SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE, CASTROL TOURING CAR AND RETURN OF TRANS-AM SERIES HIGHLIGHT MOSPORT'S VICTORIA DAY SPEEDFEST (BOWMANVILLE, ON - April 27, 2009) The return of roaring engines signals the beginning of another season of great racing as ...
SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE, CASTROL TOURING CAR AND RETURN OF TRANS-AM SERIES HIGHLIGHT MOSPORT'S VICTORIA DAY SPEEDFEST
(BOWMANVILLE, ON - April 27, 2009) The return of roaring engines signals the beginning of another season of great racing as Mosport International Raceway prepares to kick-off the 2009 calendar with Victoria Day SpeedFest, May 15-17. This season marks the biggest change in six years to the holiday long-weekend line-up that will see the return of the Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series to Mosport.
Joining them on track are two of North America's best road racing championships - the SPEED World Challenge GT and SPEED World Challenge Touring - along with the popular Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship and the Sundown Grand Prix endurance race into darkness. The traditional Saturday night fireworks show also returns to light up the night sky to help celebrate Canada's first long weekend of the summer.
The SPEED World Challenge, with stand-alone championship races in both the GT and Touring (a doubleheader), moves over from its traditional August date as part of Mosport's American Le Mans Series event to the Victoria Day schedule, where it will be one of the highlights of the weekend. World Challenge has a Mosport tradition that stretches back almost 20 years, features drivers from across North America in exciting wheel-to-wheel action in today's most popular marques such as Acura, BMW, Corvette, Honda, Mazda, Mustang, Porsche, Viper and Volvo.
Trans-Am has a long and storied history at Mosport dating back to 1976. The series became a popular Victoria Day tradition at Mosport beginning in the mid-1990s, and during its run helped launch the careers of many big names in road racing including Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Scott Pruett, Scott Sharp, and Canada's own Ron Fellows. This year marks the series return to competition since shutting down after the 2006 campaign, and the first trip back to Mosport for the ground-pounding, high-horsepower Corvettes, Camaros, Jaguars and Mustangs since 2003, won by Pruett.
The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship, which in two short years has grown to become the country's top sedan road racing series, kicks-off the '09 campaign with a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader. The Championship features large fields and intense racing as many of Canada's top & emerging touring car drivers will battle for wins behind the wheel of machines from BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus and Acura in Touring and Super Touring classes.
The three-hour Sundown Grand Prix endurance race into darkness returns to the SpeedFest weekend for its fifth consecutive year, with GT and Touring cars battling for overall and class wins. One of the more popular endurance races in Mosport's rich 49-year history, the Sundown Grand Prix has roots that reach back more than 40 years to the early days of the 4-kilometre road circuit, with a list of past winners that includes Roger Penske, Bill Brack and George Eaton.
In addition to all the on-track action, Mosport's popular Victoria Day weekend fireworks show returns to light up the night sky on Saturday evening beginning just after dark. Included with paid admission is access to the race team paddock and the Motorsport Expo & Marketplace, an interesting mix of racing souvenirs, apparel and displays.
Mosport SpeedFest ticket-holders can use their passes for admission to the adjacent Mosport Speedway half-mile oval for the Auto Workers Community Credit Union Saturday Night Stock Car Racing, presented by PartSource. Racing starts at 6:30 pm. The fireworks show should be visible from the Speedway's grandstands.
A three-day SuperTicket is just $50 until May 13 ($60 at the Gate) and each ticket includes free parking and access to the fireworks show. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.
For the racing enthusiast who wants to get a little closer to the action, the SpeedFest Corral offers a VIP hospitality-style package in Corner Eight that includes race team tech sessions, a meet and greet with the drivers, an opportunity for Corral ticket-holders to drive their car on the track in a parade lap and a BBQ lunch on Race Day Sunday, all for just $90.
The Mosport Grand Prix Club is a VIP Hospitality area located on the outside of Corner One, overlooking the start/finish straight. It includes a premium race day BBQ lunch, also for just $90.
An advance three-day weekend general camping pass is $30 (For tents or pop-up trailers). Advance RV passes are $50 for the weekend.
For more information about Mosport tickets and camping, call the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visit online at www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.
Credit: Mosport International Raceway