Mosport Int'l Raceway news 2009-05-05

A MOSPORT VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND TRADITION IS RENEWED WITH THE RETURN OF THE TRANS-AM SERIES (BOWMANVILLE, ON - May 5, 2009) Mosport International Raceway will renew one of its grandest traditions during Victoria Day SpeedFest, May 15-17, when...

A MOSPORT VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND TRADITION IS RENEWED WITH THE RETURN OF THE TRANS-AM SERIES

(BOWMANVILLE, ON - May 5, 2009) Mosport International Raceway will renew one of its grandest traditions during Victoria Day SpeedFest, May 15-17, when the ground-pounding, high-horsepower Corvettes, Camaros, Jaguars and Mustangs of the Muscle Milk SCCA Trans-Am Series makes its return to Mosport for the first time since 2003.

Trans-Am has a long and storied history at Mosport that dates back to 1976. The series became a popular Victoria Day tradition at Mosport in the mid-1990s, and helped launch the careers of many big names in road racing including Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Tommy Kendall, Scott Pruett, Dorsey Schroeder, Scott Sharp, and Canada's own Ron Fellows. This year marks the series return to competition since shutting down after the 2006 campaign.

Coming into the Mosport round, Tony Ave of Maiden, N.C. leads the eight-race championship after starting on the pole in the first two races and finishing second at Virginia. The Mustang pilot will be in tough against a field that includes Mosport veterans Tony Drissi of Los Angeles, CA. (Jaguar), Edison Lluch, Sr. of Lajas, Puerto Rico (Corvette) and Lluch's son, Edison Jr. (Corvette). Among the other racers looking to get the top of the podium at Mosport is Simon Gregg of PonteVerdaBeach, FL. (Corvette), son of the late Trans-Am legend and four-time 24 Hours of Daytona champion, Peter Gregg. Klaus Graf (Jaguar), the 2005 Trans-Am champion should also be a contender at Mosport after notching his first win of the season at Virginia.

Joining the Trans-Am cars on track are the SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships, the 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.

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, which features 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 trackside hospitality package that includes team tech sessions, a meet and greet with the drivers and the opportunity for guests to drive their car on the track in a parade lap for $90.

An advance three-day weekend general camping pass is just $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

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Wally Dallenbach , Klaus Graf , Scott Sharp , Ron Fellows , Scott Pruett , Tony Ave , Dorsey Schroeder , Simon Gregg , Edison Lluch , Peter Gregg , Tommy Kendall