|Sponsorship is one thing. But what about Mosport?|
Would my cherished track be the same as I remember it? Yes, Yes, Yes and No.
Mosport International Speedway has a special place in my heart. It is at Mosport that I learned to track my Porsche 951. Recently, it has been my primary source of material for my Motorsport Documentary (now in it's 3rd season). Mosport has a deep rooted history in Canadian racing and must live on to tell its complete story. #TDGv Racing will continue to tell it's story in this new era.
While I was at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, I collected footage for Season 3 of #TDGv Racing: A Motorsport Social Novel. While having been referred to as "the camper invading the media room", I managed to get some pretty good racing footage. In addition, I interviewed key personalities associated with the track to get their thoughts on the shift from Mosport International Raceway to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
What did they make of the new bridges in corner 2 and 7? What about the new tunnel at 9 capable of fitting two semi-trailers and still having room for two pedestrian walkways? What about all of the landscaping work being done to facilitate and accommodate more campers? What about the plans for the new Media Centre and VIP booths? What questions would I ask?
When all was said and done, I asked them all one very simple question,
In the process of asking this question over and over, I got to hear answers from various groups associated with the racing community. I heard from racers, organizers, reporters, and fans alike expressing how inter-twined racing is with their life.
After a long day of interviews, we found a suitable spot for our campsite and claimed it as our cottage for our race weekend. It was during our overnight stay camping at the bottom of corner 2, that I had to think hard about answering the question "What does Racing mean to me?"
|From Humble Beginnings a Community will Grow|
Many people think that racing is all about speed. If this was the case, we would be watching racing in an empty vacuum. Racing is more than just about speed. Racing is about smoothness, grip, mechanical issues, team work, sponsorship, competition, collaboration, and chaos. Racing comprises every aspect of your life and your business. In racing, the perfect work/life balance exists to those who call it their domain and their passion. To someone in the racing community, there is no work/life balance, there is simply balance (inspired by Mitch Joel).
|While Mosport had a history, Canadian Tire does as well.|
What is Ron Fellows' vision for Canadian Tire Motorsports Park? Well, based on what I saw so far, It is all about giving back to the campers, the media, and the sponsors. Numerous improvements to the grading and landscaping have been undertaken in the winter months. There is no doubt that campers are part of their growth strategy. This means future improvements will be made to washrooms and guest facilities. Personally, I think they should build a few 2-4 people sized cabins at the bottom of Corner Two.
|Bridges connect Sponsors and Community|