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Thorndyke Welcomes Back Partners, Ready To Get The Season Started

Thorndyke Welcomes Back Partners, Ready To Get The Season Started

Bowmanville, Ont. April 1, 2014 David Thorndyke will once again be at the wheel of the familiar #67 LubeSource Chevrolet for the opening round of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).   For the second season LubeSource returns as the team’s primary sponsorship partner.

According to Thorndyke the partnership with LubeSource provided a big boost to the team.  “Our team was very pleased with how things went last year.  The resources available to us last season from LubeSource allowed us to improve our performance and results” he stated.

For 2014 the program with LubeSource will take another step forward.  “Working with LubeSource for a second season is going to allow us to increase our promotional programs and events and grow the program” explained Thorndyke.  “As soon as we can we’ll also be on track testing to improve our car for the first race” he added.

Also returning for another season with the #67 LubeSource Chevy team is associate partner Three Works Snacks.  “We partnered with them for the Labour Day weekend event at CTMP and our Three Works sampling station was really popular and we’re happy to have them back with us from the start of the season this year” said Thorndyke.

David Thorndyke and the #67 LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will open their racing season on the Victoria Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at round number one of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.  For more NASCAR Canadian Tire Series information log onto http://hometracks.nascar.com and to learn more about the #67 LubeSource Chevy team go to www.promotiveracing.com

About LubeSource

LubeSource is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Original Parts Warehouse, Inc. (OPW). OPW has been a Shell oil reseller since 1999 and created LubeSource to focus exclusively on the oil distribution marketplace. In 2010, LubeSource was appointed the Alliance Distributor for Shell lubricants in the province of Ontario and opened the current 60,000 ft.² distribution centre in Vaughan, ON.

Attached Photo: David Thorndyke in the #67 LubeSource Chevrolet racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season.

Photo Source: Colourtech

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22 Racing & Scott Steckly Unveil New Race Facility

22 Racing & Scott Steckly Unveil New Race Facility

For Immediate Release

Milverton, Ontario, Canada.  Tuesday April 1, 2014

Three time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Scott Steckly and 22 Racing are pleased to announce today that they have moved into their new motorsports facility in Milverton, Ontario. This project began mid-summer in 2013 and the first shovels went in the ground early last October.

“The 22 Racing Team has experienced tremendous growth over the past two years, so it became apparent that the existing shop was just not large enough,” said team owner and driver Scott Steckly.  “This has been a goal of mine for several years and it is great to see it coming to completion.  I believe the time is right to invest in the future of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series as a sport and a business.”

The shop houses three hoists, bays for eight NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race cars, parts area, fabrication & welding shop, stock room and a lunch room for the staff.  The office area includes a show room, offices and large glass trophy case.

The team has been working diligently to get everything moved in and up and running prior to the start of the 2014 testing season. “It has been an incredible amount of work but the final product will be well worth the effort,” noted Steckly.

22 Racing is seeing substantial growth as they field cars for full time team mate Alex Tagliani in the EpiPen Dodge, several races for Luc Lesage in the Sportchief Dodge and other single and multiple event programs.

An open house is scheduled for Saturday June 21, 2014 and more details will be forthcoming.

A special thank you goes to the following companies for supporting our building efforts:  Canadian Tire, Sylvania, CPS Flooring, Shouldice Designer Stone, Mastercraft, Rheem, Cabinets by Hayley, Rotary Lift, Ideal Supply, Lincoln Electric, Erb Group and AW Millwrights,

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series consists of eleven events in 2014 from Alberta to Nova Scotia. For the entire 2014 schedule please visit nascarhometracks.com.

Follow Scott Steckly on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or at www.22racing.ca and the 22 Racing Team on Twitter @22RacingTeam. 

About 22 Racing

Scott Steckly is the owner of 22 Racing and driver of the Canadian Tire Dodge.  They are located in the small town of Milverton just west of Kitchener, Ontario.   Scott Steckly is the only three time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion.  In 2013, 22 Racing prepared cars that won six of the twelve events held. In 2014 they will field cars for full time team mate Alex Tagliani and part time team mate Luc Lesage.

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Canada’s Best Racing Team Ready For Action

Canada’s Best Racing Team Ready For Action

March 25, 2014  (Woodbridge, ON)  Following a successful initial foray last year, Canada’s Best Racing Team with driver Joey McColm are pleased to return to compete in the full season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in the #25 Canada’s Best Racing Team Dodge.

A veteran of more than 50 races in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series McColm is pleased to be back running on a full time basis and excited about the season ahead.  “I am so proud of this partnership with Bud Morris in starting this new team that will stop at nothing to achieve success” said McColm.  “We got a little taste of success with a top ten at Barrie Speedway last year and we’re looking for more in 2014” he added.

The team has already been hard at work for several months building cars for the upcoming season.  “What a diverse group of guys with exceptional skill in specific areas that we’ve brought together.  And their commitment level is extraordinary, they are truly Canada’s best”.

