I love all forms of motorsport but I am partial to open-wheel racing, whether it's on an oval or a road course. And of all the beginner classes out there, I admit to being partial to what was once called Formula Ford racing.
Literally all of our legendary Canadian champions - Horst Kroll, Ron Fellows, Paul Tracy - got their starts in the little single-seaters. And the list of successful drivers who've passed through Britain's famous Formula Ford Festival at one time or another reads like a who's who of international racing.
This is changing. Jason Sharpe, a Toronto promoter, took charge of the series last year and has ramped things up considerably for 2013.
He and Quebec promoter Marcel Lafontaine have taken the first steps toward thawing the freeze that has existed for several years between the Quebec-based Formula Tour and the Ontario F1600 racers. Last month, they announced the formation of the Formula 1600 Super Series that will race four times next summer at events like the Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal and the Honda Indy Toronto.
Today, Sharpe and Joel Robinson, also of Toronto, announced that their respective organizations - Move Motorsports, promoters of the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and Formula 1600 Super Series and Fuel MediaLab, producers of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on TSN - have reached an agreement to produce a number of television shows that will be broadcast nationally during the 2014 season.
In a release issued this morning, Sharpe and Robinson said that the broadcasts will cover a select number of events and feature on-track action but will also go behind the scenes to showcase some of Canada's future international racing stars.
“Formula 1600 is the first step on the ladder to a career in racing,” said Sharpe. “Half of our competitors are under the age of 18 and right out of karts. They are fearless and hungry for nothing other than victory."
Said Robinson, also in a release: “In the 25 years I have been involved in televised auto racing, the Formula 1600 series has been one of the most exciting to watch. It doesn’t get better than seeing that group of 30 to 35 cars racing five-wide into turn one."
The events, the network and the broadcast schedule will be make public after the first of the year.
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