July 4, 2022


For Daniel Demaras to compete in F1200 next year, he needs a CASC Racing License, and one steps to getting that License is being a member of a CASC affiliated car club. Racers are not affiliated directly with the sanctioning body, but rather, gain access to licensing and events through their CASC affiliated car club.

Car clubs are wide ranging in their missions. There’s general interest clubs like the Ottawa Sports Car Club’s whose purpose is “For its members to share their hobby and passion for any form of motorsports with friends who share the same interests.”.

There are also brand specific clubs like the Underground Miata Network is “Dedicated to the pursuit of driving enjoyment. Our focus is on driving, and driving well”.

The Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada is the main vintage car racing club in eastern Canada, and their mission is “To preserve, restore and race historically significant cars in a form as close to the original specification as possible.”. VARAC was founded in 1976 to provide a central organizing body through which vintage racing enthusiasts could communicate and organize races for historic race cars and sports cars. Since F1200 has been an open-wheel series for 50+ years, F1200 competes in VARAC events.

VARAC holds the Canadian Historic Grand Prix at CTMP each year, and the Demaras family has been attending the race as spectators for many years. Looking back at pictures of the 2013 event, 4-year-old Michelle was joined by her cousins, Joanna and Sophia, but the trio was much more interested in the ice cream than the race cars. Daniel was only 9 and was still a year away from competitive kart racing. With his Honda Indy Toronto hat and Scederia Ferrari shirt, he was already bitten by the racing bug.

Daniel’s first year racing club karts was spent in the Mosport International Karting Association. While turning laps on the kart track, young Daniel could see winged beasts on the ‘big track’ behind him. Each year, the vintage Formula cars would race for the vintage grand prix, and Daniel would hustle his No. 12 kart just on the other side of the catch fence. It wasn’t quite sharing the track with those race cars, but it made the club race feel important. Daniel knew the grand prix circuit was where he wanted to be.

As part of the process to acquiring his CASC Racing License, Daniel Demaras has now joined VARAC and received the message

“I’ll send a confirmation / welcome e-mail with eligibility forms attached…and a membership card. CASC-OR records will be updated to indicate Daniel’s membership. I am glad to report that No. 12 is available on the Formula Classic grid, so Daniel now has No.12 assigned to him on the VARAC FC grid.”

Ed Luce, VARAC

In 2022, Demaras will compete in the Canadian Formula 1200 Championship, with the highlight being the Canadian Historic Grand Prix at CTMP. The same race he watched as a child, he’ll now be racing the No. 12 Vallis Motor Sport car in.

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