Race fans it is time to update your 2016 calendar! Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has released the schedule for the iconic Mosport Grand Prix circuit for 2016.
The usual suspects are there, including the season opening Victoria Day Speedfest, Canadian Historic Grand Prix and the Sportscar Grand Prix, along with the NASCAR trucks to round out the Summer. Sadly, the Trans Am series has not returned to the Victoria Day event, but the Pirelli World Challenge more than makes up for it!
The biggest news is that CTMP has signed a five year deal with NASCAR that will see the Camping World Truck season returning to Canada’s home of motor racing until 2020.
Also significant news is a new push to bring in young fans. For 2016, fans under the age of 16 can get in for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. We here at Driven Wheels are all about getting teenagers interested in auto racing, so this is great news.
May 20-22 Castrol presents Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Pirelli World Challenge (All Classes); Canadian Touring Car Championship
June 17-19 Canadian Historic Grand Prix
Regular classes include Historic & Vintage Production; Sports Racers; Group 70+; Open Wheel
July 7-10 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Aug. 19-21 Superbike Doubleheader Weekend
Mopar Pro Superbike; Pro Sport Bike; Amateur Superbike; Amateur Sport Bike; Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series
Sep. 2-4 Chevrolet Silverado 250
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Canadian Touring Car Championship
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park press release
Continuing to feature the best variety of road racing in the country, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has announced its full 2016 major event schedule. It will be headlined by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, July 7-10 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, September 2-4.
“We will continue to provide fans of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with an unmatched range of events, with a variety of series’ to suit everyone’s interest,” said Myles Brandt, president and general manager at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. “We’ve got everything from open-wheel, prototypes, sports cars, vintage race cars to motorcycles.”
“Here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park we strive to provide the best value to families for all of our events. In adding to that tradition, we will now be offering free admission to those 16 years of age and under, up from the current age of 12, with the purchase of an adult ticket. We firmly believe that this new family-friendly initiative will accomplish just that, as well as allowing more of our younger fans a chance to continue to enjoy all that the facility has to offer.”
The Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will get Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s racing season underway, May 20-22, with the thundering stock cars of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series as well as all classes of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, highlighting the unofficial kick-off to the summer. The Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire will get their 10th anniversary season underway with a weekend doubleheader.
The Canadian Historic Grand Prix, featuring beautifully restored race cars from the past 50+ years of motorsport will take to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s legendary circuit on June 17-19.
Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year, the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, will showcase the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on July 7-10. Many of the top sports car drivers in the world in all four classes – Prototype (P), Grand Touring Le Mans (GTLM), Prototype Challenge (PC) and Grand Touring Daytona (GTD), will be joined by other top Series such as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and many more.
The nation’s top motorcycle riders will return on August 19-21 for the Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend. National classes such as Mopar Pro Superbike, Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike and the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series will all be on track for the country’s biggest motorcycle race of the year.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the Canadian Touring Car Championship, will round out the final major event of the season, September 2-4, now back on its traditional Labour Day long weekend date. NASCAR has also confirmed that the Camping World Truck Series will continue to compete here through 2020.