Tuesday June 24th I drove out to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (or as us old timers know it “Mosport”), for what was going to be one of the most amazing days on a track that I’ve had in over 8 years. Really!
Located an hour east of Toronto Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been a hub for international and major Motorsport events since 1961. Hosting racing events featuring Formula 1, IndyCar, sports cars, stock cars, endurance racing, motorcycles, motocross, showroom stock, historic vintage racers, “Big Rig” trucks and karts. It’s an exciting place to be!
The Klout – Cadillac Driving Academy event began at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s new event center! So exciting. I couldn’t wait to see it. I haven’t been to “Mosport” in almost a decade, and there were a lot of changes.
Parked the truck and looked over at the amazing line up of Cadillac CTSVs waiting for the Klout drivers! All stickered up and ready to go! Seeings as I was the first to arrive I got the first car in the line up. Exciting times. walking towards the new building was exciting. Especially considering it wasn’t there the last time I was.
Stepped in, got registered, had breakfast, caught up with friends Vince Tripp and Dan Levy - then it was time to be briefed on the day. There would be some driving training AND TRACK TIME! Can’t wait!
I love having the opportunity to brush up on my driving skills. I’ll take it any chance I can get. I know I may sound corny saying this but, it’s not enough to just “Know how to drive”. Everyone should have opportunities to practice emergency breaking and avoidance skills. Knowing how cars / motorcycles work under extreme circumstances will not only make you a better driver but, they may even potentially help you get out of a sticky situation in the future. Driving is like everything else in life. You have to keep your knowledge and skills updated!
After some time brushing up on skills and having a great time doing it – we were ready to put the “peddle to the metal”, for real. Goosebumps, excitement and a touch of nervousness hit me as we exited the pits…. because, “Turn 2″. This corner is infamous for many ooopsies, thankfully I didn’t have that day! There was a moment where I lost focus and went a touch wide but I recovered and all was good. I found it interesting just how different it felt to be on the track in a car rather than riding a motorcycle. Visibility, and of course feed back from the vehicle are WAY different!
I did manage to get the CTSv over 200km/h on the back straight but, didn’t push it much more than that due the little bit of rain. Important to know that, roads (including tracks), are MOST slippery in the the first moments of rain or when it’s spitting. The oils in the ground rise to the top and can create a slippery situation. I was proud that I kept clean lines, and mastered my most feared corner “turn 2″.
If you’re interested in reading my review of the Cadillac CTS you can find it here AND if you want to see what it was like… check out this amazing video from Klout and the Cadillac Driver Academy
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The Cadillac Driver Academy at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park may have rocked my world. It was such an engaging and exciting experience from beginning to end.
I loved seeing everyone’s eyes light up! We all felt this incredible sense of adventure and exhilaration.
Klout and Cadillac Canada really put on a great event with amazing instructors. I would LOVE to participate again… and again… and well, you get the idea.
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