In my web-only Monday Morning Racing Roundup, I included the following information — but at the end of the report, as Jimmie Johnson’s fifth NASCAR championship and Antoine L’Estage’s and Nathalie Richard’s Tall Pines rally win, giving them the North American Triple Crown of rally racing, took precedence.
So if you missed it, here’s what it said:
"It was an unbelievable day for Canadian karters at the world championships in Muro Leccese, Italy, as Canadians won two of the four world titles at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.
"Scott Campbell of Sakatoon held off Dennis Kroes of the Netherlands to win one championship and Daniel Morad of Markham, after starting 13th on the grid, charged through the field to win the second."
Now, Morad, of Markham, is a major talent who is under-appreciated in his own country. After winning the Formula-BMW Americas championship, which qualified him for a scholarship from Red Bull, he was told to get lost by Helmut Marko (who likes to call himself Doctor, but isn’t one) because Robert Wickens of Guelph had won the championship the year previous and Marko/Red Bull didn’t want to have to support any more Canadians.
Simple as that.
After being pretty much ignored by Canadian corporations when he went looking for sponsorship, Morad — whose bloodlines are in Lebanon — went there looking for support and got it. He raced for Lebanon in the A1GP Series and Lebanese support got him into the European GP3 Series last year and will continue in 2011.
(An aside: where are Canadian corporations when guys like Morad and Wickens go looking for support? Morad is a WORLD CHAMPION, for God’s sake. They both won that F-BMW series championship and Wickens finished second in the Formula 2 Series in 2009 and second again this year in GP3. These guys are major talents. Everybody’s lining up to try to get Canadian Tire money but where is Petro-Canada? Where is the Royal Bank of Canada?)
In any event, Morad’s victory last weekend in Italy will be remembered for a long, long time because of this video.
Click on the link and take a look. It’s hilarious.
But what happened, happened because Daniel Morad of Markham, Ontario, CANADA, had just won the world championship and was thrilled.
We should all be thrilled with him, and for him.