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Momentum Continues to Build as TRAK Announces New Title Sponsor
Toronto, ON – June 11, 2013

LAKESHORE Communications, Motorola Radio Solutions and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK) are proud to release details of a new partnership announcing the 2-way radio company as Title Sponsor for the 2013 Toronto Racing Association of Karters Championship.

With the season now in full swing, and TRAK enjoying one of their best starts to the season in over three years, TRAK President Daniel Di Leo is quick to point out that this new development fits in perfectly as the momentum continues to build. "I think it's fair to say that most would look to the Canadian National Karting Championships hosted by Goodwood Kartways in late August as the highlight of this year's calendar," stated Di Leo. "Combining that with a great start to our TRAK Championship, huge numbers at the opening round of the ECKC Series and of course this new announcement which brings further credibility to our programs, it's easy to understand our high expectations as we continue to work diligently into the summer months."

The momentum he speaks of continues this coming weekend as TRAK Race 5 followed by TRAK Race 6 take place on back to back Saturday's in anticipation of what is expected to be the biggest ECKC event in the history of the series. Considering the strategic scheduling and listening to the chatter in the pits, TRAK Officials are preparing for huge fields that are expected to get bigger and bigger as the weeks go by. "This Saturday will begin the preparation process for many of the country's top drivers. Next Saturday we welcome all TRAK/MIKA members to our inter club event and of course the following weekend we host Round 2 of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championships," explained Di Leo. "Each event leads into the next and with the building blocks being put in place the Canadian Karting Championships in late August is shaping up to be a remarkable event."

Speaking of the Canadian Karting Championship, TRAK is pleased to announce that participation in selected TRAK events will act as automatic qualifiers for the big event. Maintaining the integrity of the Rotax Max Challenge, TRAK Officials worked hand in hand with Rotax Max Challenge representatives to develop this opportunity which now gives aspiring local Karters the opportunity to qualify and participate in Canada's biggest event. Looking at the TRAK calendar, participation in any three of the next five club races prior to the Canadian Nationals will grant eligibility to drivers looking to be part of the big show.

The TRAK Championship Presented by Lakeshore Communications and Motorola Radio Solutions features a 14 race schedule at local race venue Goodwood Kartways. For more information and/or details on how to become part of our program, please visit www.TRAK.ca.

TRAK RACE ONE PREVIEW – First point’s race set for this Saturday!

For Immediate Release: April 16th, 2013

The season is officially set to begin! TRAK Spring Training took place this past Saturday but with uncooperative weather conditions, only the in-class portion was completed. Even so, 21 new club members completed and passed their mandatory testing and are now set to hit the track.  With Goodwood Kartways opening for practice later this week, members have all shifted their focus to Race 1 scheduled for this Saturday April 20th.

With little time to spare, TRAK members have been busy in the garage and at the track in anticipation of the clubs first point’s race of the season. The schedule which incorporates 4-cycle Junior, 4-cycle Senior and 4-cycle Masters will also include the growing Rotax classes from Micro Max to the recently added Rotax DD2 category. Race 1 details can be found below. The event is sponsored by Goodwood Kartways.


TRAK RACE 1 – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

  • · 8:00am – Gates Open
  • · 8:00am – Registration Open’s
  • · 9:15am – Registration Close’s
  • · 9:30am – Mandatory Driver’s Meeting
  • · 10:00am – Practice Session 1 (8 Minute Session)
  • · T.B.D – Practice Session 2 (8 Minute Session)
  • · T.B.D – Qualifying (6 Minute Session)
  • · T.B.D – Pre-Final (10 Lap Race)
  • · T.B.D – Final (15 Lap Race)
  • · 4:00pm – Podium Presentation

TRAK RACE 1 – RACE ORDER

  • Rotax Senior
  • Micro Max
  • 4-Cycle Junior
  • 4-Cycle Senior and 4-Cycle Masters
  • Rotax DD2
  • Mini Max
  • Rotax Masters
  • Rotax Junior

The race will utilize the Long Track configuration which is the same lay out which will be featured for rounds one and two of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and of course the 2013 Canadian National Karting Championships. For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.

Goodwood Kartways Undergoes second repaving in 2012
October 22nd 2012

In early 2012, Goodwood Kartways announced it’s beautifully aged circuit was getting a much needed fresh coat of asphalt. The news was very welcome in the Canadian karting industry, and with the first round of the 2012 Eastern Canadian Karting Championship taking place at Goodwood in late May, everyone was excited to get on track and take in the fresh paving.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well as the surface did not hold up as expected, and emergency measures were needed right before the ECKC race. Following a completed race season, Goodwood Kartways track owners took action, and with their partners, completed their second repaving of the year. The track has now closed for the season, allowing plenty of time for the new surface to cure, and will welcome racers in early Spring.

CKN was able to track down Daniel Di Leo of Goodwood Kartways, to get an update.

From day one of this project our partners have stood by their original intentions, that being to re-surface Canada’s most historic kart track, creating a racing surface that is currently unparalleled in Ontario. Shortly after the initial attempt in early May we noticed some degradation which isn’t uncommon when dealing with re-paving race tracks. After an in-depth analysis and a series of meetings between the powers to be, the only solution keeping in mind the original intentions of the project was to remove and replace the material. On October 14th we closed the track for the season, four long days later the project is complete and we once again have the table smooth finished we desired. The track will now have ample time to cure as racing won’t commence until the season comes around in 2013. I can’t thank the efforts of everyone involved enough. It was devastating watching the first attempt fail, but everyone stepped up to find a solution. This says a lot about the character of everyone involved. Without the on-going support from Sofina Foods, Delavaco Corp, Con Drain, and ASN Canada this would not have been possible. We now look forward to start of the new season!

TRAK CHAMPIONSHIP “NIGHT RACE” PREVIEW: GREENBLOCK GRANDPRIX UNDER THE LIGHTS presented by PACKEDGE STORAGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Considered by many as one of the best events of the year, the 2012 edition of TRAK’s annual Night Race promises to build on that reputation. With new title sponsorship on board, the Greenblock Property Services Grand Prix Under the Lights presented by Packedge Storage looks to yet again raise the standards of kart racing in Ontario.

“The Night Race is definitely a crowd pleaser.” explained TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “The race continues to get bigger and better every year. With major sponsorship on-board yet again, we feel this event will exceed all expectations. PackEdge Storage has once again stepped up to the plate and will support the event by awarding a set of tires to the winners of both the biggest Junior class and the biggest senior class, and with additional support from Greenblock Property Services we look forward to another great event giving back to the karters.”

This year’s event will follow the same successful format of the past. Registration will open at 12:00pm, with the mandatory Drivers Meeting scheduled for 1:30pm. Official practice will kick off at 2:00pm and racers will enjoy extra track time with two practice sessions, qualifying, pre-final and of course the heavily anticipated finals under the lights.

Traditionally the event concludes with a COMPLIMENTARY CORN ROAST/BONFIRE (Provided by the Boyle Family) and an INCREDIBLE FIREWORKS SHOW (Performedby the Signoretti Family) for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

The race will take place this Saturday September 8th at Goodwood Kartways. The facility will run the Long Track Reverse configuration and additional practice will be open on Friday September 7th from 10am-5:30pm. Huge fields are anticipated as TRAK and MIKA join forces in this interclub race special. Visiting club members are welcomed.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and plan ahead. Extra pit lighting is highly recommended and camping will be available to all participants through Saturday night. For complete event details and more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca or call Goodwood Kartways at 905.640.5278.

Kart Stars Grand Prix – Kart Racing in Conjunction with
the Honda Indy of Toronto

June 12th, 2012

Kart racing in Canada now has another signature event: The Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto! Racing at Exhibition Place in conjunction with the Honda Indy Toronto and the Bay Street Grand Prix, the Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto delivers a truly unique opportunity in karting. With a temporary track located inside the famed IndyCar circuit, karters will be just feet from screaming Indy cars and even closer to the thousands of fans that annually flock to the waterfront to appease their need for speed.

“The Kart Stars Grand Prix is an event that will prove monumental in thecontinued growth and development of karting in Canada,” said Daniel Di Leo, the man charged with the task of organizing track activities through Sunday. “In providing unparalleled exposure for karting, this event will open the eyes of all in attendance to what competitive karting is all about, and how they can get involved. Combine that with the fact we have a perfect setting in front of tens of thousands of Canada’s most passionate race fans and alongside IndyCar racing heros, and this event becomes a definite must on everyone’s racing calendar.”

Karting will be spread over four days at the Honda Indy, beginning Thursday, July 5th, with the Bay Street Grand Prix, an exclusive event with up to sixty of Bay Street’s top executives swapping tailored suits for racing suits in an effort to raise upwards of $600,000 for the Sunnybrook Foundation and the Sunnybrook Hospital Women and Babies Program. It’s a cause near and dear to the heart of event founder Cathy DeFrancesco and her husband Andy, and one that gave life to their son and DFR Superstar, Devlin. Born fifteen weeks premature and weighing less than a pound, the incredible staff at Sunnybrook nursed him to health, and he’s been racing into the world ever since. With an incredible kick-off day planned, the Bay Street Grand Prix will have a Celebrity/Media race begin the on-track action, and see its Grand Prix drivers sorted through qualifying and whittled down to a championship final field.

On Friday the track will be taken over by the Kart Stars staff as entry-level karting is put on display for the thousands of fans enjoying Free Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto presented by the Ontario Honda Dealers Association. All grandstands and paddocks are open to the public free of charge, with no tickets required. Having moved in Thursday evening, Kart Stars competitors can take in a day of IndyCar action prior to driver check-in at the Direct Energy Centre at 2pm, and their first Driver Briefing beginning at 5pm. With the fully-bumpered A&D karts sure to extend the track to its maximum width, the Kart Stars Grand Prix then takes over on Saturday.

Modelled after the most epic event in karting - SKUSA SuperNationals - the Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto will see its Rotax Mini-Max, Junior, and DD2 drivers warm-up, practice, and qualify in an AM session, before its Rotax Micro-Max, Senior and Masters drivers do the same in a PM session. Sunday will then bring morning warm-up, and championship finals beginning at 10am with podium ceremonies scheduled for 12:30, just prior to the start of the Honda Indy Toronto at 1pm - an absolutely incredible day of racing.

The Kart Stars Grand Prix track is located inside the IndyCar circuit between BMO Field and entry to pit lane. Running outside turn nine and inside turn ten of the big track, a temporary layout built at 25 feet wide and over 1000 feet long presents five left and two right-hand turns in a design that models the area skyline. Sure to present a challenge like no other in karting, a quick lap in qualifying and quicker thinking in traffic will definitely be required of those planning to reach the Kart Stars podium. The entire race day will be an experience few have enjoyed in the sport. After staging in front of a packed grandstand and filing onto the grid under the shade of umbrellas, races will then surely produce the most passing of any kart racing event in Canada and lapped traffic will come quickly and often - 50 laps of it in Senior and DD2! Those with a unique racing skill set will surely move to the front, and six among them will be crowned Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto Champions.

The Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto will have its classes capped at 24 with entries awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and waiting lists will be created as required. Teams and drivers will be pitted in dedicated 10x10 spaces inside the Direct Energy Centre alongside the support classes of the Honda Indy Toronto. Security personnel will oversee racing equipment from Thursday through Sunday, and entrants will receive a ‘hard card’ paddock pass for driver and three team/family members that ensures unequalled access throughout the entire IndyCar paddock throughout the weekend.

The Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto is open to Rotax Max Challenge karts in Micro-Max, Mini-Max, Junior, Senior, Masters and DD2, and all drivers must hold a valid, ASN approved club racing license. Registration is available online only, and opens to the public on Monday, June 18th at 10am. For additional information, please visit baystreetgrandprix.ca

TRAK and MIKA Combine Forces for Interclub Challenge on the New Goodwood Kartways
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters and the Mosport International Karting Association will join forces this Saturday May 19th, as the pair contest a combined club race at the new and improved Goodwood Kartways facility. After an extensive upgrade to one of Canada’s most historic karting tracks, the Goodwood Kartways crew is ready to re-open their gates to what is expected to be a massive group of eager kart racers. The second race event on the TRAK schedule will also serve as a great testing opportunity, as the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event will follow just six days later when Canada's best karters return to Goodwood Kartways for Rounds 1 and 2 of Canada’s most competitive championship.

In noting the testing opportunity, TRAK will have Goodwood Kartways set up in the identical configuration that Eastern Canadian Karting Championship racers will face beginning with Official Practice on Friday, May 25th. Other accommodations are also being made, one being the addition of Rotax DD2 classes to the traditional offerings at TRAK. Based on the strong participation rate that both TRAK and MIKA have become accustom to and additional entries which are confirmed to arrive from arrive Quebec and other Ontario clubs, the race action is sure to be intense. With numerous members from each of the respective clubs already pre-registered for the ECKC, the event and the racing action in general will serve as a preview to the big event.

After completing a three week upgrade project, the Goodwood facility is back in action making up for lost time. It is important to note that open practice hours are controlled prior to the ECKC event. The track is open to kart owners Thursday May 17th and Friday May 18th from 10am-5pm. TRAK Race #2 will act as the ideal testing ground on Saturday May 19th and then the track re-opens for additional testing opportunities on Wednesday May 23rd and Thursday May 24th. From Friday May 25th to May 27th the ECKC organization takes control of the track.

Race 2 of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters 2012 season is being presented by www.ECKC.ca. Registration for Saturday’s joint club race begins at 7:30am and the day will follow a standard format of Practice/Qualify/Prefinal/Final.

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters including full Race 2 Details, please visit www.trak.ca.

 

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Goodwood Kartways - Project Repaving Week Two Report
Date: May 7, 2012

For Immediate Release

Track News: Goodwood Kartways – Project Repaving Week Two Report

Work at Goodwood Kartways has definitely hit the finishing straight after a second successful week brought the resurfacing project near completion. All major facets of the project are now complete, and while the track cures this week the crew will hit the bottom of the job list.

“The Crupi Paving crew with support from Con Drain Construction were just amazing to work with,” said track Manager Daniel Di Leo. “They really made the Goodwood job a priority. They had over thirty employees on site last Monday morning with fifteen machines and two spreaders. By midday Tuesday, all paving was complete! All the curbs were backfilled, verging around 900 metres of asphalt was completed, and the track began its curing process with water cooling. It was awesome to see their effort, and it’s awesome to see the track taking its final shape.”

Also ticked off in week two, all edging was done around the track with over 25 yards of soil used to complete the task, and all run-off areas were seeded. Line painting was also initiated, and will be a big part of the third and final week of renovations after the placement of the new exterior curbing outside turn one and on the right side of entry to turn four. All curbs will then be painted red and white, starting corrals and the start/finish line will be painted, and new signage will be posted around the facility. The safety barrier will be installed in front of the turn one retaining wall and the first kart will take to the surface on the week of Monday, May14th.

For additional photos from weeks one and two, and to view updated track scheduling information, please visit goodwoodkartways.com

 

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Goodwood Kartways – Project Re-paving Week 1 Report
Date: April 30, 2012
Week one of construction has been successfully completed at Goodwood Kartways and the operation remains completely on schedule, if not ahead of its predicted pace! Though Mother Nature tried her best to save the famed venue with overnight snowfall last Sunday, trucks moved in on Monday despite the weather obstacles. Excavation began, the oldest curbing was removed, and the planned renovation moved ahead at full throttle.
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BREAKING NEWS: Complete Track Repaving Confirmed!
April 20th 2012

Having created over fifty years of karting history on its original racing surface, Goodwood Kartways is about to get a face lift! Plans and schedules were finalized this morning, and the track will close its gate to karting beginning this Monday, April 23, for a three-week span. Crews will begin construction by grinding down the existing top layer, and will continue by laying a new racing surface, curbing, and a few exciting new features for karters. The track will then go through a curing process before re-opening Monday, May 14th, a week before its club schedule resumes and ten days prior to the opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.

