TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - On July 6, 7 & 8, 2007, Canadians can watch in
pride as they witness some of the top Canadian drivers from coast to coast
compete at the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. Joining the drivers will be
Canadian Forces troops stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan as they command the
most famous words in racing - "Drivers Start Your Engines". As the roar of the
engines fill Exhibition Place, spectators will experience the thrill of three
F-18 Canadian Forces fighter jets flying past the track at 500 feet and a
speed of over 215 knots (400 km/h).
"The Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto is Canada's race," says Charlie
Johnstone, president & CEO, Grand Prix Association of Toronto. "Over the
years, the Toronto event has become a driver, team and fan favourite with its
week-long festival of speed and the overwhelming support of Canadian fans.
This year we are pleased to welcome back the Canadian Forces and are thrilled
to have an impressive line-up of Canadian racing talent competing on the
Exhibition Place Track."
55 Canadian Racers Taking on the World
When visitors to this year's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto take in the
on-track action, they will witness top Canadian racing talent competing
against drivers from around the globe for a victory on their home turf.
- Long-time rivals, Toronto's Paul Tracy and Montreal's Alex Tagliani,
will battle it out on the Exhibition Place Circuit. Having just come
off a win in Cleveland, will Tracy be able to claim his third Toronto
win in front of his hometown fans?
- Rising racing stars and Torontonians James Hinchcliffe and Robert
Wickens of the Champ Car Atlantic series will challenge a field of 30
other drivers in the premier open-wheel development series in North
America. Canadian talent in this series is strong with drivers from
British Columbia to Quebec including Adrien Heberts (Vancouver, BC),
Mike Forest (Edmonton, AB) and Kevin Lacroix (Saint-Eustache, PQ).
So far this season, Hinchcliffe and Wickens have been the dominating
Canadians and currently sit second and third in the Championship
- SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge will make its debut on the
Toronto track, featuring Canadian Racing legend Ron Fellows as he
joins fellow Canadian Andrew Wojteczko (Caledon, ON) and Kuno Wittmer
(Montreal, PQ) in the field of more than 60 cars.
- The most competitive open-wheel development series in North America,
Star Mazda, boasts a field of 40 aspiring young drivers. Montreal's
Devin Cunningham, winner of The Discovery Channel's Star Racer
program will challenge Toronto brothers Daniel and Marco Di Leo,
Vancouver's Lorenzo Mandarino and Saskatoon's Michael Duncalfe.
- More than 40 Canadian drivers from coast to coast in the all-Canadian
field of the Canadian Touring Car Championship will fill the track
with some of today's hottest sports cars including models from Honda,
Saab, Mini, Acura, GM, Lexus, Ford, Porsche, Dodge, BMW, Mazda, VW
- Canadians also dominate the teams, crews and engineers of each
series! While the drivers may be the "stars" of the show, many of the
teams in each series have talented Canadians on board as engineers,
pit crew members and other essential support staff that play a large
role in getting the drivers from Start to Finish.
The many race cars won't be the only technologically advanced vehicles at
the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. In Thunder Alley, Canadian Forces will
also showcase some of their current vehicles in operation, including:
- LAV III - LIGHT ARMOURED VEHICLE. Canada's LAV III is a state-of-the-
art combat vehicle that really packs a punch! The purpose of this
fighting machine is to transport infantry on the battlefield while
providing defensive protection and offensive firepower. The LAV III
is armed with a 25 mm stabilized cannon, and is capable of speeds of
up to 100 km/hr. Our soldiers and allies love this Canadian-built
piece of kit!
- G WAGON - LIGHT UTILITY VEHICLE (WHEELED). The G Wagon is a light
utility vehicle equipped with the latest technical innovations. It is
the vehicle of choice for armies around the world, including the
United States, Germany and France.
- HEAVY LOGISTIC VEHICLE WHEELED (HLVW). The HLVW is a cross between a
transport truck and an off-road vehicle. This big green transport
machine comes in ten different variants and has a payload of 7.5 to
10 tonnes, depending on the variant. This will be the vehicle that
Champ Car drivers will ride in during the opening ceremonies'
The 2007 Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto
The Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto has roared to life at Exhibition
Place since 1986. In its 21 year history, the event has raised more than
$5.5 million for the Grand Prix Charitable Foundation supporting local
children's charities. The race itself generates $50 million in economic
activity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which supports the equivalent of
approximately 448 full-time jobs in the GTA(*).
Tickets are on sale now at WWW.GRANDPRIXTORONTO.COM or by calling
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