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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been presenting major league entertainment to fans since 1961. The 910-acre, multi-track facility is located less than an hour east of Toronto.

 

Recognized as Canada’s Home of Motorsports, CTMP has hosted just about every class of road racing on its famed 3.957 km circuit, including Formula 1, IndyCar, sports cars, stock cars, and much more.

 

In 2013, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s schedule features Canada’s top national championships and many of North America’s best road racing series, including the first Canadian race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Labour Day Weekend with the Chevrolet Silverado 250.


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FAST FACTS

Official opening: June 24, 1961

Track dimensions: The track length is 3.957 kilometres or 2.459 miles measures on the centre line of the track. There are ten turns. The "bump" was removed from the top of the Mario Andretti Straightaway in 1997.

First Race Event: June 3, 1961. It was a non-spectator event organized by the Oakville-Trafalgar Light Car Club. The winner of the first race at Mosport was Sam Bird in a Triumph TR3. Walt MacKay driving a Lotus 18-Formula Junior won the first feature race.

First Spectator Event: June 10, 1961. The inaugural spectator event at Mosport was the British Empire Motor Club Spring Trophy Races. The feature race was won by Ludwig Heimrath driving a Porsche RS60. 

First Professional Race: June 24, 1961. Stirling Moss of England, drove a Lotus 19 to victory in the first Player’s 200 at an average speed of 144.382 km/h (88.851 MPH). Joakim Bonnier of Sweden was second overall and under 2-litre class winner in a Porsche RS61.

First race won at over 100 MPH: Jim Hall driving a Chaparral-Chevrolet 2 won the 1965 Canadian Grand Prix for Sports Racing Cars at an average speed of 100.054 MPH (162.587 km/h) for 100 laps or 245.900 miles (399.587 kilometres).

Fastest Qualifying Lap: Dindo Capello of Italy driving an Audi R10 TDI turned a lap of 1:05.829 for an average speed of 134.476 MPH (218.748 km/h), in qualifying for the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, American Le Mans Series race on August 25, 2007.

Fastest Race Lap: Marco Werner of Germany driving an Audi R10 TDI put down a lap of 1:06.371 for an average speed of 133.377 MPH (216.962 km/h), during the Mobil 1 presents The Grand Prix of Mosport, American Le Mans Series race on August 26, 2007.

Longest Race: 1990 Toronto Star/Wheels SCCA Escort World Challenge Race. The team of Andy Pilgrim, John Heinricy, Don Knowles and Stuart Hayner drove a Chevrolet Corvette to victory completing 825 laps or 2,028.675 miles/3,264.525 kilometres. 

Did you know? Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is one of only two race tracks to have hosted Formula One, IndyCar, FIA World Endurance Championship and Can-Am races. The other is Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY.

 

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