“It’ll cause some temporary pain, but the end result is going to really be something special for the karters,” said track manager Daniel Di Leo. “We’ve done extensive research while in the planning stages and the result is going to be truly incredible. We’re paving with the same mix used at Le Circuit Karting Mont-Tremblant, and really getting things done right with the curbing and some state-of-the-art safety features that will keep Goodwood at the forefront. Of course we ask the karting community to be patient, and promise the final product will be well worth waiting for!”
The resurfacing of the racetrack has the Di Leo family tremendously excited, and they are very quick to point out the latest project wouldn’t be possible without the assistance and involvement of a well known Canadian karting patron.

“This project would not be possible without the involvement of Michael Latifi and the Sofina Driver Development Program,” Di Leo continued. “The principals of the Sofina Driver Development Program have been actively involved from its inception. From discussions regarding the scope of the project to consideration and selection of contractors responsible for carrying out the task, the Sofina Team has been instrumental. With additional commitments from Andy DeFranceso and DeFrancesco Racing, Goodwood Kartways has support that is unparalleled, and for that we are truly thankful. Personally, I can’t wait to see the finished product, and look forward to re-opening the track to both the Latifi and DeFrancesco families, and of course the entire karting community.”
For his part, Latifi is equally thrilled with the project at hand, and provided his thoughts as the news was unveiled this morning. “I am very excited to be part of this project as it promises to deliver a first-class racing track,” stated the Chairman and CEO of Sofina Foods Inc. “With Daniel and Marco Di Leo’s stewardship, Goodwood Kartways will continue to remain one of Canada’s top kart racing venues. I am grateful to have had tremendous support for this project from my friends Andy DeFrancesco of DeFrancesco Racing, and Jim DeGasperis of Condrain Group.”

Since winding down car racing careers of their own and taking a firm grip on the reigns at Goodwood, the Di Leo’s have continuously improved the facility while working through a master plan. Visitors will have noted significant projects in all areas of the property, beginning in the Spring of 2004. First came new track lighting, followed by a face lift for the interior of the club house a year later. The pit shelter was constructed in 2007, red and white racing barriers replaced tire walls in 2008, and prior to hosting the Canadian National Karting Championships in the summer of 2009 Goodwood added a new timing and scoring tower, added curbing, a new North parking area and corrected problem areas on the racing surface. Drainage was improved as the major project of 2010, and last summer the facility had a new security system installed.

ASN Canada's Paul Cooke has had his eyes on the operation throughout, and once again offered his full support when the most recent project was unveiled. “Since acquiring the Goodwood facility, the Di Leo family has been tremendous to work with,” Cooke said this week. “Daniel and Marco know and understand what race tracks are all about, and recognize what kart racing drivers, teams and sponsors need in a racing facility. Working with the Di Leo team on this project has been exciting, and like most, I'll be looking forward to the return of racing in May.”

In that respect Cooke will certainly not be alone. Goodwood Kartways has also made a multitude of kart racing programs available, ranging from rental karts to the powerhouse Intrepid North America race team, and all will be eagerly awaiting for the gate to swing open come mid-May. Canada’s busiest karting venue is the permanent home to over 120 members of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and hosts a Canadian Rookie Karting Championship that runs over 750 drivers per year. Add in special events like the annual opening round of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and private driver testing programs, and Goodwood Kartways will see lap totals this year creeping close to one million! The new surface will be well tested, and has certainly been well earned.

For the latest renovation information and scheduling adjustments for both TRAK and the CRKC, please stay tuned to goodwoodkartways.com. Pictures of the progress will also be available from time-to-time, so be sure to visit the site often.

 
TRAK RACE ONE PREVIEW – First point’s race set for this Saturday!
For Immediate Release: April 19th, 2012
Micro Max reached double digit entries for Spring Training earlier this month.

The season has officially started! TRAK Spring Training kicked off the 2012 campaign earlier this month and with a great turn out of over 70 ambitious karters which included 22 new rookies, drivers now look to shift their focus to Race 1 scheduled for this Saturday April 21st.

With little time to spare, TRAK members have been busy in the garage and at the track in anticipation of the clubs first point’s race of the season. The schedule which incorporates 4-cycle Junior, 4-cycle Senior and 4-cycle Masters will also include the growing Rotax classes from Micro Max to the popular Rotax Masters division. Race 1 details can be found below. The event is sponsored by Goodwood Kartways.

TRAK RACE 1 – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

  • · 7:30am – Gates Open
  • · 8:00am – Registration Open’s
  • · 9:00am – Registration Close’s
  • · 9:30am – Mandatory Driver’s Meeting
  • · 10:00am – Practice Session 1 (8 Minute Session)
  • · T.B.D – Practice Session 2 (8 Minute Session)
  • · T.B.D – Qualifying (6 Minute Session)
  • · T.B.D – Pre-Final (10 Lap Race)
  • · T.B.D – Final (15 Lap Race)
  • · 4:00pm – Podium Presentation

TRAK RACE 1 – RACE ORDER

  • · Rotax Senior
  • · Micro Max
  • · 4-Cycle Junior
  • · 4-Cycle Senior and 4-Cycle Masters
  • · Mini Max
  • · Rotax Masters
  • · Rotax Junior

The race will utilize the Long Track configuration which is the same lay out which will be featured for rounds one and two of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.

 
TRAK SPRING TRAINING DETAILS
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2012

 

The season is finally around the corner! With Spring Training less than one week away, karters new and old are anxiously awaiting the start of the season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters will kick off their on-track activities at Goodwood Kartways this Saturday April 7th, with their annual Spring Training event. With club membership on pace for a record season, organizers and members alike are looking forward to the start of a new racing season. The event is FREE to all karters and a detailed itinerary can be found below.

The event will be split into two segments with Rookie Training starting the day and Timed Practice getting underway after lunch. ALL participants must sign-in by 11am for transponder assignment.
Fifteen bonus points will be awarded to all participants, and for those of you who haven’t had an opportunity to knock off the rust, Spring Training will be a great way to get the ball rolling. With Race 1 scheduled for Saturday April 21, Spring Training will be the perfect way to start your 2012 season.

TRAK SPRING TRAINING ITINERARY

  • 8:00am – Gates open
  • 9:00am – Rookie drivers in-class training – Rookie’s only
  • 10:00am – Rookie drivers on-track training – Rookie’s only
  • 10:15am to 11:15am– Spring Training sign-in and transponder assignment
  • 11:30am – Drivers meeting – ALL drivers
  • 12:00pm – Open practice – ALL Senior 2-stroke classes.
  • 12:15pm – Open practice – ALL Senior 4-stroke classes.
  • 12:30pm – Open practice – ALL Junior 2-stroke classes.
  • 12:45pm – Open practice – ALL Junior 4-stroke classes.
  • 1:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters
  • 1:15pm – 10min Timed practice – 4-Cycle Senior/Masters
  • 1:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Micro Max
  • 1:45pm – 10min Timed practice – 4-Cycle Junior
  • 2:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Mini Max
  • 2:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Junior
  • 2:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters
  • 2:45pm – 10min Timed practice – 4-Cycle Senior/Masters
  • 3:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Micro Max
  • 3:15pm – 10min Timed practice – 4-Cycle Junior
  • 3:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Mini Max
  • 3:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Junior
  • 4:00pm – Conclusion of on-track activities
 
TRAK GENERAL MEETING: SUNDAY MARCH 4TH AT 1PM - GOODWOOD COMMUNITY CENTRE. Immediate Release: February 29, 2012

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters kicks off their 2012 campaign on Sunday March 4th with their Annual General Meeting. Based on the continued growth of the Club the Goodwood Community Centre will once again be jammed packed with karters and their families eager to get the 2012 season under way.

The itinerary which will cover everything from race day procedures, to any and all details pertaining to the clubs activities is scheduled to begin at 1pm sharp.

“The Annual General Meeting is an event that I look forward to every year,” stated TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “It’s a fresh start to a new season and having the TRAK Family get together to kick off our fourth year is great! Seeing the enthusiasm from all of our returning members and welcoming new members to the club is what I look most forward to at this time of the year. If you own a kart and haven’t decided on where you are going to race this season, I encourage you to come out to the meeting and see what TRAK is all about.”

Returning members are reminded that the General Meeting serves as the final opportunity to claim their existing pit spot. At the conclusion of the meeting, any un-claimed spots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. In addition, Goodwood Kartways will offer a 10% discount on-site for their annual practice pass.

The 2012 TRAK schedule and Membership Applications are available on-line at www.trak.ca. Early bird Membership Fees are valid until March 4th, 2012. Get your forms in today! For more information on the club including exciting announcements relating to the 2012 season, stay tuned to www.trak.ca.

 

SPORTALITY TRAK CHAMPIONSHIP 3 HOUR ATTRITION FEST ENDURO PREVIEW:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2011

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters is pleased to announce details for the 2011 Attrition Fest 3hrs Enduro sponsored by www.beatransit.com. Following the same successful format that was used in 2010, Attrition Fest will follow a similar timeline as Karters will look to race into the early night for this special event.

“Last year we had a lot of fun,” stated club President Daniel Di Leo. “When you take into consideration all the different aspects of this event, clearly participants enjoy the unique opportunity to do something different. 3hrs of racing with all 4-cycle classes out on the track together represents a new challenge for drivers. Patience, strategy and consistency will end up playing a big part of who wins this event.”

The event will consist of two main races, a 40min Rotax Enduro followed by the gruelling 3hrs 4-cycle Enduro. Mandatory timed pit stops, driver changes, changing conditions and a clearly defined set of procedures will be a few of the obstacles which teams will look to overcome.

The event is set for Saturday October 15th and registration will begin at 11:00am sharp. Classes offered include 4-cycle Jr Lite and Heavy, 4-cycle Sr and Masters, MiniMax and Rotax Jr, as well as Rotax Sr and Rotax Masters.

The Liverant Family through sponsorship from www.beatransit.com has teamed up with TRAK Title Sponsor SPORTALITY to graciously sponsor the event providing a free lunch BBQ for all in attendance.

TRAK ATTRITION FEST ENDURO – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

  • 11:00am – Registration Open’s
  • 12:30pm – Registration Close’s
  • 12:45pm – Mandatory Driver’s Meeting
  • 1:00pm – ROTAX PRACTICE 1 – 10 Minute Session (Mini Max & Rotax Junior)
  • 1:15pm – ROTAX PRACTICE 2 – 10 Minute Session (Rotax Senior & Rotax Masters)
  • 1:30pm – 4-CYCLE PRACTICE 1 (HOT PIT OPEN) – 30 Minute Session (Jr. Lite & Jr. Heavy)
  • 2:15pm – 4-CYCLE PRACTICE 2 (HOT PIT OPEN) – 30 Minute Session (Sr. & Masters)
  • 3:00pm – START OF 40 MINUTE ROTAX ENDURANCE RACE
  • 4:00pm – START OF 3 HOUR HONDA ENDURANCE RACE
  • 7:30pm – PODIUM PRESENTATION

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters including full event details, please visit www.trak.ca.

 
SPORTALITY TRAK CHAMPIONSHIP “NIGHT RACE” PREVIEW:
TRAK SET TO HOST MARIGOLD FORD MIDNIGHT MADNESS THIS SATURDAY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
Considered by many as one of the best events of the year, the 2011 edition of TRAK’s annual Night Race promises to build on that reputation. With new title sponsorship on board, the Marigold Ford Midnight Madness presented by AVR Motorsports looks to yet again raise the standards of kart racing in Ontario.

“We introduced the night racing format in 2009 and immediately the event was a crowd pleaser.” explained TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “The race continues to get bigger and better every year and this year’s event will once again exceed all expectations. We have AVR Motorsports back on board who will once again award a very attractive F1200 test package to the night’s top participants. PackEdge Storage has stepped up to the plate and will support the event by awarding a set of tires to the winners of both the biggest 2-cycle class and the biggest 4-cycle class, and with additional support from Greenblock Property Services and DPGI Print Solutions we have the ability to go above and beyond this year giving back to the karters.”

This year’s event will follow the same successful format of the past. Registration will open at 12:00pm, with the mandatory Drivers Meeting scheduled for 1:30pm. Official practice will kick off at 2:00pm and racers will enjoy extra track time with two practice sessions, qualifying, pre-final and of course the heavily anticipated finals under the lights.

Traditionally the event concludes with a COMPLIMENTARY CORN ROAST/BONFIRE and FIREWORKS DISPLAY for everyone in attendance to enjoy. If that isn’t enough, this year’s TRAK title sponsor SPORTALITY will put on a COMPLIMENTARY BBQ and draw a pair of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets to be awarded on behalf of TicketPartners.

The race will take place this Saturday September 10th at Goodwood Kartways. The facility will run the Long Track Reverse configuration and additional practice will be open on Friday September 9th from 10am-8pm. Huge fields are anticipated as TRAK and MIKA join forces in this interclub race special. Visiting club members are welcomed.

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and plan ahead. Extra pit lighting is highly recommended and camping will be available to all participants through Saturday night. For further details on the event and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca or call Goodwood Kartways at 905.640.5278.

 
PROgression: 95th Indianapolis 500

At one time, nearly all the starters for the 95th Indianapolis 500 have spent time behind the wheel of a kart. The famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the ultimate goal for many karters over the years with 33 drivers as the historic Indiana facility is like no other. More and more, we are seeing a number of these drivers still finding time to journey to the kart track and some have even taken the step to compete at the top events in North America. With the green flag set to wave on May 29, eKartingNews.com dove into the bio of each starter and provided the website’s readers with each of their karting backgrounds.

Row 1


  

Alex Tagliani: [left] (Photo: Ken Johnson - Studio 52) ‘Tags’ was introduced to karting at the age of 10 during a trip in Italy with his paternal grandfather. From 1987 to 1994, Tagliani scored numerous karting championships in Canada, including the Quebec Junior Championship in ’87, F125 Canadian Karting Championship in 1990 and 1993, and was the Quebec F125 Karting Champion two years straight. Still a devoted karter, he can be found in the seat numerous times a year. In 2003, he introduced his twin-ICC shifter kart at the SKUSA SuperNationals in Vegas for a jaw-dropping display of speed and control. Tags also competed in the 2008 Machismo 500 event and the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic. This past winter, Alex drove in the DD2 Master category for SRA Karting at the Florida Winter Tour for the first two opening rounds.

Scott Dixon: [center] (Photo: davidleephoto.com) Born in Australia, the New Zealand native began racing karts at seven years old. He quickly moved up the motorsport ranks, granted a special dispensation to obtain a competition license to race cars at just 13-years old. Dixon continues to support the sport, and he competed at the 2005 RoboPong 200 event at New Castle Motorsports Park.

Oriol Servia: The Spaniard began racing in 1988 driving karts at the age of 12. He would stay in the sport until he turned 19 when he began competing as a member of the Elf ‘la filiere’ driver development program until 1997 before moving to the United States.

Row 2

 

 

Townsend Bell: [left] (Photo: EKN) The Californian’s first formal karting experience was racing at the Santa Maria Kart Club races when he was 12 years old. After a non-racing accident put him on the sidelines for some time, he returned to karting in 1991 at 16-years old as part of John Motley’s team aboard a NKT chassis in IKF Region 7. Bell still jumps into a kart once in a while to keep sharp and has competed at the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic.

Will Power: [center] (Photo: davidleephoto.com) The Aussie began karting at an early age when he and his brothers raced at the Greer Park Kart Raceway in his hometown of Toowoomba in Australia. At 19, he quickly moved to other forms of motorsports, including sedan racing on dirt tracks. Power competed in the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic in 2008 along with the RoboPong 200 in New Castle that same year. This past season, he teamed up with ALMS driver Simon Pagenaud - placing fourth at the New Castle endurance event. 

