Canadian Motorsport Expo news 2010-12-21

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RISING NASCAR STAR BRAD KESELOWSKI TO APPEAR AT THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 23 (TORONTO, ON // December 21, 2010) Canadian racing fans will have an opportunity to meet -- and get an autograph from -- one of NASCAR's top...

RISING NASCAR STAR BRAD KESELOWSKI TO APPEAR AT THE CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 23

(TORONTO, ON // December 21, 2010) Canadian racing fans will have an opportunity to meet -- and get an autograph from -- one of NASCAR's top young stars when Brad Keselowski appears at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Sunday, January 23, 2011. The show takes place Jan. 21-23 at Toronto's International Centre.

This past summer, Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, driving for respected team owner Roger Penske. In 2011, the Michigan native will pilot Penske's legendary 'Blue Deuce' #2 Miller Lite Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The second-generation racer won a Sprint Cup race at Talladega in 2009 and has a total of 12 Nationwide Series victories to his credit, in addition to his championship in that series. Keselowski -- who has also raced for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports -- made headlines in 2010 with his intense, head-to-head battle with Carl Edwards. The 26-year-old is a talented, popular and somewhat controversial driver whose star is clearly on the rise.

Immediately prior to appearing at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, Keselowski will take part in pre-season testing at the newly-resurfaced Daytona International Speedway, in advance of Speedweeks 2011 and the Daytona 500. Keselowski is no stranger to appearing in Canada, having raced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series events at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in recent years.

"I'm looking forward to coming to Toronto and meeting the fans at the Canadian Motorsports Expo on Sunday, January 23," said Brad Keselowski. "Michigan is obviously very close to Canada and we have a lot of great fans up there. The Q&A and Autograph Session should be a lot of fun."

Speaking about Keselowski's appearance, on behalf of the Canadian Motorsports Expo, David Weber said, "We're very excited to be able to have Brad Keselowski appear at the 5th Annual CME. With testing at Daytona the same weekend as the show, it took a lot of work to make this happen. I'd especially like to thank Jesse Dickerson of Gaylord Sports Management, as well as Brad Keselowski's 'Checkered Flag Foundation' (www.checkeredflagfoundation.org) for their efforts on this." The CFF is a charitable organization that strives to support individuals who have sacrificed greatly, including military members, veterans, first-responders and their families, among others.

Keselowski will be the headline NASCAR component of the 5th Annual CME, which will also feature Jeff Gordon's new-look #24 AARP 'Drive To End Hunger' Sprint Cup car, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 AMP Energy Chevrolet Sprint Cup car, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion DJ Kennington and his #17 Castrol Dodge, and much more.

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 & Yvon Duhamel and many, many more have graced the CME stage for fan Q&A and autograph sessions.

Visit the CME website (www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com) for more details about Brad Keselowski's appearance at the CME, including times for the Fan Q&A and Autograph Sessions.

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, and rising NASCAR Sprint Cup star Brad Keselowski -- 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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