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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
"Canada’s Home of Motorsports"[1]
Location Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Time zone UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Coordinates 44°03′00″N 78°40′40″W / 44.05000°N 78.67778°W / 44.05000; -78.67778Coordinates: 44°03′00″N 78°40′40″W / 44.05000°N 78.67778°W / 44.05000; -78.67778
Capacity open seating without capacity limitation
Owner Canadian Motorsports Ventures Ltd.
Operator Canadian Motorsports Ventures Ltd.
Broke ground 1960
Opened 1961
Construction cost $500,000
Architect Alan Bunting
Former names Mosport Park
Mosport International Raceway
Major events

FIA Formula One
Canadian Grand Prix
FIM Road Racing World Championship
Canadian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Mosport Can-Am
(1966–1967, 1969–1974, 1977–1986)
USAC Championship Car
Telegraph Trophy 200 / Molson Diamond Indy
(1967–1968, 1977–1978)
FIM World Superbike Championship
Mosport Superbike
United SportsCar Championship
Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Clarington 200

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Chevy Silverado 250
Clockwise Grand Prix Circuit
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.459 mi (3.957 km)
Turns 10
Lap record 1:04.094 (Rinaldo Capello, Audi Sport North America R10 TDI, 2008, ALMS LMP1)
Driver Development Centre Advanced Course
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.8 mi (2.88 km)
Turns 20
Driver Development Centre Intermediate Course
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.37 mi (2.2 km)
Kart Complex
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.87 mi (1.4 km)
Turns 12
Speedway Oval (1989-2013)
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.500 mi (0.805 km)

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Park and Mosport International Raceway) is a multi-track motorsport venue located north of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The facility features a 2.459-mile (3.957 km), (length reduced through wider track re-surfacing done in 2003) 10-turn road course; a 2.9 km advance driver and race driver training facility with a quarter-mile skid pad (Driver Development Centre) and a 1.4 km kart track (Mosport International Karting). The name "Mosport" is a contraction of Motor Sport, came from the enterprise formed to build the track; it is pronounced as the two words actually sound, "Mose-Port" (as opposed to often incorrectly pronounced "Moss-Sport").[2][3] The track is owned by Canadian road course driver Ron Fellows who purchased the track in January 2013 and persuaded NASCAR to host a truck series race there.


Moss Corner - Turn 5a and 5b.
Tunnel, Whites Corner - Turn 10 and Event Centre.

The circuit was the second purpose-built road race course in Canada after Westwood Motorsport Park in Coquitlam, British Columbia,[4] succeeding Edenvale (Stayner, Ontario), Port Albert, Ontario's Green Acres (ex-British Commonwealth Air Training Plan), and Nanticoke, Ontario's Harewood Acres (ex-British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Number One Bombing and Gunnery School), all airport circuits, as Ontario racing venues. It was designed and built in the late 1950s, and held its first major race on June 25, 1961, the Player's 200, a sports car race bringing drivers from the world over to rural Ontario. Stirling Moss won the two-heat event in a Lotus 19. Second was Joakim Bonnier with Olivier Gendebien third.[5] The proposed hairpin was expanded into two discrete corners, to be of greater challenge to the drivers and more interesting for the spectators, at his suggestion, and is named Moss Corner in his honour. This is a source of lingering confusion as many people call the track Mossport.

Mosport has had a succession of owners since the original public company created to build the track. Two of those prior owners, Norm Namerow (who owned the track through his publishing company, CanTrack, until his death) and Harvey Hudes, have both been inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame for their contribution to the sport in Canada. In 1998, the Panoz Motor Sports Group purchased the facility, and in 1999, the newly formed American Le Mans Series visited Mosport for the first time. For 2001, the entire circuit was repaved to meet FIA specifications, and is now 42 feet (12.8 m) wide. Drivers were consulted to ensure the character of the "old" track was kept; almost all the "racing lines" have been maintained.