Dan Wheldon: [right] (Ken Johnson - Studio 52) The 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Champion began karting at the early age of four. By the time he was 12, he had won three straight British Cadet Kart Championships (1988-1990). Under the tutelage of Mark Rose and Terry Fullerton, he moved up to the Junior ranks, where he won the British Junior Karting Championship and the FIA ‘Ayrton Senna’ Memorial World Cup. In recent years, he has competed at the ‘Montoya Race of Stars’ and the Granja Viana 500 in Brazil. Since 2005, he’s teamed up with Mark Dismore Jr. to compete at the Mazda RoboPong 200, winning the event in their first year together. Wheldon as added a heavy karting schedule in North America to his program, but as of late fell to #110 in the EKN Driver Rankings after spending time inside the top-10. 

Row 3

 
 


Buddy Rice: [left] (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca) The Phoenix native who scored the 2004 Indy 500 victory started racing karts in 1989 at the age of 13. With a ride from Brian Liberante, he achieved two IKF Road Race Grand National titles and his Expert status in Las Vegas in 1995. Since, Buddy has established Tony Kart West, now located just minutes from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, with a number of future motorsports stars currently running for his stable and he himself has competed at the SKUSA SuperNationals in recent years.

Ed Carpenter: [center] (Photo: davidleephoto.com) The Indy native grew up racing quarter midgets and moved on to USAC Midgets and Sprint before jumping to the Indy Lights program. In 2008, Carpenter’s first competitive race in a kart was during the RoboPong 200 at New Castle Motorsports Park. He would come back in 2009 to be the co-winner of the event with Nathan O’Rourke. Carpenter has also competed at the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic.

Dario Franchitti: The Scottish driver comes from an association with former karting stars of the country. In 1984, Franchitti earned the Scottish Junior Championship, the British Junior Championships in 1985 and 1986 along with the Senior Scottish title in 1988. He then progressed up the motorsports ranks in Europe.

Row 4

 

 

Takuma Sato: The Japanese driver began his racing career on two wheels, competing in bicycle racing where he won several national junior championships. It wasn’t until 1996 at age 19 that he began karting. In 1997, he entered Honda’s Suzuka Racing School and won a fully paid drive in the 1998 All-Japan Formula 3 Championship.

Vitor Meira: [center] (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca) Vitor began racing karts in Brazil when he was 12 and spent seven years competing in the sport before moving to Europe in 1995 to pursue his car racing career. Meira can be found at the kart track during his off-time, racing at the Mazda RoboPong 200 event at New Castle Motorsports Park, PRI All-Stars Karting Classic, as well as stints at the Granja Viana 500 and other karting events in his native Brazil.

JR Hildebrand: The Californian got his start in karting through the Jim Russell Arrive and Drive Kart Series at Infineon Raceway’s Jim Russell International Karting Center. In 2002, JR won the TaG 125 championship, winning four of the six events. The following year, Hildebrand drove in the 80 Junior category in his first year aboard a shifterkart. With three wins in six races, JR finished second in the series championship. That same year, he was invited to compete in the Jim Russell Graduate Runoffs where he claimed the overall first place prize of a free year of racing in the SCCA Formula Russell Championship Series for 2004.

Row 5

 

 

James Hinchcliffe: [left] (On Track Promotions - otp.ca) A rookie at the Indy 500, the mayor of ‘Hinchtown’ got his start at karting in 1996 near his hometown of Oakville, Ontairo. Hinchcliffe earned a number of titles at the Toronto Kart Club before moving to regional and national competition with First Kart North America. Hinch was a standout in the 80 Junior category before moving up to the ICC category where he stood on the podium a number of times in the United States and Canada until moving to cars in 2003.

Bertrand Baguette: At age 14, the Belgian driver began karting. Adapting quickly, Baguette rose up the karting ladder to compete both in his home nation and across Europe, earning the Belgian Championship in Intercontinental A division running a Tony Kart entry.

Davey Hamilton: [right] (Photo: daveyhamiltonracing.com) While Hamilton does not have a karting background, his son DJ Hamilton has raced 600 mini sprints, focus midgets on ovals and now sprint karts at New Castle Motorsports Park.

Row 6

 

 

Helio Castroneves: [left] (Photo: heliocastroneves.com) The three-time Indy 500 winner began karting at age 14 in his hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After success there, he moved on to the international karting scene before moving into the open wheel ranks in 1992. Castroneves competed in the 2004 Granja Viana 500 event, finishing second with Gil de Ferran, Oswaldo Negri Jr. and Ruben Carrapatoso.

John Andretti: [center] (Photo: davidleephoto.com) Certainly a jack of all trades, there is nothing that John Andretti has not raced in motorsports, from open-wheel, NASCAR, road racing and drag racing, Andretti has the need for speed. One of the great things Andretti does for charity is the Race for Riley, benefiting the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, which takes place at New Castle Motorsports Park every year. John’s son Jarrett competed at the Kershaw, SC round of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series event in the TaG category.

E.J. Viso: Ernesto Jose (EJ) Viso has a solid karting CV both in his home country of Venezuela and internationally. Entering the sport in 1993, he scored a number of regional, national and Panamerican championships as a Junior driver. Viso was an official CRG driver, racing for the Italian based operation around the world, including the 1998 North American Karting Championships. After competing with the Birel factory in 2000, Viso moved to the United States to hone his open wheel skills in Skip Barber competition.

Row 7

 

 

Justin Wilson: [left] (Photo: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine) The British driver began racing karts in 1988 before he was nine years old. Moving up the ranks, Wilson was racing Formula A by age 15, which was early in that time. When regulations allowed for 16 year olds to race cars, Wilson jumped to the Junior open wheel ranks in Europe, eventually making his way to Formula One in 2003. Residing in Denver, Colorado, Wilson was the grand marshal for the Rotax Max Challenge US Grand Nationals in 2007. Wilson returned to a kart during the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic in 2009.

Jay Howard: [center] (Photo: davidleephoto.com) Born in Basildon, England, Howard began karting at the age of 7 with his father Paul. Jay worked his way up the karting ranks and shine during his Junior years, winning 21 consecutive races at one time. Howard’s glory came with three British titles - the 1997 Intercontinental A British Open Championship, the British Championship and the 1999 ICA British Open Championship. Along with his father, Howard began Screaming Talent karting team in the United States and recently opened Ogden USA Racing Engines. In 2008, Howard won the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic and last year teamed with Bill McLaughlin Jr. to win the RoboPong 200 endurance event.

Tomas Scheckter: [right] (Photo: On Track Promotions - otp.ca) Born in Monaco, the South African and son of 1979 Formula One Champion Jody Scheckter began karting at age 11. It took him just four years to earn the South African Kart Championship (1995). Scheckter and his brother Toby both competed at the SKUSA SuperNationals VIII in the TaG Senior class. Toby scored the victory with Tomas in third. Scheckter has also raced in the RoboPong 200 and the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic.

Row 8

 

  

Tony Kanaan: [left] (Photo: tonykanaan.com) The Brazilian began his racing career in karting, starting back in 1985 at age 11. From Junior competition all the way through 1990 at the Senior level, Kanaan won a number of championships in Sao Paulo. Kanaan is a regular competitor of the Granja Viana 500 and is a former winner of the Brazilian event.

Simona De Silvestro: [center] (Photo: Chris Walker - kartpix.net) The Swiss-Italian competed in the European ranks of karting from 2002 to 2004. A solid competitor in the Junior ranks aboard Swiss Hutless and Intrepid brands, De Silvestro ran only one year in Formula A before jumping to open-wheel cars.

Paul Tracy: [right] (Photo: paultracy.com) The Canadian began his karting years at the nearby facility - Goodwood Kartways. Tracy groomed himself throughout the tracks in North America and eventually traveled to Europe where he placed sixth in the Junior World Cup in Laval, France. In 1999, Tracy formed a kart racing team and branded his own chassis (Paul Tracy Karts or PTK). They were originally developed by CRG of Italy before moving to Tony Kart in 2004. A.J. Allmendinger, Colin Fleming, Benny Moon and many others have piloted the karts to victory.

Row 9

 

  

Danica Patrick: [left] (Photo: danicapatrick.com) Danica mania began back in 1992 when she began karting in Illinois. Competing in club, regional and national programs, Danica made a name for herself by the results she recorded. In 1994, she earned her first WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series title (Yamaha Sportsman), adding two more as a Junior in 1996 along with many Grand National victories up through 1997 when she entered Senior level racing.

Ryan Briscoe: [center] (Photo: ryanbriscoe.com) Beginning his racing career in 1993 at the age of 11, Briscoe quickly moved up the karting ranks. Winning titles in Australia from 1994-1996, Briscoe moved to Italy to be part of the CRG factory team. In 1998, Briscoe competed in North American Karting Championships in Nevada and Charlotte running the Formula A category. After another successful year in 1999 in karting, finishing 14th at the Karting World Championships, he made the switch from karts to cars.

Marco Andretti: [right] (Photo: Clare Weaver) The third generation Andretti began his racing career in karts in 1997, racing at a local kart track in Flemington, N.J. In 1999, he moved to the Oakland Valley Raceway Park facility, earning his first victory. Two seasons of OVRP championships brought Andretti to the Stars of Karting (Stars of Tomorrow at that time) in 2002. He won the regional title at OVRP, podiums and pole positions in World Karting Association competition and a national race in Nevada. The following year was his first year in open-wheel cars. He made one start at the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic (2007).

Row 10

 

 

Charlie Kimball: [left] (Photo: charliekimball.com) Born in England, the Californian began karting at the age of nine. Charlie earned a number of local and regional victories and championship, including seven IKF national title. In 2000 and 2001, Kimball shined in the K1 division (80cc Senior) placing second at the SKUSA SuperNationals IV and scoring wins at the 2001 SKUSA ProTour World Finals and SuperNationals V - earning him the then-named Shifter Kart Illustrated Excellence Awards Rising Star nomination.

Graham Rahal: [center] (Photo: Jeff Deskins) It all began for the second-generation driver at the Ohio Valley Karting Association in Camden where Rahal made his karting debut. From there, he worked his way through the karting ranks of WKA, Superkarts! USA and the Stars of Karting. Rahal excelled as a Junior and did phenomenal at age 14 racing against the nations best at the top level of karting at that time. In 2010, he teamed with Conor Daly at the RoboPong 200 where they placed second.

Alex Lloyd: [right] (Photo: Chris Walker - kartpix.net) At age nine, Lloyd began racing karts in the British Super One Series and throughout Europe, racing against the likes of Lewis Hamilton and other rising British stars at that time. In 1999, Lloyd scored the British Open Championship before moving on to open wheel cars.

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Pippa Mann: [left] (Photo: Chris Walker - kartpix.net) The Indy 500 rookie from the UK began racing after receiving a kart for her 13th birthday. After racing Junior TKM at the local club level, Mann qualified for the British National Championships after winning several club races that year. She stepped up to the international level in 1999 in Intercontinental A at the famed Winter Cup. Unfortunately, she broke a number of ribs and spent most of the season healing. The next year, she drove Formula A in the UK with some international events on the schedule. In 2001, Mann moved to Italy to be part of the Top Kart factory team, racing in ICA. The next season she drove Formula A aboard a Maranello at a number of international events, placing inside the top-five and earned her CIK A license to qualify for the Formula A World Championship race in Jesolo. After a brief 2003 karting season, she moved on to cars. 

Ana Beatriz: [center] (Photo: biaracing.com) The 25-year old and highest starting female driver in the field began karting at the age of 9. During her nine years of karting, ‘Bia’ worked with Nailor Campos, former coach of Tony Kanaan, Rubens Barrichello, and many others. She would earn a number of titles in Brazilian karting before moving to open-wheel racing. This past winner, ‘Bia’ won the second race of the International Challenge of Go-Kart Champions charity race in Florianapolis, Brazil.

Ryan Hunter Reay: [right] (Photo: Sean Buur - Go Racing Magazine) The Florida driver began karting in 1992 at the West Coast Karting program in Naples, Fla., running the 4 Cycle Jr. Sportsman division on an Advanced Racing Engines Invader. He gained valuable experience that led to earning Triple Crown Club honors in 1996, with four World Karting Association championships, two in the Manufacturer’s Cup Series and two in the Gold Cup Series. The following year was a repeat, earning four more WKA championships. In 1999, Hunter-Reay was selected as the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shoot-out winner, leading him to his career in open-wheel racing. RHR competed in the PRI All-Stars Karting Classic in 2008 and 2009.
 

TRAK RACE 2 PREVIEW:
TRAK and MIKA Join Forces on the Eve of the Eastern Canadian Karting ChampionshipFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters and the Mosport International Karting Association will join forces this Saturday April 30th, as the pair contest a combined club race at Goodwood Kartways. The second race event for both associations will also serve as a great testing opportunity, as the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event will follow just six days later when Eastern Canada's best karters return to Goodwood Kartways for Rounds 1 and 2 of Canada’s most competitive championship.

In noting the testing opportunity, TRAK will have Goodwood Kartways set up in the identical configuration that Eastern Canadian Karting Championship racers will face beginning with Official Practice on Friday, May 6th. Other accommodations are also being made, one being the addition of Rotax DD2 to the traditional offerings at TRAK. Based on the strong participation rate that both TRAK and MIKA have become accustom to, massive fields are expected. When the fields combine and additional entries arrive from Quebec and other Ontario clubs, the race action is sure to be intense. With numerous members from each of the respective clubs already pre-registered for the ECKC, the event and the racing action in general will serve as a preview to the big event.

Race 2 of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters 2011 season is being presented by www.ECKC.ca. The race will be named “The Patrick Tong Memorial Race” and dedicated to the Tong Family after Patrick lost his heroic battle with cancer this past Monday. Registration for Saturday’s joint club race begins at 7:30am and the day will follow a standard format of Practice/Qualify/Prefinal/Final.

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters including full Race 2 details, please visit www.trak.ca.

 

TRAK SPRING TRAINING DETAILS
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2011

The season is finally around the corner! With Spring Training less than one week away, karters new and old are anxiously awaiting the start of the season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters will kick off their on-track activities at Goodwood Kartways this Saturday April 9th, with their annual Spring Training event. With club membership on pace for a record season, organizers and members alike are looking forward to the start of a new racing season. The event is FREE to all karters and a detailed itinerary can be found below

The event will be split into two segments with Rookie Training starting the day and Timed Practice getting underway after lunch. ALL participants must sign-in by 11am for transponder assignment.

Fifteen bonus points will be awarded to all participants, and for those of you who haven’t had an opportunity to knock off the rust, Spring Training will be a great way to get the ball rolling. With Race 1 scheduled for Saturday April 16, Spring Training will be the perfect way to start your 2011 season.

TRAK SPRING TRAINING ITINERARY

  • ·         8:00am – Gates open
  • ·         9:00am – Rookie drivers in-class training – Rookie’s only
  • ·         10:00am – Rookie drivers on-track training – Rookie’s only
  • ·         10:15am to 11:15am– Spring Training sign-in and transponder assignment
  • ·         11:30am – Drivers meeting – ALL drivers
  • ·         12:00pm – Open practice – ALL Senior 2-stroke classes.
  • ·         12:15pm – Open practice – ALL Senior 4-stroke classes.
  • ·         12:30pm – Open practice – ALL Junior 2-stroke classes.
  • ·         12:45pm – Open practice – ALL Junior 4-stroke classes.
  • ·         1:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters
  • ·         1:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Honda Senior and Honda Masters
  • ·         1:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Micro Max
  • ·         1:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Novice, Honda Junior Light and Junior Heavy
  • ·         2:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Mini Max
  • ·         2:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Junior
  • ·         2:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters
  • ·         2:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Honda Senior and Honda Masters
  • ·         3:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Micro Max
  • ·         3:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Novice, Honda Junior Light and Junior Heavy
  • ·         3:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Mini Max
  • ·         3:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Junior

4:00pm – Conclusion of on-track activities

 
 

The SPORTALITY TRAK Championship Revs Up for a Great Season

Toronto, ON – March 9, 2011 SPORTALITY and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK) are proud to announce exciting new developments after a successful first outing at the Canadian International Auto Show; raising just over $2,100 in support of the non-profit organization. The exciting exhibit allowed Auto Show spectators to test out their driving skills on the SPORTALITY Racer Full Motion Racing Simulator and gain valuable information about becoming a member of TRAK. The display generated lots of anticipation for this season’s SPORTALITY TRAK Championship.