The #25 Canada’s Best Racing Team Dodge was on display at the recent Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto and Joey met countless fans who are excited to see him back in the series.  “The response was amazing” he explained.  “And we’re going to be all about the fans this year, we are going to bring new experiences to the fans and allow them to engage directly with me, the team and other fans like never before”.

Look for future announcements in the coming days about other partnerships with Canada’s Best Racing Team.

Stay connected with Canada’s Best Racing Team throughout the racing season. Join the conversation on Twitter by using #CBRT25 and follow @CBRTinc. Keep up to date on Facebook at facebook.com/cbrtinc and visit www.canadasbestracingteam.com for more interactive features.

Photo:  The #25 Canada’s Best Racing Team Dodge on display at the Canadian Motorsports Expo

Photo Credit:  Todd Lewis

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Steckly to Return as Judge in Annual IS IT WORTH IT? Teen Driver Safety Program

Steckly to Return as Judge in Annual IS IT WORTH IT? Teen Driver Safety Program

For Immediate Release

Milverton, Ontario, Canada.  Tuesday March 18, 2014

Three Time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion Scott Steckly is pleased to announce that he has accepted Parachute’s invitation to return in 2014 as a judge in the annual IS IT WORTH IT campaign. 

“I am very honoured to be asked to judge this contest again in 2014,” said Steckly.  “With two young children of my own who are fast approaching driving age, I see the benefits of programs like this to help educate youth on the dangers associated with distracted driving. As a professional driver I know it takes 100% of your focus to drive a vehicle and that the results from anything less than 100% can be dangerous and even tragic.”

Teen driver safety is a serious issue among Canadian youth. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of Canadian youth, seriously injuring 26% of young drivers. This puts teens at a higher risk of being killed in a motor vehicle than any other age group. Driver safety focuses on issues such as, but not limited to: distracted driving, driving with excessive speed, careless driving, driving under the influence, etc.  The 2014 contest is underway with the deadline for entries on March 31, 2014. Visit isitworthit.ca for details.

The campaign focus is the Canada-wide multimedia competition, offering more than $2,000 in prizes to the best student-created video public service announcements. The PSA and can be in any creative medium youth would like to use (e.g. acting, clay animation, graphics, stop motion photography, etc.)

After a successful 2011-2012 pilot year, the campaign continued for the 2012-2013 school year under the No Regrets peer leadership program and will continue to do so for 2013-14. This year funding has been generously provided by Devon Energy (devonenergy.com). Is It Worth It? and No Regrets are programs of Parachute.

The 2012 entry of Tamar Bresge was chosen to be professionally remade and used as a real PSA! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcmNFCM_WVM

About Parachute

Parachute is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. Parachute officially came into being in July 2012 and unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one leader in injury prevention. Parachute’s injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while achieving Parachute’s vision of an injury-free Canada where Canadians enjoy long lives lived to the fullest. 

About Scott Steckly

Scott began racing in the Street Stock division in 1992 and won a championship his first year.  There was no turning back then and he has steadily progressed through the ranks.  In 2013 Scott and his team won their third NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Championship and hold the record as the only three time winner.  Scott has recorded 15 wins, 12 poles, 54 top 5’s and 65 top 10’s in the NCATS since its inaugural year in 2007. He is in year six of his partnership with Canadian Tire Corp. as primary sponsor and is additionally supported by Osram Sylvania, Mobil 1, Erb Group and AW Millwrights.  Please visit 22racing.ca, follow on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or nascarhometracks.com for more information.

Photo Credit:  Matthew Murnaghan

For more information about the IS IT WORTH IT? Campaign please contact:

Emily Driscoll
Coordinator Youth Programs
(647) 776-5118
edriscoll@parachutecanada.org

 

For more information about Scott Steckly and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please contact:
Linda Jones
Driven Motorsport Innovations
(705) 730-4044
Email: ljones@drivenmi.com   

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Pritiko Signs Three-Race NCATS Deal

Pritiko Signs Three-Race NCATS Deal

By Clayton Johns

LONDON, ONT. – Veteran Delaware Speedway late model driver Matt Pritiko has signed a three-race deal with DJK Racing to compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) in 2014.

Pritiko will drive a Derek White Motorsports-owned Dodge prepared by two-time NCATS champion D.J. Kennington. The former Grand Am KONI Challenge series competitor will test his road-course talent in a stock car for the first time this summer.

“He’s a very talented young man,” said Kennington. “I like how he takes care of his equipment. He doesn’t tear stuff up. NCATS is the premier series in Canada. The more young people we can get involved in it, the better it is for all of us.”

Pritiko will compete in both races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ont. and at the GP3R in Trois-Rivieres, Que. Between the Kennington and White stables, as many as four cars will be prepared for the season opening race at CTMP.

The London, Ont. native will receive marketing support from longtime sponsor Global Warranty, which will also fund his weekly program at Delaware.

“I can’t thank Global Warranty enough for this opportunity. They are a great company to partner with and I am thrilled to represent them,” said Pritiko.

