Indy Lights Win for Stefan Wilson

English-born Stefan Wilson finished first at the Firestone Indy Lights race in Toronto, Sunday. Stefan is the younger brother of Justin Wilson, who won on the Toronto street circuit in 2005 and continues to drive in the IZOD IndyCar Series. This was Stefan’s 24th race of the Indy Lights circuit, and his first win.

Wilson started in the second position with Andretti Autosport teammate Peter Dempsey starting in third. Dempsey, of Ireland, finished the race second, right behind Wilson in a one-two victory for Team Andretti. Esteban Guerrieri, who was driving a LucasOil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car began the race in first position and kept the lead for the first 20 laps of the 50-lap race. Everything changed when Guerrieri’s car spun out on a turn and stalled, allowing six cars to get by him. Guerrieri got turned around and managed to finish fourth, but his mistake was all Wilson needed to claim the victory. Wilson expressed confidence that he would have passed Guerrieri even without the spin-out.

The drivers were forced to hold positions because of three yellow caution flags, causing the clock to run out on the race when 49 of 50 laps had been completed. The only Canadian … Read more at FryingPanSports

Formula 1200 Is The Racing League For The Rest Of Us

Race car driving is challenging, fun and expensive. Many people who have the talent to become a competitive driver and appear on television in the Indy 500 or on the streets of Monaco in a Formula One car never get the chance. The sport is simply too expensive for most young talents to give it a try.

Harry O’Neal believes that just isn’t fair and knows an affordable way for boys and girls to test their talent on the track. Harry is the president of the Ontario chapter of the Formula 1200 Driver’s Association. If you aren’t familiar with Formula 1200, perhaps you have heard of Formula Vee. They are the same international racing league.

A decent Formula 1200 car costs between $10,000 and $12,000. Fees and expenses for a race weekend run from $350 to $500. Expenses will be higher if the car gets damaged, but not significantly. O’Neal points out that rebuilding the front end costs about $500 for a Formula 1200 car compared to $2000 for a Formula Ford.

O’Neal is quick to point out that the key to success in Formula 1200 is the driver’s skill. The rules dictate that every car in the field has … Read more at FryingPanSports

The “New” Grand Prix

The Grand Prix has been offering indoor go-kart racing for the last few years during the race, but this year organizers wanted to try something new. Event organizers approached Tom Kutscher, the owner of Kart Express, to set up an outdoor half-mile go-kart track with the sights and sounds of the Grand Prix in the background. For $15, fans can take a spin on the track at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.

So far, fans have really taken to the new racetrack, but some others have come for something a little different. From flocks of young girls who turned out to see boy band sensation and celebrity race participant Kevin Jonas to fans looking for a chance to listen in on headsets as drivers talk to their crews to the aforementioned go-karts, the Grand Prix offered an impressive experience to the thousands of new and longtime racing fans in attendance. This has gone a long way towards turning the Grand Prix from something aimed at die-hard racing fans to a family-friendly event that promises to turn first-time attendees into lifelong fans.

Longtime racing fans such as 51 year-old John Reese, who has missed just one Grand Prix … Read more at FryingPanSports