SPORTALITY recently announced a three-year title sponsorship with TRAK beginning this spring. TRAK has a variety of sponsorship opportunities still available for the upcoming race season. Set to run from April to September of this year, the SPORTALITY TRAK Championship will bring immediate visual and media recognition for sponsors at all TRAK and subsidiary events. Benefits include placement of graphics on the 2011 SPORTALITY TRAK Championship Podium and at the Goodwood Kartways facility, as well as exciting opportunities for Head-to-Head Racing Rumble events for your guests as well as branding opportunities with the SPORTALITY TRAK Mobile Fanzone.

SPORTALITY TRAK Mobile Fanzone is an exciting new platform that offers racing enthusiasts a chance to authentically experience the thrills and action of racing; hands on with the SPORTALITY Racer Full Motion Racing Simulator.  Utilizing the most advanced technology in racing simulation, the SPORTALITY Racer engages users with an unmatched pulse-racing sensory experience. The SPORTALITY TRAK Mobile Fanzone will act as a secondary outlet to promote TRAK as well as upcoming races.  With stops at local community events and a permanent home at Goodwood Kartways, the Fanzone offers guests an opportunity to tap into their competitive nature and accelerate into the action. Furthermore, the SPORTALITY TRAK Mobile Fanzone can be rented by sponsors to utilize at corporate events; the perfect outlet to showcase their products and services.

“We are very proud to associate ourselves with TRAK. Our successful partnership is about working hard at offering an affordable activity for the whole family to enjoy,” says Robert Ewaniuk, President of SPORTALITY. “This season will be full of wonderful opportunities to aid in the development of a growing organization.”

The SPORTALITY TRAK Championship will feature 15 race dates at local race venue Goodwood Kartways. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Robert Ewaniuk at rewaniuk@sportality.com or visit www.TRAK.ca.

 

 
TRAK ANNOUNCES TITLE SPONSORSHIP DEAL WITH SPORTALITY February 19th 2011

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters is pleased to announce today that it has formed a three-year presenting-sponsor partnership with world-renowned sports marketing agency SPORTALITY. The new relationship designates the upcoming club schedule at Goodwood Kartways as the 'SPORTALITY TRAK Championship,' and forms a union that has both sides tremendously excited about the opportunities that lay ahead.

“We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with the Toronto Racing Association of Karters,” said Robert Ewaniuk, President of SPORTALITY. “As the only organization that provides its members with the authentic training and genuine feel of a real-size car, TRAK truly represents the rich tradition of racing. We look forward to working with TRAK to further develop this innovative platform for youth drivers.”

With a strong devotion to the sport of racing and existing ties to the likes of Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar, SPORTALITY is thrilled to add its support to racing at the grassroots level. Aiding in the promotion of such an emerging sport is a perfect fit for the Toronto-based firm, and Robert’s son Jacob, himself a karter, will contest the inaugural SPORTALITY TRAK Championship, set to begin with Spring Training on April 9th and Race #1 of 13 on April 16th.

“It's great to be able to tee up the 2011 TRAK Championship with such an exciting announcement,” said club President Daniel Di Leo. “The year launced to a packed house at our Annual General Meeting last weekend, and now to be able to announce even more exciting news for the club just one week later speaks to the great season that is taking shape at TRAK. We're proud of what we've been able to accomplish in our early years, and with continued support of the great drivers and families we have at TRAK mixed with new support from SPORTALITY, we couldn't be happier with where we stand.”

Established in 2008 at the famed Canadian racing venue Goodwood Kartways, the TRAK group is thrilled to be partnering with corporations like SPORTALITY as the club continues to evolve. Since its inception, TRAK has continued to grow while meeting its madate of promoting and aiding in the development of amateur racers. As one of the largest and most successful karting clubs in Canada, TRAK is devoted to helping kids develop life-long character traits while involved in the unique and challenging sport of kart racing. For more information, please visit trak.ca and sportality.com

SPORTALITY FAST FACTS:
Established in 1998, SPORTALITY builds custom hospitality programs to confidently entertain guests and achieve results including market penetration, employee incentives and brand awareness. As a full service agency, SPORTALITY leverages the excitement of world class sporting events to foster new relationships which drive sales and performance.

For 13 years, SPORTALITY has provided clients with custom lifestyle experiences at prestigious sporting events across the globe. The Olympics, the Masters, Super Bowl, World Cup and Grand Prix races are only a few of the many events where SPORTALITY has consistently had a presence. Over the years, SPORTALITY has built a dedicated support network, giving access to celebrity sporting figures and behind-the-scenes tours that no other company can offer. Whether it's a signed photograph of your guests with Mario Andretti at the Grand Prix or a helicopter ride to the Masters, SPORTALITY can make your experience truly memorable. http://www.sportality.com/

 
TRAK NIGHT RACE 3HR ENDURO PREVIEW:
IF YOU MISSED THUNDER UNDER THE LIGHTS, DON’T MISS ATTRITION FEST 3HR ENDURO!

 

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters is pleased to announce details for the 2010 Attrition Fest 3hr Enduro. Following the successful completion of Thunder Under the Lights, Attrition Fest will follow a similar timeline as Karters will look to race into the night for this special event.

“Thunder Under the Lights was spectacular,” stated club President Daniel Di Leo. “Everyone had an amazing time and responding to the demand from our members, we have decided to do it all over again, this time for a three hour endurance race!”

The event will consist of two main events, a 40min Rotax Enduro followed by the grueling 3hr Honda Enduro. Mandatory timed pit stops, driver changes, changing conditions and a clearly defined set of procedures will be a few of the obstacles which teams will look to overcome.

The event is set for Saturday October 16th and registration will begin at 11:30am sharp. Classes offered include Honda Jr Lite and Heavy, Honda Sr and Masters, MiniMax and Rotax Jr, as well as Rotax Sr and Rotax Masters.

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters including full event details, please visit www.trak.ca.

 

AVR Motorsports to Sponsor TRAK NIGHT RACE #13

AVR Motorsports is proud to announce that they will be hosting the night race on September 25th at Goodwood Kartways.  AVR is currently searching for top karting drivers as prospective drivers for AVR`s Formula 1200 race team for the 2011 season.  At the end of the racing on the 25th, AVR will announce three prizes to test an AVR Formula 1200 race car at the end of the 2010 racing season on October 22nd.

AVR Motorsports is in the midst of competing in their inaugural season in the Formula 1200 series.  The 5 car arsenal consists of two Directors, Shane Viccary and Sam Ashtiani, as well as three top team cars previously competed by TLM Racing: Two BRD`s and one Stiletto.  Alumni of the team cars includes past karters such as Alex Ellis (currently racing Indy Lights), and Keenan Harris (currently racing Formula Ford).  AVR is showing exceptionally well this year, with finishes as high as 2nd, and season team driver Kevin Deevey with 0 DNFs and leading the rookie of the year championship.  Deevey`s BRD and the Stiletto will be on display at Goodwood Kartways during the Week 13 races.  The Formula 1200 series maintains a very competitive young field, averaging 18 cars per weekend.

In the time leading up to Week 13, AVR will be accepting application forms from anyone that is interested in receiving the prize.  Applicants must have at least 2 full seasons of ASN karting experience, and be at least 15 years of age as of April 1, 2011.  The recipients of the prize will be chosen based on their application, as well as their performance on the night of the 25th.  AVR director Shane Viccary will be looking for driver talent, composure, consistency, and the personality of the driver.  Recipients of the prize will be invited to drive at AVR`s driver recruitment test day. First prize will include a fully funded test day, with second and third prize being awarded a full day of testing at 50% of the value.  Application forms can be found on-line at http://www.avrmotorsports.com/avrapp.pdf
They will also be handed out in person by Daniel Di Leo at Goodwood Kartways on September 18th, during TRAK week 12.

Anyone interested in racing with AVR Motorsports, or if you would like more information, please contact Shane Viccary at sviccary@avrmotorsports.com or 647-290-8048.

 
A Message from TRAK President
August 11th 2010


On behalf of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, I would like to personally recognize the outstanding achievements of our TRAK members within the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. TRAK Members top the charts throughout all classes, with five our members crowned overall champions. We are very proud of your accomplishments and wish you all luck at the 2010 Canadian National Championships.

TRAK MEMBERS WHO RANKED IN THE TOP 5 IN THE OVERALL ECKC CHAMPIONSHIP:

ROTAX MICRO MAX

Karter Hickling – 1st PLACE
Jordan Slipacoff – 3rd PLACE
Antonio Serravalle – 4th PLACE

ROTAX MINI MAX

Marco Signoretti – 2nd PLACE
JP Hutchinson – 4th PLACE

HONDA SENIOR

Kevin Monteith – 1st PLACE
Dalton Kellett – 2nd PLACE
Taylor Gates – 4th PLACE

HONDA MASTERS

Jamie MacArthur – 1st PLACE
Mark Kellett – 3rd PLACE
Fred Jordan – 4th PLACE
Duane Cinnamon – 5th PLACE

ROTAX JUNIOR

Austin Milwain – 3rd PLACE
Bryson Schutte – 5th PLACE

ROTAX SENIOR

Marco Di Leo – 1st PLACE
Pearce Herder – 3rd PLACE
Andrew Waring – 4th PLACE

ROTAX DD2

Kyle Herder – 1st PLACE
Cory Luciano – 5th PLACE

See you at the track,

Daniel Di Leo
TRAK President

 

CHICKS ON SLICKS REPORT AND MECH-ANIACS DETAILS – From your Fundraising Crew

Well! The results were spectacular Chick on Slicks was a resounding success. The paddock was full and the track fences were lined with enthusiastic spectators. The chicks took to the track for practice and qualifying and to the audiences surprise there was a lot of unexpected talent. The air was full with excitement and wonder as to who would finish up front. Once qualifying was over the pit crews began their debriefing for the final.

 The chicks were back in action. The intensity of the ladies was evident after corner 1 as they were all tightly meshed together from the get go. The excitement from the crowd was overwhelming and a fantastic time was had by all. The final top 5 were Ann Boyle, Moira Sanders, Cathie Gates, Cindi Kellett and Chris Cinnamon. Honourable mentions go to Ricci Slipacoff, Tracy Waring, Donna Jordan, Marylyn Signoretti, Monica Fusco and Sherry Fortune. As one spectator said “We have brought the family back to karting.”

Keeping that in mind we are pleased to announce the “Mech-aniacs” Sprint Race to be held on Saturday June 19th 2010.

Format for the race will be as follows:

  1. minimum of $50.00 donation (get your friends to sponsor your race)
  2. 12 lap practice and qualifying to be held at the end of race day
  3. 10 minute refreshment/driver briefing
  4. 15 lap final
  5. awards given to top 3 and participant gifts to all
  6. awards celebration for all TRAK classes and mech-aniacs

For more information and registration please contact Cathie Gates at kartracer22@rogers.com or Tracy Waring at tracywaring@hotmail.com. Limit of 15 drivers so sign up early as spots will go quick!

Note: This race is intended for those mechanics who never get the chance to race as they are busy helping their drivers.

 

TRAK RACE FIVE PREVIEW – REVERSE ORDER HEAT RACING SET FOR ALL CLASSES
For Immediate Release: Thursday June 3, 2010


A new challenge awaits the Toronto Racing Association of Karters as they return to their home track this weekend as for the first time this year the club will face the reverse-order heat racing  format. K-LINE INSULATORS  is the race event sponsor for this Saturday, June 5th, and Race 5 promises to build on what has been a very successful start to the 2010 racing season. The Goodwood Kartways short-track configuration will be utilized with track action beginning at 10am.

Organizers are thrilled to offer such a range of racing formats at TRAK events, as they stand by the belief that the approach is instrumental in developing drivers capable of taking on the best in the province and beyond. As proof of such, one need look no further than the point standings of Canada's top Rotax Max Challenge – the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. Through four of six scheduled events, 14 TRAK members stand in the top three of their respective class, and six TRAK members scored class wins this past weekend! As the saying goes, results speak for themselves and the membership continues to make the club proud!

Complete Race 5 details are available online and as always, visitors are welcomed. For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, including race results and championship point standings, please visit www.trak.ca.
 

TRAK Race 2 Preview:
TRAK and MIKA Join Forces on the Eve of the Eastern Canadian Karting ChampionshipFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

 

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters and the Mosport International Karting Association will join forces this Saturday, May 1, as the pair contest a combined club race at Goodwood Kartways. The second race event for both associations will also serve as a great testing opportunity, as the inaugural Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event will follow just six days later when Eastern Canada's best karters return to Goodwood Kartways for the first time since it hosted 2009 ASN Canada FIA National Karting Championships last August.

In noting the testing opportunity, TRAK will have Goodwood Kartways set up in the identical configuration that Eastern Canadian Karting Championship racers will face beginning with Official Practice on Friday, May 7th. Other accommodations are also being made, one being the addition of Rotax DD2 to the traditional offerings at TRAK. Based on opening weekend for each club, massive fields are expected. Despite frigid temperatures and occasional snowfall, TRAK had over 50 Rotax karts at its opening event and MIKA had nearly 70 four-stroke karts a day later under brilliant sunshine. When the fields combine and additional entries arrive from Quebec and other Ontario clubs, the race action is sure to be intense. With numerous members from each of the respective clubs already pre-registered for the ECKC, the event and the racing action in general will serve as preview to the big event.

Race 2 of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters 2010 season is being presented by Marigold Ford Lincoln in Whitby, Ontario. Registration begins at 7:30am and the day will follow a standard format of Practice / Qualify / Prefinal / Final.

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters including full Race 2 details, please visit www.trak.ca.

 
TRAK SPRING TRAINING A HUGE HIT. RACE ONE UP NEXT!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2010


The season has officially started, and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and its members couldn’t ask for a better way to start the season. TRAK Spring Training kicked off the 2010 festivities this past weekend and under near perfect weather conditions, over 70 of Ontario’s most anxious karters participated in the event designed to shake off the winter rust.

“I was really impressed with what I saw.” Stated TRAK President Daniel Di Leo, “To consider that last year at this time we were actually snowed out is mind boggling. The pits were packed and the majority of our members looked as if they were already in mid-season form! Lap times were remarkably fast, the leader boards switched from session to session, and the 18 new members that graduated from the rookie training class held earlier in the morning held their own nicely later in the afternoon.”

The event ran flawlessly which is something that TRAK members have become accustom to. The schedule was followed minute to minute and TRAK Race Director Bill Oakman and his crew picked up right where they left off completing another successful event.

With little time to spare, TRAK members are back to the garage in anticipation of the clubs first point’s race of the season set for this Saturday April 17th. The schedule will include all the Honda classes from Novice right up to the Honda Masters program and of course the growing Rotax classes which will include Micro Max to the newly formed and very popular Rotax Masters division. If Spring Training is any indication Mini Max and Rotax Masters will be two of the most interesting classes of the season as both groups had double digit participants during last Sunday’s event.
Race one details will be posted shortly as TRAK members and visitors alike begin preparations for the new season. The race will utilize the Long Track configuration which is the same lay out which will be used for rounds one and two of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.

