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Gracing the stage on Sunday to sing both the national anthems will be Douglas Tranquada, who has been a long-time part of Toronto’s local opera scene with Opera Mississauga, Opera York, Opera Kitchener, Toronto Operetta Theater, the internationally renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir and has had many collaborative efforts with the McMaster University Choir and orchestra under Philip Sarabura. Fans may recognize Tranquada as he has sung many anthems for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Raptors and Toronto Rock. He is also a member of the accapella singing group The Mistletones.
The ceremonial parade laps for the races will have a healthy dose of Canadian hockey pride with appearances from Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson from the Women’s Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, who are also current competitors on The Amazing Race Canada.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun to have Kuno step into the Pirelli World Challenge and test his skills in the Viper GT3-R against the top class in the series,” said Ralph Gilles, CEO of SRT Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.
“This is a test Viper that Riley Technologies prepared and we see these races as an opportunity to showcase our customer program. We’ve had success in the series with Dan Knox taking the Viper to the winner’s circle during the Detroit race weekend and we want to continue building momentum with our Viper GT3-R program.”
Wittmer will compete in the World Challenge’s GT class in Toronto a week after racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in an IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship event. Wittmer won the pole in the GT Le Mans class, driving a Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, his full-time ride. He eventually finished second after being balked by a slower car and going off-track.
Wittmer, who’s originally from Hudson, Que., has finished on the podium three times so far this season. He previously raced in the World Challenge from 2008 to 2010 and won six races.
“Since his first race with us in 2006, we have enjoyed watching Kuno race,” said Scott Bove, president and CEO for Pirelli World Challenge/ WC Vision. “We look forward to seeing him racing on the Toronto street course.”
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