The longest racing series title in Canada just became a bit longer. Thankfully they’ve shortened the acronym! Now, the CCTCC is the CTCC.
Over the past few seasons, the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship has provided race fans and racers alike with some of the best racing in North America. For 2011, series President John Bondar has brought on Continental Tire as a new title sponsor for the series.
Obviously, this comes with a switch to Continental Tires. There is more to it though, as the switch also puts the cars on slicks. As the first race weekend will be the first time some drivers have been on slicks, that first event should be even more exciting for the fans as drivers adjust to the higher levels of grip that come with treadless tires. Once the field becomes used to the tires, we can expect the action to be even faster than it was last year!
The new package was revealed at the Canadian Motorsports Expo last weekend, along with the new series name: The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tires. We’ve got photos of the launch after the break.
Series press release
Toronto, January 21st 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ This is going to be another exciting year for the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC). Now in its fifth year, fans and partners will see CTCC sporting a new look and feel as it undertakes a major rebranding.
The distinctive new identity will carry the spirit and energy of touring car racing and will launch at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am proud of the results. This strong new brand will help us create broader awareness and ultimately grow the series!Ã¢â‚¬Â says John Bondar, President of CTCC. The new identity was created by Toronto-based branding agency Baker Vandertuin Inc.
Castrol is a founding partner and key supporter of CTCC since its inception. Each year CTCC and Castrol have worked to build on their partnership and are proud to continue in 2011. CTCC delivers strong value and allows Castrol to energize their brand and grow their sales. As they move into their fifth year together, CTCC looks forward to expanding their efforts with the Castrol team particularly in social media.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Congratulations to John and the entire series on the achievements with CTCC. We are proud to have been partnered from the beginning and delighted that so many competitors have switched to Castrol’s EDGE Advanced Synthetic oil since its introduction last year,Ã¢â‚¬Â states Marsha McLaughlin, Communications Manager, Wakefield Canada Inc. (Castrol).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very excited to welcome Continental Tire as a new partner for the next three years. Continental has developed a race tire based on the same performance principles that go into their ExtremeContact family of products. The ExtremeContact race tire will be the official and exclusive tire of the CTCC. We look forward to working with the entire Continental team under the guidance of their Marketing Manager Terry Smouter,Ã¢â‚¬Â stated Mr. Bondar.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“CTCC is the top road racing series in Canada and we are extremely proud to be the presenting sponsor of the series. This partnership allows us to expand our marketing reach and to promote the performance of our ExtremeContact line of tires,Ã¢â‚¬Â commented Terry Smouter, Marketing Manager, Continental Tire Canada, Inc.
The Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tires is CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only professional road racing series. Now in its fifth year, CTCC showcases race cars based on their stock street version. CTCC will be featured at Circuit ICAR, Mosport International Raceway, Honda Indy Toronto and Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃƒÂ¨res.