 

TRAK SPRING TRAINING DETAILS
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2010


The season is finally around the corner! With Spring Training less than one week away, karters new and old are anxiously awaiting the start of the season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters will kick off their on-track activities at Goodwood Kartways this Sunday April 11, with their annual Spring Training event. The event is FREE to all karters and a detailed itinerary can be found below

The event will be split into segments, with Rookie Training starting the day and Timed Practice getting underway after lunch. ALL participants must sign-in by 11am for transponder assignment.

Fifteen bonus points will be awarded to all participants, and for those of you who haven’t had an opportunity to knock off the rust, Spring Training will be a great way to get the ball rolling. With Race 1 scheduled for Saturday April 17, Spring Training will be the perfect way to start your 2010 season.

TRAK SPRING TRAINING ITINERARY

  • ·         8:00am – Gates open
  • ·         9:00am – Rookie drivers in-class training – Rookie’s only
  • ·         10:00am – Rookie drivers on-track training – Rookie’s only
  • ·         10:15am to 11:15am– Spring Training sign-in and transponder assignment
  • ·         11:30am – Drivers meeting – ALL drivers
  • ·         12:00pm – Open practice – ALL Senior 2-stroke classes.
  • ·         12:15pm – Open practice – ALL Senior 4-stroke classes.
  • ·         12:30pm – Open practice – ALL Junior 2-stroke classes.
  • ·         12:45pm – Open practice – ALL Junior 4-stroke classes.
  • ·         1:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters
  • ·         1:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Honda Senior and Honda Masters
  • ·         1:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Micro Max
  • ·         1:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Honda Junior Light and Junior Heavy
  • ·         2:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Mini Max
  • ·         2:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Novice
  • ·         2:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Junior
  • ·         2:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Senior and Rotax Masters
  • ·         3:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Honda Senior and Honda Masters
  • ·         3:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Micro Max
  • ·         3:30pm – 10min Timed practice – Honda Junior Light and Junior Heavy
  • ·         3:45pm – 10min Timed practice – Mini Max
  • ·         4:00pm – 10min Timed practice – Novice
  • ·         4:15pm – 10min Timed practice – Rotax Junior
  • ·         4:30pm – Conclusion of on-track activities

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the entire karting community for their continued support and hopes to see you all at the track this weekend. For more information on TRAK, please visit www.trak.ca.

 

 
GOODWOOD KARTWAYS OPENS FACILITY FOR 2010
For Immediate Release: April 1st, 2010

 

It’s no April fool’s; Goodwood Kartways opens today for its 2010 karting season! Home of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship and public go-karting, Goodwood Kartways is prepared for the busiest season in its history as it becomes racing home to over one thousand Ontario karters.

“We are all really excited as we embark on a new racing season and our calendar has shaped up very nicely,” said Daniel Di Leo, President of Goodwood Kartways. “We have a nice mix of programs designed for racing enthusiasts across Ontario. Our programs cater to drivers of all ages, and whether they are looking to enjoy a few laps around our track or a complete racing program we will be sure to meet their needs. Regardless of experience, we have the right program for everyone.”

As one of the most active promoters of karting in the country, Goodwood Kartways was incredibly busy during the off-season as members presented the facility and its programs at a number of high-profile shows, and advertised in a variety of media. Responding to public requests for information on everything Goodwood Kartways has to offer, a travelling group was at the Canadian International Auto Show, Canadian Motorsports Expo and the Performance World Car Show. In adding advertising in the Toronto Sun, on the FAN 590, and in My City Explorer, Goodwood Kartways is sure to advance this year in its quest to become Canada’s premiere karting facility.

Goodwood Kartways is open 10am - 8pm every day except Tuesdays from today through November 1st. The first racers to hit the track will be those from the Toronto Racing Association of Karters doing private tests; followed by CRKC Arrive-and-Drive practice sessions beginning April 12th. Public rental go-karting opens on May 1st, once again proving Goodwood Kartways has options for karters of all ages and with any level of experience.

After presenting the 2009 ASN Canadian National Karting Championships last August to great acclaim, Goodwood Kartways will once again be in the national spotlight this May as it hosts the opening two rounds of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, May 7-9. Many of Canada’s greatest karters will be on hand, and Goodwood Kartways invites you to be as well. For more information on everything the facility has to offer, please visit goodwoodkartways.com

 
TRAK GENERAL MEETING REVIEW: 2010 BEGINS RIGHT WHERE 2009 LEFT OFF
Immediate Release: March 2, 2010

 

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters kicked off their 2010 campaign as over 150 guests made an appearance during the club’s annual General Meeting this past Sunday. Familiar friendly faces combined with a nice turn out of new members filled the room with anticipation for the 2010 racing season. 

With the meeting scheduled for a 1:00pm start and Canada’s big gold medal game scheduled for later in the afternoon, the meeting was run on time and efficiently as the agenda covered a wide range of topics including dialogue on the racing schedule, as well as classes being offered at the club for 2010. Discussions covered details on the exciting race formats, made mention of the strong sponsorship program, fundraising ideas, official selection and other key programs being implemented in 2010.

TRAK President Daniel Di Leo offered insight relating to the direction of the club and mentioned that the theme for the new season was simplicity. He carried on his discussions highlighting that based on participation TRAK was Ontario’s largest club in 2009 and with a proven model in place, this seasons goal is to fine tune the program not reinvent it. A re-vamped tech program with new sophisticated fuel testing instrumentation was just one of the areas where the club looks to improve. Confirmation of Bill Oakman returning as race director for the season and the majority of the staff back in place gives the club a great starting point to carry on the momentum built last year.
The meeting was informative, to the point, and as promised finished on time for everyone to enjoy Canada’s big win. All in all, the club looks poised to continue their success as the General Meeting officially launched the 2010 season.

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank everyone for their attendance and encourages those who were unable to attend to contact us for further details on the up-coming season.



 

DRIVER DIARY: TAYLOR GATES – TRAK/ANDERSEN RACING/FWT AWARDS PACKAGE EXPERIENCE.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10th, 2010

First of all I would like to thank the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, Andersen Racing and the Florida Winter Tour for this incredible opportunity of a life time. I have been given an experience that I never thought I would get. It had always been my dream to drive a race car, and thanks to this outstanding award package, it has become a reality.

Over the last 2 weeks, I have been all over the Sunshine State. We started in Orlando, headed to Palmetto and concluded our trip back in Orlando. When I first walked on the Andersen Race Park Facility I was in awe! It was incredible. Look to the left there was the race shop and straight ahead there was the track. The first thing I did was go take a quick look at the track before going into the building. Everything looked amazing, but it was only going to get better!

I met up with the team’s head engineer Remi, and Anders Krohn, the 2008 F2000 Champion. After the first few minutes of being in the shop with my jaw on the floor, I followed Remi to the car that I would be driving over the next two days. It looked so cool, and the thought of me driving it blew my mind. I then walked up the stairs to the meeting room, where we sat and talked about what sort of things we would be doing over the next couple days and what techniques I need to have that differ from a go-kart to a racecar. We did a lot of shifting and braking techniques before heading back down to make sure that I fit properly in the car. After a few adjustments we were good to go. We took a quick lunch break and then headed to the track.

When I first climbed into the car, I was shocked at how compact everything was. I knew the procedures of what had to be done, it was just a matter of doing them. I started the engine for the first time, put my foot all the way in on the clutch, put the car into first gear, revved it up, and…. Clunk! I stalled. After a few more times figuring out the clutch release, I was on my way heading down the pit lane. The first time out on the track was weird. It was strange for me to have to turn with my hands crossing over each other in the really tight spot, and driving down the straights shifting gears for my first time. It was just something I had to get used to. After a few laps I started to pick up a little more speed. After a few sessions of working on different areas to improve my driving, we were closing in on the end of our first day. I didn’t want this day to end but it was getting late. We walked back to the shop with all the equipment. I had an amazing first day and I couldn’t wait till the morning so I could get back on track! 

Day two came along and I was as anxious as ever! I couldn’t wait to get out on the full track today, flying around the high speed corners to the tight chicane! It all looked so cool. I just couldn’t wait to get going.

We went into the shop and had a similar routine as the day before. First we did an overview of the car, and then headed upstairs to get an update of the new days schedule. After the overview, we headed down to the car and I went and put on my suit. We got ready to go out to the track, and were on our way. We got out to the pit lane and set up for the day. I climbed in the car and was ready to get going. It was that crucial point again, starting off the grid… However, today I had no push from behind. I started the car, put the clutch in, popped it into first gear, gave it some revs, and slowly released the clutch. The car started to creep, so I let out more clutch and gave a bit more gas. Picking up momentum, I gradually took the clutch right off and the gas on. I was off! First try! That alone helped set the mood for the whole day and I got even more excited. I was now  on the full track,going onto the straight the first time was a little nerve racking. I was a little cautious at first around the sweeper but as time went on I picked up more and more speed. I liked the long track a lot better because I got to see what the car could really do. After countless laps I was called in to talk about what I thought and some things that I needed to work on. Then I was back out for another set of 15 or so laps. I came back in and that pattern continued until the end of the day.

Again, I did not want this day to end, I didn’t want to get off the track and out of the car. I wanted to keep going as long as I could. I thanked everyone at Andersen Racing and took a few pictures.  I then grabbed my things and left the facility, heading back to Orlando, where I would be racing for my first ever time in the Florida Winter Tour. All I could think about the whole way there was that I had just spent the last two days in a real USF2000 racecar. I learned how to shift and brake a car properly and many different driving techniques. It was a ton of new knowledge that I had acquired and couldn’t wait to apply some of it with karting.   

I had never raced in Florida and I couldn’t wait. We pulled into the Orlando Kart Centre and looking around at all of the different flags was amazing! We went to the Intrepid/Goodwood Kartways tent and set up for the day. We went out on the track figuring out lines and braking points. The track was pretty neat with all kinds of different corners and lines. It was a little tricky to get a good feelof,  but once things started working out the weekend became a little less overwhelming. The test days went pretty well and Saturday came fast!

It was Saturday morning and I was a little nervous hearing about how crazy the starts are in Florida. I was trying to just mentally prepare myself for what could happen and how I would deal with everything. The morning was the usual practice and qualifying routine. After lunch was over everything got tense. We went through the pre-final and then it was time for the Final. I headed out for the race, driving around the pace laps was just the build up for everything that was to come. I started to think as long as I made it through the start, I’ll be fine for the race itself. We came around the final corner to take the flag. Heading down into corner one was like the climb before the rollercoaster drops you back down. The flag dropped and all of a sudden people were going everyway you could think of. Diving to the inside, people staying out wide, even people on top of each other! I looked around being stuck in the mess, thinking the whole field is in the mess. I looked back and then realized that there was a restart. It was a relief for me. I had been through it and now I will have a little more confidence. The field went through the procedure again but this time most of us made it through, with a few exceptions of course. The rest of the race was just a matter of getting as far up the field as possible and was a great experience with a totally different caliber of competition.

The same thing happened the next day, however, I wish I could have had a better result. Overall, this whole trip was something that I think will help me for sure in my racing career. Between learning different techniques for open wheel cars, to learning how to move the kart around and how to deal with adapting to different conditions, the whole experience was amazing. I can’t wait to bring what I’ve learned back home and apply it to the 2010 season.

This was a fantastic opportunity. I can’t thank the whole Andersen Racing Team, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, and the Florida Winter Tour enough! These organizations have made it their mandate to promote the sport of karting, and grass roots motorsports in general. Giving kids like me, this amazing opportunity through programs like this, is truly special.

THANK YOU!

 

TRAK CHAMPIONS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL TWO DAY TEST USF2000 PRIZE PACKAGE WITH ANDERSEN RACING.

PALMETTO, Fla., Feb. 5 - Karters Bryson Schutte of Uxbridge, Ontario and Taylor Gates of Ajax, Ontario have a much better understanding of what it would take to move from karting to the USF2000 National Championship after participating in intensive two-days tests at Andersen RacePark here recently.

The tests were prizes awarded by Andersen Racing as part of its role as the presenting sponsor of the not-for-profit Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK) Series in 2009.  TRAK stages many events at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.

Andersen Racing is one of the most progressive development teams in North America.  In addition to having its own 1-mile road course test track at its headquarters in Palmetto, Fla., it has a regional and a national karting team, a multi-car effort in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, and a multi-car effort in Firestone Indy Lights, the official development series of the IZOD IndyCar Series.  A sister company, Andersen Promotions, is the administrator of the USF2000 National Championship, which is presented by Cooper Racing Tires and powered by Mazda.  It is one of two series that are part of both the MAZDASPEED Motorsports driver development program and the Indy Racing League's Road to Indy program.

Schutte, 14, a ninth grader at Uxbridge Secondary School, and Gates, 15, a 10th grader at Ajax High School, won their two-day tests for their karting accomplishments last year.  Schutte was the Junior Rotax TRAK champion, while Gates was the Senior Rotax TRAK champion.

A third, wild-card prize awarded by the team was split between two other
karters: Dalton Kellet and Andrew Waring.  Their tests will be conducted next month.

Andersen Racing and Andersen RacePark personnel have worked hard to develop a test program that is a true bridge between karting and formula car racing.  Unlike other programs, drivers are not just put into a car with little supervision or feedback, nor do they simply follow a leader while making laps.
Instead, each driver received one-and-one instruction from a professional race car engineer and driver coaches. All sorts of off-track instruction was included to cover things like seat fittings, track walks and data acquisition.

"It's a true, one-on-one course that Andersen Racing is making available to drivers from karting and other divisions of motorsports," said Remi Lanteigne, the director of engineering for Andersen Racing's Star Mazda team and the person who spearheaded the team's sponsorship of TRAK. "Driving techniques are important of course, but we try to provide an in-depth knowledge of what is expected of professional race car drivers.  We cover what team owners, engineers and mechanics want as far as a driver's behavior and professionalism.  We talk about seat fittings and pedal placements, what to ask during a test, what to look for when walking a track, how to look at data, and how to debrief. 

"When they get into the car they learn braking techniques, how to improve their downshifting, how to get into and out of a corner, and how to interact with their engineer and their driver coach to lower their lap times,"
Lanteigne continued. "Andersen Racing has developed a whole program that gives a thorough introduction from A to Z to help drivers who are serious about motorsports to get off on the right foot.

"It's OK to go from karting straight to a USF2000 car; people should not be afraid to do it," Lanteigne added.  "Andersen RacePark is a perfect place to learn.  I was happy with how the tests went and the information we covered over the course of the two days. I was impressed with how focused both Bryson and Taylor were.  They took in every word, and it really showed that we were getting through to them, as both ended up with similar lap times and they developed a good degree of skills that will help them build towards the future."

While Lanteigne was the primary engineer during the tests, both teens were coached by Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn and Jonny Baker, who finished first and second, respectively, in the F2000 Championship Series in 2008. Krohn will compete on the team's Star Mazda squad this year, while Baker is the team's director of driver development.  Another Andersen Racing Star Mazda driver, Mikael Grenier of Stoneham, Quebec, was also on hand to provide tips during Schutte's test, which occurred Jan. 18-19 shortly before Grenier, Krohn and Baker participated in a test themselves at Sebring, Fla.  Gates' test at Andersen RacePark was a week earlier, on Jan. 11-12.

"It was a great experience; I learned so much!" Schutte said.  "It was my first time driving a formula car of any type.  I leaned a completely different style of driving.  I learned how to shift differently, and I learned how important it is that the car is balanced when it goes through the corners.

"I think I did around 70 to 100 laps," Schutte added.  "Andersen RacePark is quite challenging.  You have to be a lot easier and smoother with your steering and getting on the power in a formula car than you do in a kart.  I learned how to look over data and how to apply what the data says to how you drive the track so you can lower your times.  Sometimes I look over data in karting, but not always.  Once I got it, it made a lot of sense."

