Quebec Karting

Below is a press release from Club de Karting de Montreal. While neither the Demaras Racing team nor the PRO team race at the Quebec tracks, some of the snarky language in the press release shows the tension between Ontario and Quebec regional tracks and organizations.

Important information about kart numbers and racing licences

We have received questions regarding the announcement by Kartstars Canada that they has created a “national registry for kart number”s. Please be advised that this registry can only apply to Ontario and not to Quebec for the same reasons that we have been unable to use the ASN Canada registry for the past two years.

This is because the known electronic equipment management software (tires, engines, chassis) are all based on the fact that a number can only be used by one competitor in the entire event to avoid equipment assignment errors. Since organizations in Ontario do not use this electronic equipment, there is no need for them to follow the single number rule, which is very important to us.

For the Coupe de Montréal, we will still use the single number system managed by Auto Sport Québec. For drivers who wish to keep the number they had in 2019, please note that this number is reserved for you until March 31st. You can keep your number if you apply for a license before this deadline. After March 31st, the “first come first served” policy will apply. If you come from outside Québec and raced at the Coupe de Montréal in 2019, you can secure your number by sending an e-mail to Auto Sport Québec before March 31st. If you come from outside Québec and wish to race in Québec in 2020, you will have to wait until April 1st to contact ASQ and ask for a number.

Reminder to all karting competitors. This year the licence application will be done to Auto Sport Québec online or by paper. Competitor’s number must be reserve with the licence application.

With a LICENCE LOISIR (“leasure licence“) you will be able to race in:

  • Club championships (Coupe de Montréal, SC Performance, Série Karting Tour Québec)

With a LICENCE PROVINCIALE (“provincial licence“) you will be able to race in:

  • Club championships
  • Québec Championship (constituted of 3 races)
  • All regional races in Canada
  • At the Florida Winter Tour and SKUSA Championship (arrangements taken for 2020)

To apply for your racing licence to AUTO SPORT QUEBEC:

  • Membership card from an affiliated club.
  • Licence application form:
  • Medical: if under 50 y.o. medical self-declaration
  • Medical: if 50 y.o. or over, medical form
  • Annex 1 – If driver is a minor: Annual parental consent
  • Annex 2 – Class and number application
  • Picture (JPEG) – head & shoulder, without hat, cap or sunglasses
  • Payment with Paypal or by cheque made out to Auto Sport Quebec

For any question related to the Club de Karting de Montreal membership, please contact Patrick Moreau at (514) 312-1711 ext 223. For any question related to the racing licence of kart numbers, please contact Auto Sport Quebec at (514) 252-3052.

New Suits

Take a look at the new suits for the PRO Team, who will be racing ‘Charles Leclerc Karts’ out of Mosport Karting Centre in 2020.

PROspective: Darryl

Is you’ve visited a kart track in the GTA any weekend from April to October, you probably saw Darryl Timmers, team principal of PRO (he’s the tall one) under the white and blue tent.

But where does he go when karting season is over? Everywhere! You’ll find him at Circuit Mécaglisse in Quebec teaching some lucky folks how to drift around in Porsches.

You’ll even find him in Mexico teaching his young PRO proteges how to win in the Mexican Formula 4 series.

Cool Camera Angle

The Demaras Racing team has always been huge fans of IndyCar driver Will Power. Daniel Demaras even runs the No.12 on his race kart, on honor of his driving hero.

So, getting a chance to see Will Power in a kart is a real thrill. Above is some really cool footage of Power chasing American stock car driver Zane Smith around the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Trade Show

The Waterloo Regional Kart Club is gearing up for the 39th season of competition in 2020 and will once again kick off the year with its annual Flea Market and Trade Show. Taking place on Saturday, February 22, racers and families of all ages and experience levels are invited to the Rockton Fairgrounds to support the show and perhaps pick up an item or two before the season begins.

The event will take place from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM and admission is only $2.00 (Kids under 12 are free). There will be vendors, Kart Racing Clubs from across Ontario, Product Suppliers for Asphalt, Dirt, Oval, Karts, Race Wear, Tires and much more. A Used Kart Korral is also being set up for sales and exchange of used parts, karts, engines, and equipment.