“It’s huge exposure for Matt and Global Warranty,” said Global Warranty’s general manager Rick Fitzelle. “I think he’s one of the best drivers around and I think he can make a big difference in the series. We’re planning to take a bus full of people from Global Warranty to Trois-Rivieres and see Matt win.”

Pritiko says CTMP and Trois-Rivieres were specifically chosen because of his experience on the circuits.

“When I raced in Grand Am, we raced at both tracks,” said Pritiko.  “I also do driver coaching at CTMP, so I’m very familiar with the challenges of each track.”

Pritiko will also be at CTMP for the MOPAR test day in early May. The on-track session will be Pritiko’s first opportunity to get used to the heaviest race car he’s piloted to date.

“I will be getting used to the characteristics of the NCATS car.” said Pritiko. “The first test day is going to be very beneficial. We are going to run as many laps as possible .”

Pritiko’s traditional number 21 is already taken by series-regular Jason White, so a new number will be on the side of his Challenger. But a number is not going to stop Pritiko achieving his goal.

“It’s the highest tier of all racing in Canada. All the races are televised,” said Pritiko. “It is great sponsor exposure and I definitely feel like I have enough experience to move up to this level of stock car racing.”

In addition to three NCATS events, Pritiko hopes to run a full schedule at Delaware Speedway and earn his first track championship. The London, Ont. driver also hopes to compete in the Flamboro Speedway home-and-home series and various invitational races.

With the NCATS schedule released last week, Pritiko is anticipating a busy schedule.

“There is a definite possibility I will race at Delaware on the Friday night and then drive up to (CTMP) to race on Sunday,” said Pritiko. “I could be pulling double-duty on the weekend, which is awesome.”

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22 Racing & Driven Motorsport Partner with Tagliani Autosport in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

22 Racing & Driven Motorsport Partner with Tagliani Autosport in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. February 14, 2014

Tagliani Autosport and popular Canadian IndyCar/NASCAR and SportsCar racer, race winner and Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Alex Tagliani, and three-time and defending NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly, are pleased and proud to announce an alliance for Tagliani to drive a 22 Racing prepared Dodge Challenger in a return to the Series for the 2014 season.

A long tradition of excellence in preparation, presentation and performance is what brought 22 Racing, Driven Motorsport and Tagliani Autosport together to strike up the partnership to drive the Tagliani Autosport/Team EpiPen/Dicom Express # 18.

“I’m very excited to have Alex drive out of our 22 Racing stable this season,” stated team owner/driver Scott Steckly. “Tag is a proven professional that will make our team even better with his passion and grit to be the best at what he does. He will bring another level of competition to the Series, so that means we will all have to race harder for wins and the championship with Alex out there,” Steckly continued.

“I have long respected Scott Steckly’s racing operation and their high degree of success in The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,” Tagliani boasted. “They are so professional as a team working with their sponsors. I cannot think of a better partnership to create a lasting bond in this series to provide the best service and effort possible for our sponsors and partners going forward. I am very excited with this new alliance, “Tagliani added.

“Alex and Tagliani Autosport are going to be a tremendous addition to our team as we prepare for a long term relationship,” offered Linda Jones, President, Driven Motorsport Innovations. “Alex is a consummate professional, aiming for the top in everything he does. As a group, we plan to roll out some exciting activation programs for our partners this season,” Jones added.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is the only national racing sanction/series in Canada with eleven events from Edmonton, AB to Antigonish, NS from May to September.  They race on road courses, street circuits and oval tracks. For more information on the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, visit:  NASCARHometracks.com

Follow Scott Steckly & 22 Racing on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or at 22racing.ca

About 22 Racing

22 Racing is located in the small town of Milverton, Ontario just outside of Stratford and is owned by three-time and defending NASCAR Champion driver Scott Steckly.  They field two full time teams in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and provide single and multi-event rental programs.  In 2013, 22 Racing prepared cars that won six of the twelve race events proving that they provide competitive race equipment capable of winning each and every week on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series circuit.

About Alex Tagliani

Alex Tagliani, also known by his racing name “TAG”, developed a passion for racing at the age of 10 when he was introduced to karting on a visit to see his grandfather in Northern Italy. The Montreal native can drive anything – from IndyCars NASCAR stock cars to prototype sportscars. Since the beginning of his career in open wheel racing, Alex has accumulated 10 wins, 10 pole positions including the pole for the 2011, 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, 28 podiums and 35 top-10 finishes. A fierce competitor, Alex’s passions include training and nutrition, always taking precautions when managing his life-threatening allergies to peanuts and tree nuts, by carrying his EpiPen® auto injector.

About Tagliani Autosport

Tagliani Autosport is a brand new auto racing brand and entity formed in partnership with Alex’s long time friend, partner and sponsor Colin Livingston of CanTorque Incorporated of Edmonton Alberta Canada. CanTorque uses a deep seated passion for motorsport to market sales, service, and renting of industrial bolting equipment including hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and torque wrenches. Visit them on the web: www.cantorque.com

About Driven Motorsport Innovations

Driven is owned by Linda Jones who has a long history of marketing and public relations in the motorsports arena.  Starting out working in the CASCAR Super Series almost twenty years ago to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series she has formed many successful partnerships over the years.  Including Canadian Tire Corp.,Osram Sylvania, Williamson-Dickies Canada, Speedy Auto Service and many more.

