Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Park and Mosport International Raceway) is a multi-track motorsport venue located north of Bowmanville, in Ontario, Canada, 64 km (40 mi) east of Toronto. The facility features a 3.957-kilometre (2.459 mi), 10-turn road course; a 2.9-kilometre (1.8 mi) advance driver and race driver training facility with a 0.40-kilometre (14 mi) skid pad (Driver Development Centre) and a 1.5-kilometre (0.93 mi) kart track (Mosport Karting Centre Inc., previously "Mosport Kartways"). The name "Mosport", a portmanteau of Motor Sport, came from the enterprise formed to build the track.[2]

History

Moss Corner – Turn 5a and 5b.
Tunnel, Whites Corner – Turn 10 and Event Centre.

The circuit was the second purpose-built road race course in Canada after Westwood Motorsport Park in Coquitlam, British Columbia,[3] succeeding Edenvale (Stayner, Ontario), Port Albert, Ontario's Green Acres (ex-British Commonwealth Air Training Plan), and Nanticoke, Ontario's Harewood Acres (ex-British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Number One Bombing and Gunnery School), all airport circuits, as Ontario racing venues.

The track was designed and built in the late 1950s. The first race to be held on the track was a local event organized by the Oakville Light Car Club in June 1961.[4] Shortly thereafter, on June 25, the venue held its first major race, the Player's 200, a sports car race bringing drivers from the world over to rural Ontario. Stirling Moss won the two-heat event in a Lotus 19. Second was Joakim Bonnier with Olivier Gendebien third.[5] The proposed hairpin was expanded into two discrete corners, to be of greater challenge to the drivers and more interesting for the spectators, at his suggestion, and is named Moss Corner in his honour. This is a source of lingering confusion as many people call the track Mossport. Unlike many historic motorsport venues, Mosport's track layout has remained mostly unchanged from its original form.

For 2001, the entire circuit was repaved to meet FIA specifications, and is now 12.8 m (42 ft) wide. Drivers were consulted to ensure the character of the "old" track was kept; almost all the "racing lines" have been maintained.

Mosport achieved acclaim through a series of international sports car races under the title "Canadian Grand Prix" normally reserved for Formula 1 races. Many events were wildly popular, breaking Canadian sports attendance records with each successive race. The success of these races led Mosport to be seen as a key component in the founding of the Can Am Series.

The CanAm first visited the track in its inaugural season in 1966, and Mosport hosted at least one event in every year of the series' history, except 1968. In 1967, Canada's centennial year, Mosport hosted Formula One, USAC, and a 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix. F1's Grand Prix of Canada remained at the track until 1977, until it was moved to Montreal. Mosport has hosted a wide variety of series throughout its history. The circuit has held Formula One, USAC, World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, Formula 5000, and many other sports car, open-wheel, and motorcycle series.

Mosport has had several fatalities, both track crew, drivers, and riders, the most recognized being German Formula One driver Manfred Winkelhock who was killed in 1985 when his Porsche 962C crashed into a concrete wall. [1] Another fatality at the track was in 2008 during the 29th annual Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada Racing Festival. Driver Dino Crescentini of Rochester Hills, MI – a ten-year veteran of vintage racing – lost control of his 1977 Wolf Dallara Can-Am car, which previously had been driven by Gilles Villeneuve. The most recent fatality was in 2018 when 61 year old former Pro Mazda driver Jeff Green speared off the racetrack at turn 8, and slammed into the barrier. He was attended to quickly but was unable to survive the crash.

The fastest ever recorded lap was taken by Rinaldo Capello, in an Audi R10 TDI, in qualifying for the 2008 Grand Prix of Mosport, with a time of 1:04.094. The lap record was set in the race for that meeting with Capello's Audi Sport North America teammate Marco Werner lapping in a time of 1:05.823.[6]

Mosport has had a succession of owners since the original public company created to build the track. Two of those prior owners, Norm Namerow (who owned the track through his publishing company, CanTrack, until his death) and Harvey Hudes, have both been inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame for their contribution to the sport in Canada. In 1998, Panoz Motorsports purchased the facility, and in 1999, the newly formed American Le Mans Series visited Mosport for the first time.