Mosport achieved acclaim though a series of international sports car races under the title "Canadian Grand Prix" normally reserved for Formula 1 races. Many events were wildly popular, breaking Canadian sports attendance records with each successive race. The success of these races led Mosport to be seen as a key component in the founding of the Can Am Series. The CanAm first visited the track in its inaugural season in 1966, and Mosport hosted at least one event in every year of the series' history, except 1968. In 1967, Canada's centennial year, Mosport hosted Formula One, USAC, and a 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix. F1's Grand Prix of Canada remained at the track until 1977. Mosport has hosted a wide variety of series throughout its history. The circuit has held Formula One, USAC, World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, Formula 5000, and many other sports car, open-wheel, and motorcycle series.

Mosport has had several fatalities, both track crew, drivers, and riders, the most recognized being German Formula One driver Manfred Winkelhock who was killed in 1985 when his Porsche 962C crashed into a concrete wall. [1] The most recent fatality at the track was in 2008 during the 29th annual Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada Racing Festival. Driver Dino Crescentini of Rochester Hills, MI - a ten-year veteran of vintage racing - lost control of his 1977 Wolf Dallara Can-Am car, which previously had been driven by Gilles Villeneuve.

Unlike many historic motorsport venues, Mosport's track layout has remained mostly unchanged from its original form.

The fastest ever recorded lap was taken by Rinaldo Capello, in an Audi R10 TDI, in qualifying for the 2008 Grand Prix of Mosport, with a time of 1:04.094. The lap record was set in the race for that meeting with Capello's Audi Sport North America team mate Marco Werner lapping in a time of 1:05.823.[6]

Canadian Motorsports Ventures (CMV) which includes Orlando Corp. Chairman Carlo Fidani and Canadian road racing legend Ron Fellows, purchased the facility in June 2011.[7]

In February 2012, a partnership between Mosport and Canadian Tire was announced. The partnership includes a renaming of the track to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The partnership will help to upgrade the facility, and improve the experience for spectators, participants, race teams, and corporate sponsors.[8]

Driver Development Area[edit]

In the spring of 2000, Mosport opened the Driver Development Centre, a second 1.7 km, 12 turn training circuit designed for driver development. The new course was designed by the owners and instructors of the Bridgestone Racing Academy and was designed specifically with fewer guard rails, walls and minimum blind corners to meet the needs of their driver and mechanic training program.[9][10]

Due to significant scheduling demands on the original grand prix circuit, the original academy course was reconstructed and lengthened to a full racing course in the fall of 2013. The new track features two configuration options; a 2.2 km intermediate course, a 2.9 km advanced course, as well as a skid pad, a pit lane, and a multi-storey event centre with classrooms and other facilities.[11]

Mosport Speedway[edit]

Mosport Speedway was a one-half mile oval speedway located on the northwest corner of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The track featured 800-foot long straightaways, 6-degree banked corners and two grandstands with seating for 8,500.

The oval was constructed in 1989 as a dirt track originally called Mosport’s Ascot North, named after the famous Ascot Park track in Gardena, California. The first event was scheduled in July 1989 and was to feature USAC Midgets and Sprint Cars and the World of Outlaws. The races were cancelled after the initial heat races caused deep ruts in the corners and dislodging stones hidden under the clay.[12]

The track was paved that summer and renamed Mosport International Speedway. The track hosted a weekly Saturday night stock car racing program from May to September for 24 years. The stock car divisions included pure stock, sportsman and late models. The oval also featured regular touring series including the ACT Series, ISMA Supermodifieds, OSCAAR, Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup, CASCAR Super Series and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.[13]

The park announced the closing of the oval in July 2013 to accommodate the expansion of the Driver Development Centre.[14]

Current series[edit]

A motorcycle races at Mosport

United SportsCar Championship[edit]

Main article: Grand Prix of Mosport

It was announced in September 2013 that Canadian Tire Motorsports Park was chosen to host a round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in 2014.[15] The new series replaces the American Le Mans Series as the feature race during the tracks annual SportsCar Grand Prix, which is Canada's largest annual sportscar race.[16]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Main article: Chevy Silverado 250

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in September 2013, marking the first time the series has raced in Canada.[17] Chevrolet was announced as the title sponsor and the race is known as the Chevrolet Silverado 250.[18]

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series[edit]

Main article: Clarington 200

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series has visited the facility at least twice annually every year since its inaugural season in 2007. Currently the race is known as the Clarington 200 and takes place during the tracks Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend and its Chevy Silverado 250 weekend.

