(TORONTO, ON // FEBRUARY 3, 2012) – For the second year in a row, racing fans in attendance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo will be able to get a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The CME runs February 10, 11 and 12 at Toronto’s International Centre.


The centrepiece of the NASCAR display will be the massive race hauler that serves as the centre of activity for every NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race. Series Director Brad Moran and his team of NASCAR officials will be on hand throughout the entire show, offering hauler tours and real-time access to a NASCAR ‘tech lane’ and working garage.


The NASCAR display will also feature several Canadian Tire Series race cars and technical displays, including the NASCAR-approved Spec Engine. On Saturday, February 11, legendary NASCAR team owner and engine builder Robert Yates (right) will be at the NASCAR display, meeting with fans and signing autographs. Yates and his Robert Yates Racing Engines partner Chris Davy, will also be available to current and prospective NASCAR Canadian Tire Series racers and teams to discuss their motors. RYR Racing Engines is the exclusive provider of the NASCAR-approved Spec Engine, which is an optional program currently in use in all NASCAR touring series in the U.S. and Canada, including the Canadian Tire Series.


And on Saturday afternoon (6:15 – 7:00 p.m.), Yates will take to the Mazda Stage to discuss his career in motorsports, which has spanned more than four decades, racing with and against some of the biggest names in the racing.


The Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track will also prominently feature several current NASCAR Canadian Tire Series drivers, who will be participating in an on-stage Fan Q&A and Autograph Session, on Sunday afternoon (1:45 – 2:45 p.m.).


“We’re very pleased that the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is back at the Canadian Motorsports Expo,” said Series Director Brad Moran. “While many fans see our races at the track and on TSN, this show, however, offers a unique opportunity to see what goes on in the pits and in ‘tech lane’ on race weekends. This level of fan access isn’t possible when we’re in the heat of an actual race event, so we enjoy offering some hauler tours and an up close look at all that goes on.”


Discussing Robert Yates and Chris Davy coming to the show, Moran continued, “Making official suppliers and industry experts available to racers is something that NASCAR regularly does as a service to its competitors. Chris Davy was at last year’s CME with us and many of the teams took advantage of the opportunity to discuss the ‘Spec’ Engine program. Having Robert Yates join him this year is an added bonus. As a team owner and engine builder, Yates has won championships and the biggest stock-car races in the world. His drivers were successful and his engines were legendary for their power and reliability. NASCAR is proud to have him at our booth Saturday, February 11 at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.”


Yates will be available at the NASCAR booth for autograph sessions on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., Yates will take the Mazda Stage for a chat with the fans, where he will share his favourite racing memories as an engine builder and team owner, as well as his current role as NASCAR’s exclusive ‘Spec’ Engine supplier.


Visit the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series exhibit for hauler tour details and times, and www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com for updates and times for all CME appearances and events.


ABOUT THE NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES: In 2012, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) will contest its sixth season of operation. The stock-car series competes from coast to coast in Canada, with events from Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, BC to Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway. The 12-race 2012 schedule will feature a mix of seven oval track races and five road-course events, including at some of the nation’s biggest sporting weekends. The season starts May 20 at Mosport International Raceway. For more information, visit www.nascar.ca .


ABOUT ROBERT YATES RACING ENGINES: Robert Yates Racing Engines is a collaboration between legendary former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion car owner Robert Yates and his son-in-law, Chris Davy, a former marketing and logistics executive at DHL. The company was named the exclusive provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine in January 2011.

Robert Yates Racing Engines offers the Spec Engine for purchase either as a kit or fully assembled and ‘Dyno’ed as well as a complete list of replacement parts or engine maintenance services for any existing or future customer. Currently, the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine is an alternative in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and select tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.


ABOUT THE CME: The Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News is a three-day celebration of Canadian racing that runs February 10, 11 & 12, 2012 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)). In addition to booths and racing vehicles representing the entire spectrum of Canadian motorsports, the show is loaded with seminars and forums to entertain and inform racers and fans alike. Celebrity drivers will be at the CME to sign autographs and meet the fans. One of the special themes of this year’s CME is the CASCAR Reunion. Please check the show’s website (www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com) for news, updates, schedule information and more.

