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.
The 2011 Canadian Motorsports Expo kicked off yesterday at the International Center in Toronto’s west end. While not on the same scale of PRI south of the border, the show still offers more than enough action to break up the winter with a bit of bench racing. The show is about the same size as last year, but includes a bit more variety in the displays.
For the fans, the highlights will likely be a meet and greet with Dario Franchitti today or Brad Keselowski tomorrow, along with lots of race cars from 3,000 horsepower alcohol funny cars to on and off road racers.
Interestingly, the most excitement yesterday (aside from the Inside Track girls of course) seemed to center around a crusty old 1972 Chevy Nova! This wasn’t just any Nova though, this was a car raced by legendary Canadian racer Don Biederman. It is about to be restored to racing condition.
John Walker is at the show today and I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon, so you know we’ll have tons of photos to share! For now, we’ve got a teaser gallery after the break.
Here we are in the middle of January and most racers and racing fans are beginning to go a bit stir crazy. There is no new racing on TV and few of us will make the trek to the north country to watch ice racing. Fortunately, this weekend in Toronto we have a bit of motor sport excitement. In its fifth year, the Canadian Motorsports Expo has a lot to offer to racers and fans alike.
Matt Kenseth. Paul Tracy. Ron Fellows. Just a few of the big names that will be meeting the fans at the 2010 Canadian Motorsports Expo which kicks off today at Toronto’s International Center. Fans can check out a wide range of race cars, from local club racers to the #24 & #88 NASCAR cars. Learn how to get involved in racing by visiting some local clubs. Racers can find the equipment they need for this season from a wide range of vendors.
I will be at the show today from 1 pm till about 4. Just look for the fat guy in the Garage Blog flame logo hat.
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See you there!