For more information on 22 Racing and to arrange interviews please contact:

Linda Jones

(705) 730-4044

ljones@drivenmi.com

Twitter:  @DrivenMI1 

For more information on Tagliani Autosport and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Erik Tomas

Media/Public Relations Tagliani Autosport/Team EpiPen

Email: TOMASERIK@aol.com

O: 905-892-0411  C: 289-407-4410

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2014 Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced

2014 Canadian Tire Series Schedule Announced

  • Inaugural Dates At Two Ovals
  • Challenging Mix Of Short Tracks And Road Courses Determine Champion 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 5, 2014) – The words “NATIONAL CHAMPION” are stamped in big, bold words across the base of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship trophy.

And the 2014 schedule will feature Canada’s best stock car drivers banging fenders at 10 venues in five provinces, from Nova Scotia to Alberta. The 11-race slate will start on Victoria Day weekend as part of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s popular Speedfest weekend and culminate at its traditional Kawartha Speedway date in September.

The schedule announcement is highlighted by the return of the late summer companion date with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at CTMP, as well as the additions of a pair of short tracks. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series has added an early June trip to Quebec to take on the quarter-mile track at Autodrome Chaudiére and a mid-July visit to another short track at Alberta’s Edmonton International Raceway.

“The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ blend of exciting ovals and top-shelf road courses from Alberta to Nova Scotia with several stops in between continues to provide race fans across the country a high level of competition,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “The two new additions to the calendar along with the extremely successful second date at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park set up another thrilling championship battle.”

TSN, Canada’s sport leader, again will be the television home of the Canadian Tire Series as it has since the series’ inaugural season in 2007. RDS, the French-language sister station to TSN, also will continue to provide coverage through its primary channel along with its secondary outlet at RDS2. Complete programming details will be announced at a later date.

The 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule rundown:

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – The Canadian Tire Series’ eighth season kicks off at the Victoria Day SpeedFest on May 18 and joins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on an Aug. 31 return to the legendary Ontario road course.

Autodrome Chaudiére – The series makes it inaugural visit to the high-banked asphalt oval situated just south of Quebec City on June 14 in the first of four Quebec dates this year. The track opened in 1992 as a dirt track and was paved in 2005.

Circuit ICAR – A July 16 date at the challenging 2.113-mile road course in Mirabel, Que., is in store as the series make its fourth appearance at the airport circuit. The tight turns and concrete surface provides plenty of excitement for the drivers and fans.

Edmonton International Raceway – The annual Western Canadian swing gets underway with the inaugural visit on July 11 to the Alberta quarter-mile that has been a long-standing member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Auto Clearing Speedway – The western swing concludes on July 16 at the fast .333-mile Saskatchewan oval. Capacity crowds have been on hand in each of the series’ five visits to the track.

Autodrome St. Eustache – After a successful return in 2013 to the .4-mile flat oval located just minutes from Montreal, a July 26 date is on the books in front of the passionate Quebec fans.

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres – The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres is one of the highlights of every Canadian Tire Series season. This year a longer 200-kilometer race is scheduled for Aug. 10.

Riverside International Speedway – Series competitors always circle the annual visit – slated for Aug. 16 – to the Canadian Maritimes to battle on the high-banked oval located in Antigonish, N.S.

Barrie Speedway – The .333-mile tri-oval never fails to provide excitement. This season’s trip to the cozy Ontario oval is scheduled for Sept. 6.

Kawartha Speedway – The traditional crowning of the new NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion at the .375-mile track in Ontario is on tap for Sept. 20.

2014 NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES SCHEDULE

Date                             Track (Length)                                                                                    Location

Sun., May 18                 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course)           Bowmanville, Ont.

Sat., June 14                 Autodrome Chaudiére (.25-mile)                                          Vallée-Jonction, Que.

Sun., July 6                   Circuit ICAR (2.113-mile road course)                                              Mirabel, Que.

Fri., July 11                   Edmonton International Raceway (.25-mile)                                Wetaskiwin, Alta.

Wed., July 16                Auto Clearing Motor Speedway (.333-mile)                               Saskatoon, Sask.

Sat., July 26                  Autodrome St. Eustache (.4-mile)                                           St. Eustache, Que.

Sun., Aug. 10                Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (1.53-mile road course)                     Trois-Rivieres, Que.

Sat., Aug, 16                 Riverside International Speedway (.333-mile)                               Antigonish, N.S.

Sun., Aug. 31                Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course)           Bowmanville, Ont.

Sat., Sept 6                  Barrie Speedway (.333-mile)                                                              Barrie, Ont.

Sat., Sept. 20                Kawartha Speedway (.375-mile)                                             Peterborough, Ont.