Canadian Motorsports Ventures Ltd. (CMV) which includes Orlando Corp. Chairman Carlo Fidani and Canadian road racing driver Ron Fellows, purchased the facility in June 2011.[7]

In February 2012, a partnership between Mosport and Canadian Tire was announced. The partnership includes a renaming of the track to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The partnership will help to upgrade the facility, and improve the experience for spectators, participants, race teams, and corporate sponsors.[8]

Driver Development Centre

In the spring of 2000, Mosport opened the Driver Development Centre, a second 1.7-kilometre (1.1 mi), 12 turn training circuit designed for driver development. The new course was designed by the owners and instructors of the Bridgestone Racing Academy and was designed specifically with fewer guard rails, walls and minimum blind corners to meet the needs of their driver and mechanic training program.[9][10]

Due to significant scheduling demands on the original Grand Prix circuit, the original academy course was reconstructed and lengthened to a full racing course in the fall of 2013. The new track features two configuration options; a 2.2-kilometre (1.4 mi) intermediate course, a 2.9-kilometre (1.8 mi) advanced course, as well as a skid pad, a pit lane, and a multi-storey event centre with classrooms and other facilities.[11]

Prior to the Driver Development Centre, Mosport was home to the Bridgestone Racing Academy from 2000 to 2019, which conducted corporate programs, racing schools, and a Mechanics Training Program. The academy itself was originally established at Shannonville Motorsport Park, when owners Charlie and Brett Goodman acquired the cars and equipment of the former Spenard-David Racing School and teamed with then-Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc.

Mosport Speedway

Mosport Speedway was a 0.80-kilometre (12 mi) oval speedway located on the northwest corner of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The track featured 240-metre-long (800 ft) straightaways, 6-degree banked corners and two grandstands with seating for 8,500.

Mosport Speedway

The oval was constructed in 1989 as a dirt track originally called Mosport's Ascot North, named after the famous Ascot Park track in Gardena, California. The first event was scheduled in July 1989 and was to feature USAC Midgets and Sprint Cars and the World of Outlaws. The races were cancelled after the initial heat races caused deep ruts in the corners and dislodging stones hidden under the clay.[12]

The track was paved that summer and renamed Mosport International Speedway. The track hosted a weekly Saturday night stock car racing program from May to September for 24 years. The stock car divisions included pure stock, sportsman and late models. The oval also featured regular touring series including the ACT Series, ISMA Supermodifieds, OSCAAR, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, CASCAR Super Series and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.[13]

The park announced the closing of the oval in July 2013 to accommodate the expansion of the Driver Development Centre.[14]

Current series

A motorcycle racer at Mosport

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

It was announced in September 2013 that Canadian Tire Motorsports Park was chosen to host an annual round of the IMSA United SportsCar Championship beginning in 2014.[15] The new series replaced the American Le Mans Series as the feature race during the tracks annual SportsCar Grand Prix, which is Canada's largest annual sportscar race.[16]

NASCAR Truck Series

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September 2013, marking the first time the series has raced in Canada.[17] Chevrolet was announced as the title sponsor and the race is known as the Chevrolet Silverado 250.[18]

NASCAR Pinty's Series

The NASCAR Pinty's Series has visited the facility at least twice annually every year since its inaugural season in 2007. Currently the race is known as the Clarington 200 and takes place during the tracks Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend and its Chevrolet Silverado 250 weekend.

Other series

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The track also hosts vintage racing series, motorcycle racing, and Canadian Automobile Sport Club (CASC) amateur events and lapping days.