Schutte, who won 11 races and had 11 second-place finishes out of the 28 races he competed in last year, plans to move into Formula Fords later this year.  "This test will definitely help," he said.  'I had three race car drivers coaching me when I was on the track: Jonny Baker, Anders Krohn and Mikael Grenier.  I didn't know Mikael but I'd read about him.  They were all great, and I want to thank Remi and Andersen Racing for organizing the whole prize and the test. It was great!"

Gates was equally enthusiastic.  "It was incredible!" he said. "Everything was so well planned out.  The coaching was insane; it was unlike anything you can get anywhere else, because it was all one-on-one feedback.  Driving the car itself was incredible too.

"I learned a lot of different techniques that will help me in my kart,"
added Gates, who will be racing in the TRAK series as well as at Mosport International Raceway and in the Eastern Canadian Rotax Challenge Series this year. "I learned different braking techniques and how you go into a corner and things like that.  The Pi data acquisition helped me see where I had to improve and it helped me understand what the engineer and the coaches were saying. I never drove a formula car before, but I would love to have the opportunity to drive one in the future.

"I thought the track was cool too," Gates continued.  "I liked the little hairpins and the long sweepers.  You have to be very smooth.  But mainly the coaching with Anders and Jonny and Remi was incredible.  It was beneficial, for sure."

Drivers who would like to participate in similar tests can contact Baker for pricing and schedules via telephone at (941) 723-3900 or by e-mail at info@andersenracingteam.com.  Additional information is available on the Internet at andersenracingteam.com, andersenkarting.com, andersenracepark.com and usf2000.com.

Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products and Lafarge North America.

For more information about the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.

 
TRAK GENERAL MEETING AND 2010 RACING SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED:
Immediate Release: February 3, 2010

With the inaugural season under their belts, TRAK officials have been working diligently throughout the off-season to carry their momentum into 2010. Recognized as the largest not-for-profit racing club in the Greater Toronto Area, the Goodwood Kartways based racing league is excited to announce their schedule for the upcoming season.

Utilizing a two drop system, the fourteen race schedule features a variety of unique formats designed to keep TRAK members and their families eager to come back for more. Four different track configurations, five separate race formats, and a mutually beneficial inter-club travel date sum up the bulk of the 2010 series but perhaps the highlight of the schedule will take place towards the end of September. “Thunder under the Lights”, considered one the most successful and unique races in 2009, will be back on the schedule and promises to be bigger and better as karters from all over Ontario add this event to their list of races to attend in the upcoming season.

The racing season will officially kick off Sunday February 28th at 1:00pm sharp as TRAK’s annual General Meeting will kick off the festivities at the Goodwood Community Centre. TRAK extends an open invitation to the entire karting community to attend as TRAK officials will announce many exciting details pertaining to the direction of the club and the new season in general. We hope to see you there!

With the racing season just a few months away, TRAK encourages all of their participants to stay ahead of the game. Membership applications are available at www.trak.ca and for those of you that have not yet registered your kart number, a reminder that numbers are assigned by a first come first serve basis.

To view the 2010 TRAK schedule in its entirety and to learn more about the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.

 
TRAK ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET REPORT– SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH NOTE
For Immediate Release: November 26, 2009


Great food, great awards, great company and a whole lot of fun! With on-track activities complete for the 2009 season, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters officially completed the final event on their 2009 calendar.

Held on Saturday November 14th, TRAK officials, members, family and friends all gathered at the Le Parc Banquet hall in celebration of their inaugural season. Over 160 members enjoyed a memorable evening which included great raffle prizes, gift bags for every driver and elegant trophies for top performers in each class.

The atmosphere was electric and the smiles found around the room added a warm, family like feel to the already very welcoming environment. Volunteers, sponsors and of course the drivers were all recognized for their important contributions throughout the season.

Drivers walked away with some very nice hardware, custom jackets, and a gift bag which they will all get a lot of use from. A few drivers in particular stole the show so to speak. Both Taylor Gates and Bryson Schutte, both double-champions in their respective categories enjoyed a very special evening. Both of these drivers on top of their overall championship awards, received Junior and Senior Driver of the Year, as well as an automatic invite to a fully funded two day test in a USF2000 race car provided by Andersen Racing, TRAK’s title sponsor for the 2009 season.

Other exciting announcements throughout the evening included Junior and Senior Sportsmanlike Driver’s of the Year which were awarded to Connor Nevin and Mark Kellett respectively, and perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came when Remy Lanteigne, Sporting Director for Andersen Racing announced that Dalton Kellett and Andrew Waring would both receive the USF2000 two day test award for their outstanding achievements in 2009.

All in all, the season ended on a very high note. The Banquet Committee did a wonderful job planning for this perfect evening and all in attendance left the venue with kind thoughts completing a great inaugural season.

TRAK Official’s have already begun planning for next season. Stay tuned to www.trak.ca for some very exciting announcements which will come in the next few months. 2010 registration forms will be posted soon, with the official number registry opening Monday January 4th.

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the entire karting community for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you all back in 2010.
 
TRAK ATTRITION FEST ENDURO – COME JOIN US FOR OUR FINAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!
For Immediate Release: Thursday October 15, 2009


With the inaugural point’s championship in the history books, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters turns its focus on to the last on track activity for the 2009 season.  

The “Attrition Fest” scheduled for this Saturday October 17th will wrap up an exciting season of side by side racing action for Ontario’s newest kart club. 

Six categories will hit the track this Saturday with an exciting format designed to introduce an endurance racing TEAM element into the mix. Classes have been strategically positioned to allow for drivers to compete in one or more classes if they so desire, as many competitors look to move up a class to get a jump start on the 2010 season. 

The format of the event will include a one hour endurance race from flag to flag, with a mandatory pit stop that is required to be completed by each team. Drivers have the option to complete the entire distance on their own or team up with another driver and complete the driver change during the mandatory stop. During the stop, teams will be assigned a specific task that must be completed before re-entering the track. All tasks will be predetermined according to the category and guidelines will be set during the drivers meeting. All TRAK rules and regulations will apply with the exception of allowing visiting members to use their home clubs spec tire. 

The Attrition Fest is a great way to end what has already been a very successful season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank its members for their continued support and would like to invite the rest of the karting community to come join our final event.  

Complete details of the event including a time table are attached or are available at www.trak.ca.

 

 
TRAK ADDS NEW SPONSOR – FLORIDA WINTER TOUR HELPS TRAK CHAMPIONS GET BACK ON TRACK!
For Immediate Release: Thursday September 29, 2009


As if the Andersen Racing Development Program wasn’t enough, TRAK Officials announced today that they have finalized a deal with Bill Wright founder and promoter of the Florida Winter Tour, North America’s most successful karting series.

The new program works in-line with the Andersen Racing Development Program announced early in the year, whereby the FWT will recognize both the Rotax Junior Champion, Rotax Senior Champion and a driver at large and offer them an exciting opportunity to further develope their skills.

The selected drivers will receive FREE entry to the January rounds of the 2010 Florida Winter Tour Rotax weekend. The FWT is one of the largest and longest running series in the Americas and 2010 will mark the FWT’s 12th anniversary. The FWT International Rotax Max Challenge is the world’s largest official RMC. The 2009 FWT IRMC averaged 362 entries for each event weekend, and featured competitors from 28 countries, 28 U.S. states and 5 Canadian provinces.

“This is the cherry on top of what is already a very sweet piece of cake”, explains TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “These three drivers will have what can only be described as an experience of a lifetime. They will travel down south to sunny Florida and participate in a fully funded two-day open wheel test run by one of North America’s most successful race teams Andersen Racing, and as if that wasn’t enough they now have the opportunity to get back to their roots and show what they got the following week in the Florida Winter Tour against the world’s best!”

The three recipients will be announced during the Toronto Racing Association of Karters Awards Celebration set for Saturday November 14th at Le Parc Banquet Centre.

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and the Florida Winter Tour please visit www.trak.ca and www.floridawintertour.com respectively.

 

TRAK RACE 13 REPORT – TRAK’s THUNDER UNDER THE LIGHTS EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS!
For Immediate Release: Tuesday September 29, 2009


With so many great experiences in our first year of operation, it is difficult to pinpoint the highlight of the 2009 TRAK season. After completing this weekend’s event, in the opinion of many “Thunder under the Lights” might have raised the bar yet again!

Simply put; if you weren’t there, you missed an amazing event!

Despite undesirable weather conditions, more than 75 of Ontario’s most committed karters entered the Greenblock Property Services sponsored event ready and willing to add yet another new experience to their karting resume, NIGHT RACING!

With seven classes on the docket, and hundreds of supporters on hand, reverse order heat racing wrapped up as the sun began to fall. The heavily anticipated “Finals under the Lights” were up next and as darkness loomed, Goodwood Kartways’ advanced lighting system set the stage for a scene that surely won’t be forgotten. A light mist filled the air and the ultra bright light reflected off the karts adding an increased illusion of speed. The pits, lit up by individual teams well prepared for the darkness of the night, karts equipped with glow sticks and even full bore lighting systems, added to all the creativity which mimicked the atmosphere of some of motorsports biggest night racing events.

As the green flag waived for the finals, racing was fast and furious.  The competition was deep and nearly every race came down to the final lap. As the checkered flag flew for the final time, participants made their way up to the top of the hill for a very well attended podium presentation. With a warm bonfire burning in the back ground and enough corn roasting for everyone in attendance, it was a perfect family environment to close the first annual “Thunder under the Lights”.

With family fun being the central theme of the night, a few families shared top honours and were recognized at the podium presentation for their achievements. The Kellett’s, Cinnamon’s, McCabe’s and Fusco’s all left with what was sure to be a sense of family satisfaction. Both Mark and Dalton Kellett both walked away with career bests as Mark finished second in a big Honda Masters field and Dalton walked away with some serious hardware taking the double win in Junior Heavy and Rotax Junior. It was the Cinnamon brothers filling the Honda Masters podium finishing first and third with Duane taking the top spot. For the McCabe’s it was older brother Kyle leading the way with his second consecutive victory in Rotax Senior and little brother Cole finishing a season best second in the Novice class. Finally, the Fusco’s who work extremely hard during a race day as brothers Daniel and Steven share a chassis to compete in Junior Heavy and Novice respectively, enjoyed a pair of thirds to add to the family’s success.

For some amazing photo’s highlighting the night’s festivities please visit this link:  http://Ontrackpromotions.ifp3.com/2/86920/#/

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank everyone for their participation. Next up is the final point’s race of the season set for Saturday October 3rd, as the club looks to crown their annual Champions.

 
TRAK RACE 13 – TRAK INTRODUCES NIGHT RACING TO THE KARTING COMMUNITY!
For Immediate Release: Monday September 21, 2009

 

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters has enjoyed a very successful inaugural season which has been filled with big fields, unique formats, and loads of side by side racing action. As the 2009 schedule nears its end, TRAK members and visitors alike are ready for yet another unique challenge, GO-KART RACING AT NIGHT!

If you’re looking to get in another great event before the season is done, this Saturday September 26, “Thunder under the Lights” is the event for you.

“We have been looking at running a night race for quite some time now,” explained Goodwood Kartways Principal Marco Di Leo. “We are one of the very few facilities in Ontario who have the capabilities to put on this type of an event, and in following our business model of innovation, Thunder under the Lights is right down our alley!”

“Thunder under the Lights” will become an annual event for the TRAK racing family. All visiting members are encouraged to come out and participate and enjoy this unique event which will happen only once a year.

Registration will open at 12:00pm with official practice kicking off at 2:00pm. Racers will enjoy extra track time with two practice sessions and two reverse order heat races leading up to the heavily anticipated finals under the lights. Finals are scheduled to begin at 8:00pm followed by podium presentations and a COMPLIMENATARY CORN ROAST/BONFIRE for everyone in attendance to enjoy.

“There has been so much excitement built around this event,” stated TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “We have had karters literally beg us to put on this type of an event. Judging from the feedback we have been getting we are expecting a great turn out and a fun filled evening. I have heard some talk in the paddock about kids polishing chrome wheels to add to the effect at night, I’ve even been told that there are even a few veterans working on lighting systems for their karts!”

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately and plan ahead. Extra pit lighting is highly recommended and camping will be available to all participants through Saturday night. For further details on the event and the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.

 

 
TRAK RACE NINE PREVIEW - HEALTHY CLUB + FINAL ROUND OF RMCQ = GREAT DAY OF RACING!
For Immediate Release: Tuesday July 21, 2009

Last Saturday, TRAK completed Race #8 successfully kicking off the second half of the 2009 TRAK Championship.  The day featured great racing all day long and was highlighted by the always entertaining "LeMans Style" type starts. 

This Saturday July 25th, with only two weeks left until Canada's biggest event of the year (Canadian National Championships), TRAK will host Round #9 of their series also marking the final round of the Rotax Max Challenge Qualifying Series. Over 120 of Ontario's most eager karters were on hand for the previous round of the RMCQ, and TRAK principles anticipate even larger fields for this upcoming round.

"With the National Championships just around the corner and this being the final opportunity for Rotax participants to secure eligibility we expect some massive fields", explained TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. "Our club is very healthy and growing from event to event, combine that with the importance of the final round of the RMCQ and we are all in for a great day of fun, exciting, can't miss racing action!"

The event will be run on the Long Track configuration and the festivities will conclude with the ever popular champagne celebration at the podium presentation. The always entertaining DD2 category will be added to the class list and event details have been posted on-line and are available at www.trak.ca.

 

TRAK RACE SEVEN REPORT – TRAK’S BIGGEST EVENT TO DATE CONCLUDES THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON ON A POSITIVE NOTE.For Immediate Release: Friday July 10, 2009

Over 120 of Ontario’s most eager karters were on hand this past weekend to participate in Round 7 of the 2009 TRAK Championship. Arguably one of the best events of the year, the event ran flawlessly as the local kart club based out of Goodwood Kartways reached the halfway point of their inaugural season.

“Week after week, our events get bigger and bigger thanks to the never ending support of TRAK members and volunteers,” explained Club President Daniel Di Leo. “We’ve had great events all year long but this one raised the bar yet once again.”

On track action was fast and furious all day long as 10 classes hit the track to do battle. With the event marking the half way point, participants looked to score maximum points in an attempt to move up the season standings. Big fields and stiff competition ensured that participants brought their “A” game, and a quick look at the overall results shows the level of competition. In fact, in Rotax DD2, Rotax JR, and Micro-max, track records that have passed the test of time for years and years were all broken, as Marco Di Leo, Bryson Schutte, and Devlin DeFrancesco all re-set the record books in their respective class.

Winners from the day include all three newly awarded track record holders, as well as Sean McPhee, Scott Brooks, Nelson Learn, Frank Launi, and Kevin Monteith taking the win in their respective class.

The day concluded with the introduction of Goodwood’s new “F1 Style podium”, as winners in all categories celebrated with the traditional spraying of the champagne. All in attendance showed their appreciation for the facilities latest upgrade as the awards ceremony has been talked about ever since. In addition to the race winners, three lucky draw winners walked away with some great raffle prizes including Toronto Maple Leaf tickets, Wooden Sticks Green fees, and even a set of two all-access Toronto Honda Indy passes.

Next up is TRAK Race 8 scheduled for Saturday July 18th. Race details will be posted at www.trak.ca in the near future. All participants can look forward to the latest upgrade as the historic track surface is set to undergo improvements early next week.

For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters including race results and championship points standings please visit www.trak.ca.

