Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented By Hawk Performance

The pole-sitting Corvette DP Prototype, piloted by brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor won the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Eric Curran and co-driver Dane Cameron finished second in the #31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP and the #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda HPD Ligier driven by John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr. were third in the Prototype class.

The #911 Porsche 911 RSR duo of Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet beat the #24 BMW Z4 GTE of John Edwards and Lucas Luhr to win the highly competitive Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) class. Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonia Garcia completed the podium in the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R.

In Prototype Challenge action, CORE Autosport’s Jon Bennett and Colin Braun took the win in their Oreca FLM09 over BAR1 Motorsports John Falb and Sean Rayhall.

In the U.S.-based IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Elliott Skeer won the 34-lap race in Platinum class for the second straight day. Toronto native Marco Cirone finished third. Pfaff Motorsports Orey Fidani was third in Gold Cup, winning the Yokohama Hard Charger Award in the process.

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (AP) – Results from Sunday’s IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance race at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with starting position (in parentheses), finishing position, drivers, car, laps completed and average speed.

1. (1) Ricky Taylor/Jordan Taylor, Corvette DP, 128 laps, 117.430 mph
2. (5) Eric Curran/Dane Cameron, Corvette DP, 128, 117.424
3. (6) John Pew/Oswaldo Negri, Ligier JS P2 Honda HPD, 128, 117.371
4. (4) Richard Westbrook/Michael Valiante, Corvette DP, 128, 117.312
5. (2) Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi, Corvette DP, 128, 117.175
6. (3) Joey Hand/Scott Pruett, Riley DP Ford EcoBoost, 127, 115.978
7. (8) Tom Long/Joel Miller, Mazda, 126, 114.721
8. y-(11) Jon Bennett/Colin Braun, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 125, 114.173
9. (7) Memo Rojas/Katherine Legge, DeltaWing DWC13 Elan, 125, 114.131
10. (14) Sean Rayhall/John Falb, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 124, 113.196
11. (13) Mikhail Goikhberg/Matt McMurry, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 123, 112.744
12. x-(16) Nick Tandy/Patrick Pilet, Porsche 911 RSR, 122, 111.673
13. (18) John Edwards/Lucas Luhr, BMW Z4 GTLM, 122, 111.494
14. (20) Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 122, 111.465
15. (17) Bill Auberlen/Dirk Werner, BMW Z4 GTLM, 122, 111.436
16. (10) Bruno Junqueira/Chris Cumming, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 122, 111.379
17. (22) Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 122, 111.356
18. (19) Pierre Kaffer/Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari F458 Italia, 122, 111.264
19. (21) Joerg Bergmeister/Earl Bamber, Porsche 911 RSR, 121, 110.915
20. (12) Mike Guasch/Tom Kimber-Smith, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 104, 98.470
21. (23) Bryan Sellers/Wolf Henzler, Porsche 911 RSR, 103, 110.496
22. (15) Renger van der Zande/Mirco Schultis, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 101, 111.658
23. (9) James French/Conor Daly, ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet, 86, 82.945

x-GT Le Mans class winner
y-PC class winner

RACE STATISTICS
Time of race: 02:40:49.238
Margin of victory: 0.477 seconds
Race Distance: 314.752 miles

Ricky Taylor Wins Pole For Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented By Hawk Perfomance

Wayne Taylor Racing driver Ricky Taylor won the pole for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance. He set the pace with a best lap time of 1:09.705. Taylor will co-pilot the Konica Minolta Corvette Prototype with his brother Jordan. Burnaby, BC native Michael Valiante will start fourth in the Prototype class.

Porsche North America driver Nick Tandy of the United Kingdom won the pole in the highly competitive Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM) class, setting a track record in the process with a fast lap of 1:14.829. The factory pilot is joined by France’s Patrick Pilet in the #911 Porsche 911 RSR.

In Saturday’s feature race, the Continental SportsCar Challenge, Austin Cindric and co-driver Jade Buford were victorious in the Grand Sport class. Toronto’s Anthony Mantella and Mark Wlikins were fifth. In Street Tuner action, Americans Spencer Pumpelly and Luis Rodriguez Jr. finished atop the podium.