Photo gallery

Lap records

The fastest official race lap records at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) for different classes are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Date
Grand Prix Circuit: 3.957 km (1961–present)
LMP1 1:05.823[21] Marco Werner Audi R10 TDI 2008 Grand Prix of Mosport
DPi 1:05.987[22] Tom Blomqvist Acura ARX-05 2022 Chevrolet Grand Prix
LMP2 1:06.123[21] David Brabham Acura ARX-01B 2008 Grand Prix of Mosport
DP 1:10.200[23] Oswaldo Negri Jr. Ligier JS P2 2015 SportsCar Grand Prix
LMPC 1:10.962[24] Colin Braun Oreca FLM09 2013 SportsCar Grand Prix
Formula Atlantic 1:11.541[25] John Edwards Swift 016.a 2009 Grand Prix of Mosport
Can-Am 1:11.875[26] Al Unser Jr. Frissbee GR3 1982 Can-Am Challenge at Mosport Park
LMP3 1:12.523[22] Garett Grist Ligier JS P320 2022 Chevrolet Grand Prix
WSC 1:12.527[27] Andrea Montermini Ferrari 333 SP 1997 Mosport Festival
U.S.A.C. IndyCar 1:12.571[28] Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ6 1978 Molson Diamond Indy
Group C 1:12.915[29] Hans-Joachim Stuck Porsche 962C 1985 1000 km of Mosport
F1 1:13.299 Mario Andretti Lotus 78 1977 Canadian Grand Prix
GT1 (GTS) 1:13.867[30] Tomáš Enge Aston Martin DBR9 2006 Grand Prix of Mosport
LM GTE 1:14.076[31] Earl Bamber Porsche 911 RSR (2017) 2019 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
F5000 1:14.149[32] Brian Redman Lola T332 1975 Labatt's Blue 5000
GT1 (Prototype) 1:14.685[33] David Brabham Panoz GTR-1 1998 Mosport Festival
Star Mazda 1:15.321[34] Daniel di Leo Star Formula Mazda 'Pro' 2004 Mosport Star Mazda Championship round
Group 7 1:16.240[35] Jackie Oliver Shadow DN4 1976 Mosport 200
GT3 1:16.565[22] Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 2022 Chevrolet Grand Prix
GTS 1:17.408[36] Steve Millen Nissan 300ZX 1992 Mosport Grand Prix
Group 6 1:17.660[37] Jacky Ickx Porsche 936 1976 Player's 200
Trans-Am 1:18.312[38] Klaus Graf Jaguar XKR 2009 Mosport Trans-Am round
GTO 1:18.396[39] Robby Gordon Mercury Cougar XR-7 1990 Mosport Grand Prix
Group 5 production cars 1:19.960[40] Danny Ongais Porsche 935 K3/80 1980 Molson Canadian 1000
Pickup truck racing 1:21.276[41] Ross Chastain Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 250
Sports 2000 1:22.076[37] Tony Cicale Chevron B26 1976 Player's 200
GT4 1:23.144[42] Robin Liddell Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R 2022 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120
GTU 1:24.424[36] John Fergus Dodge Daytona 1992 Mosport Grand Prix
TCR Touring Car 1:24.494[43] Matthew Taskinen Audi RS 3 LMS TCR 2019 1st Mosport CTCC round
World SBK 1:25.781[44] Jamie James Ducati 851 SBK 1990 Mosport World SBK round
F1600 1:28.190[45] Mac Clark Mygale SJ13 2020 4th Mosport Canadian F1600 round
Stock car racing 1:30.745[46] Louis-Philippe Dumoulin Dodge Challenger 2022 eBay Motors 200
Group 5 touring car 1:34.200[47] Craig Fisher Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1969 Mosport CTCC round
500cc 1:50.212[48] Mike Hailwood Honda RC181 1967 Canadian motorcycle Grand Prix

Former series and major race winners

FIA Formula One World Championship

Year Race Driver Constructor Report
1967 Player's Canadian Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Report
1969 Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford Report
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
1972 Labatt's Canadian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
1973 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford Report
1974 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Report
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
1977 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Report

FIA World Sportscar Championship

Year Race Drivers Team Car Distance/Duration
1976 Player's 200 Weekend United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Shadow Shadow DN4 Chevrolet 320 km (200 mi)
1977 Molson Diamond Can-Am Trans-Am Weekend Canada Ludwig Heimrath
United States Paul Miller
Canada Heimrath Racing Porsche 934/5 6 hours
1980 Molson Canadian 1000 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United States Dick Barbour Racing/Sachs USA Porsche 935 K3/80 6 hours
1981 Molson 1000 Germany Harald Grohs
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Germany Andial Meister Racing Porsche 935 K3 6 hours
1984 Budweiser GT Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi)
1985 Budweiser GT Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 962C 1,000 km (620 mi)

