Barber Dodge Goes Three for Three in Canada (MONTREAL, Quebec) January 23, 2001 -In 2000, the Barber Dodge Pro Series dipped its proverbial toes into the Canadian waters at the Molson Indy Vancouver. 2002 will be more of a swan dive. The...
Barber Dodge Goes Three for Three in Canada
(MONTREAL, Quebec) January 23, 2001 -In 2000, the Barber Dodge Pro Series dipped its proverbial toes into the Canadian waters at the Molson Indy Vancouver. 2002 will be more of a swan dive. The Barber Dodge Pro Series and Molstar Entertainment announce today that the Series will support all three Canadian CART FedEx Series races at Toronto, Vancouver and the newest venue in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Isle Notre Dame.
The three Canadian rounds will be part of a ten-race 2002 schedule that is expected to be announced in its entirety within a few weeks. Vancouver has hosted the Barber Dodge Pro Series twice previously in 2000 and 2001 while Toronto was new to the Barber Dodge schedule last year.
"We are very pleased to work with Molstar Entertainment to get all three rounds of the Canadian CART FedEx races on our schedule. Molstar has a history of promoting great events and we need to be a part of great events," said Jeremy Dale, Managing Director of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. "The past three races that we've done in Canada have been a great success and a pleasure to be a part of. Building on the relationship, we are looking forward to Montreal as there is no doubt that it will be a fantastic event not only for us but for CART, Molson and the race fans of Montreal. Thanks as well goes to DaimlerChrysler Canada for their invaluable support."
All three rounds are scheduled for the Sunday morning immediately prior to each CART Champ Car race. The move toward holding three rounds of the Barber Dodge Pro Series in Canada underscores the Skip Barber organization's commitment to Canadian motorsports, having also recently announced dates for both the Skip Barber Racing School and the Skip Barber Race Series at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant in St. Jovite, Quebec.
"Race fans all across Canada will be thrilled to see the exciting Barber Dodge Pro Series compete at the Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal Molson Indy events in 2002," said Bob Singleton, Vice President, Molson Sports and Entertainment, a subsidiary of Molson Canada. "The Molson Indy offers event-goers a variety of open and closed wheel racing-action on the track, and the Barber Dodge Pro Series race was a definite crowd-pleaser in Toronto and Vancouver in 2001."
The Barber Dodge Pro Series has given rise to a number of young Canadians making their way up the ladder including Managing Director Dale and current Toyota Atlantic hot shoe Michael Valiante. Daniel Di Leo from Markham, Ontario is expected to contest his first full season of professional racing with the Barber Dodge Pro Series this year.
"This is really great news for Canadian motorsports fans," said Ronald B. Smith, Vice President-Marketing, DaimlerChrysler Canada. "The Dodge brand product line is all about bold, powerful and capable vehicles and Barber Dodge's participation in these events will reinforce those capabilities to consumers."
The ten-round Barber Dodge Pro Series is the Official Professional Entry Level Race Series of CART. Truly a driver's series where a mechanical or financial advantage cannot be had, drivers compete in the 40-minute races in identically prepared Dodge Reynard 98E racecars. At stake for the Series' champion is the Career Enhancement Award valued in excess of $150,000 in cash and contingencies.
Drivers who have used the series as a steppingstone to stardom include Bryan Herta, Kenny Brack, Jerry Nadeau and Juan Pablo Montoya among many others. The Barber Dodge Pro Series enters its 17th year in 2002.