This past weekend, a Hogan employee made his way out to see Corvette Racing in action at Canadian Tire Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Before I delve into the details, we would like to give you a little history about Mosport, a hidden gem and famous destination for car enthusiasts all over Ontario, Canada and the North-Eastern United States.
About Canadian Tire Mosport Park
Mosport was not always a fancy sport park. As most things did, Mosport started as a plot of farmland just north of Bowmanville, Ontario just over 50 years ago. The founding committee consisted of 5 men with a passion for vehicle racing including Dick Byatt, George Hill, Chuck Stockey, Fred Hayes and Ray Liddle.
“At that time, standing on a hill, looking over the fields and groves of trees, who could have imagined that the best drivers and the fastest cars in the world would come to this pastoral place and race on what would be named as one the most challenging tracks in the world and provide the best excitement and entertainment that motor racing has to offer.”
After several years of planning and construction, the track was ready for racing at the end of May in 1961. Since then, there have been Formula One cars, Indy cars, Can-Am, stock cars, World Endurance, Formula 5000, Formula Atlantic and Super Vee. Add Formula Fords, GT cars of every description, Superbikes, karts, snowmobiles and off road machines. There were even rock concerts, air shows, and sky diving events that attracted people from all over Canada and the northern USA.
“Anyone standing on the hill in 1959 would not believe what has transpired over the last 40 years. Fortunately, there were some people who did believe in what could happen. They had a dream, a plan, and the combination of resources and expertise to make it happen.”
“This is what it was all about: 2.459 miles, measured at the centreline of its 28-foot width, of twisting, undulating pavement that would challenge the best drivers in the world.”
Interesting Fact: Mosport is one of only 3 tracks in the world to have hosted Formula 1, Can-Am and IndyCar events. More interesting facts here.
Next up at Mosport is the Superbike Double Header on August 14-16, “Canada’s top motorcycle riders compete in a doubleheader point’s race for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.” Buy Tickets Here.
History of Corvette Racing
The Chevrolet Corvette’s first competitive debut was at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1956.
After officially coining “Corvette Racing” as an entity, the racing group had its first race in 1999. Since that day, Corvette Racing has posted 97 victories around the world to become endurance racing’s premier production-based team. Most successes were a product of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
“Corvette led in all-time victories and 1-2 finishes, along with 10 team championships and 10 manufacturer titles – both ALMS records – for Chevrolet. Corvette Racing and Chevrolet also have won in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times – including this year with drivers Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor.”
Over the years, the Corvettes competing on the track and those available at Chevrolet dealerships became more closely related, with racing elements adapted to make better road cars. Perhaps the greatest examples are the 2014 Corvette C7.R and the 2015 Corvette Z06, which shares a common chassis along with similar aerodynamic strategies and engine technologies.
Starting with the new TUDOR Championship in 2014, Chevrolet and Corvette Racing entered the
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R in the series’ GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.
This season, the team’s program includes a full-season campaign in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship along with another appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – each with two Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race cars that debuted in 2014.
Out of the 5 races so far this season, the Corvettes have won 2 races.
Source: History of Corvette Racing
The Annual TUDOR Championship Event at Mosport this weekend
Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance
“Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year, featuring the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for exotic prototypes and GT race cars, makes its only north-of-the-border stop.”
In addition to the big race on Sunday, the four day event includes the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, and the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich.
Recap of Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix from CorvetteRacing.com:
“Garcia and Magnussen drove their No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to a third-place finish – a result that seemed unlikely in the race’s opening half. The duo moved from seventh at the one-hour mark to the podium for the first time since the third race of the season at Long Beach. Garcia and Magnussen now lead by two points heading to Road America in August.”
No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished fifth in class but gained three spots from the start in a solid late-race push. Both Corvettes were part of an opening-hour battle between five GTLM cars that ran one behind the other for a considerable stretch. With passing at a premium, each of the Corvette Racing pit crews gained their cars multiple positions on the final round of stops with 55 minutes remaining.”
Although the buds didn’t come out with the big win, it was a good day for Corvette Racing as a whole. Each race is a learning experience and has shown the aspects of the race that Corvette Racing team has got down pact and things that need to be worked on.
“Pit stops and strategy also determined the outcome in the Prototype category as Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP won for the second time this year. Jordan Taylor won by 0.477 seconds over Dane Cameron in Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP. Cameron – who drove with Eric Curran – stopped from the lead with 10 minutes left for a late splash of fuel and left-rear tire, which was just enough time for Taylor to drive by as Cameron left the pits.”
What’s Up Next for Corvette Racing?
Coming up next for Corvette Racing is the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 25. After that Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 9. For more information on the TUDOR Championships, click here.