CASC (Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs) Ontario Region and Move Motorsports Management (Canadian formula car series promoters) jointly announced today three recipients of the Karts To Cars Driver Development Program Formula 1600 experience.
The recipients are Dan Bender, a Rotax Senior driver racing with the TRAK Club, Chase Hanchar, a Rotax Senior driver with the HRKC Club and Taegen Poles, a Rotax Junior driver racing with the MIKA Club.
“We are extremely excited to be able to make this announcement today,” said CASC-OR President Perry Iannuzzi. “These individuals made submissions at the beginning of the racing season and displayed the right criteria for a taste of Formula 1600 competition. ” he added.
The Karts to Cars Driver Development Program was offered to residents of Ontario, 15 and older, racing karts at the club level. The winners were selected by a committee and awarded an F1600 experience with two of the Toyo Tires F1600 Championships top teams during their series sampler days.
The F1600 experience will take place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at the newly refurbished Driver Development Track on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
“I’m so excited to have been selected to be a part of the Karts to Cars Driver Development program,” said 15-year-old Taegen Poles. “I can’t wait to work with the people from CASC-OR, Move Motorsports Management and the other teams to gain some valuable experience as I make the transition to cars.”
30-year-old Dan Bender was thrilled when he received the news. “I’m very excited for this opportunity. I have been very excited about possibly making the move to an open wheel car. I’m sure this day will help me understand much more about what’s fully required.”
Chase Hanchar, 16, had a similar reaction. “Thanks so much CASC for the opportunity that you are giving me, words cannot describe how excited I am for the test.”
Drivers will first meet with CASC-OR Executives and Toyo Tires F1600 Series Officials as well as some members of the motorsports media. From there they will take a track walk and do some ride-alongs with current series drivers in an effort to get them comfortable with the track.
Next on the agenda will be a seat fitting and some familiarization with the Brian Graham Racing Piper Honda and the Britain West Van Diemen Hondas they will be driving.
The afternoon will be a chance to make some laps under the guidance of series drivers and team engineers. Feedback of their progress will be offered but the idea of the program is to get the chance to sample what the next level for Canadian karters could be, but the emphasis will be on making it a fun day at the track.
CASC ONTARIO REGION is Ontario’s governing body of automobile sport, and is comprised of over 26 automobile and sport enthusiast clubs within Ontario. The organization sets rules and regulations for four divisions, Road Racing, Time Attack, Autoslalom and Ice Racing and administers provincial championships in each. Affiliated member clubs organize championship and club-level events in these divisions as well as Lapping Days, Rallies, and other motorsport activities. In addition corner marshals, timers, and safety personnel at many events in Ontario such as the Honda Indy Toronto and the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Grand Prix are members of our clubs
More information on this partnership can be found by contacting:
MOVE MOTORSPORTS CONTACT: Jason Sharpe, (416) 557-5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @jasonsharpe
CASC-OR CONTACT: Perry Iannuzzi, (416) 505-1691 or email@example.com