Mosport's Victoria Day Speedfest schedule complete

MOSPORT'S VICTORIA DAY SPEEDFEST SCHEDULE COMPLETE Addition of Sundown Grand Prix rounds out exciting kickoff to summer racing season (BOWMANVILLE, ON - April 23, 2008) With the start of the 2008 season just under a month away, Mosport ...

MOSPORT'S VICTORIA DAY SPEEDFEST SCHEDULE COMPLETE
Addition of Sundown Grand Prix rounds out exciting kickoff to summer racing season

(BOWMANVILLE, ON - April 23, 2008) With the start of the 2008 season just under a month away, Mosport International Raceway has confirmed the return of the Sundown Grand Prix to round out the Victoria Day SpeedFest schedule (May 16-18). The opening event of the busy summer racing season has a full weekend of racing lined up, featuring the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship along with U.S.-based Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup and the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. The traditional Saturday night fireworks show also returns to highlight what promises to be an action-packed season opener.

The three-hour Sundown Grand Prix endurance race into darkness returns for its fourth consecutive year with GT and Touring cars, such as Acuras, BMWs and Porsches battling for overall and class wins. One of the more popular endurance races in Mosport's rich 48-year history, the Sundown Grand Prix has roots that stretch back more than 40 years to the early days of the 4 kilometre road circuit. Featuring an iconic list of past winners, including Roger Penske, Bill Brack, George Eaton and Ludwig Heimrath, Sr., the Sundown Grand Prix provides a stern test for teams and drivers where exacting pit and fuel strategies are a must in order to win.

Headlining this year's Victoria Day SpeedFest is the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship. Known for its large fields and intense wheel-to-wheel racing that features many of today's hottest touring cars from marques such as BMW, Honda, Lexus and Acura, the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship has points races for both the Touring and Super Touring classes on the weekend schedule.

Joining them on track are two exciting SCCA championships making the trip north- the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. Both series are comprised of fields of identical cars that are showroom stock with a few minor race modifications.

The Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup returns to Mosport after a one-year absence with new title sponsorship from Playboy. Designed to develop young drivers, the series is an integral part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder, with the champion winning a Mazda ride in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship.

The Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup is a new developmental road-racing series for young drivers ages 16 to 26. The Series features identical cars powered by the all-new, high-tech 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine rated at 170 horsepower and nearly 300 ft.-lbs. of torque in racing trim. The Series recently announced the field of 30 drivers that will compete in the inaugural season following a selection camp in Phoenix, Arizona. Four Canadians were among the final 30 selected from more than 600 applications from across North America (David Richert, 25, Niverville, Man., Adam Kretschmer, 21, Brampton, Ont., Andrew Cordeiro, 24, Woodbridge, Ont. and Chris Holman, 20, Burlington, Ont.).

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. Also included with paid admission is access to the race team paddock and the Motorsport Expo & Marketplace, which features an interesting array of racing souvenirs 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 $45 until May 14 ($55 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.

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.com

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Series SCCA
Drivers Roger Penske , Chris Holman , David Richert , Andrew Cordeiro , Adam Kretschmer