Formula Ford Battle in Toronto

Montreal, July 11, 2000 - Round 3 of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship will be held this weekend as part of the Toronto Molson Indy event. Originally, Toronto was supposed to be Round 4 for the Formula Fords, but the June 25 race had to be ...

Montreal, July 11, 2000 - Round 3 of the Canadian Formula Ford Championship will be held this weekend as part of the Toronto Molson Indy event. Originally, Toronto was supposed to be Round 4 for the Formula Fords, but the June 25 race had to be cancelled due to the heavy downpour that floaded the Shannonville circuit.

Eighteen-year old Jonathan - last year’s Rookie of the Year - started the season on a very strong note by winning the Mosport and Montreal events by impressive margins. He drives the #31 car. His older brother Francis is a former karting champion who has begun his car racing career a few months ago, driving the #21 Aero 2. Francis finished second in Montreal and he looks forward to winning his first pro Ford race in the streets of Toronto. The two brothers are sponsored by Mopal Construction and drive the Ontario-built Aero 2 cars for team AIM Autosport. "I look forward to racing in Toronto," said Jonathan Macri. "I don’t feel that much pressure from racing in front of my fans. Obviously, I’ll receive more attention but my goal is to score a good result to maintain the lead in the championship."

TV announcer Didier Schraenen is behind the wheel of his usual black, #1 CMV car sponsored by Radio Energie/UAP NAPA/RDS. The veteran driver from St. Hilaire, Quebec has two third place finishes so far this season and ranks second in the point standings behind Jonathan Macri. Oakville, Ontario’s Matt White is also one to watch for during the Toronto Molson Indy weekend. White, 20, who drives the #4 Van Diemen with sponsorship from Young Drivers of Canada, retired in Mosport and Montreal but looks forward to a strong performance in Toronto.

Jean-Sebastien Bedard of St. Constant, Quebec is expected to be in the leading pack of cars in Toronto. Now in his third year of Formula Ford racing, Bedard, 21, is perfectly aware that he needs a strong result in Toronto aboard his #7 grey Digidyne/Vector, having had his share of problems in the first two races of the year. Burnaby, British Columbia’s Marc De Vellis has done very well in the opening two races of the year but was disqualified from both races due to technical irregularities. However, expect the 18-year old rookie driver to quickly find the fast line around the 1.721-mile long street course of Toronto.

Other drivers who will likely be in the hunt for victory in Toronto include Montreal, Quebec’s James Yott, Lorraine, Quebec’s Frederick Martel, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec and Gerry Kavanaugh of Burlington, Ontario.

The Formula Ford race from Toronto will be held Sunday, July 16 at 10:40 a.m. It will be broadcasted tape delay, on RDS, August 16th, at 7:30 p.m. The Canadian Formula Ford Championship enjoys the support of Ford of Canada, Sunoco, Castrol, Hankook, Cardinal and Player’s. Visit the Formula Ford Series official web site at: www.formulaford.com.

<pre> Point standings after 2 races out of 8: 1- Jonathan Macri, Gormley, Ontario 43 points 2- Didier Schraenen, St-Hilaire, Québec 30 3- Robert Boyer, Ste-Anne-des-Lacs, Québec 21 4- Francis Macri (rookie), Gormley, Ontario 18 5- Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Trois-Rivières, Québec 17

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Drivers Jonathan Macri , Louis-Philippe Dumoulin , Didier Schraenen , Robert Boyer