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NASCAR Canadian Tires series to have major presence at Toronto's CME

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From press release

As has become tradition in recent years, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will play a very prominent role at the Canadian Motorsports Expo this coming weekend.

The show takes place February 7, 8 and 9 in Hall 5 of Toronto’s International med Centre, across from Pearson Airport.

The core of the series’ display will be the massive hauler that serves as the base of operations for Canada’s national stock car championship during race weekends. It will be surrounded by six of the series’ immaculately prepared stock cars.

The display will be staffed by NCATS series officials, who will offer impromptu, escorted tours of the hauler and answer questions about the series, throughout the weekend.

Last year, Kyle Busch signed autographs alongside NASCAR Canadian Tire drivers.
Last year, Kyle Busch signed autographs alongside NASCAR Canadian Tire drivers. (Photo: Dave Franks Photos)

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race cars on display in front of the NCATS hauler will be:
  • The No. 02 Ford driven by Kerry Micks and Mark Dilley
  • The No. 3 driven by Jason Hathaway
  • The No. 5 Dodge of Noel Dowler
  • The No. 18 of Alex Tagliani
  • The No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge of three-time NCATS champion Scott Steckly
  • The No. 25 driven by Joey McColm
The following NASCAR Canadian Tire cars will be on display in other booths at the CME:
  • The No. 17 Castrol Dodge of two-time NCATS champion DJ Kennington will be at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park booth.
  • The No. 47 driven by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will be on display at the Eibach Canada booth.
In addition to the impressive display featuring the cars and hauler, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series’ drivers and officials will be busy during the weekend, making announcements, hosting a driver information seminar and signing autographs for the fans.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

On Friday (Feb. 7) at 1:30 p.m., Canadian racing star Alex Tagliani will unveil his new racing team and program during a press conference at the NCATS display. The versatile racer, who has competed in IndyCar, NCATS, sports cars and karting during his career, is excited about announcing his big news at the NASCAR display at the CME.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
On Saturday (Feb. 8) at noon, Alex Tagliani will take to the Inside Track Stage at the CME to share his news with the fans, before heading to the NCATS hauler to sign autographs.

Then, starting at 1:30 p.m. (Sat.) in the NCATS display, fans will get a unique opportunity to watch the process of ‘wrapping’ a NASCAR stock car. Over the course of a few hours, the No. 02 Ford of veterans Kerry Micks and Mark Dilley will be transformed from its 2013 livery, to the colours and scheme that it will take to the track in, for the start of the 2014 Canadian Tire Series season.

At 2:00 p.m. (Sat.), NASCAR Sprint Cup star Ryan Newman will join several NCATS drivers at the Canadian Tire Series hauler for a group autograph session, following Newman’s on-stage Q&A and autograph session.

At 3:30 p.m., NASCAR will host its first ever Driver Information Session at the CME. NCATS Series Director Alex Nagy will be joined by NASCAR’s International Competition Liaison, Joe Balash, for a one-hour discussion with racers and teams who are curious about how they can get involved with Canada’s National NASCAR series. NASCAR officials, including Nagy and Balash, will also be at the NCATS hauler throughout the weekend to answer questions.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
On Sunday, February 9, at 11:45 a.m., three-time NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly will be on the Inside Track Stage at the CME for a presentation and announcement regarding his upcoming season. Several other NCATS drivers are also expected during this 30-minute Q&A session, which takes place immediately prior to NASCAR legend Richard Petty taking to the stage for his Q&A.