For more information on exhibitors, seminars, conferences, special events and guests, visit www.canadianmotorsportsexpo.com, call 416-962-7223 or email info@canadianmotorsportsexpo.com. Twitter: @CME_racing. Facebook: www.facebook.com/CME.Toronto


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Go Canada Racing to become GC Motorsports International

Toronto, ON, Feb 3rd, 2012 - Effective February 15th, 2012 Go Canada Racing will become GC Motorsports International (GCMI). “The name change is a result of numerous developments in the offseason and more clearly represents our company, our partners, drivers and sponsors going forward.” said team owner Steve Meehan.


In 2012 the team will continue to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with drivers from both Canada and the United States. ”During the offseason we met with several drivers that we felt could help us build our program and while we are not quite ready to field a two car Nationwide effort we felt that expanding our format offers tremendous benefit to our team and marketing partners” said Meehan.

2012 will begin with David Ragan, last season’s winner of the Coke Zero 400 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, behind the wheel at Daytona. “We feel incredibly fortunate to have David’s knowledge and experience to help launch our 2012 program and hopefully guide the team into the future. “ Said Meehan. “I am really excited to be kicking off the 2012 Nationwide season for GCMI. I have known many of the team members for quite some time; it will be great to work with them again. This group has put together many winning efforts in the past and I plan on being part of their winning efforts in the future, hopefully starting with Daytona.” Says David Ragan.

The team will also launch an effort in the Nascar Canadian Tire Series for 2012. GC Motorsports International will team up with Dave Jacombs Racing to form GC Motorsports Canada. The team plans on fielding a two car effort anchored by two time series champion Andrew Ranger. Dave Jacombs explains “I am very excited about our organizations working together. I got to know Steve and the team last year and was really intrigued by what they were trying to put together, and over the last few months Steve and I came to the conclusion that working together could accelerate the growth of both programs. Long term I see us having dominant programs in multiple series on both sides of the border”.

Andrew Ranger will also return to the Nationwide team this year. Andrew will compete in a number of Nationwide Races Including the series only Canadian race, the Napa Auto Parts 200 in Montreal.” I am really looking forward to competing for my 3rd NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship, it will be great working with Dave again, and I am really looking forward to get back behind the wheel in the Nationwide series. GCMI is developing a very strong strategy to grow the team and I think I am at the perfect point of my career to grow with them” states Andrew Ranger.

The team is extremely excited about the program going into 2012, and expects to make more announcements about drivers and sponsors in the coming weeks. “We feel we have a very formidable program, balancing experienced drivers with younger up and coming drivers. This multi-driver and multi-tier approach to our program will allow us to continue to build a very strong program that will enable an evolution to competing in the Sprint Cup Series” states Meehan…”In addition it will allow us to develop marketing partnerships all across North America”.

About Andrew Ranger

Andrew was born November 20 1986 in Roxton Pond Quebec Canada. A two time Canadian National Champion in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Andrew is not only one of Canada’s most popular young drivers, he is one of its busiest. In addition to his duties with Go Canada Racing, he has raced in the K&N Pro Series, ARCA, and both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series in 2011.

About David Ragan

David Ragan was born in Unadilla, Georgia, the son of former racer Ken Ragan, and began his racing career racing in the Bandolero Series at age 12. At age 18, Ragan began racing in the Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series, and the ARCA Racing Series. On July 2, 2011, David Ragan won his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway

About GC Motorsports International

GC Motorsports International is the new name of Go Canada Racing which was launched on April 19th, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. GC Motorsports International will be competing in the Nationwide Series in 2012 as car #27.

About Dave Jacombs Racing

Dave Jacombs Racing is based in Hamilton, Ontario and has been fielding winning race cars since 1978. Jacombs Racing competed in the CASCAR Super Series from 1994 until 2006 when NASCAR purchased the series. Since then the team has prepared cars for such accomplished driver as Andrew Ranger, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani and Jacques Villeneuve.


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