 
TRAK RACE 7 PREVIEW – FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE AS CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES HEAT UP
For Immediate Release: Thursday July 2, 2009

As the season quickly approaches the halfway point, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and its competitors have plenty to be thankful for. First and foremost, the inaugural season has been filled with safe and exciting, side by side competition that all can enjoy. Great racing, a family environment, and a unique schedule have kept karters coming back for more and this weekend won’t be any different.

As members continue to prepare for Round Seven of the fourteen race championship, so too does the Goodwood Kartways crew. New for this round will be the introduction of the very impressive Formula 1 style balcony podium. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to visit Goodwood Kartways lately we encourage you to come and check it out. New curbs, a new barrier system, a new scoring tower and now Ontario’s most impressive podium! What’s next? Just wait and see!

With the championship battles starting to heat up and visitors  from near and far looking for an edge come the National Championship’s, large fields are expected this Saturday. The event is sponsored by Ambutrans and details are available on the website at www.trak.ca. This weekend’s event is a direct Rotax Max Challenge Qualifier, the Long Track configuration will be utilized, and the club will add the impressive Rotax DD2 category to the docket.

Be sure to stick around for the awards celebration as the inaugural TRAK Raffle comes to a close. Three lucky winners will be awarded some amazing prizes for their support.

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for their continued support and looks forward to seeing you all at the track.

 

TRAK RACE FIVE PREVIEW – MEMBERS HEAD BACK HOME FOR EXCITING NEW RACE FORMAT
For Immediate Release: Wednesday June 9, 2009


As the season continues to move along nicely, TRAK members head back to Goodwood Kartways for Round Five of their inaugural season. Scheduled for Saturday June 13th, the K-LINE GROUP sponsored event marks yet another first for the newly formed club. Keeping in-line with one of the objectives of the club, TRAK principals are excited to introduce a new format for all members to enjoy.

“One of the clubs objectives is to be innovative in an attempt to keep things fresh and exciting,” explained long time karter and club President Daniel Di Leo. “Our schedule is filled with different formats and mini championships within the regular season and this weekend we are excited to kick off our three race endurance type championship which we think all karters will enjoy.”

The “Two-staged Enduro” set to run this Saturday will utilize the Goodwood Kartways Long Track Clockwise configuration.  The concept of the event is similar to stage racing which is commonly used in the world of Rally Car racing. On-track activities will begin with a regular round of practice and then the focus will shift to two timed finals with starting positions to be determined by a random draw.  Karters will draw their starting position for Final 1 and the order will be reversed for Final 2. As the first Finals conclude, timing and scoring will record the official completion time of the final for each participant. The exact completion time from Final 1 will then be added to the exact completion time for Final 2 giving each participant an overall Race completion time.

The new format provides karters with loads of jammed packed racing experience, increased track time, and introduces a new element of strategy for each team to explore. An event schedule including the day’s race order can be found at www.trak.ca

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for their continued support and looks forward to seeing you all at the track.

 
TRAK RACE THREE REPORT – DETERMINED KARTERS ENSURE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT
Immediate Release: May 14, 2009


Race Three of the fourteen race TRAK Championship is in the books. With over 115 karters registering for the event, anticipation soared as many of Ontario’s most enthusiastic karters were in attendance.

With 10 classes scheduled to run throughout Saturday, TRAK officials were prepared for a full day of racing action. The day began smoothly and right on time which TRAK members have become accustom to, but shortly after the first few sessions the rain hit. With lightning flashes in the sky and the rain picking up momentum, TRAK officials were forced to stop on-track activities.

“We did whatever we could to try and complete the day,” stated TRAK Race Director Bill Oakman. “We rented pumps, we tried to wait it out, we even turned to our members looking for alternatives to the race day schedule, but no matter what we did we couldn’t overcome the elements.”

With the radar showing more rain throughout the day TRAK officials had no choice but to postpone the event and just after 12pm announced that the event would be rescheduled for the next day. Sunday morning came and so too did over 100 die-hard karters. The day ran smooth from the get go and from the first lap of the event to the last, the action was fast and furious. All five Rotax classes were on the schedule with close to twenty karts in both Rotax Jr and Rotax Sr competing for the top spot.

Winners from the third round include Devlin Defrancesco doing the double, Luca Beltrame, Kyle Doma, Bryson Schutte, Artem Korelev, Kevin Monteith, Fred Jordan, Marco Di Leo and Zach Meyer.

Complete results from the event are available on-line and with a short break in the action all attention turns to Round Four of the championship as TRAK travels to Innisfil Indy on Sunday May 31, 2009. Details of the race will be posted prior to the event.

TRAK RACE THREE PREVIEW TRAK ANTICIPATES BIGGEST EVENT YET
Immediate Release: Wednesday May 6, 2009


After a very successful start to their inaugural season the Toronto Racing Association of Karters is set to host Round Three of the ultra competitive karting series. Looking to build on momentum established through the first two rounds, TRAK principals are preparing for their biggest event yet.

“Karting is a very tight knit community. It’s nice to hear people talking about how much they are enjoying our events,” stated TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “The phone has been ringing off the hook and with this round being a direct Rotax Max Qualifier we are expected some very big fields.”

Round Three sponsored by KW Racing will take place at Goodwood Kartways and utilize the traditional Long Track configuration. Rotax Junior and Senior will run under RMC Rules and Regulations and Rotax DD2 will be added to the docket of classes as drivers look to begin preparation for the upcoming season.

Practice will be available on Friday from 10am-8pm as well as pre-registration for Saturday’s event. An event schedule including the day’s race order can be found at www.trak.ca

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for their continued support and looks forward to seeing you all at the track.

TRAK RACE TWO REPORT
IT’S ALWAYS EASIER THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Immediate Release: April 29, 2009


As registration opened for Round Two of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters presented by Andersen Racing, dark clouds and gloomy weather threatened the Goodwood Kartways facility. The trailers began to roll in and the smiles on people’s faces began to warm up the facility, and before the first laps the sun poked through.

After a very successful inaugural event, karters were excited to get back on track for Round Two sponsored by the REA Group. Long Track Reverse was the configuration this time around and with reverse order heat racing scheduled for the day’s event, a shake up from Round One shouldn’t have surprised many.  Nine classes hit the track and with the championship under way, week one winners were looking to go two for two. A shake might be the understatement of the day as only Keenan Harris managed to repeat as the class winner from the opening round. Only one! That means that through the first two rounds, and through eighteen finals we have had sixteen different winners. Talk about some stiff competition!

As the action wrapped up on another exciting day of racing, it seemed like each and every member hung around for the podium presentation. A family like atmosphere has been re-created at Goodwood Kartways and members seem to be appreciative of the efficiency that TRAK officials have brought to the table.

Winners from the second round include Keenan Harris, Kevin Monteith, Owen Dykstra, Artem Korolev, Andrew Waring, Austin Riley, Gerrit Tiemersma and building on two podiums from round one, Michael D’Ambrosio brought home a pair of victories on the day winning both Junior Light and Mini Max.

With a short break in the schedule, karters will have some time to prepare for what is going to be a remarkable Round Three.  Scheduled for Saturday May 9, Round Three will also serve as the opening round of the Rotax Max Qualifying Challenge.  Rotax karters from around the province are expected to visit the local club as TRAK will run the 2009 Canadian Karting Championship configuration.  DD2 will be added to the docket for the event as Ontario’s best have shown interest in coming out to play at the upgraded facility.
TRAK RACE ONE REPORT – THE HARD WORK PAYS OFF
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2009

If you missed round one of the TRAK championship sponsored by Vega Tires you missed a gem. In the club’s inaugural event, over eighty five motivated karters hit the track anticipating the start of a new season. The event ran smooth and with little delay as the race action was fast and furious. Side by side action, double digit fields, lots of track time and close finishes seemed to be the trends of the day as the checkered flag flew for the first time this season.

Weather threatened the newly renovated facility early in the afternoon but held off as the sun battled through the clouds. The track was packed with on lookers as the event officially launched the 2009 karting season.

“It was great to see everybody at the track again”, mentioned Daniel Di Leo. “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s face and listening to the praise from all the competitors really made the long off season well worth it.”

Winners from the first round include Devlin Defrancesco, Gabriel Amaral, Joey Furfari, Jason Tosello, Michael Taibi, Bryson Schutte, Keenan Harris, Lorenzo Mandarino and Jack Manns. Arguably the best action of the day came from double digit Rotax Senior and Rotax Junior fields as many of Ontario’s best battled on the layout chosen for the 2009 Canadian Karting Championships.

With the first race in the books, focus now turns to round two scheduled for this Saturday April 25th. Sponsored by the Rea Group, TRAK officials look to build on the momentum from a successful round one. Registration will open at 7:30am and on-track activity will begin promptly at 10:00am. If you’re looking for a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon join us at the track.
For more information on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.
TRAK KICKS OFF 2009 ONTARIO KARTING SEASON THIS WEEKEND
For Immediate Release: April 15, 2009

 

Track preparation is complete, on-track testing has begun, and karters from all over Ontario have made known their intentions to participate in the opening round of the 2009 Toronto Racing Association of Karters Championship.

With the opening round of the fourteen race series on tap for this Saturday April 18th, TRAK Officials have been working around the clock in preparation of their inaugural season.

“The level of excitement around the pits these days is remarkable,” stated President Daniel Di Leo. “Being around the sport for the better part of twenty years you learn to appreciate the anticipation of a new season. This event officially kicks off the 2009 karting season. Finally! We get to go racing!”

Action begins Saturday morning as registration opens at 7:00am. Nine classes are on the slate which includes Rotax Junior and Senior, Mini and Micro Max, as well as Novice, Junior Light, Junior Heavy, Honda Senior and Masters. With the most recent announcement awarding the Canadian Karting Championships to Goodwood Kartways, TRAK Officials have decided to run the “Long Track” configuration for round 1, the same layout that will be utilized for the 2009 Canadian Championships.

Practice at the facility will be open for the remainder of this week. Please ensure that you have all your documents in order to avoid any delays with registration. A detailed race day itinerary will be posted 24hrs prior to the event.

TRAK would like to thank the karting community for their continued support and we look forward to seeing you all at the track this Saturday.

TRAK SPRING TRAINING DETAILS
April 6, 2009

The season is finally around the corner! With Spring Training less than one week away, karters new and old are anxiously awaiting the start of the season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters will kick off their on-track activities at Goodwood Kartways this Saturday April 11, with their first annual Spring Training event.

The event is FREE to all TRAK Members and a detailed itinerary can be found below. The event will be split into two segments, Rookie Training in the morning and Timed Practice getting underway after lunch.
Fifteen bonus points will be awarded to all participants, and for those of you who haven’t checked out the new and improved Goodwood Kartways, Spring Training will be a great way to get re-acquainted. With Race 1 scheduled for April 18, Spring Training will be the perfect way to start your 2009 season.

TRAK SPRING TRAINING ITINERARY

8:00am Gates open
9:00am Rookie drivers in-class training – Rookie’s only
10:00am Rookie drivers on-track training – Rookie’s only
12:00pm Drivers meeting – ALL drivers
1:00pm Organized timed practice – ALL drivers
5:00pm Conclusion of on-track activities
TRAK AND IKC ANNOUNCE INTER-CLUB ROTAX MAX QUILIFYING PROGRAM
April 6, 2009

Hot off the heels of ASN Canada FIA awarding the 2009 Canadian Karting Championships to Goodwood Kartways, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and Innisfil Kart Club are pleased to announce details of a cooperative effort that will see selected races from both club championships carry Rotax Max Qualifying status.

The collaboration between the two clubs form a unique inter-club program that will see each respective kart club travel to the others home track throughout the season for previously scheduled point’s racing. These five events will be direct qualifiers for the Rotax Max Challenge and will follow RMC rules.
“The concept behind this effort is very simple,” stated TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “Both organizations are supporters of the Rotax Program and offer strong Rotax racing week in and week out. Our mandate is to offer an alternative Rotax Max Qualifying Series to all karters. Ontario is the largest karting community across Canada and by offering this program through previously scheduled club events; we will ultimately increase eligibility for this year’s Rotax Max Challenge."

Each of the events will be hosted by the home club and regular race day fees will apply. Visiting members are always welcome, and this cost effective Rotax Max Qualifying program is sure to attract Ontario’s best in preparation for the 2009 Canadian Karting Championships being held at Goodwood Kartways in early August.

“First off, congratulations to Goodwood Kartways for being awarded Canada’s biggest event in 2009,” mentioned Innisfil Kart Club President Tony Launi. “We have really worked hard during the off season to offer added benefits to our IKC members. The Innisfil Kart Club is ready for another exciting year and we look forward to working with TRAK to create an enjoyable environment that all of our racers can enjoy.”
The schedule for the qualifying events is as follows:

  • Saturday May 9, 2009 – Goodwood Kartways
  • Sunday May 31, 2009 – Innisfil  Indy
  • Sunday June 21, 2009 – Innisfil Indy
  • Saturday July 4, 2009 – Goodwood Kartways
  • Saturday July 25, 2009 – Goodwood Kartways

For additional information about the kart clubs, please visit www.trak.ca and www.innisfilkartclub.com.

2009 RULES AND REGULATIONS NOW POSTED - SUPPLEMENTAL RULES TO FOLLOW
April 1, 2009


The 2009 ASN Karting Technical and Sporting Regulations are now posted in the documents section of our website. Preparation of our Supplemental Rules Package is on-going, and will be posted no later than April 8, 2009.

Please note that the branding procedure for all VEGA “ONT” tires has been revised. All tires are now permanently stamped with the “ONT” designation to the right of the VEGA logo on the sidewall of the tire. Legitimate tires may only be purchased from authorized VEGA ONTARIO dealers. Details will follow in the Supplemental Rules Package.

With Spring Training less than two weeks away, please ensure that all of your membership requirements are in order. A detailed Spring Training itinerary will be posted Monday April 6, 2009.

VEGA ONTARIO – LOWEST SPEC TIRE PRICING IN ONTARIO
March 30th 2009


Honouring an agreement put in place at the beginning of 2007, VEGA ONTARIO is pleased to announce that tire prizes will remain static for the 2009 season. With the current state of the Canadian dollar, the Ontario karting community has been informed of tire increases from two other competing major tire manufacturers in the Ontario market.

The VEGA ONTARIO price freeze translates into the lowest manufacturer suggested retail price program in the province, reassuring karters of VEGA ONTARIO’s commitment to the industry.

In a time of economic uncertainty, VEGA dealers understand the importance of quality at a fair price.

“VEGA Tires S.P.A continues to show unparallel support to our karting community,” stated VEGA ONTARIO representative Marco Di Leo. “Mr. Paolo Mantese and VEGA tires have lived up to all of our expectations and continue to go above and beyond when striving to offer the best product in the market. Holding true to our original agreement even with the changes in our economy is another example of the company’s disposition.”

Along with the obvious pricing advantages, VEGA ONTARIO dealers are pleased to announce the improvement of their tire marking program. All VEGA ONT tires are now branded with permanent ONT markings built into the mould of the tire which will eliminate concerns in regards to counterfeiting.

VEGA ONT is confirmed as the spec tire for the Toronto Racing Association of Karters (www.trak.ca),  Innisfil Kart Club (www.innisfilkartclub.com) and is approved by Mosport International Karting Association (www.mosportinternationallkarting.com ). Stay tuned for further announcements by other Ontario kart clubs in the near future.

For further inquiries please contact the VEGA ONTARIO dealer nearest you.

 

CLUB NEWS: TRAK ADDS DEPTH WITH EXPERIENCED RACE DIRECTOR
March 11, 2009


As the inaugural season continues to creep up on the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, club Officials are pleased to announce the addition of Bill Oakman to the officiating crew, filling the important position of Race Director.

“We were very selective in our task to find the most suitable race director for our club,” stated club President Daniel Di Leo. “Race Director is one of those positions that are always open to scrutiny. With Bill’s experience and consistent approach I think we have found the ideal candidate and his addition is another perfect fit to this massive puzzle that we continue to create.”

