CALABOGIE KICK OFF FOR SERIES TORONTO, Ont. -- The Parts Canada Superbike Championship will open its 2008 season at a new venue, Calabogie Motorsports Park, located near Ottawa. The 2.81km (1.74-mile), 13-turn Stadium Track will host the ...
CALABOGIE KICK OFF FOR SERIES
TORONTO, Ont. -- The Parts Canada Superbike Championship will open its 2008 season at a new venue, Calabogie Motorsports Park, located near Ottawa.
The 2.81km (1.74-mile), 13-turn Stadium Track will host the national series May 22-25. This will be the first motorcycle race held at Calabogie, although it has quickly become a popular venue for track days since opening in late 2006.
The Superbike National will be sponsored by Waste Management of Canada.
"Calabogie Motorsports Park is one of the most impressive race tracks to open in North America in a long time," said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions, which operates the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. "Its location, picturesque setting and daunting layout should make it a very popular stop for our series for many years to come."
Located in the resort town of Calabogie, Ont., about 100km (60 miles) west of Ottawa, Calabogie Motorsports Park is situated on 1,200 acres of land. The course layout was designed by internationally-recognized race track designer Alan Wilson. The full circuit is 5.05km (3.05 miles) long, making it the longest race course in Canada. The facility also includes more than five acres of paved paddock.
The Stadium Track hosted a CASC-OR car race last summer that was awarded the organization's Race of the Year Award. The layout is distinguished by its elevation changes and features a 50-foot high sound berm that serves as a spectacular natural grandstand.
"We are thrilled to be holding our first national level race and we're looking forward to working with the Parts Canada Superbike Championship," said John Hamilton, Vice-President, Operations for Calabogie Motorsports Park. "We've had excellent feedback from the motorcycle community.
"We are well-positioned between Montreal and Toronto, close to Ottawa, and the rolling terrain and natural amphitheatre of the Stadium Track will make this a great place to watch a race. We're looking forward to holding the first big race at Calabogie, and showcasing both the track and the surrounding resort community."
Waste Management of Canada is a leading provider of comprehensive waste management services, offering advanced residential, commercial and industrial collection, recycling and disposal services throughout Canada.
"We are very excited to be a part of the first major event at this world-class facility," said Kevin Cinq-Mars, Vice President Business Development with Waste Management of Canada. "Waste Management has a long history of involvement in motor sports, and we see this as a great opportunity for everyone involved."
Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory rider Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. will be bidding to win his third straight Parts Canada Superbike Championship when the 2008 season kicks off at Calabogie Motorsports Park in May. He is also trying for a fifth national Superbike crown.
The full series schedule will be announced shortly.