“The WRKC has been hard at work getting everything in place for the 2020 race season which will be our 39th consecutive year, a testament to all the members and volunteers that have made WRKC so successful over the years. This is a great event for young and old as well as new and seasoned members in preparation for our April start.”

The Waterloo Regional Kart Club is a family-oriented organization that races at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday mornings and encourages families to join us. Racers range from ages 7 to 70 to experience the thrills of Canada’s largest 4-stroke go-karting club that supports the Flamborough community. To learn more about the WRKC, visit their website, http://wrkc.on.ca.

2020 Waterloo Regional Kart Club Flea Market and Trade Show
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Rockton Fairgrounds
812 Old Highway #8, Rockton, Ontario
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Article from Canadian Karting News.

New Development

New Speed Motorsports Set to Make Debut in Canadian Karting in 2020

Veteran racer, long-time business owner and multi-time karting and race car champion Anthony Simone is looking to help the youth of the sport. Coming through the karting ranks to compete in both NASCAR and IMSA competition, Simone, along with Mike Preston, is pleased to launch New Speed Motorsports, a regional level kart operation with national level professionalism.

“Karting has been a big part of my life and something that I still enjoy with my son today,” explained Anthony Simone. “I competed both nationally and internationally when I was younger and look to provide that same sort of excitement for today’s young racers. Our program will be based out of Goodwood Kartways for the interim with the goal of expanding to have a national level presence.”

With four drivers already confirmed, New Speed Motorsports has limited space available and is encouraging drivers who are looking to expand their programs to contact the team today. Sales, support and race team opportunities will extend to all Toronto Racing Association of Karters (TRAK) Club Races at Goodwood Kartways as well as the Kart Stars Canada program. Utilizing New Speed Motorsports as a driver development program, the New Speed Motorsports top ROK Junior and ROK Senior drivers from the Kart Stars Canada series will get a one day test in the Anthony Simone owned NASCAR Pinty Series racecar.

Simone continued, “In business, I have always aimed to do things right. I am doing the same with New Speed Motorsports as I have hired longtime national level karting mechanics Leonard D’arigo and Enzo Chiovitti Jr. while Max Preston and I focus on the driver coaching and development side of the team. Our goal is to provide top-level support and advance drivers up and through the karting ladder.”

“With the recent changes in the industry, there was a void created for karters looking for advanced level team support. It is no secret that as Goodwood Kartways programs bring more and more people into the sport there will always be a demand for these services. While we are firm believers that club level success can be achieved by privateers, we also see the value in these types of programs,” stated Marco Di Leo.

Simone added, “Our team will offer both the Intrepid and OTK Exprit chassis lines and our emphasis will be put on coaching drivers to compete at their highest level and preparing them for the future. We can’t wait to get the season started.”

For more information on New Speed Motorsports, please contact Anthony Simone at 905-716-3797 or via email to Asimone.nsm@gmail.com.

HONDALONSO

Since leaving Formula One, Fernando Alonso has competed in iconic races as diverse at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Dakar Rally. The two-time F1 World Champion added a WEC World Championship, plus wins at Le Mans, to his driving resume. Alonso’s wins at the Monaco Grand Prix (’06 and ’07 with Renault) combined with wins at Le Mans (’18 and ’19 with Toyota) leave him only one win away from securing the Triple Crown of Motorports. Now he needs to win the Indy 500.

It’s been widely speculated in the media that Fernando Alonso would reunite with Andretti Autosport’s IndyCar team to race in the Indy 500. The Spaniard had a fantastic rookie run at Indianapolis in 2017 in a joint effort by McLaren and Andretti with a Honda powerplant.

The 2015 reunification of McLaren and Honda, combined with Alonso at the wheel, should have been a fairy tale. Alonso got to live out his childhood dream, driving for Senna’s team.

But Alonso was publicly critical of Honda’s substandard Formula 1 power unit. In a recent interview, Alonso expressed regret at his famous “GP2 engine” insult towards Honda at the Japanese Grand Prix. Could a carefully worded apology from Alonso patch up things up with Honda?

No.

Alonso had lined up a deal to return to Indianapolis to race with the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport team, who’ve been so dominant at the 500 mile race in the past decade. HPD (Honda Performance Development, a division of American Honda Motor Co.) agreed to supply Alonso with an engine, nut they requested final approval and blessing from Honda’s global headquarters in Tokyo. Rather than a big annoucement of Alonso’s return to the Indy 500 the Japanese manufacturer has stopped the deal, refused to allow Alonso to race their engines, and left Alonso twisting in the wind. Payback for Japan 2015, and a lot of other things too.

