The summer’s biggest sports car race, the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport featuring the cars and stars of the American Le Mans Series, will take to the storied circuit north of Mosport this coming weekend but downtown Toronto will get a preview tomorrow at Yonge-Dundas Square.
Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, drivers Klaus Graf of Germany (he won the ALMS Mosport race a year ago in a Porsche RS Spyder with co-driver Romain Dumas of France) and Canadian stars Tony Burgess of Toronto (he was on the podium last year as well), Kyle Marcelli of Barrie, Ken Wilden of Oakville, Remy Audette of St-Anne des Lacs, Que., and Marco Cerone of Toronto will be talking with fans and signing autographs.
New Mosport co-owner and Canadian road racing veteran Ron Fellows (Corvette Racing, NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup driver) will also be on hand to talk about the weekend’s card that also includes races in the Formula Ford 2000 Series, IMSA GT3 Cup, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Cooper Tires Lites, Star Mazda Series and the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship.
The weekend will get under way at Mosport on Thursday with a full day of testing except for the ALMS cars, which won’t hit the track till Friday. Qualifying and races in all classes will be held Saturday with Sunday devoted totally to racing.
The Grand Prix of Mosport will get the green flag shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday and run for two hours and 45 minutes.
The preview at Yonge-Dundas Square, dubbed Mosport RaceFest 2011, will also include pit-stop demonstrations featuring the Corvette and Muscle Milk Aston Martin racing teams.
For further information, go to the Mosport web site.