brabham and Scott Sharp.
Celebrating its 10th season of competition, the American Le Mans Series features internationally renowned teams, drivers and manufacturers, competing in four distinct classes of competition within one race. Many of the world's top marques are involved with the Series, including Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Corvette, Ferrari, Mazda, Panoz and Porsche.
Racing at Mosport gets underway Thursday, with the green flag dropping on the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport race at 3:00 pm Sunday (Aug. 24). In addition to the American Le Mans Series -- their only Canadian stop - the race card has six other North American championships, including the SPEED World Challenge (GT & Touring).
Tickets and info are available by calling the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visiting online at www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.