'HIGH-ENERGY' WEEKEND ON TAP NORTH OF THE BORDER Lizards' Long: Mosport can bring highest of highs, lowest of lows When it comes to old-school, Mosport International Raceway is as close as it gets. The site of the American Le Mans Series...
'HIGH-ENERGY' WEEKEND ON TAP NORTH OF THE BORDER
Lizards' Long: Mosport can bring highest of highs, lowest of lows
When it comes to old-school, Mosport International Raceway is as close as it gets. The site of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron's eighth and penultimate round has many of the same features it did when it opened 50 years ago - high speed, dangerous curves and a certain level of risk.
"Mosport is a favorite to many drivers and fans, based solely on its historically preserved, old-school nature," said Porsche factory driver and Flying Lizard Motorsports pilot Patrick Long, who will drive one of the team's Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs with Jorg Bergmeister. "It's our one race north of the border and the fans from the Toronto area always show up and make it a high-energy weekend."
"High-energy" could describe many things at Mosport - the crowd, the competition and the speeds the world's fastest sports cars reach on the Series' fastest track. Average lap speeds for GT cars will top 115 mph, certainly a true test for drivers, teams and manufacturers in championship contention. Long and Bergmeister lead the class driver championship by 18 points with Flying Lizard and Porsche trailing BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team and BMW in the team and manufacturer chase by 6 points.
"The fast and flowing nature of the racetrack means that there's a certain amount of momentum and energy that you can create behind the wheel when you get things right," said Long, a winner in class with Bergmeister at Mosport in 2005. "Because of the blind crests and frequent surface and elevation changes, it's a track that creates the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Due to the track's complexity, sometimes those experiences (highs and lows) are felt in a very short span of time!"
Who will come out on top this weekend? We will find out in the eighth round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron - Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. The race is set for 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 29 from Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. SPEED will air the race in its entirety starting at 4 p.m. ET with live radio coverage available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Americanlemans.com will stream qualifying live starting at 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.