Imrie to race Formula 1600 this month

Ward Imrie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will head to Ontario for the last weekend of September to compete in a Formula 1600 car race at Mosport International Raceway. The seventeen-year-old karting champion, had his first taste of car racing at the end...

Ward Imrie of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will head to Ontario for the last weekend of September to compete in a Formula 1600 car race at Mosport International Raceway. The seventeen-year-old karting champion, had his first taste of car racing at the end of July when he drove to victory at the wheel of a Formula 1200 car at Gimli, Manitoba.

"I can't wait," Ward exclaimed. "It will be great to get more experience in a car and it'll be interesting to see how much difference there is between a Formula 1200 and a 1600. I'm really looking forward to racing at Mosport too. I've heard it's a difficult track to master, so I'm expecting a big challenge."

Ward will compete in the Celebration 2000 event to be held September 30 - October 01 on a 4km (2.5 mile), ten-turn road course where Formula 1600 cars reach more than 200km/h (125mph). An announcement naming the team that will field the car for Ward is likely to be issued within two weeks.

Since making his debut in a car, Ward has been back in karts, adding more wins to his resume. During the first weekend of August, he raced in the Canadian Grand Nationals at Shannonville, Ontario. There he claimed a hat trick, winning a "Bear" trophy in each of the three classes he entered. He then travelled to South Bend, Indiana, and grabbed an "Eagle" award in recognition of winning the Manufacturer's Cup Championship.

Last weekend, Ward added another hat trick and took home $3000 when he won three classes at the Piston Ring Grand Prix, a kart race through the streets of Winnipeg.

"Things are definitely going my way lately," Ward commented. "I hope I can keep it going and make a good impression when I go to Mosport!"

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