Risks and Rewards at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
High speeds and high risk just outside of Toronto
BRASELTON, Ga. (July 18, 2012) - There is no track on the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón schedule like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit is the fastest and most daunting that drivers face all year. CTMP (formerly Mosport International Raceway) boasts the fastest qualifying lap - 138.116 mph - and average race speed - 124.024 mph.
The brake pedal doesn't get a lot of action on a clear lap around CTMP - especially in the prototypes. What do ALMS drivers think about the risks and rewards at the Series' only Canadian stop? We're glad you asked...
Bill Auberlen, BMW Team RLL No. 55 BMW M3 GT (GT) "It's the best roller-coaster ride you've ever been on in your life. The first three turns are so fast. When I used to race prototype cars, our first three turns were 150-plus mph in each corner. The GT cars are only slightly slower than that now. You're in the ragged edge everywhere. This is a track that really does separate the men from the boys."
Lucas Luhr, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a (P1) "Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is much, much faster than Lime Rock with elevation changes and blind corners. When you go out on track for the first few laps it takes some getting used to the speed; every corner is just so quick. It's one of the tracks where, when I am out of the car, I never go around the track to look at other cars going around because it scares the hell out of me! I'll see other cars out there and I'll be like 'Oh, he's not going to make it.'