NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES MOSPORT INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY NEWS AND NOTES
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 14, 2007) -- With one race under their collective belt, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio drivers and teams are geared up for the second race this season. This time, however, the task includes a few right-hand turns as they tackle the road course at Mosport International Raceway.
THE TRACK: The 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course at Mosport International Raceway, located just north of Bowmanville, Ontario, opened in 1961. In 2000, the track was resurfaced and widened to 40 feet. Over the years, Mosport has hosted the former CASCAR Super Series, as well as Formula 1 and IndyCar events.
THE EVENT: The Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield Anticrime is scheduled for a 2:15 p.m. ET start on Sunday, June 17, but a full weekend of racing action is planned at Mosport. Joining the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series for this extravaganza is the Grand-Am KONI Challenge. The Cup Lites Racing Series will also be on hand.
DICKIES AND NASCAR: Dickies, the leading global workwear brand and title sponsor of this weekend's Canadian Tire Series event, has been involved with NASCAR for over six years. This November will be the third running of the Dickies 500 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway.
"We are excited to be working with Mosport and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series," said Bill McFarlane of Williamson-Dickie Canada Company. "We have a strong partnership with (Canadian Tire) Series driver Dave Whitlock, sponsoring his No. 39 Dickies Dodge Charger, and we think this is another great way to bring racing excitement to NASCAR's Canadian fans."
WHY 200?: It's the Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield covering 124.3 miles, but the event does cover 200 kilometers.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR: Canada's Miguel Duhamel, AMA Super Bikes driver, will drive a four-wheeled vehicle in a NASCAR event prepared by Dave Jacombs, who also fields Andrew Ranger's No. 27 Wal-Mart/Tide Ford team. Duhamel, who owns the records for most wins and championships in the Super Bikes Series, is entered in this event. He also has his sights set on the Canadian debut of the NASCAR Busch Series at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 4.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: Brothers Jeff and Jim Lapcevich want to give their father, Joe Lapcevich, a very special Father's Day present at Mosport this weekend in their Tim Hortons/EMCEA Transport Chevrolets.
"It's been a goal of ours to stand on the winner's podium together, and it has been close the last two years. It's been a Mosport Father's Day present we've planned for a while," said Jim. "Maybe this will be our year."
FATHER'S DAY FOR THE FANS: Fans can give dad a real Mosport VIP experience, tickets to the Grand Prix Club. The Grand Prix Club includes a three-day admission and a Sunday hospitality event that includes a trackside lunch overlooking the start-finish line and Turn One.
Ticket information for the Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield Anticrime can be obtained by calling Mosport International Raceway at (905) 983-9141 or by logging onto www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at TicketMaster.
What: Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield (Race No. 2 of 12 in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series).
Where: Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario.
When: 2:15 p.m. ET (approx.), Sunday, June 17, 2007.
Track layout: 2.5-mile road course.
Race length: 50 laps/125 miles.
Posted awards: $67,524 CAD.
TV: TSN (Sun., June 24, Noon ET).
Top 10 in Points: 1. Don Thomson Jr., 190; 2. Mark Dilley, 175; 3. Peter Gibbons, 165; 4. Andrew Ranger, 160; 5. Derek Lynch, 155; 6. Jason Hathaway, 151; 7. John Gaunt, 150; 8. Joey McColm, 142; 9. Kerry Micks, 139; 10. Kent Nuhn, 138.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): Sat., 6/16 -- 6:30 a.m. Registration Opens; 10:05-10:35 a.m. Practice; 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Practice; 4:00 p.m. Bud Pole Qualifying. Sun., 6/17 -- 10:00 a.m. Registration opens; 2:15 p.m. Dickies 200 presented by Canadian Shield.