Canadian Tire Motorsports (a.k.a. Mosport) Park faces an uncertain future as a round of North America’s top-level sports car racing beyond this weekend’s American Le Mans Series race, as Marshall Pruett’s analysis of the likely 2014 calendar for the United SportsCar Racing season explained. However, track co-owner Ron Fellows remains optimistic.
“I think it’s 50-50,” Fellows told ALMS.com when asked about the track’s chances of being on the 2014 USCR calendar.
The Canadian road racing great purchased the 750 acre facility along with Canadian developer Carlo Fidani and transportation industry executive Alan Boughton in 2011 from Don Panoz’s Panoz Motorsports Group. Boughton subsequently sold his interest to Fidani.
The new ownership group, along with longtime general manager Myles Brandt, launched a program of track improvements that have included new structures for fans and enhancements to safety facilities at the fast and challenging 2.46-mile track, which first opened as Mosport Park in 1961.
“We’ve done a ton of work in basically 25 months,” Fellows added. “The track just needed some upgrades.”
The group has also sought to expand CTMP’s portfolio of events, and will run its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Sept. 1.
“They have taken what was one of the jewels of North American motorsports and polished it beyond what it was,” said ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton of CTMP’s new management team. “That doesn’t guarantee anything but it certainly puts them in a very favorable light.”