Canadian Motorsport Expo news 2010-12-15

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REIGNING INDYCAR / INDY 500 CHAMP DARIO FRANCHITTI IS COMING TO THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO! The Racing Season Begins January 21-23, 2011 at Toronto's International Centre (TORONTO, ON // December 15, 2010) Motorsports fans will have ...

REIGNING INDYCAR / INDY 500 CHAMP DARIO FRANCHITTI IS COMING TO THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO!

The Racing Season Begins January 21-23, 2011 at Toronto's International Centre

(TORONTO, ON // December 15, 2010) Motorsports fans will have an opportunity to see and chat with one of the world's most popular and successful racers on Saturday, January 22 at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. Three-time IndyCar Series champ and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will appear live at the CME to participate in a fan Q&A / Autograph Session.

The Scottish-born driver, who has also competed in NASCAR, Grand-Am and ALMS during his career, recently overcame a 12-point deficit heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, to secure his third IndyCar Series crown. And back in May, the Nashville, TN resident won his second career Indy 500 trophy, making him the simultaneous reigning champion for both the IndyCar Series and one of the world's most prestigious and coveted races.

Discussing his upcoming appearance at the CME, Franchitti said, "I'm really excited about coming to Toronto and the Canadian Motorsports Expo, in January. I always have a great time racing there each summer and it will be good to connect with Canadian racing fans during a weekend when I don't have to focus on trying to win a race. I'm looking forward to talking with the fans and signing autographs at the CME."

The CME's David Weber is equally enthused about Franchitti coming to the show. "Racing fans around the world know about the Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series. Canadian fans have a special connection to the series because of our rich history of excellent IndyCar Series events and the fact that Canada has produced so many top drivers in the series. We're honoured to be able to have Dario -- a true champion at the top of his profession -- appear at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Saturday, January 22."

Throughout its existence, the Canadian Motorsports Expo has been a showcase for celebrity racer appearances, from Canada and around the world. Stars like Ron Fellows, Jacques Villeneuve, Matt Kenseth, Paul Tracy, Derek Daly, Miguel & Ivan Duhamel and many, many more have graced the CME stage for fan Q&A and autograph sessions.

The CME has also featured world-famous racing machines, including the NASCAR Cup cars of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, as well as F1 and IndyCar vehicles.

Visit the CME website (www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com) for more details about Dario Franchitti's appearance at the CME, including Q&A and Autograph Session times.

ABOUT THE CME: The Canadian Motorsports Expo is a three-day celebration of Canadian racing that runs January 21, 22 and 23, 2011 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road in Mississauga). The show is powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. In addition to booths and racing vehicles representing the entire spectrum of Canadian motorsports, the show is loaded with seminars and forums to entertain and inform racers and fans alike. Star drivers -- including reigning IndyCar Series Champion and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti -- will be at the CME to sign autographs and meet the fans. One of the special themes of this year's CME is the Karting Reunion. Please check the show's website for updates and changes.

For more information about the Canadian Motorsports Expo, visit www.canadianmotorsportsexpo.com.

-source: cme

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