USAC Championship Car (IndyCar)

Year Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
1967 Telegram Trophy 200 United States Bobby Unser Leader Cards Racing Eagle Ford
1968 Telegram Trophy 200 United States Dan Gurney Oscar Olson Eagle Weslake-Ford
1977 Molson Diamond Indy United States A. J. Foyt A. J. Foyt Enterprises Coyote Foyt
1978 Molson Diamond Indy United States Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli Cosworth

FIM Road Racing World Championship

Year Race 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1967 Canadian motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Bill Ivy Yamaha United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda Report

FIM Formula 750 World Championship

Year Race Winning Rider Manufacturer
1977 Molson Diamond Motorcycle Grand Prix of Canada Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki
1978 United States Michael Baldwin Yamaha
1979 France Patrick Pons Yamaha

FIM World Superbike Championship

Year Race Date Winning Rider Winning Team
1989 Race 1 Rothman's Superbike June 4 United States Fred Merkel Team Rumi RCM
Race 2 Italy Giancarlo Falappa Bimota SpA
1990 Race 1 Bud Superbike June 3 France Raymond Roche Squadra Corse Ducati Lucchinelli
Race 2 France Raymond Roche Squadra Corse Ducati Lucchinelli
1991 Race 1 June 2 Canada Pascal Picotte Fast Yamaha/Sunoco
Race 2 United States Tom Kipp Wiseco Piston Yamaha

FIM Motocross World Championship

Year Class Driver Manufacturer
1976 500cc Netherlands Gerrit Wolsink Suzuki
1977 125cc Belgium André Massant Yamaha
1979 500cc Netherlands Gerrit Wolsink Suzuki

American Le Mans Series

IMSA GT Championship

SCCA Trans-Am Series

Canadian Sports Car Championship

Year Date Race Driver Team Car
1961 June 10 BEMC Trophy Canada Ludwig Heimrath Sr. Eglinton Caledonia Motors Porsche 718 RS 60
June 24 Player's 200 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Dominions Corp. Lotus 19 Monte Carlo Climax
Aug 5 Grand Valley Car Club Trophy Canada Ludwig Heimrath Sr. Eglinton Caledonia Motors Porsche 718 RS 60
Sep 9 BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Canada Harry Entwistle Hamilton Racing Partnership Lotus 15 Climax
Sep 30 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Peter Ryan Comstock Racing Team Lotus 19 Monte Carlo Climax
1962 June 9 Player's 200 United States Masten Gregory United Dominions-Laystall Lotus 19 Climax
Sep 8 BEMC Indian Summer Races Canada John Cannon Dailu Bardahl Special
Sep 22 Canadian Grand Prix United States Masten Gregory U.D.T./Laystall Lotus 19 Climax
1963 18 May BEMC Spring Trophy Races Canada John Cannon Dailu Mk II Ford
June 1 Player's 200 United States Chuck Daigh Arciero Bros. Racing Team Lotus 19 Climax
June 16 Grand National Races Canada Dennis Coad Whiz Car Care Products Lotus 19 Climax
Sep 28 Canadian Grand Prix Mexico Pedro Rodriguez North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 P
1964 June 6 Player's 200 – Race No. 1 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Bruce McLaren Racing Ltd. Zerex Special Oldsmobile Traco V8
June 6 Player's 200 – Race No. 2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Bruce McLaren Racing Ltd. Zerex Special Oldsmobile Traco V8
June 21 Spring Trophy Races Canada Ludwig Heimrath Sr. Canadian Comstock Ltd. Cooper Monaco T61 Ford
Sep 27 Canadian Grand Prix Mexico Pedro Rodriguez North American Racing Team Ferrari 330 P
1965 June 6 Player's 200 United Kingdom John Surtees Team Surtees Lola T70 Mk 2 Chevrolet V8
June 19 Spring Trophy Race Canada Ludwig Heimrath Sr. Heimrath Racing/Keating Ford McLaren Elva Mark I Ford V8
Sep 4 Indian Summer Trophy Races Canada Ludwig Heimrath Sr. Heimrath Racing/Keating Ford McLaren Elva Mark I Ford V8
Sep 25 Canadian Grand Prix United States Jim Hall Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral 2A Chevrolet
1966 June 5 Player's 200 New Zealand Bruce McLaren Bruce McLaren Racing Ltd. McLaren Elva Mark IIB Ford
1967 June 3 BEMC Spring Trophy Races Canada Ross de St.-Croix Eustache Soucy McLaren Elva Mark II Chevrolet
Oct 9 Wm. Cleland Memorial Trophy Canada John Cordts McLaren Elva Mark III Chevrolet
1968 19 May BARC Ontario Region Races Canada John Cordts McLaren Elva Mark III Chevrolet
Sep 7 BEMC Indian Summer Trophy Races Canada Roger McCaig McCaig racing McLaren M6B Chevrolet