Fernando Alonso needs to consider racing at Indianapolis in this year’s Battle at the Brickyard karting event.

The 4th edition of USAC Karting’s Battle at the Brickyard is set for 18 classes of racing at this years running. The main focus of one the event is being all encompassing for kart racers from all walks of life and the most diverse class structure in karting. The Battle at the Brickyard has become a melting pot in karting. Everything from families pitting out of the back of their pickup truck parked next to a canopy housing 12 karts.

The event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place from July 23 to 26. Karts will take to the track on Friday morning the 24th with practice and qualifying. Saturday and Sunday will continue with the qualifying races and feature events. Along with a date change is the new ownership of the famed yard of bricks as the Penske Entertainment Group has purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the competitors the largest change to the event will see Hoosier Kart Sport becoming the official tire of the Battle at the Brickyard.

Although Alonso would have the option to run a Briggs & Stratton 206 engine, or 175cc KZ or Rok engine, the SMART move would be to bolt on a stock Honda engine into his FA kart and run away from the field.

After such a performance, surely the Japanese would forgive and forget.

Another Cool Video

Demaras Racing are committed patrons of K1 Speed, but Capital Karts in London in on a different level. An incredibly long track to begin with … now the owners added second level! The place is longer than most Canadian outdoor kart tracks.

The Six

Canadian Formula 1 rookie Nicholas Latifi will race in 2020 with the No.6.

The main reason is that 6 is so closely linked to Toronto, It’s where I’m from, where I was raised, and the city I’m proud to be representing. Toronto is widely referred to as ‘The 6’, which is partly down to Drake, who’s also from Toronto. He mentions the name in one of his early songs, and one of his albums was originally called ‘Views from the 6’.

It also happens to be the number I used for three out of my four seasons in Formula 2. Although that was more by chance, as DAMS was given 5 and 6 because of the finishing positions in the championship. But as soon as we had those numbers, I knew immediately which one I wanted!

Nicholas Latifi

Latifi will race with Williams F1 in 2020, joining fellow Canadian Lance Stroll who races with Racing Point F1.

Meeting at RCLUB?

There was a hidden gem in yesterday’s announcement from Goodwood Kartways. The annual General Meeting would not be held at the local Community Centre, but rather, at RCLUB in Toronto.

You’d be forgiven for misreading the name as RCclub (as in remote-control car) rather than reading it phonetically as ‘Our Club’. This place is not child’s play. It’s somewhere between a car sharing platform (think CAR2GO) and a member’s only club with a fleet of high end rentals. So if you ever wanted to drive a Ferrari but didn’t have the coin for one … here’s a new option.  

The foundation of RCLUB is the clubhouse itself, which is an old warehouse on the appropriately named Commercial Dr in Leaside. It isn’t pretty. Kind of halfway between a garage and a banquet hall without the carpets. The RCLUB website calls the clubhouse a “gathering place for petrol-heads” which translates to ‘gearhead‘ for any Canadians. Apparently, the clubhouse is open 24/7 and has a projection screen for watching the Japanese Grand Prix at 4:00 am.

But the clubhouse is also the storage facility for the club’s cars. Your $9,000 to $15,000 annual membership allows you to drive any and all of the vehicles in the fleet including a Ferrari F355 Spyder, Acura NSX, Audi RS4, Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder, Ford Raptor, BMW E30, a classic Ford Mustang and the new Toyota GR Supra.

Membership entitles club members to a specific number of ‘credits’ used for vehicle rental. The more popular the car, the more credits. Taking the Ferrari out will cost you three times as many credits on a Saturday as it would on a Monday. And you could take the Audi out ten times for the cost of one day in the Porsche 911 Turbo.

Membership is restricted to drivers over 29 years old, and a spotless driver’s abstract is a must. Members must also own their own vehicle, and cannot use RCLUB’s fleet as their ‘daily driver’ to circumvent car ownership and maintenance costs. But at least insurance is included!

For more details, go to https://rclub.co/ or come to the Goodwood Kartways annual General Meeting on March 1st, 2020