BOWMANVILLE, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Canadian acting legend Dan Aykroyd has
been named as grand marshal of Canada's biggest sports car racing event, Mobil
1 presents The Grand Prix of Mosport, August 21-24.
Aykroyd, who gained fame as a writer and cast member of the late night
comedy show Saturday Night Live and box office hits like The Blues Brothers
and Ghostbusters, will bring the 31-car American Le Mans Series field to life
when he gives the command to the drivers to start their engines.
"I have a real passion for cars and motorcycles and I especially love the
roar of their engines, so it's going to be a special treat to see and hear
those exotic race cars fire up their high-performance motors when I say those
four famous words," said Aykroyd, a Harley-Davidson enthusiast.
As the Canadian rights holder of Patron Tequila (distributed in Canada by
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits), Aykroyd will have a rooting interest in
the 2 hour 45 minute race on Sunday (Aug. 24), since the US-based
ultra-premium spirits company sponsors the Patron Highcroft Racing Acura team
and drivers David Brabham and Scott Sharp.
Celebrating its 10th season of competition, the American Le Mans Series
features internationally renowned teams, drivers and manufacturers, competing
in four distinct classes of competition within one race. Many of the world's
top marques are involved with the Series, including Acura, Aston Martin, Audi,
Corvette, Ferrari, Mazda, Panoz and Porsche.
Racing at Mosport gets underway Thursday, with the green flag dropping on
the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport race at 3:00 pm Sunday
(Aug. 24). In addition to the American Le Mans Series - their only Canadian
stop - the race card has six other North American championships, including the
SPEED World Challenge (GT & Touring).
Tickets and info are available by calling the Mosport Hotline at
1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visiting
online at www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.
For further information:
For further information: Media contact: Lee Bailie, Mosport,
1-800-866-1072, (905) 261-8134 (cell.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org