GC Motorsports International
|This article is outdated. (May 2012)|
|Base||Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Series||Nationwide Series / Canadian Tire Series|
|Sponsors||Mercury Marine/Fish TV|
|Manufacturer||Ford / Dodge|
|Debut||2011 Royal Purple 300|
GC Motorsports International (formerly Go Canada Racing) was a NASCAR racing team based in Ontario, Canada, owned by Canadian businessman Steve Meehan. GCMI currently fields the #27 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the #27 Dodge in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
Meehan founded GCMI in the spring of 2011, the result of his desire to bring together his interest in racing with his talent for business. Steve’s visions are to build a championship caliber NASCAR team that can introduce companies to the advantages of NASCAR sponsorship on both sides of the border, and to provide up-and-coming Canadian drivers with an opportunity to race in the upper tiers of NASCAR.
The team was formed when Meehan bought the #27 NASCAR Nationwide Series team that had previously competed under both the names Brewco Motorsports and Baker Curb Racing. The team collectively has over 800 series starts, 183 top-ten finishes, 70 top-five finishes, and 10 wins. Since 1995 the team has featured drivers such as Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Ward Burton, Scott Wimmer, Casey Atwood, Johnny Sauter, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Robby Gordon.
In 2012, GC Motorsports International partnered with Dave Jacombs Racing to launch a two car effort in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and form a subsidiary team GC Motorsports Canada.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
When the team was formed, GCMI initially hired Canadian J.R. Fitzpatrick to drive the car, but he left the team after a few races. After the departure, J.J. Yeley was brought to drive the #27 car for several races to start and park the car. The car returned to the number 67 when Canadian Andrew Ranger drove for the team at Loudon and Homestead.
2012 began with David Ragan, last season's winner of the Coke Zero 400 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, behind the wheel of car #27 at Daytona. Ragan qualified 23rd and finished 26th. He also took part in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas, qualifying 30th and finishing 6th. Andrew Ranger competed in a number of Nationwide races including the series' only Canadian race, the Napa Auto Parts 200 at Montreal. He qualified 12th and finished 32nd. He also competed at Homestead and finished 28th.
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
The team launched an effort in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with two cars anchored by two time series champion Andrew Ranger.
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