#NASCAR responds after my @Canadiantire story today.

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding Canadian Tire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2014) – “Canadian Tire has been a valued partner since 2007 and we appreciate their efforts to grow NASCAR racing in Canada. The series continues to be Canada’s premier motorsports league, and we expect there to be very strong interest in this premium entitlement sponsorship opportunity. We look forward to working with all of our partners in Canada to continue delivering exciting NASCAR racing to our fans.”

My original story here: http://t.co/SnI58HrTk0

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New “family friendly” pricing announced for June’s @GrandPrixF1Can #F1

The organisers of the June 7 Canadian Grand Prix have announced “family-friendly” pricing designed to make it more affordable for parents and grandparents to bring kids under 15 to the race.

Beginning Wednesday Feb. 11, seats in grandstand 33 located at the “Canadian Pavilion” chicane for children under 15 years of age who will be accompanied by someone 65 or older can get in free while the senior can buy a seat for $145.30, or about half the regular price of $275.

“We wanted to respond to requests from numerous fans who asked us to offer ‘family-friendly’ pricing making it easier for younger and older fans to attend the race. We understand that many young adults nowadays wish to share the experience of a Formula 1 Grand Prix with one or more children, or with their parents, at a reasonable price”, said race promoter François Dumontier, president of Octane Racing Group.

“The first edition of our new ten-year deal with the World Championship sporting authority was the perfect opportunity to allow different generations to come and spend quality family time in one of our grandstands.”

Grandstand 33, near the Floralies garden is also next to a large rest area which offers lots of natural shade, giving race fans views of the action as drivers go around turns 6 and 7 of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, one of the track’s passing zones.

Kids accompanied by a parent or adult between the ages of 16 and 65 still get in free but the adult pays the full $275 price. The Canadian Grand Prix weekend in Montreal is June 5-7.

Starting tomorrow, fans will have two ways of reserving their seats at the ticket office:

  1. By phone, at 514-350-0000 or 1-855-790-1245, weekdays from 9 AM to 8 PM; or
  2. On the web, securely, at circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca or admission.com.

Fans may also purchase seats in other grandstands with reserved seating, in the popular grandstand or general admission tickets at the same place and time.

Here’s @CameronNHayley’s comments on his signing with @ThorSportRacing

“It’s always been a dream of mine to run in one of NASCAR’s top three series,” said Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Toyota Tundra. “I was able to get my feet wet last year running a few races, but to be able to say I’m running full-time this year is really a chance to live out my dream,” Hayley said.

“I’ll make the move to Sandusky later this year so I can be in the shop every day, helping the guys, and really getting to know these trucks,” continued Hayley. “I want to take full advantage of everything ThorSport Racing has to offer, soaking everything in this season. Duke and Rhonda Thorson have built a championship-winning team with great resources and equipment and it’s an honor to be a part of their organization.”

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NASCAR Next racer Cameron Hayley, of Calgary, Ab., will drive the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015.

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. having has competed in the series since 1996. Hayley’s teammates will be two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter

Unsurprisingly, #IndyCar will not have replacement for cancelled Brazil race

STATEMENT FROM INDYCAR

INDYCAR has explored several possibilities in an attempt to find a replacement event following the cancellation of the March 8 race in Brasília. Due to the lack of time for suitable planning and the limited number of options, the series has concluded it is not feasible to organize a replacement race on that weekend. INDYCAR will determine other opportunities for its teams and drivers at that time following a review of the current testing schedule.