Ever since Mosport International Raceway became Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, there has been controversy about the name change.
Many people — me included — wondered why they couldn’t have kept “Mosport” as part of the new name.
Today, I am pleased to announce that my good friend Gary Morton has come up with the solution.
“When they were trying to invent a name for the place back in 1960-61,” he said, “is it not true that the name they agreed upon – ‘Mosport’ – is, in fact, a contraction of the words ‘motor’ and ‘sport?’ ”
(You can see where he’s going with this, can’t you . . .)
“So, because ‘motor’ and ‘sport’ became Mosport back then,” continued Mr. Morton, “why not do it again and call Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, ‘Canadian Tire Mosport Park?’ ”
I think he’s got a point.
In fact, I think it’s brilliant.
The HRT-Cosworth F1 team is on its last legs and unless some sucker — er, “investor” — has millions of dollars just lying around that he/she wants to flush down the toilet, it’s unlikely to be on the grid come 2013.
Things are so bad that when eight members of the team went to its Madrid headquarters Tuesday to pick up their final paycheques, a fight broke out. No details have been issued about what prompted the fisticuffs but a good guess would be that there were no paycheques there to be picked up.
The team’s owner, Thesan Capital SL, said on Nov. 12 that it was for sale.
Spanish police said the fight ended when officers arrived and no one was arrested.
Meantime, Williams F1 announced today that former F3 and GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas of Finland will join veteran Pastor Maldonado for the 2013 season.
This means Bruno Senna is out of a ride but he is not without options. Although Romain Grosjean is still listed as the second driver at Lotus beside Kimi Raikkonen, he hasn’t been confirmed and his crash-filled 2012 season, which included a one-race ban for careless driving, could work against him.
There is also a seat open at Force India beside Paul Di Resta and that team could use the $14 million that Senna has in sponsorship. Other possibilities are Caterham and Marussia, who both have only one driver (Charles Pic, Timo Glock) under contract for next year.
The 2012 Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals are taking place at the Kartodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal, today through Friday and Canadians are looking good in at least four classes.
To follow all the action, and to keep track of Our Guys, go to (click on this) ekartingnews.ca
Speaking of Mosport (we were up above, remember?) Reg Wesson, president of the Oakville Trafalgar Light Car Club for many years, died this week on Tuesday. Those of us who are older will remember that it was the Oakville club that ran the very first race meet at Mosport when it opened back in 1961.
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