Sunday, August 28, 2016

"Happy Birthday" Jason Priestley - August 28th, 1969

August 28th, 1969
Jason Priestley
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Born in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
He is an actor, race car driver and Indy car team owner, best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his role starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz.

Priestley's hobbies include race car driving. He rallied a Toyota Celica All-Trac ST185 in the SCCA Pro Rally Series during the early to mid-1990s. He has provided commentary and interviews of racers for ABC's TV coverage of IndyCar racing. Priestley transitioned toward circuit racing in 1996. Over the following two seasons, he drove Ford Mustangs in IMSA GTS, USRRC GT1, and Motorola Cup competition with Multimatic Motorsports. In 1999 he participated in the first Gumball 3000 rally, driving a Lotus Esprit V-8. On August 11, 2002, he was seriously injured during a practice run at the Kentucky Speedway when his Indy Pro Series car crashed into a wall at nearly 180 miles per hour. After the accident he was initially transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center where he was admitted to Trauma ICU in critical condition. After being stabilized he was then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital where he made a quick and full recovery.

Priestley was an owner of the FAZZT Race Team, which is competed full-time in the Indy Car Series in 2010 with Canadian racer Alex Tagliani. The number is 77 and the sponsor was Bowers & Wilkins speakers. In 2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports bought out the team and welcomed the 77 to the stable. The team qualified on the pole with Alex Tagliani. In October 2011, 2-Time Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon took the wheel starting in Kentucky. At the Las Vegas race, he lost his life in a 15 car melee in turn 2.

Jason Priestly "I’m really just a guy who loves to compete. Before I was old enough to drive a car, I raced sailboats. I have been an athlete my whole life and always had a strong competitive spirit. Driving race cars for me was just what I did. I raced as a professional for 11 years. I had a great career - stood on a lot of podiums and sprayed lots of champagne. I loved every minute I spent in a race car and miss it every day. But not to worry, it is a young man’s sport and I’m not so young anymore."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"5-time CASCAR Super Series Champ" Don Thomson Jr Born - August 24, 1962

August 24, 1962
Don Thomson Jr
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Born in Ayr, Ontario, Canada.
Don is a former driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He drove the #4 Home Hardware Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for Fitzpatrick Motorsports for more than two decades before moving over in 2011 to the drive the #8 Dodge becoming teammates with Jason Hathaway. He retired after the 2011 season after winning multiple championships.

Among his many achievements he was 5-time CASCAR Super Series Champion from 2001-2005, the premiere stock-car series in Canada. He moved to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series when CASCAR was purchased by NASCAR in 2007. He won the first race in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series history at Cayuga International Speedway on May 26, 2007. He also finished second in points in 2008 finishing 24 points behind Scott Steckly.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Paul Tracy Wins "Texaco/Havoline 200" At Road America - August 22nd, 1993

August 22nd, 1993
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Paul Tracy of Toronto, drove his Marlboro Penske/Chevrolet to a 27.459 second victory over Nigel Mansell of Newman Haas Racing, at the CART "Texaco/Havoline 200" at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA. The young Team Penske driver rebounded from a frightening crash on Friday to win the pole. It was Tracy's third career pole and his second straight here on the 4-mile trek through the rolling hills of Road America. Tracy led all 50 laps of the race.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cliff Hucul Born In Prince George, British Columbia - August 21st, 1948

August 21st, 1948
Cliff Hucul 
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Born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
Cliff is a former USAC and CART series driver. He raced in the 1977-1981 seasons, with 24 combined career starts, including the 1977-1979 Indianapolis 500. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish of 4th position in 1979 at Texas World Speedway. He later made two NASCAR Winston Cup starts in 1986, finishing 40th and 31st.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Maxwell & Fellows Enjoy Successful Weekend At Mosport" - August 17, 2003

August 17, 2003
Frank Biela and Marco Werner drove their Infineon Team Joest/Audi R8 to victory in the American Le Mans Series "Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport", at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. Scott Maxwell of Toronto and teammate Gunnar Jeannette finished 3rd overall in the JML Team Panoz/Panoz LMP01, while fellow Torontonian Ron Fellows and his American teammate Johnny O'Connell, driving the Compuware/Chevrolet Corvette C5-R,  finished 4th overall and 1st in GTS class.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chisholm Rolls To First Win At "Wilson Equipment 300" - August 16, 2014

August 16, 2014
Donald Chisholm from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, scored an emotional and convincing victory in front of the hometown crowd as he took his first career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 checkered flag in Saturday's Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway. Chisholm, whose family owns Riverside, captured the victory less than two months after his father and track founder, John, passed away. Chisholm also earned his first career pole earlier in the evening. 

Jacques Villeneuve Finishes Third In Hungary - August 16, 1998

August 16, 1998
Michael Schumacher of Germany, drove his Ferrari to a 9.433 second victory, over the McLaren/Mercedes of David Coulthard, in the "Marlboro Hungarian Grand Prix" at Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary. Defending World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve of Canada, finished third in a Williams.

"Happy Birthday" Sylvian Tremblay - August 9, 1965

August 9, 1965
Sylvain Tremblay
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Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
He is the SpeedSource team owner and driver, currently competing in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. He won his first race in which he participated, a SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) event at the age of 16. Since 1998 to 2013, he started 99 races in the Grand Am Rolex Series, with 11 victories, 34 podiums and accumulated 18 pole positions. He is a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT class, taking victories in 2008 and 2010. He now lives in Coral Springs, Florida, USA.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ron Fellows Battles To Second At Watkins Glen - August 15, 1999

August 15, 1999
Ron Fellows of Toronto led his first Winston Cup laps, on way to a second place finish behind Jeff Gordon, in the NASCAR "Frontier @ the Glen" at Watkins Glen International Raceway.

Fellows had his career-best Cup series finish at Watkins Glen, driving the #87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevy for Joe Nemechek. In his only scheduled NASCAR Cup series race for 1999, Fellows led 3 laps, but was beaten by Gordon on the final restart.