 

Subject to change

 

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information on the NASCAR touring & weekly series, visit NASCARHomeTracks.com and follow NASCAR at Facebook.com/NASCARHomeTracks and Twitter: @NASCARHomeTrack.

 

Contact:

Jason Christley

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(386) 310-6094

jchristley@nascar.com

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Canadian Tire And Three Time Racing Champion Scott Steckly Team Up For Another Year

Canadian Tire And Three Time Racing Champion Scott Steckly Team Up For Another Year

Toronto, Ontario (February 9, 2014) – Canadian Tire is pleased to announce the renewal of their ongoing, successful sponsorship of NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion, Scott Steckly.  2014 will mark the sixth straight season Canadian Tire has put its support behind Steckly – a three-time NASCAR Champion, who won the event in 2008, 2011 and 2013.  A fan favourite, Steckly will kick-start the NASCAR season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend.

“As a longtime supporter of motorsport in Canada and the Official Automotive Retailer of NASCAR in Canada, Canadian Tire is committed to growing the sport nationally, both at the amateur and professional levels,” said Landon French, Vice President, Sport Partnerships, Canadian Tire. “We’re thrilled to be working with Scott for the sixth straight season.  He and his crew are among the most accomplished and experienced teams in the series, they truly embody the sport, and we look forward to cheering them on again.”

“You can never take a break in this sport – if you’re not getting better, you’ll get left behind by the competition,” said NASCAR champion driver and team owner Scott Steckly.  “Our collaboration with Canadian Tire will provide us with a strong start to the 2014 season.  We are very proud to be sporting the Canadian Tire triangle for the sixth year and plan to run up front and take them to the winners circle often in 2014.”

For the entire 2014 schedule please visit nascarhometracks.com.

Follow Scott Steckly and the 22 Racing Team on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or at 22racing.ca

About 22 Racing

Scott Steckly is the owner of 22 Racing and driver of the Canadian Tire Dodge.  They are located in the small town of Milverton just outside of Stratford, ON.  The new race shop houses seven NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race cars.  Scott Steckly is the only three time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Champion.  In 2013, 22 Racing prepared cars that won six of the twelve events held. 

About Canadian Tire Corporation – OLD:

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC.A) (TSX:CTC) is a Family of Companies that includes Canadian Tire Retail, Partsource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport, Pro Hockey Life and Atmosphere), Mark’s and Canadian Tire Financial Services.  With nearly 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets from coast-to-coast, our primary retail business categories – Automotive, Living, Fixing, Playing and Apparel – are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division. Over 85,000 people are employed across the Canadian Tire enterprise, which was founded in 1922 and remains one of Canada’s most recognized and trusted brands. For more information, visit Corp.CanadianTire.ca.

For further information please contact:

Linda Jones
Twitter @DrivenMI1
705-730-4044
ljones@drivenmi.com

Jessica Culp
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
416-480-8261
jessica.culp@cantire.com

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Tim Hortons To Return As Primary Sponsor Of Jeff Lapcevich In 2014

Tim Hortons To Return As Primary Sponsor Of Jeff Lapcevich In 2014

GRIMSBY, ON- Jeff Lapcevich and the Fastline Motorsports team will return to NASCAR Canadian Tire Series competition in 2014. The Grimsby, ON veteran will once again partner with Tim Hortons for a landmark 25th season. 

“I can’t express how honored I am to once again have the support of Tim Hortons. They’ve supported our team for the last 24 seasons, I’m sure our 25th year together is going to be a great one”, said Lapcevich.

The team will look to open up 2014 on the same note they departed the 2013 campaign with, after a podium finish in the final event at Kawartha Speedway.

“2013 was an exciting year for us. We had a brand new road course chassis and had performed a bunch of upgrades to our oval chassis over the off-season. In many ways, it was a season of experimenting and finding just how far we could push our equipment to get the results we needed. After all that we’ve learned, I feel as though we have a phenomenal package for our 2014 season and I can’t wait to hit the track and start testing”.

A schedule has yet to be finalized, though Lapcevich anticipates it will closely resemble his 2013 season, with the team tackling the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ Ontario and Quebec stops. The manageable campaign will allow Jeff to stay close to home and aide his sons Cayden, Treyten and Ryden as they continue their own driver development.

In addition to support from Tim Hortons, Lapcevich would also like to welcome back Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Springers Meats and Troy Cove Marine for the 2014 season.

For more information on Jeff and the rest of the Fastline Motorsports team, visit LapcevichRacing.com or follow @LapcevichRacing on Twitter.

Photo Credit – Greg MacPherson

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2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Top Performances

2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Top Performances

Steckly First To Three; Hathaway Ends Drought 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 27, 2013) – Tight competition has been the name of the game since NASCAR moved into Canada in 2007 and the 2013 campaign was as hotly contested as any in the sport.

Scott Steckly continued his ping-pong match with D.J. Kennington by winning his third NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 title. Steckly has won titles in 2008, 2011 and 2013 while Kennington, who narrowly missed his chance at a third this year, claimed crowns in 2010 and 2012.