Other races held on Saturday included the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites and the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich.

In the U.S. based IMSA GT3 Cup, Elliott Skeer won the 34-lap race, with Jesse Lazare of Montreal finishing in third position.

Sunday’s schedule begins at 8 am with TUDOR Championship warm ups. The Mazda MX-5 Cup and IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge hold their second races of the weekend. The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race gets underway at 12:05 pm ET.

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (AP) – Qualifying for Sunday’s IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit starting position, car number (in parentheses), driver, car and speed in miles per hour.

1. (10) Ricky Taylor, Corvette DP, 126.998 mph.
2. (5) Christian Fittipaldi, Corvette DP, 126.709.
3. (01) Scott Pruett, Riley DP Ford EcoBoost, 126.214.
4. (90) Michael Valiante, Corvette DP, 125.746.
5. (31) Eric Curran, Corvette DP, 125.552.
6. (60) John Pew, Ligier JS P2 Honda HPD, 125.166.
7. (0) Katherine Legge, DeltaWing DWC13 Elan, 124.199.
8. (07) Tom Long, Mazda, 121.885.
9. y-(38) James French, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 121.821.
10. (11) Chris Cumming, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 121.768.
11. (54) Jon Bennett, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 121.254.
12. (52) Mike Guasch, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 121.229.
13. (85) Mikhail Goikhberg, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 120.986.
14. (16) John Falb, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 120.901.
15. (8) Mirco Schultis, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 118.891.
16. x-(911) Nick Tandy, Porsche 911 RSR, 118.302.
17. (25) Dirk Werner, BMW Z4 GTLM, 118.257.
18. (24) Lucas Luhr, BMW Z4 GTLM, 118.057.
19. (62) Pierre Kaffer, Ferrari F458 Italia, 117.565.
20. (3) Jan Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 117.523.
21. (912) Jorg Bergmeister, Porsche 911 RSR, 117.428.
22. (4) Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 117.308.
23. (17) Bryan Sellers, Porsche 911 RSR, 117.182.

x-GT Le Mans class pole
y-PC class pole

Canada’s Biggest Sports Car Race Weekend Is Underway

The biggest sports car race weekend of the year revved into high gear as the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance got underway.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship held two practice sessions while the other popular series’ running, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites and the SCCA Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich held their first practices and qualifying sessions of the action packed weekend.

The Michael Shank Racing duo of John Pew and Oswaldo Negri set the pace in the TUDOR Championship practice sessions with a fast lap time of 1:09.216 in their Honda Ligier JSP2 Prototype. The #4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, driven by Oliver Gavin was the fastest in the GTLM Class with a time of 1:15.741.

In Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying, Toronto’s Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson won the pole in the Grand Sport class in their Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350 and Devin Jones and Christian Szymczak in the Street Tuner class, setting the tone for Saturday’s race.

Saturday’s action begins at 8:00 am with qualifying sessions in the morning in addition to races for IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites and SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will hold their 150 minute race to kick-off the afternoon. The weekend headliner, The TUDOR Championship will hold their qualifying session in three groups beginning at 5:05 pm.

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance will run on Sunday, July 13 at 12:05 pm.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Announces Oliver Ferguson As Grand Marshal For Canada’s Biggest Sports Car Race Of The Year

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is very proud to announce Oliver Ferguson as the Grand Marshal for this weekend’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance.

Five-year-old Oliver loves cars and is a motor-racing super-fan. Sadly, in October of 2014 Oliver was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis when his liver enzymes climbed to 120 times normal. After months of drug treatment, Oliver’s condition worsened and he was diagnosed with bone marrow failure, Severe Aplastic Anemia in March 2015. A month later, the cause was discovered, Dyskerotosis Congenita (DC); a very rare genetic disorder that affects only about 700 people around the world.

DC is a Telomere disorder. Telomeres are the caps that protect your chromosomes from harmful gene mutations. Oliver is awaiting genetic testing results to discover what genes are being mutated. This means that Oliver’s immune system is unable to protect him from many different kinds of illnesses, even the common cold can be deadly. He is currently fighting complete bone marrow failure, and is at constant risk of internal bleeding. Ollie is relying on weekly platelet and hemoglobin transfusions to stay alive.