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USAC Stock Car

Year Date Race Title Driver Team Car
1962 June 23 Peterborough International United States Rodger Ward 1962 Pontiac [53]
1962 June 23 Peterborough International United States Paul Goldsmith 1962 Pontiac Catalina [54]
1966 July 30 Coca-Cola/Kawartha 250 United States Don White Ray Nichels 1966 Dodge Charger [55]
1966 July 30 Coca-Cola/Kawartha 250 United States Sam Tovella Sal's Auto Sales 1965 Plymouth [56]
1967 July 29 Bardahl/Kawartha 250 United States Mario Andretti Holman Moody 1967 Ford [57]
1967 July 29 Bardahl/Kawartha 250 United States Parnelli Jones Holman Moody 1967 Ford Fairlane [58]
1968 July 20 CHUM/Mosport 250 United States Roger McCluskey Norm Nelson 1967 Plymouth [59]
1968 July 20 CHUM/Mosport 250 United States Al Unser Sr. R/A Hoerr Inc. 1968 Dodge Charger [60]
1978 June 10 Molson Diamond USAC Stock Cars United States A. J. Foyt A. J. Foyt Chevrolet Camaro [61]

SCCA Can-Am Series

SCCA Formula 5000

Year Race Driver Chassis Engine
1968 Mosport Continental United States Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 Chevrolet V8
1969 Mac's Mosport Continental Canada John Cannon Eagle Mk 5 Chevrolet V8
1970 Mac's Mosport Continental United States Mark Donohue Lola T192 Chevrolet V8
1974 Labatt's Blue 5000 Weekend United Kingdom David Hobbs Lola T332 Chevrolet V8
1975 Labatt's Blue 5000 Weekend United States Mario Andretti Lola T332 Chevrolet V8
1976 Labatt's Blue 5000 Weekend Australia Alan Jones Lola T332 Chevrolet V8

Atlantic Championship

Year Date Driver
1974 June 30 Canada Bill Brack [62]
1975 July 20 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson [63]
1976 Aug 22 United States Bobby Rahal [64]
1977 22 May United States Price Cobb [65]
1979 Aug 19 United States Kevin Cogan [66]
1981 June 13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve [67]
1982 June 5 United States Whitney Ganz [68]
1982 Sep 12 United States Whitney Ganz [68]
1983 Sep 11 Brazil Roberto Moreno [69]
1987 June 7 United Kingdom Calvin Fish [70]
1988 June 19 New Zealand Colin Trueman [71]
1989 June 25 United States Jocko Cunningham [72]
1992 Sep 20 Canada David Empringham [73]
1993 June 20 Canada Claude Bourbonnais [74]
1994 22 May United States Greg Ray [75]
2009 Aug 30 United States Jonathan Summerton [76]

Formula Super Vee Championship

Year Date Driver
1974 Sep 22 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson [77]
1975 Sep 21 United States Eddie Miller [78]
1976 June 20 United States Bill Henderson [79]
1977 Oct 9 United States Bob Lazier [80]
1979 June 3 Australia Geoff Brabham [81]
1982 Sep 12 United States Michael Andretti [82]
1983 June 5 United States Price Cobb [83]

CASCAR Super Series

ASA National Tour

USAC National Sprint Car Series

Year Date Race Driver
1989 Sep 17 USAC Canadian Sprint Car Nationals United States Gary Fedewa
Sep 17 United States Wayne Hammond [84]

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Music events

Mosport has also been the venue of a number of concerts and music festivals such as:

See also

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