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Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 15:46 PM

Quarter-Mile Corral Expansion for Canadian Motorsports Expo
Courtesy of Bruce Biegler






Mark Martino
Winter weary drag racing fans can receive a bit of a reprieve early next month when DragRaceCanada.com and Wiseco Performance Products team up to present an expanded version of the Quarter-Mile Corral during the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto Feb. 8-10.

Wiseco Performance Products and DragRaceCanada.com, in conjunction with Inside Track Motorsports News, will present a number of cutting edge drag race cars at the event representing a number of racing series.

Some NHRA Pro cars as well as machinery from the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products will be on display. Also included will be race teams from various Canadian circuits Including the Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series, the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series, the Ontario Street Car Association, the Outlaw 10.5 Association, the TNT Super Series, and the Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers.

"I'm very pleased for the expanded recognition and support to the sport of drag racing by our partners at Wiseco Performance Products and Inside Track Motorsports News," said Bruce Biegler the Founder and Editor at DragRaceCanada.com. "The 2013 DragRaceCanada Quarter-Mile Corral version has been greatly enhanced. We expect to be featuring some 15 vehicles at this year's show offering racing fans a terrific broad band vision of innovative cars as well as some sneak previews for the coming season."

Highlighting the 2013 show will be Canada's only NHRA Pro Stock car and Canada's newest Top Fuel Dragster.

The father and son team of Tony and Mark Martino (from Stoney Creek) will bring their Charter Communications GXP to Canada for the first time. During 2012, driver Mark Martino made high impact while racing at select NHRA Full Throttle Series national events following a very successful strategic alignment with North Carolina's Victor Cagnazzi. Cagnazzi, one of drag racing's most reputed engine builders, played an intricate role in last season's successful run by female racer Erica Enders - who finished 4th in final NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock points.

The motorsports racing public will also get its first look at the all new and potential ridden Paton Racing Top Fuel dragster which is owned by Barry and Todd Paton and based from Paris, Ontario.

Following last year, the Paton's have updated their Tim Horton's-sponsored racing operation significantly. They have acquired a very proven chassis from DSR (Don Schumacher Racing) which was raced earlier in 2012 as the U.S. Army Dragster driven by multi-time NHRA Full Throttle World Champion Tony Schumacher.

The Paton Racing display at the CME will also include an expanded Top Fuel experience for fans affording a close up look at various components and technology within the demanding art of producing 8000 HP.

Overall the 4,000-foot DragRaceCanada Quarter-Mile Corral display will allow visitor's personal access to a wide range of drag cars and drivers - just like a trip to the drag strip experience - and a large part as to why the straight line sport is so popular.

Details on additional drag racing display cars will be announced closer to the event date.

The CME will celebrate its seventh year in 2013, presenting Canada's largest and most popular show devoted to motorsports.

Show hours (at Toronto's International Centre) are:
Friday, February 8 - 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

More information at: www.canadianmotorsportsexpo.com





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