Team Canada Gears up to Take on the World in the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport



    Canadians Take on Drivers From 22 Countries on Home Soil

    BOWMANVILLE, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - There's no need to wait until next
winter to see Team Canada in action, because the Mobil 1 presents the Grand
Prix of Mosport (Aug. 27-30) will feature a roster of Canadian drivers looking
for wins on home soil.
    In the American Le Mans Series, Toronto's Tony Burgess will carry
Canada's hopes when he suits up for the Autocon Motorsports Lola in the
top-level LMP1 class and takes on the formidable Acura-powered teams.
    In addition to the American Le Mans Series, Canadians will be in the
thick of the action in the six other exciting open wheel and sports car and GT
championships that will take to the track at Mosport, featuring fields of
talented drivers representing 22 countries.
    Making its return to Mosport for the first time since 1994, the Cooper
Tires presents the Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda is comprised young
stars looking to make the jump to the top levels of sports car and open-wheel
racing, including Toronto's Eric Jensen.
    Over in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, David Ostella
and Michael Furfari will be looking for that GTA hometown edge, while the St.
Catharines duo of Gianmarco Raimondo and Alex Ellis will try to make their
mark in the Formula BMW Americas races.
    Three Canadian racers will run in the VW Jetta TDI Cup for
identically-prepared, clean diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta TDIs; Jake
Thompson of Calgary, Alberta, David Richert of Niverville, Manitoba and
Woodbridge, Ontario's Andrew Cordeiro.
    In the IMSA Lites developmental sports car championship, Barrie,
Ontario's Kyle Marcelli and Michal Chlumecky of Windsor, Ontario will be
looking to put on a show for the home fans and the Patrón GT3 Challenge rounds
out the weekend schedule.
    Mobil 1 presents The Grand Prix of Mosport features lots of fun things
away from the track for fans to see and do as well, such as Tech Talks, Driver
Chats and autograph session with American Le Mans Series drivers and teams and
vendors selling authentic race-related merchandise. The American Le Mans
Series race will also feature its famous Open Grid Walk on race day, which
allows spectators to mix with teams and drivers on track minutes before the
green flag drops. This feature of ALMS racing is unique amongst top-level
racing series and gives fans an up-close, interactive experience.
    Exciting race week activities are also in store with Mosport's RaceFest
at Brookfield Place (Bay St. & Front St.) in downtown Toronto on Wednesday,
August 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. RaceFest will feature pit stop
demonstrations from the Corvette Racing team and other race show cars from
Risi Ferrari and Rahal/Letterman BMW. Among the drivers who will be on hand to
sign autographs and greet fans will be Jaime Melo (Risi), Tommy Milner
(Rahal/Letterman) and Toronto's Tony Burgess (Autocon).
    A four-day SuperTicket is just $65 until August 26 ($80 at the Gate) and
each ticket includes parking, paddock admission, and entrance to Saturday
Night Stock Car racing at Mosport Speedway. Children 12 and under are free
when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also
available.
    General and family camping areas are available, with full-service
washrooms, showers and children's playgrounds. An advanced three-day weekend
general camping pass is just $30 (For tents or pop-up trailers). RVs are $50
for the weekend.
    For more information about Mosport ticket packages 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.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Lee Bailie, Mosport, (905)
995-8313 (cell.) or email lee@mosport.com

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