The Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Returns This Week



    American Le Mans Series Headlines Full Weekend of Racing

    BOWMANVILLE, ON, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - With the end of summer approaching, race
fans will have the chance to close out their racing seasons with one more
action-packed weekend when the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport
featuring the American Le Mans Series returns this weekend.
    Canada's biggest sports car race of the year will see battles for season
championships in both prototype and GT classes on Mosport's famed 4-kilometre
road course. Toronto's Tony Burgess will carry Canada's colours when he suits
up for the Autocon Motorsports Lola in the top-level LMP1 class.
    In addition to the American Le Mans Series, six exciting open wheel and
sports car and GT championships will take to the track at Mosport featuring
many established and up-and-coming Canadian and International drivers.
    Making its return to Mosport for the first time since 1994 is the Cooper
Tires presents the Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda. This developmental
open-wheel series showcases young stars looking to make the jump to the top
levels of sports car and open-wheel racing. Among the drivers to watch for is
Toronto's Eric Jensen.
    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.
    IMSA Lites, the developmental sports car championship, will feature
Barrie, Ontario's Kyle Marcelli and Michal Chlumecky of Windsor, Ontario 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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