Posted on July 28 2016
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is Canada’s first permanent road racing facility, and one of a handful of tracks in continuous operation for over 50 years. Renamed in 2011, the facility was originally known as Mosport Park, a contraction of “motor” and “sport”, and was named after the original ownership group, Mosport Limited. Mosport purchased the land in 1958 and set to work taking advantage of the hilly landscape for the track’s design, going so far as to scrape away and level an entire chunk of a hillside.
In 1960, Hall of Fame F1 driver Stirling Moss paid Mosport a visit while traveling in Toronto and was shown the track’s plans. He recommended replacing the carousel hairpin at turn 5 with two back-to-back 90 degree turns leading into the back straight, so as to provide a greater test of driving skill. Thus, turn 5 became known as “Moss Corner.”
After being mired in delays and setbacks due to everything from weather to zoning logistics, Mosport Park finally opened in 1961. The first major race held there was the Player’s 200 for sports cars, attracting over 40,000 spectators. Appropriately, it was won by Stirling Moss.
In the 55 years since, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 10 turn, 2.46 mile course outside of Bowmanville, Ontario has remained largely unchanged. In that time it has become one of the fastest, most challenging road tracks in the world and is one of only 3 tracks in the world to have hosted Formula 1, Can-Am and IndyCar events.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park hosts Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year, the Mobile1 SportsCar Grand Prix, featuring an annual round of the IMSA United SporsCar Championship. They also host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Canadian Superbike Championship, and many others.
Team Stradale will be racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 29-31 in the Radical Cup Masters Event 3.