Other series[edit]

Main article: Mosport Trans-Am


The track also hosts vintage racing series, motorcycle racing, and Canadian Automobile Sport Club (CASC) amateur events and lapping days.

Photo gallery[edit]

Grand prix circuit records[edit]

Class Driver Car Date Speed km/h Speed mph Time
Outright - American Le Mans Series - LMP Qualifying Italy Rinaldo Capello Audi R10 TDI August 23, 2008 222.254 km/h 138.116 mph 1:04.094
United Sports Car - Prototype Qualifying Colombia Gustavo Yacamán Morgan Nissan July 22, 2014 205.974 km/h 127.986 mph 1:09.167
World Sportscar Championship - Group C Qualifying Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Porsche 962 C August 10, 1985 204.159 km/h 126.871 mph 1:09.775
Formula One Qualifying United States Mario Andretti Lotus 78-Ford October 8, 1977 199.554 km/h 124.009 mph 1:11.385
IndyCar Qualifying United States Danny Ongais Parnelli VPJ6-Cosworth June 10, 1978 196.296 km/h 121.984 mph 1:12.570
Formula 5000 Qualifying United States Mario Andretti Lola T332-Chevrolet June 14, 1975 194.322 km/h 120.758 mph 1:13.307
Can-Am (1966-1974) Qualifying United States Mark Donohue Porsche 917-30 June 9, 1973 192.243 km/h 119.465 mph 1:14.100
United Sports Car - GTLM Qualifying Canada Kuno Wittmer SRT Viper July 22, 2014 189.434 km/h 117.709 mph 1:15.206
Trans-Am Qualifying United States Simon Gregg Chevrolet Corvette May 18, 2013 188.394 km/h 117.073 mph 1:15.614
NASCAR Truck Series Qualifying Canada Alex Tagliani Ford August 30, 2014 176.849 km/h 109.889 mph 1:20.558
Canadian Superbike Qualifying Canada Brett McCormick BMW S1000RR August 19, 2011 176.123 km/h 109.438 mph 1:20.882
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Qualifying Canada Andrew Ranger Dodge Challenger May 18, 2014 171.736 km/h 106.712 mph 1:22.956

Former series & major race winners[edit]

FIA Formula One World Championship[edit]

Main article: Canadian Grand Prix
Year Race Driver Constructor Report
1967 Player's Canadian Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Report
1969 Belgium Jacky Ickx Brabham-Ford Report
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
1972 Labatt's Canadian Grand Prix United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Report
1973 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford Report
1974 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Report
1976 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Report
1977 South Africa Jody Scheckter Wolf-Ford Report

FIA World Sportscar Championship[edit]

Main article: Grand Prix of Mosport
Year Race Drivers Team Car Distance/Duration
1976 Player's 200 Weekend United Kingdom Jackie Oliver United Kingdom Shadow Shadow DN4 Chevrolet 320 km (200 mi)
1977 Molson Diamond Can-Am Trans-Am Weekend Canada Ludwig Heimrath
United States Paul Miller
Canada Heimrath Racing Porsche 934/5 6 hours
1980 Molson Canadian 1000 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United States Dick Barbour Racing/Sachs USA Porsche 935 K3/80 6 hours
1981 Molson 1000 Germany Harald Grohs
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Germany Andial Meister Racing Porsche 935 K3 6 hours
1984 Budweiser GT Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi)
1985 Budweiser GT Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 962C 1,000 km (620 mi)

USAC Championship Car (IndyCar)[edit]

Main article: Honda Indy Toronto
Year Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
1967 Telegram Trophy 200 United States Bobby Unser Leader Cards Racing Eagle Ford
1968 Telegram Trophy 200 United States Dan Gurney Oscar Olson Eagle Weslake-Ford
1977 Molson Diamond Indy United States A.J. Foyt A.J. Foyt Enterprises Coyote Foyt
1978 Molson Diamond Indy United States Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli Cosworth