With an announcement made earlier last week in regards to the newly implemented technical inspection program, TRAK has now addressed two of the most common concerns voiced by their members. With experience and consistency at the fore front in both programs, TRAK members can be confident with the programs that have been put in place.

Bill Oakman is very well respected in the karting industry.  With prior experience working with local kart clubs, regional racing programs and perhaps most impressive, his experience with ASN Canada at the National Karting level, his know-how is a valuable asset to the new club.

“I have been around long enough to understand the commitment it takes to be a well respected Race Director,” assured Bill Oakman. “I have been on both sides of the fence. My son and I enjoyed years of successful karting and we learned to appreciate good officiating. Now as Race Director, I am committed to meeting the needs of our members.”

With Spring Training just over a month away, preparation is ongoing.

ON-TRACK PROMOTIONS ANNOUNCED AS TRAK’S OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
March 6, 2009

Completing a trio of announcements over the last week, On Track Promotions is pleased to announce that it will be a Championship Sponsor for the debut season of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters and the Official Photographer of the 2009 TRAK Championship.

OTP owner Todd McCall and his team of photographers will be the exclusive on-site vending photographers for the championship, and also produce an array of Class Champion Awards that will approach $10,000 in value by season's end.

"It will be great to work with the kart club I began racing with ten years ago, although I only ran a handful of special events," McCall said this week. "I truly love the Goodwood track and so many great drivers and personal friends have come from there. At OTP we're anxious to show we're not just about big National and International events, we also work closely with many local kart clubs, and we're excited to be able to help out some young TRAK drivers as they begin racing careers of their own."

Two TRAK Class Champions will receive driver web sites with six pages of detail and hosting for 365 days. It's a $3000 value for the drivers, and just the beginning of what OTP will provide to TRAK. Additional class champions will receive a $500 voucher toward the construction of a web site, and all class champions will receive a 13x19 plaque-mounted collage calendar. Each vice-champion will also receive a voucher of $50 toward the purchase of a 13x19 calendar.

To learn more about On-Track Promotions please visit their website at www.ontrackpromotions.com

TRAK GENERAL MEETING REVIEW: A HUGE SUCCESS AND A SIGN OF THINGS TO COMEMarch 2, 2009

In what can only be described as a successful event, over 140 members of the Ontario Karting Community attended the TRAK General Meeting this past Sunday. A nice mix of new and returning karters made their presence felt as the room was filled with anticipation for the 2009 racing season. 

The agenda covered a wide range of topics including dialogue on the racing schedule, as well as classes being offered at the club for 2009. Discussions also covered details on the exciting new race formats, recognition of our generous sponsors, fundraising ideas, official selection and other key programs being implemented in 2009.

TRAK President Daniel Di Leo offered insight relating to the direction of the club and judging by the smiles on everyone’s face, the ideas were welcomed by the members. Highlights from the meeting include the introduction of a solid technical inspection program that will see Al DiFrangia and Rick Gerritts combine their resources to ensure an emphasis is put on the inspection process.

Following the most recent announcement of the addition of Andersen Racing as TRAK’s presenting sponsor, two representatives from the Andersen camp were on hand including Remi Lanteigne to elaborate on the exciting driver development program being offered through the club.

All in all, the event served as a great start to the 2009 season. Karters of all experience looked anxious to hit the track and the room had a refreshing glow. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank everyone for their attendance and encourages those who were unable to attend to contact us for further details on the up-coming season.

ANDERSEN RACING BECOMES PRESENTING SPONSOR OF TRAK
Unique driver development program in place to prepare tomorrow’s stars.

 

PALMETTO, Fla., Feb. 24, 2009 - As part of its long-established role as a leader in the development of open-wheel talent, Andersen Racing announced today that it will be the presenting sponsor of the Toronto Racing Association of Karters(TRAK) Series in 2009.

The not-for-profit TRAK corporation plans to stage 14 events, primarily at Goodwood Kartways in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada.

Andersen Racing competes in karting, Formula BMW, Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights from its headquarters at Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla. Sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp., it is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing, a top IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series team.

Andersen Racing plans to use its sponsorship of the TRAK Series not only to show support for the Canadian karting community, but also as a way to identify young talent that would be suitable to step up to its Formula BMW Americas program from karting. Although this is TRAK's inaugural season, a few of the many drivers who have gotten their start in the sport by karting at Goodwood Kartways over the last 40 years include open-wheel drivers Scott Goodyear, Paul Tracy and Daniel Morad as well as long-time karting supporter and sports car star Ron Fellows.

As part of the prize package Andersen Racing has developed, three drivers from the TRAK Series will be awarded a free two-day test in one of the team's Formula BMW race cars after the 2009 TRAK series concludes in October. The trio will consist of the Junior Rotax and Senior Rotax champions, as well as a third, wild-card driver of the team's choosing selected from all junior and senior categories. Other key aspects of the prize include a mentoring program designed to further develop the karters and prepare them for the transition from karting to car racing, as well as official recognition as an RLR/Andersen Racing junior development driver.

Veteran racing engineer Remi Lanteigne, who is the director of engineering for Andersen Racing's Formula BMW and Star Mazda teams, spearheaded the team's association with TRAK. "The Formula BMW series is a very natural step up from karting," he pointed out. "Andersen Racing has established a unique program whereby it can help develop a driver from Formula BMW, Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights, all the way up the ladder with our association with Rahal Letterman Racing. Our partnership with TRAK is a great initiative."

Lanteigne hinted that team co-owners Dan and John Andersen may agree to participate in similar programs in other geographic areas too. The program will look to evaluate and choose aspiring young drivers across the Americas and offer them an opportunity to advance through the Andersen Racing ladder system.

Goodwood Kartways is owned by the Di Leo family, which includes two other famous open-wheel brothers, racers Daniel and Marco Di Leo. "We certainly welcome Andersen Racing on board, and we're excited about the upcoming season," said Daniel Di Leo, president of TRAK. "Goodwood Kartways has a very impressive history when it comes to the development of Canada's motorsport stars," he added."An association with a top-level program like Andersen Racing is something that all young karters should be excited about. The principals of Andersen Racing share in our vision to create awareness and develop future talent through grassroots programs like the Toronto Racing Association of Karters."

For more information on the series and/or Goodwood Kartways, please visit their respective websites at trak.ca and goodwoodkartways.com. For more information on Andersen Racing, see andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com.

 
TORONTO RACING ASSOCIATION OF KARTERS 2009 “REVISED” SCHEDULE
February 17, 2009

In anticipation of our inaugural season, TRAK officials are pleased to release our “revised” 2009 racing schedule.  

After working diligently to put together a schedule filled with a variety of venues, new formats, and a unique cost effective series within a series, all involved are eager to get the season underway.

With our General Meeting only a few weeks away, everything is coming together as anticipated as we continue to work around the clock to ensure a successful inaugural season. On-track activities will begin with the introduction of Spring Training on April 11, and the event which is FREE to all TRAK members will mimic the timed practice format used by most professional race series. The season then kicks into high gear as the focus gets turned to regular season points racing which will include but not be limited to night racing, endurance events, qualifying races and even heat racing. Details on our travel dates are still being confirmed with the intention to announce all final details during the General Meeting.

The General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday March 1, 2009 at 1:00pm and will take place at the Goodwood Community Centre.  All karters and their supporters are welcome and the venue will be used as a platform to announce many new programs for the 2009 season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for their continued support.

KEEPING OUR MEMBERS UP TO SPEED!                           
TUESDAY JANUARY 27, 2009

Hello Everyone, I hope all is well. We are now nearing the end of January, and the 2009 season is fast approaching. Taking a quick look outside, it’s hard to believe that in just over two short months karts will hit the track and a new page will turn in the long, rich history that makes Goodwood Kartways.

I have had the pleasure to keep in touch with many of you throughout the winter and I think it’s fair to say that we are all anxious to get the new season under way. I wanted to take a few moments of your time to keep everyone up to speed on a few house keeping items.

MEMBERSHIPS:
2009 TRAK Memberships are now on sale. We have received membership applications from many of you, and for those of you who are planning on racing with us in 2009 PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to sign up. In an effort to stay ahead of the game, we would greatly appreciate your cooperation in getting all your paperwork submitted in a timely fashion.

CLASSES:
Many of you have recently made inquiries as to which classes will be included in the 2009 season. There are rumours flying around that indicate we are adding classes to our schedule. This is not the case. One of our top priorities in the up coming season will be to maximize track time. We are committed to maintaining stability from season to season. Rotax and Honda classes have passed the test of time. We will not try to reinvent the wheel and will stick to what works. Please see the previously posted “2009 TRAK Class and Weight Rules” chart posted in the documents section of our website. It is important to note that we will run MACRO MAX as an alternative to MINI and MICRO only if the numbers don’t justify the split. If we have enough participants we will run the classes separately.

SCHEDULE:
We are looking to finalize our schedule by Monday February 2nd. Our previously posted tentative schedule will see very minor changes in an effort to cooperate with the industry. Number of events, format of races, and the structure of our schedule will remain unchanged.

WINTER FUNDRAISER:
Many of you have offered to help with the Winter Fundraiser. This event was previously scheduled for Saturday February 7th. Listening too many of your great ideas, we have decided to postpone the fundraiser until after our General Meeting. We will address this topic during the General Meeting and will look for your input as to finalizing the details of the event.

GENERAL MEETING:
Just a reminder that the General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2009. It will take place at the Goodwood Community Centre located at 268 Highway 47 in Goodwood, and will start at 1:00pm sharp. All are welcome and many exciting announcements will be made in regards to the up coming season.

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank all of our generous sponsors who have all made this possible. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for more information on our packages or for any general sponsorship inquiry please feel free to contact us directly. Stay tuned as we continue to confirm details pertaining to the 2009 season. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all at the General Meeting.

If you have any further questions and/or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at your convenience. Please direct your questions to president@trak.ca.

KARTING COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO SUPPORT TRAK.
Thursday, November 27th, 2008

In its short existence, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters continues to stay on “TRAK”. Only one short week after number registration opened, over 100 of Ontario’s most enthusiastic karters have rushed on-line to reserve their digits.

In the world of karting, numbers are more than just an easy way to keep track of which kart is where. Numbers are very much a part of a driver’s identity. From lucky numbers, to numbers signifying class ranking, many drivers are very particular about the numbers they run.

“I guess you can say a number is like a driver’s trademark. More often than not, spectators and drivers alike refer to one and another by their number opposed to their name,” stated TRAK Principal Marco Di Leo. “Any NASCAR fan automatically associates the famous #3 to Earnhardt. The same is true in Formula 1 where fans know that #1 is last years champion. It’s no different in karting, we all have a favorite number and that number becomes part of who we are.”

A complete list of registered kart numbers can be viewed on TRAK’s Official Website. Visit www.trak.ca and find the registry in the bottom right hand corner of the home page. The list will be updated on a weekly basis, and karters that have intentions to get on “TRAK”, are encouraged to send in their forms at their earliest convenience.

While visiting the site be sure to check out the “Where Are They Now” link in the Media Gallery. This section of the website will highlight many of Goodwood’s outstanding drivers that have come through the track’s kart club, and our now very well respected in many different forms of motorsports around the world.

To learn more about the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.  Final details on many new exciting programs are being confirmed. Stay tuned for further details. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for their continued support and look forward to seeing you all soon.

TRAK RECEIVES MASSIVE SUPPORT WITHIN 24hrs OF INTRODUCTION.
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Just 24hrs after being introduced, the Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank all of the Ontario Karters who have displayed an enormous, overwhelming level of support. Through a combination of email, phone calls, and number registrations, the karting community has echoed the excitement felt by the new association.

“The support we have received is phenomenal. People volunteering to help, drivers supporting our innovative schedule, it’s great to see that our unique approach is welcomed,” stated TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “With change comes controversy. There is a lot of hearsay coming from a few individuals with very little truth to back it up. We are going to ignore all of that and stay focused to our goals which include offering a great environment for our members to enjoy. As long as we continue to work hard at building our new club, the other stuff won’t matter.”

Number registration is now available on-line at www.trak.ca. With the application on-line for only a short period of time, karters have rushed to reserve their numbers for the 2009 season. There is no fee to register, and if you are looking to get on “TRAK”, register your number today.

To learn more about the Toronto Racing Association of Karters please visit www.trak.ca.  Stay tuned for many exciting announcements coming your way. The Toronto Racing Association of Karters would like to thank the karting community for your continued support.



Bringing innovation to karting in the Greater Toronto Area

MONDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2008
Courtesy of Ekartingnews.ca

When the 2009 season begins at Goodwood Kartways, it will be a new beginning in many ways at the famed GTA facility. Gone will be the Toronto Kart Club, with the Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK) taking its place. Led by a new group with a fresh vision, TRAK has established a mandate to create a new and exciting Club racing environment for both rookies and veterans alike. Along with existing opportunities for rental karters and arrive-and-drive racers, TRAK will make it a trio of karting options available at Goodwood Kartways.

To say the least, the track-owning Di Leo family came to the end of the 2008 season believing its facility had more to offer, and that its resident kart club did not have the best interests of Goodwood racers in mind when acting on their behalf. After exhausting its options within a rental club situation, the Goodwood crew decided to band together and present something completely new - and TRAK is the result.

“Goodwood Kartways has always had a positive relationship with clubs in the past, both those based here and those visiting for events or regional championships,” said TRAK President Daniel Di Leo. “But we saw last year that the decisions of a few could effect the racing of many, and with an overnight decision racers who love competing at Goodwood Kartways nearly had the opportunity taken away from them. Obviously our confidence and trust was shaken, and we were prepared to create something new and exciting for the racers moving forward. As a result we have a new association, and we believe it’s something Goodwood racers and their families can really be excited about.”

The first draft of the schedule is certainly exciting. TRAK will offer a variety of racing opportunities, and the association is committed to bringing a revolutionary approach to Club racing through its customary Saturday schedule. While many Ontario kart clubs have experimented with flip-grid heat racing formats in recent years to give karters something new and exciting, TRAK will experiment much more and has already scheduled night racing, endurance events, multi-stage events and a championship within a championship into its inaugural schedule. There will be no conflicting dates with Regional Championship Racing such as the Brain Stewart Racing Karting Championship, and racers will still have Sunday free to race at other tracks during the season should they wish do so. It’s all about bringing a buzz back to karting, both for new and experienced karters.

“Working with racers new to karting over the past two seasons has been a refreshing experience,” said Goodwood Intrepid National Team Manager Marco Di Leo. “You remember when racing was that much fun for you, and you remember when you were that excited to go to your club and compete against your friends. This is the atmosphere we are hoping to bring back for Club level karters with TRAK. Having night races, having endurance races, varying the qualifying procedure - it’s easy to get excited about and it’s going to be the place to be in Ontario karting.”

Final TRAK details and schedules are currently being created and an information meeting will take place in February. TRAK is a registered, non-profit corporation and is officially an ASN Canada FIA affiliated club. For more information, please visit www.trak.ca

Courtesy of Ekartingnews.ca


TRAK.CA online and released to the public
November 17th 2008

The Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK) has just released it's premier website (www.trak.ca) devoted to delivering the latest news, information and race coverage of it's highly anticipated racing league in Ontario. Illusion24.com has taken on the task of delivering a cutting edge web presence which will represent the TRAK racing league for years to come. The website was released November 17th 2008 and marks the beginning of a new age in the Ontario Karting scene.

Over the next couple of weeks the website will continue to undergo revisions and additional features will come online in preparation of it's inaugural season of racing. With a focus on the racers, TRAK invites all visitors to share their ideas and comments about the website. Every email will be read and considered. Please send your emails to info@trak.ca
 


 


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