Thursday, August 16, 2018

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.

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. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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.

Monday, August 13, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Patrick Carpentier

August 13, 1971
Patrick Carpentier
Born in LaSalle, Quebec, Canada.
He is best known for his career in the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series, where he got five wins and 24 podiums, as well as two third place championship finishes in 2002 and 2004. The long-time Champ Car driver switched to the IndyCar Series in 2005, but moved on Grand Am in 2007 and spent a bit more time running his ranch. After a few NASCAR races in 2007, he moved full-time into the series in 2008. Since 2009, he has only had part-time drives, so became a contractor and renovator in Montreal, trading in real estate in Las Vegas, as well as being a color commentator for television coverage of various racing series. He last competed part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 32 Ford Fusion for Go FAS Racing.

1985 Quebec Karting (4stroke) junior champion
1989 Spenard-David racing school series champion
1992 Formula Atlantic (Canada) series champion.
1996 Toyota Atlantic champion
1 Mile Oval: Fastest lap ever recorded by anyone (1998 Nazareth, PE. CART) 184.896 mph with a qualifying lap of 18.419 sec.
1997 CART Rookie of the Year

Saturday, August 11, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Ludwig Heimrath Sr - August 11, 1934

August 11, 1934
Ludwig Heimrath Sr
Born in Germany.
Heimrath emigrated from Germany in 1956 and before long he was racing a Volkswagen. One of the most famous names in Canadian auto racing, he raced competitively in every year from 1958 to 2000, winning two Canadian driving championships and one Trans-Am championship along the way.

Heimrath won the Canadian Sports Car Racing Championship in 1961 and in 1964. He was first runner-up in ’62, ’63 and ’65. He was the second Canadian to race in Formula 1, when he entered the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1963. He won the SCCA Trans-Am championship in 1977.

He was an expert long-distance racer and teamed up with such champions as Johnny Rutherford and Craig Hill in entering the Sebring 12 hours, the 24 Hours of Daytona, although he never won any of those races. He was a USAC Indycar competitor in ’68 and ’69 and raced in the Canadian and Continental Formula A division in 1970.

Not to be confused with his son, Ludwig Jr. who was good enough to race in the CART series, this racing icon still drives his Porsche GT2 on the street and takes it to the track for lapping days. 

Heimrath was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2000. 

Patrick Carpentier Wins The CART "Grand Prix Of Mid-Ohio" - August 11, 2002

August 11, 2002
Canadian Patrick Carpentier won the CART "Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio" at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, USA. Player's/Forsythe teammate Alex Tagliani was 7th. The other Canadian in the field, Paul Tracy dropped out in the early laps with engine failure.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Paul Tracy Wins The CART "Champ Car Grand Prix Of Mid-Ohio" - August 10, 2003

August 10, 2003
Paul Tracy finished .610 seconds ahead of Player's/Forsythe teammate Patrick Carpentier to win the CART "Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio" at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio. The third Canadian in the field, Alex Tagliani was 6th.

Jacques Villeneuve Wins The "Marlboro Hungarian Grand Prix" - August 10, 1997

August 10, 1997
Jacques Villeneuve led just one lap, the 77th a final lap, to win the "Marlboro Hungarian Grand Prix" at Hungaroring, Mogyorod, Hungary.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

"Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer" Nigel Mansell Born - August 8, 1953

August 8, 1953
Nigel Mansell
Born in Upton-upon-Severn, England.
British former racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship (1992) and the CART Indy Car World Series (1993). Mansell was the reigning F1 champion when he moved over to CART, becoming the first person to win the CART title in his debut season, and making him the only person to hold both the World Drivers Championship and the American open-wheel National Championship simultaneously.

Mansell was awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year in both 1986 and 1992. Only two other people have won the award twice, one of whom being fellow racing driver and former F1 World Champion Damon Hill. Mansell was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Ron Beauchamp Jr

August 7, 1968
Ron Beauchamp Jr
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Ron began racing at the age of 19 and has 24 successful seasons of racing experience under his belt. His racing career was sparked and guided by two racing influences, his father Ron Beauchamp Sr. and the legendary Jack Monoghan.

Ron has compiled a solid racing record over the years. He won Rookie-of-the-Year Awards at Checker Flag Speedway and in CASCAR. Ron earned the CASCAR Castrol Eastern Super Series Championship title in 1998. 

In 2009 Ron tied for second in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series point standings, with three podiums, eight top-5s and 11 top-10s. Ron competed in the NASCAR Pinty's Series until 2013.

Ron is a Chrysler Canada employee at the Windsor Assembly Plant and is a member of the CAW
Local 444. Ron Beauchamp Sr. has been developing a more powerful Mopar® engine package.