The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix is an annual IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race held every July or August at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.[1] The race originated in 1975 and is currently a two hour and forty minute race in order to fit the event into a television-friendly package. Previous editions of the Grand Prix were part of the World Sportscar Championship, the American Le Mans Series and the IMSA GT Championship.

History

2007 Grand Prix of Mosport

In 1961 the first international professional sportscar races at Mosport Park took place with the inaugural Players 200 in June won by Stirling Moss and the first Canadian Grand Prix won by Peter Ryan in September as part of the Canadian Sportscar Championship.[2][3][4] In 1966 the Grand Prix became part of the inaugural Can-Am Series season before becoming a Formula One Grand Prix in 1967.[5] The Mosport Can-Am races continued to be part of the Can-Am series through to its demise in 1986 with the track hosting more Can-Am races than any other facility.

Audi Sport North America has the most wins by a team with 6 victories.

In 1975 the International Motor Sports Association sportscars visited the track for the first time when it’s Camel GT Challenge raced during the Labatt's Blue 5000 Weekend sharing the weekend schedule with the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship.[6][7] The inaugural 100 mile IMSA race was won by Hurley Haywood in a Porsche Carrera.[8]

The race was included as part of the World Sports Car Championship on six occasions, for the first time in 1976 and for the final time as the 1985 Mosport 1000 which also marked the final FIA World Championship event to be held at the facility.

2003 Grand Prix of Mosport grid

From 1989 through 1992, IMSA returned to headline GT only races in May and June for their GTO and GTU classes. With the launch of the new World Sports Cars category in 1995, prototypes returned to the track for the first time in a decade for the Chrysler Mosport 500.

In August of 1999, the American Le Mans Series made its first appearance at the track as the new headline IMSA sanctioned series for the renamed Grand Prix of Mosport weekend.[9]

The series reintroduced factory backed prototypes designed for the high speeds of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Prototypes from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Panoz, Porsche and Acura led to the highest speeds ever recorded at the track. The 2008 Grand Prix of Mosport included the fastest ever lap at the circuit taken by Rinaldo Capello during qualifying in an Audi R10 TDI with a time of 1:04.094.[10][11]

Mosport was one of four tracks that would appear on the American Le Mans Series schedule every year for the next fifteen years of the series existence.[12]

Porsche has the most victories by a manufacturer with 8 overall wins.

In 2014 the Grand Prix continued as part of the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship following the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.[13][14]

In 2020 and 2021 the Grand Prix was not held for the first time in a quarter of a century due to the Covid-19 pandemic.[15][16]

Winners

Year Date Drivers Team Car Distance/Duration Race Title Report
IMSA GT Championship
1975 June 14 United States Hurley Haywood United States Porsche Carrera 100 miles (160 km) Labatt's Blue 5000 Weekend
World Sports Car Championship
1976 Aug 22 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Shadow Shadow DN4 Chevrolet 200 miles (320 km) Player's 200 Weekend
1977 Aug 20 Canada Ludwig Heimrath
United States
Canada Heimrath Racing Porsche 934/5 6 hours Molson Diamond Can-Am Trans-Am Weekend
1978
1979
Not held
World Sportscar Championship & IMSA GT Championship
1980 Aug 17 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United States /Sachs USA Porsche 935 K3/80 6 hours Molson Canadian 1000
1981 Aug 16 Germany Harald Grohs
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Germany Porsche 935 K3 6 hours Molson 1000
IMSA GT Championship
1982 Aug 15 United States John Paul, Jr.
United States John Paul, Sr.
United States Porsche 935 JLP-3 6 hours Labatt's 50 GT
1983 Aug 14 United States Bob Tullius
Canada Bill Adam
United States Jaguar XJR-5 6 hours Labatt's GT
World Sportscar Championship
1984 Aug 5 Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi) Budweiser GT Report
1985 Aug 11 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 962C 1,000 km (620 mi) Budweiser GT Report
1986
1987
1988
Not held
IMSA GT Championship
1989 June 25 United States Pete Halsmer United States Roush Racing Mercury Cougar XR-7 500 km (310 mi) (GTO/GTU/AC only) The Audi Quattro IMSA Weekend
1990 June 24 New Zealand Steve Millen United States Nissan 300ZX 300 km (190 mi) (GTO/GTU/AAC only) The Nissan Grand Prix
1991 May 20 United States Pete Halsmer Japan Mazda Motorsports Mazda RX-7 300 km (190 mi) (GTO/GTU/AAC only) The Nissan Grand Prix
1992 May 18 Canada Jeremy Dale United States Nissan 300ZX 2 hours (GTS/GTO/GTU only) The Nissan Grand Prix
1993
1994
Not held
1995 Aug 13 United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford 3 Hours Chrysler Mosport 500
1996 Aug 25 United States Butch Leitzinger
United States John Paul Jr.
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford 3 Hours Chrysler Mosport 500
1997 Aug 31 Canada Ron Fellows
United States Rob Morgan
United States Central Arkansas Racing Ferrari 333 SP 2 Hours Mosport Festival Report
1998 Aug 9 United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford 2 hours, 45 minutes Mosport Festival Report
American Le Mans Series
1999 June 27 Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Johnny O'Connell
United States Panoz Motor Sports Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S 2 hours, 45 minutes The Grand Prix at Mosport Report
2000 Aug 6 Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes The globemegawheels.com Grand Prix at Mosport Report
2001 Aug 19 Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Gran Turismo 3 Grand Prix at Mosport Report
2002 Aug 18 Italy Rinaldo Capello
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes Grand Prix at Mosport sponsored by mail2web.com Report
2003 Aug 17 Germany Frank Biela
Germany Marco Werner
Germany Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 2 hours, 45 minutes The Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2004 Aug 8 United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Dyson Racing MG-Lola EX257 2 hours, 45 minutes The Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2005 Sept 4 United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Dyson Racing MG-Lola EX257 2 hours, 45 minutes Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2006 Sept 3 Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2007 Aug 26 France Romain Dumas
Germany Timo Bernhard
United States Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder Evo 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2008 Aug 24 Germany Lucas Luhr
Germany Marco Werner
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2009 Aug 30 Australia David Brabham
United States Scott Sharp
United States Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2010 Aug 29 France Romain Dumas
Germany Klaus Graf
United States Muscle Milk Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder Evo 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2011 July 24 Germany Klaus Graf
Germany Lucas Luhr
United States Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B08/62 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2012 July 22 Germany Klaus Graf
Germany Lucas Luhr
United States Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport Report
2013 July 21 Germany Klaus Graf

Germany Lucas Luhr

United States Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Report
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2014 July 13 France Olivier Pla
Colombia Gustavo Yacamán
France OAK Racing Morgan LMP2-Nissan 2 hours, 45 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Report
2015 July 12 United States Jordan Taylor
United States Ricky Taylor
United States Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara Corvette DP 2 hours, 40 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Report
2016 July 10 United States Dane Cameron
United States Eric Curran
United States Whelen Engineering Racing Coyote Corvette DP 2 hours, 40 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Report
2017 July 9 United States Dane Cameron
United States Eric Curran
United States Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R 2 hours, 40 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
2018 July 8 United States Colin Braun
United States Jon Bennett
United States CORE Autosport Oreca 07 Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8 2 hours, 40 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
2019 July 7 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Germany Mazda Team Joest Mazda RT24-P Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4 2 hours, 40 minutes Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Report
2020
2021
Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2022 July 3 TBD TBD TBD 2 hours, 40 minutes TBA Report

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See also

References

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