Even if Oliver were to suffer a paper-cut his body would not be able to stop the bleeding.

Oliver is currently waiting for a bone marrow match at Sick Kids Hospital so they can proceed with a bone marrow transplant. Although he is unable to make physical contact with others, nothing will stop him from enjoying the sights and sounds of motor-racing this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

We are very proud to have this brave little-boy as our Grand Marshal for Canada’s biggest sports-car racing event of the year.

People can visit the ‘Olliestrong’ Facebook page as well as the crowd funding page, www.cookieejar.com/project/olliestrong.

Wrist bands will be on sale throughout Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during this weekend`s event with full proceeds going to Olliestrong.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Counts Down To Canada’s Biggest Sports Car Race Of The Year

2014 TUDOR United Sportscar Championship Mosport

The top sports car racing teams and an international field of drivers from over a dozen countries will arrive at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next week for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance featuring the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, July 9-12.

The highlight of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance will be the prestigious TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, making their only stop north of the border in 2015. It will be the seventh of twelve rounds, as the Series continues its summer stretch following the long layoff for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The top sports car series in North America boasts more top manufacturers than Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar combined. The elite marques that will compete this weekend include BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Mazda, and Porsche plus the revolutionary Delta Wing prototype.

British Columbia native Michael Valiante will be looking to make some noise at his home track in the VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP, in the top-level Prototype class. After finishing third in the championship in 2014, Valiante currently sits atop the standings as he looks to win it all this year.

In addition to the TUDOR Championship, four popular series, Continental SportsCar Challenge, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda and the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich will also take to the 3.957 km grand prix circuit.

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge featuring production cars specifically modified for racing highlight the action on Saturday, July 11 with what is always a competitive race from start to finish. The list of Canadians that will look for a win on home soil are Toronto natives Anthony Mantella, Sasha Anis, Mark Wilkins and Scott Maxwell, Barrie’s Kyle Marcelli and James Vance of Stouffville in the Grand Sport Class (GS) and Vancouver’s Adam Isman, Zach Meyer of Toronto, Richmond’s Wei Lu, Glenn Nixon of Mission and Remo Ruscitti of Burnaby, BC will compete in the Street Tuner class (ST).

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance features a wide-array of fun things away from the track for fans to see and do, such as Tech Talks, Driver Chats and autograph sessions with TUDOR Championship and other series’ drivers. There will also be vendors selling authentic race-related merchandise. Both the TUDOR Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will feature Open Grid Walks on Saturday and Sunday, giving fans an up-close, interactive experience with the teams and drivers on track just minutes prior to the drop of the green flag.

The action kicks-off on Thursday (July 9) with a full-day of testing for all series’ except the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Friday (July 10) will see practice and qualifying sessions for all supporting series’ and the TUDOR Championship will hold their test sessions. Saturday’s (July 11) schedule starts with both practice and qualifying, followed by races for IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Cooper Prototype Lites. Sunday (July 12) morning opens with races in MX-5 Cup and IMSA GT3 Cup and the two-hour, 45 minute feature TUDOR Championship race at 12:05 pm. The Cooper Prototype Lites and MX-5 Cup close out the weekend.

A four-day SuperTicket is just $70 until July 8 ($80 at the Gate). Each ticket includes parking, access to the race team paddock and the Expo and Marketplace. As with all Canadian Tire Motorsport Park events, children 12 and under are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

Family and general camping areas are available. An advanced general camping pass is just $55 for the weekend when purchased before July 8 (tents or pop-up trailers). Advance RV passes are $75. There are full-service washrooms and located on the grounds.

For the spectators that like to get closer to the action, the Grand Prix Club offers a VIP hospitality package which includes a fully catered BBQ lunch, beverages and bar service (beer and wine) on Sunday. The GP Club Chalet tent is located trackside overlooking the start/finish straight and corner one. Passes are just $225 and are also good for admission to the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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