However, the season was not just the Steckly-Kennington show. The rookie-of-the-year battle between Alex Guenette and Ryley Seibert was decided by a single point and went down to the final lap of the season. Jason Hathaway returned to Victory Lane after a 59-race drought. And Louis-Philippe Dumoulin proved he had the capacity to win races.

The remarkable consistency of Steckly and Kennington, though, remains a high hurdle to clear for championship contenders, but the 2013 season presented multiple candidates who were ready, willing and able to make a run in 2014.

Top Driver

Scott Steckly: After starting the season with a pair of finishes outside the top 20, Steckly returned to form with a three-race win streak, behind the wheel of his No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge, to get back into the championship conversation. But work remained heading into the season finale at Kawartha Speedway. Trailing Kennington by five points, Steckly needed to win the race and lead the most laps to render any Kennington result moot which was the end result. The Milverton, Ont., driver won four times this season to go along with eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes.

D.J. Kennington (Honorable Mention): With less than a handful of slight changes to the season, then these two entries would be reversed. That’s how close it was. Four points is all that separated Kennington from his third championship. The wins didn’t come as frequently, but the ability of the St. Thomas, Ont., driver to maximize point totals each and every race is uncanny. The No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge picked up a series-best 11 top-10 finishes and even though it won just once it came in dramatic style against a stacked field at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

Comeback Driver of the Year

Jason Hathaway: The difference between a top-10 driver and a top-five driver can sometimes be miniscule – a bobble here; a slip there – but more often than not it comes down to winning races, and not, which is huge. At Riverside International Speedway, Hathaway won for the first time since the 2008 season finale this year to end a 59-race winless streak. And to prove it wasn’t a fluke the driver of the No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge emerged victorious at Barrie Speedway just two races later. Consequently, the Dutton, Ont., driver improved his career-best finish in the point standings from sixth (2010) to third.

Top Team

22 Racing: A third Canadian Tire Series championship in the last six seasons is probably enough to garner this accolade, but the team also fielded a car for Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, who finished fifth in the final point standings. All told, the team went to Victory Lane five times in 12 races this season. The 22 Racing team also prepared entries for former Formula One and Indy 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve and 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher.

DJK Racing (Honorable Mention): The bell cow of the team is the No. 17 of Kennington, but it’s the star power of its No. 28 entry that makes the difference here. The likes of IZOD IndyCar Series star Alex Tagliani, two-time Canadian Tire Series champion Andrew Ranger and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ Cameron Hayley, who is a member of the selective NASCAR Next program, drove DJK’s second car this season. In the end, seven different drivers wheeled the No. 28 Dodge out of the championship-winning DJK stable.

Top Breakthrough Performance

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin: Being a driving instructor and getting tagged with the ‘road-course ace’ label isn’t enough to win races in the Canadian Tire Series – road course or otherwise. Dumoulin, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., got over the hump in the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and duplicated that effort at the same track in September as 36 cars lined up to start the race. For the season the driver of the No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge picked up two wins and four top-five and six top-10 finishes.

Alex Guenette (Honorable Mention): The 17-year-old from Terrebonne, Que., was a Canadian Tire Series rookie in every sense of the word this season. With little or no prior exposure to the series’ cars or tracks, Guenette proved to be a quick study and earned series rookie-of-the-year honors. All told, he drove his No. 39 Motos Illimitées/DLGL Dodge to a 10th-place finish in points with a season-best finish of second in July at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Top Races

Pinty’s 250, Kawartha Speedway, Sept. 22: With the series championship in the balance, seven drivers led a lap, but it was pole sitter Steckly with the most to gain. In order to erase a five-point deficit and control his own destiny in the title hunt, Steckly needed to win the race and lead the most laps. After wrestling the lead from Pete Shepherd III on Lap 225, Steckly was able to complete his mission and edge out Kennington for the series crown by just four tallies.

JuliaWine.com 100, Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, Aug. 11: In front of a capacity crowd in excess of 30,000 fans and a field that included many of Canada’s best road racers, Kennington got around Jacques Villeneuve on Lap 38 and survived a green-white-checkered finish to extend his all-time series record for career wins to 19.

Hudco Electric Supply 300, Barrie Speedway, Sept. 8: Few tracks provide as much excitement as the cozy .333-mile tri-oval in Barrie, Ont., and the 2013 installment for the series was no exception. The lead changed hands 10 times among seven drivers with four of them – Hathaway (80), Steckly (79), J.R. Fitzpatrick (68) and Kennington (62) – leading more than 50 laps. Hathaway paced the final 20 circuits to capture his second win of the season.

