Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has landed its first major motorsports event for 2014 — a much sought after date on the new United SportsCar Racing series calendar.
The Toronto Sun has learned that documents cementing the deal are en route to CTMP officials confirming the former Mosport track will be one of only a dozen race venues that will host the series — a merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series — in its inaugural 2014 season.
CTMP president and general manager Myles Brandt would neither confirm nor deny a deal has been finalized to host the new series next season.
“We are waiting, like everyone else, for the sanctioning body to announce its 2014 plans,” he said Friday.
In an earlier interview with The Sun, ALMS boss Scott Atherton, who will assume a role as director of the new series, said he thought CTMP was a near slam dunk to get a date in 2014.
“The best thing that Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has going for it a combination of three things,” Atherton said. “One, there is no question that once again its has become the benchmark road racing facility in Canada; two it impacts the largest economic market in Canada — Toronto — and three it has historically been on the ALMS calendar from day one.
“It’s one of only four tracks that have had an American Le Mans Series race every year that there has been a series.”