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Victoria Day Speedfest at CTMP: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Featuring NASCAR Pinty’s Series and SCCA Pro Pirelli World Challenge debrief

Fantastic, absolutely fantastic weekend spent in Canada over the Victoria Day weekend flagging for some local NASCAR, touring car and SCCA Pro World Challenge series… what a hoot, eh?

It’s been three years since the last time I went to volunteer in Canada, the last time I did a double header working Toronto Indy followed by American Le Mans Series (hey remember ALMS? ) ­čÖé┬áback-to-back. That was 2013 and somehow the closest International destination to marshal fell off my radar, until now. I picked a relatively small pro weekend but full of excitement and variety. Variety because there was a lot of interesting stuff on track… from NASCAR stock cars, to local CTCC – Canadian Touring Car series, and my favorite Pirelli World Challenge with all groups on track including PWC GT/GTA/GT Cup, PWC GTS, PWC TC/TCA/TCB and a brand new class PWC Sprint X featuring a mix of GT/GTA/GTS cars… amazing!

In a typical CTMP fashion every day I was assigned a new station to work… I got to check out Turn 6 which is more of an uphill straight along the back straight… Turn 10 which is the last turn before Start/Finish and Turn 5 which is a very dramatic double apex hair pin with elevation changes… pretty awesome. I requested to Blue Flag the PWC series since I knew that IF I didn’t ask, they’d appoint another Blue Flag specialist and I’ll be stuck on Yellow Flag for the weekend, as that’s the way they do things in Mosport. Luckily my blue flag request was honored and I blue flagged like crazy. I even got to use the blue flag for NASCAR Pinty’s series which means a completely different thing… for them Blue Flag is local caution while Yellow Flag is full course caution. I volunteered to work on flags for the NASCAR sessions even though it was meant to be my time off, and I feel like I got my money’s worth.

This time around I stayed with a fellow marshal in Bowmanville… he’s a Canadian legend in the marshaling world having been born into Motorsport and marshaling for a very long and impressive career. I really enjoyed my stay!

The food was amazing as usual. I couldn’t wait to try new things as much as I wanted to try things I’ve had before just to stick to the local diet. I had poutine a few times. I had fish & chips. I even went to Timmy’s for some Timbits!

But for me this whole weekend was about cars, and I got plenty of action to enjoy… What a great time! I can’t wait to go back again.

While working at 10 and having pit entry in my direct line of sight I spotted someone with an SRO shirt moonlighting before the start of one of the PWC races… it was Stefan Ratel from Belgium. I’m really impressed with this guy, someone I’ve now seen in COTA and I think at Barber Motorsports Park too… I cannot wait to see what becomes of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The new race of Sprint X which combined some of the GT/GTA cars with GTS was brilliant. I want to see more stuff like that taking place in the US!

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Au revoir Canada… until next time!

Post Card from Mosport: Victoria Day Speedfest at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Howdy from Canada, eh?

Another most excellent weekend in the books… Lots of racing action, good passes and spectacular crashes that I got to wave some flags for. Since this wasn’t ┬ámy first time to CTMP I knew what to expect and capitalized on the opportunities that presented themselves… I’ll do a more detailed debrief later, but for now some photos:

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Apparently Pinty’s Series is the Canadian version of NASCAR which was at some point in the past called…. CASCAR ­čÖé

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I got to work three different stations over the three day weekend, blue flagging from each point at Turn 6 (which is actually a big uphill climb on the back stretch), Turn 10 (which is the very last turn before Start/Finish) and Turn 5 (which is a double-apex hairpin). Besides blue flagging the SCCA Pro series including PWC GT/GTA/GT Cup class, GTS class, Sprint X class which included GT/GTA/GTS, and the TC/TCA/TCB class; and the local Canadian Touring Car Chamipionship CTCC; I got to blue flag NASCAR Pinty’s Series which is the Canadian division of NASCAR and requires similar flagging as we do in Watkins Glen where blue flag means local caution (where for every other series we would display a yellow) and yellow flag means full course caution.

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Canadian ingenuity? creativity?

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Turn 10, with Petro-Canada Ultra 94 ad tempting me to refuel there.

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Flag stand at Turn 6 on the back straight.

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Turn 6 is also the Black flag station we got to throw a few Meatballs.

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The stations layout at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Logo looks familiar? Nope, that’s not SCCA.

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From Turn 6 looking towards Turn 7.

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Can’t wait to go back to Canada for another event at Mosport!

Mazda MX-5: Canada Miata Meetup in Ontario that Never Happened, Sorry!

What’s more Canadian than saying “Sorry?”

I had high hopes of meeting up with some local MX-5 Miata owners in Ontario on my latest trip to Bowmanville to volunteer for some amazing racing over the Victoria Day Weekend at Mosport – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park…

Unfortunately the mini-meet, little get together, a foodie cruise never materialized due to the lack of interest… Sorry!

I’m really disappointed with myself for not being able to make this thing happen… surely there are Miata owners in that part of Ontario right? I was willing to drive an hour out of the way to Toronto if anyone had gotten in touch, but it seems people didn’t care. Too bad!

So instead I enjoyed all the American Miata’s that showed up to race in the Pirelli World Challenge TC and TCA class… their paddock area was along the main route to the marshal Chalet at the top of the hill in Mosport so I got to drive past them every morning and afternoon… the only thing I pussied out to do was park my car next to all the race cars and take some photos… Oh well, maybe in the future I’ll grow some balls… maybe as soon as next weekend at Lime Rock where the PWC TC/TCA cars will be next…

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I had such a fantastic time on this trip, I’m not down one bit for not meeting other Miata owners… even though it was a perfect opportunity wasted. Instead I focused my free time on supporting race sponsors, like Petro-Canada who sponsored the Canadian Porsche Carrera / GT3 Cup with their Ultra 94 brand… I learned that Petro-Canada took over the distribution of this product from Sunoco (that’s why Ultra 94 may seem familiar) but either way, it was like a mission to me to find this gas which isn’t available at all stations… I found that staging a little photo shoot at Petro-Canada was a very cool and patriotic setting for this trip… so, the pix:

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The Petro-Canada station where I ended up getting a fill-up with Ultra 94 was some 30 miles along 401 heading home, where the price was cheaper than Shell 91 I filled up with when I first arrived Bowmanville… One thing’s for sure, Gas Buddy lied to me!

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By the way, Petro-Canada calls it Ultra 94 in Ontario and Alberta, while in Montreal, Quebec they call it SuperClean 94. Speaking to one of the marshals about octane levels and such, he suggested that from his experience filling up his bike, Shell fuel 91 Nitro+ is the best option out there… but having tried both, I’m not convinced.

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Maybe next time I’ll be able to organize an actual Canadian MX-5 Miata get-together… I have high hopes! Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a perfect venue for Mazda Miata mini-meets!

 

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