Contact:

Shon Sbarra

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

(704) 309-5493

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NASCAR Champions Week Kicks Off In Charlotte

NASCAR Champions Week Kicks Off In Charlotte

Touring & Weekly Series Champions Honored At Awards Friday & Saturday - iRacing.com Challenge At NASCAR Hall of Fame Sets Stage Wednesday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2013) – NASCAR’s top drivers throughout its regional touring and weekly series will be in the spotlight this week in Charlotte, N.C., with a bevy of activities leading up to the awards ceremonies Friday and Saturday night.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will take place Friday, Dec. 13. Among those honored will be the 2013 national champion Lee Pulliam, as well as track champions from 55 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and provincial champions and top rookies.

“We’ve been really looking forward to this,” said Lee Pulliam, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. “A lot of hard work has gone into this year to get us to this point. Charlotte was a blast last year, and it’s already started off that way this year.

“I’m just really proud of everybody’s hard work and determination that’s gotten us here. Getting that handshake from NASCAR President Mike Helton and receiving that coveted trophy, that’s something I’ve always dreamed of.”

On the following evening, NASCAR’s touring series champions will be recognized at the traditional NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards. Set for Saturday, Dec. 14, honorees will include the champions from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

“It’s great – this week is always terrific,” said Ander Vilarino, who won his second straight NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in 2013. “All the moments are very special. Just having the car in the NASCAR Hall of Fame — all the champions cars are there. And you can see Petty’s car and Johnson’s car and there is our car.

“And obviously the awards ceremony is the key moment – the most exciting moment of the week – when you receive that NASCAR championship ring.”

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Both the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards will be streamed live on NASCARHomeTracks.com. Friday will be in English and Spanish, and Saturday will be in English, Spanish and French.

NASCAR Champions week kicks off Wednesday, Dec. 11 with the first NASCAR Home Tracks Champions Challenge presented by iRacing.com.

The unique event will be held on the iRacing simulator pods at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. iRacing.com is the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation which allows drivers, race fans and gamers alike to hone their skills and enjoy the thrill of the racetrack from the comfort of their home.

The event will kick off at 1:30 p.m., with an autograph session in the Great Hall at the NASCAR Hall of Fame where the championship trophies and cars will be on display with the seven NASCAR touring series champions and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion.

Fans will be able to sign-up to compete against the champions, including Tyler Hudson, the recently crowned NASCAR iRacing.com Series World champion, in iRacing races from 2-4 p.m.

The final championship race will begin at 4:15 p.m. and will feature all nine champions competing against one another.

For more information, contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 301-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

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Steckly Heads To Charlotte For Champions Week Festivities

Steckly Heads To Charlotte For Champions Week Festivities

Milverton, ON: Thursday December 5, 2013: On Monday December 9th, Scott Steckly driver of the 22 Racing/Canadian Tire Dodge will head to Charlotte, NC as the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Champion to celebrate their four win championship season. A week long list of activities will culminate with the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards Banquet on Saturday evening December 14th.

Steckly will kick-off the week by placing the Canadian Tire Dodge in the NASCAR Hall of Fame where it will be on display for the week. Then it is off to a photo shoot with series Champions from the K & N East & West Pro Series, Whelan Euro Series and Toyota Series on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Scott with his wife Penny will be guests at the Champions Breakfast to kick-off the day before Scott heads out on the Media Tour & Luncheon while Penny will take part in the Ladies Spa Day & Lunch. At 1:30 the 2013 NASCAR Home Track Champions Challenge presented by iRacing.com will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Autographs from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Champions iRacing versus fans and media at 4:00 p.m. and Champions iRacing feature race 4:50 p.m. followed by Awards. That night they will be hosted with other series Champions and guests at a dinner at the Hall of Honor at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Thursday will see Scott and his Crew Chief Randy Steckly attending the Mobil 1 Crew Chief Awards Luncheon at Stewart-Haas Racing.

Friday will be a day off to prepare for Saturday’s events which will start with a Touring Grand Champion Breakfast followed by Awards Ceremony where contingency sponsor and special awards will be presented. The NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards banquet will be at the Charlotte Convention Center with dinner and Champion awards starting at 6 p.m.

“This is just an amazing week that NASCAR put together for the Touring Series Champions each year,” said Steckly prior to departure. “We are treated like Royalty all week long, not just me but my wife Penny is included in all of the festivities. I am proud to be here to represent Canadian Tire and all of our sponsors including Sylvania, Mobil 1, Erb Group, Johnsonville & AW Millwrights. They all played a large part in getting us to this event. ”

Follow Scott in his activities next week on Twitter @ScottSteckly22 or at www.22racing.ca.

The awards ceremony is slated to be streamed live online in three languages – English French and Spanish – at www.nascarhometracks.com.

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Linda Jones

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CTMP Announced 2014 Major Events Including Return Of NASCAR

CTMP Announced 2014 Major Events Including Return Of NASCAR

Highlighted By Return Of The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series And New TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

(BOWMANVILLE, ON – December 4, 2013) Canadian Tire Motorsport Park announced its 2014 major event schedule today, headlined by the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, August 29-31 and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, July 10-13.

The Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will get Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2014 season underway, May 16-18, with the thundering stock cars of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series highlighting the unofficial kick-off to the summer. Also in action is the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series, the return of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship after a one year absence (Touring and B-Spec), Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Canadian Touring Car Championship and the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship.

