Imrie to Race at Molson Indy Toronto Winnipeg Driver Making Pro Debut July 10, 2003 (Toronto, Canada): Race driver Ward Imrie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will make his professional racing debut this weekend at the Molson Indy Toronto. He will compete...
Imrie to Race at Molson Indy Toronto
Winnipeg Driver Making Pro Debut
July 10, 2003 (Toronto, Canada): Race driver Ward Imrie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will make his professional racing debut this weekend at the Molson Indy Toronto. He will compete in the Barber Dodge Pro race on Sunday.
This weekend's race will mark a new peak for the highly touted twenty-year-old. A kart racer from age eight, Imrie has been making his mark in cars the past few seasons and has his sights set on a professional career. With funding won last year in the Barber Formula Dodge National Championship and some sponsorship from Jan Kelly Marketing and Russ Bond Agency, Imrie is set for the biggest race of his career.
"This is a huge event and I'm very excited to be part of it," said Imrie who is in Toronto preparing for the weekend. "This city is race-crazy right now and you can feel everything building up for the weekend. To say I'm looking forward to this race is an understatement. I've dreamed of something like this and I'm not really sure how it will feel when I go out on that circuit with grandstands full of people watching. It will be amazing."
Although Imrie will face a talented crop of drivers who have already raced six times this year, he expects to hold his own come race day. He performed very well at a series test session a few weeks ago and has targeted a top-five finish this weekend.
Russ Bond is working hard for Imrie behind the scenes. His company, the newly-formed Russ Bond Agency is seeking sponsorship for Imrie with the intent of taking the talented racer to a top-level professional series.
"We are very proud to have Ward as our first driver to compete in a professional series race," said Bond. "We expect big things from him in the coming years and, hopefully, we will be able to announce a full 2004 program for him soon."
Imrie will be on the track five times over the course of the weekend. The action starts with a practice session at 9:15am Friday, followed by a qualifying session at 4:30pm. A second qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30am. On Sunday, a pre-race warm up will be held at 8:00am with the race set to begin at 9:45am.
Imrie began racing cars after winning several Canadian and US Grand National Karting Championships. In 2002 he won a Barber-CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) Karting Scholarship which provided a full season of racing in the Formula Dodge National Championship. He took six top-five finishes, including one win, and claimed one pole position to finish fourth in the championship.