FIM Road Racing World Championship[edit]

Year Race 125 cc 250 cc 500 cc Report
Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer Rider Manufacturer
1967 Canadian motorcycle Grand Prix United Kingdom Bill Ivy Yamaha United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Honda Report

FIM Formula 750 World Championship[edit]

Year Race Winning Rider Manufacturer
1977 Molson Diamond Motorcycle Grand Prix of Canada Australia Gregg Hansford Kawasaki
1978 United States Michael Baldwin Yamaha
1979 France Patrick Pons Yamaha

FIM World Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Race Date Winning Rider Winning Team
1989 Race 1 Rothman's Superbike June 4 United States Fred Merkel Team Rumi RCM
Race 2 Italy Giancarlo Falappa Bimota SpA
1990 Race 1 Bud Superbike June 3 France Raymond Roche Squadra Corse Ducati Lucchinelli
Race 2 France Raymond Roche Squadra Corse Ducati Lucchinelli
1991 Race 1 June 2 Canada Pascal Picotte Fast Yamaha/Sunoco
Race 2 United States Tom Kipp Wiseco Piston Yamaha

FIM Motocross World Championship[edit]

Year Class Driver Manufacturer
1976 500cc Netherlands Gerrit Wolsink Suzuki
1977 125cc Belgium André Massant Yamaha
1979 500cc Netherlands Gerrit Wolsink Suzuki

American Le Mans Series[edit]

Main article: Grand Prix of Mosport

IMSA GT Championship[edit]

Main article: Grand Prix of Mosport

USAC Stock Car[edit]

Main article: Mosport 200

SCCA Can-Am Series[edit]

Main article: Mosport Can-Am

SCCA Formula 5000[edit]

Year Race Driver Chassis Engine
1968 Mosport Continental United States Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 Chevrolet V8
1969 Mac’s Mosport Continental Canada John Cannon Eagle Mk 5 Chevrolet V8
1970 Mac’s Mosport Continental United States Mark Donohue Lola T192 Chevrolet V8
1974 Labatt’s Blue 5000 Weekend United Kingdom David Hobbs Lola T332 Chevrolet V8
1975 Labatt's Blue 5000 Weekend United States Mario Andretti Lola T332 Chevrolet V8
1976 Labatt’s Blue 5000 Weekend Australia Alan Jones Lola T332 Chevrolet V8

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Date Driver
1974 June 30 Canada Bill Brack [20]
1975 July 20 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson [21]
1976 Aug 22 United States Bobby Rahal [22]
1977 May 22 United States Price Cobb [23]
1979 Aug 19 United States Kevin Cogan [24]
1981 June 13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Sr. [25]
1982 June 5 United States Whitney Ganz [26]
1982 Sept 12 United States Whitney Ganz [26]
1983 Sept 11 Brazil Roberto Moreno [27]
1987 June 7 United Kingdom Calvin Fish [28]
1988 June 19 New Zealand Colin Trueman [29]
1989 June 25 United States Jocko Cunningham [30]
1992 Sept 20 Canada David Empringham [31]
1993 June 20 Canada Claude Bourbonnais [32]
1994 May 22 United States Greg Ray [33]
2009 Aug 30 United States Jonathan Summerton [34]

Formula Super Vee Championship[edit]

Year Date Driver
1974 Sept 22 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson [35]
1975 Sept 21 United States Eddie Miller [36]
1976 June 20 United States Bill Henderson [37]
1977 Oct 9 United States Bob Lazier [38]
1979 June 3 Australia Geoff Brabham [39]
1982 Sept 12 United States Michael Andretti [40]
1983 June 5 United States Price Cobb [41]

CASCAR Super Series[edit]

Main article: Mosport 200

ASA National Tour[edit]

Main article: Mosport 200

USAC National Sprint Car Series[edit]

Year Date Race Driver
1989 Sept 17 USAC Canadian Sprint Car Nationals United States Gary Fedewa
Sept 17 United States Wayne Hammond [42]


Music events[edit]


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