The Canadian Historic Grand Prix, featuring beautifully restored race cars from the past 50+ years of motorsport will take to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s legendary circuit on June 13-15. The Triumph versus MG Canadian-American Showdown will headline the action.

Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year will showcase the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on July 10-13. The top sports car drivers in the world will be joined by other top series such as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Cooper Tire Prototype Lites, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Canada’s top motorcycle riders will return on August 15-17 for the Canadian Superbike Doubleheader Weekend. National classes such as Mopar Pro Superbike, Pro Sport Bike, Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike and the Honda CBR250R Series will all be in action.

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin and the Canadian Touring Car Championship will join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the final major event of the season.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the only Canadian races for both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,” said Myles Brandt, President and General Manager at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“With the success of the inaugural event in 2013, we look forward to making the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 250 even better. We also look forward to bringing the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to our Canadian fans. We have a deep rooted history with sports cars and this no doubt will add to that legacy.”

“Our schedule will proudly showcase Canada’s top programs such as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.”

For more information or to purchase tickets and holiday gift certificates, call the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ET), visit online at www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com, or email info@ctmpark.com.

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For further information:

Ryan Chalmers, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
ryan@ctmpark.com 800-866-1072 (office) (905) 260-1711 (cell)

2014 Major Event Schedule

May 16-18 Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Pirelli World Challenge (Touring & B-Spec); SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Canadian Touring Car Championship; Toyo Tires F1600 Championship

June 13-15 Canadian Historic Grand Prix

Triumph vs. MG Canadian-American Showdown; Regular classes include Historic & Vintage Production; Sports Racers; Group 70+; Open Wheel

July 10-13 SportsCar Grand Prix

Tudor United SportsCar Championship; Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge; Cooper Tires Prototype Lites; IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge; Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America; SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup

Aug. 15-17 Superbike Doubleheader Weekend

Mopar Pro Superbike; Pro Sport Bike; Amateur Superbike; Amateur Sport Bike; Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup; Honda CBR250R Series

Aug. 29-31 Chevrolet Silverado 250

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; NASCAR Canadian Tire Series; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Canadian Touring Car Championship

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NASCAR Most Popular Driver Voting Begins Online

NASCAR Most Popular Driver Voting Begins Online

Fans Vote For Favorite Drivers In Canadian Tire Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2013) – For the sixth consecutive year, fans can vote online for the Most Popular Driver of the Year Award in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 (Twitter hashtag: #NCATS).

The link to the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Most Popular Driver ballot will be hosted on www.nascarhometracks.com. Fans may vote once per day and are encouraged to vote everyday through Nov. 15 when the balloting closes.

Last year, Ray Courtemanche Jr. was voted by the fans as the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

Voting for all regional touring series will be available on www.nascarhometracks.com.

The winner will be honored at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Contact:
Jason Christley
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(386) 310-6094
jchristley@nascar.com

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Guenette Garners NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie Honors

Guenette Garners NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie Honors

Edges Seibert By One Point In Season Long Battle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2013) – After a back-and-forth battle throughout the season, Alex Guenette has earned the 2013 rookie of the year award for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 by just one point over Ryley Seibert.

Guenette, the 17-year-old from Terrebonne, Quebec, was the top-finishing rookie on five occasions this season while piloting the No. 39 Motos Illimitées/DLGL/Polaris Dodge for Dave Jacombs Racing. For the season, Guenette finished 10th in the final series point standings and recorded two top-five and five top-10 finishes including a season-best finish of second on July 27 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Quebec).

The accomplished karting competitor, who had limited stock car experience, came into the season as a complete newcomer to the Canadian Tire Series

“I wasn’t at all familiar with the tracks or the cars, so we had to learn a lot very quickly,” he said. “The adjustments weren’t difficult, but every race was something new to me.”

Assisting with the sometimes steep learning curve was veteran car owner Dave Jacombs, who helped transition another young Quebec driver, Andrew Ranger, into to stock-car competition in 2007. Ranger and Jacombs won two series titles in four full seasons together.

“We’re proud of what we accomplished this year and I congratulate Ryley on a great season, as well,” Guenette said. “This is a great honor and I hope to do bigger things next year.”

Seibert, from Williams Lake, B.C., finished 11th overall with three top 10s and also was the top rookie five times.

Rookie of the year standings are determined by a driver’s finishing position versus other rookies in the race. The top-finishing rookie in a race receives 10 points, second receives nine and so forth. The rookie of the year honor goes to the driver with the most rookie points on the year.

Past winners of this award include Jason White (2008), Joey Hanssen (2009), Derek White (2010), Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (2011) and Martin Roy a season ago.

The official presentation of the 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 Rookie of the Year Award will take place at the NASCAR Touring Series Awards on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center at the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with the top rookie drivers from NASCAR’s other touring series.

Contact:
Shon Sbarra
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 309-5493
ssbarra@nascar.com

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