In the flurry of activity between the Honda Indy Toronto and the Grand Prix of Mosport, somehow I missed one of the stories our readers love the most! Let’s face it, big race weekends would be much less titillating without the hired hotties to keep us all, ummm, interested.
Without further ado, I present you the guys and gals of the Toronto Indy!
The marketing folks at the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire have made a rather serious effort to create an ongoing campaign that is much cooler than the super long series title. Part graphics package, part social media and part reality tv, the marketing presence of this series has grown as the 2011 season progresses.
While the action is always hot out on the track, the real excitement for many happens on pit lane. The Garage Blog spent some time in pit lane with the Indycar series during practice and qualifying for the 2011 Honda Indy Toronto and came away with more than a few smokin’ hot photos.
Check out the excitement after the break.
Ottawa, ON (July 19, 2011) Canadian NASCAR driver Pierre Bourque returns to action in the #00 AaronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Machine Dodge this weekend. Bourque will take to the track at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC in round number six of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this Saturday July 23rd. Last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event in Vernon gave Bourque quite a wild ride and he expects plenty of excitement again this year.
July 19, 2011. Calgary, AlbertaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jarrad Whissell and the #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team will begin a new chapter in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this weekend at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC. After competing in fifteen road course events in the series, Whissell will make his first ever start on an oval track in a full sized stock car.
The bold move by Whissell and the #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team has been in the works for months. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re excited about itÃ¢â‚¬Â said Whissell. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We purchased an oval car earlier this year and Bill Burns has been getting it ready for us. We wanted to be able to race in front of our western fans and with no road courses in the west this year, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what we had to doÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
The #44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford team has battled mechanical issues in their first couple of outings this year but hopes to have put those issues behind them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a locker fail in Toronto and also struggled with the brakesÃ¢â‚¬Â said Whissell. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking at this as a fresh start for usÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
July 11, 2011. Sherwood Park, AlbertaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Noel Dowler returned to action in round number five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past weekend on the streets of Toronto. As part of the Toronto Indy weekend Dowler looked to continue his growth and gain more experience at the wheel of the #5 EMCO Dodge on the temporary street course.
Dowler is still getting used to the handling characteristics of these nearly 3,000 pound stock cars and learned the hard way that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extremely difficult to slow and stop the cars from about 150 mph on the long lakeshore road straightaway during the only practice session. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was going too quickly into corner number three and the car went through the corner and into the run off areaÃ¢â‚¬Â said Dowler.
Sadly there was extensive damage to the #5 EMCO Dodge and the team would be forced to spend the rest of the afternoon making repairs and miss the qualifying session. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not so much that we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get to qualifyÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Dowler, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but I really wanted to get as much time on the track as possibleÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
July 10, 2011. David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team came looking for another solid effort during round number five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series in Toronto this past weekend. The 100 km stock car race was part of the Toronto Indy weekend the team looked to back up their strong showing at Mosport two weeks earlier.
The plan for the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet was simple during practice. Make sure the car was working well, and stay off the concrete walls that line the track. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I just tried to get used to the track againÃ¢â‚¬Â said Thorndyke Ã¢â‚¬Å“and we did thatÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
The #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet did not have a great qualifying run and Thorndyke would start the race from the thirtieth position. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our plan for the race is always the sameÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Thorndyke. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Take it easy, let the race sort itself out and just run our race, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about the other guysÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
July 10, 2011. DJ KenningtonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s push toward the top of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship standings continues. Following a fifth place finish in race number five on the streets of Exhibition Place in his #17 Castrol Edge Dodge Kennington moved from up to second in the championship.
Action began for the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team on Friday with practice on the 1.755 mile temporary street circuit. Kennington set about his usual routine to make sure the set up on the car was right for the conditions. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The team did a great job and we were up near the top the time sheetsÃ¢â‚¬Â said Kennington.
Toronto, ON (July 10, 2011) Canadian NASCAR driver Pierre Bourque hit the streets of TorontoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Exhibition Place this past weekend for round number five of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The race was part of the Toronto Indy weekend and run in front of thousands of enthusiastic racing fans. As he piloted the #00 AaronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dream Machine Bourque was looking to show the capabilities of his race team.