The countdown to Labor Day weekend’s inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park has begun.Former Formula One competitor and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. tested a Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado on the 2.459-mile road course this week in preparation for the Sept. 1 event.
His conclusion: Canadian fans should get ready for some great competition.
“We have put in the time to find the right gear that should work well and help put on a great show for the fans here in Canada,” he said of the Bowmanville, Ontario, road course near Toronto. “It’s a quick track and reminds me a lot of tracks in England.
“This track has a lot of quick corners and there is not a lot of escape areas or a lot of forgiveness. It reminds me a lot of racing back in England in my old F3 (Formula Three) days.”
Piquet won last year’s Nationwide race at Road America as well as in trucks in Michigan and Las Vegas.
“NASCAR trucks have a lot of power and we have to adjust to the long sweeping corners,” he said of the Canadian track. “It is not like a Road America where you have long straightaways and tight corners.”
The 64-lap, 250-kilometer race marks the series’ first appearance outside United States borders. Greg Biffle won the series’ last road course race in 2000 at Watkins Glen International.
Four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., who expects to compete in Canada, and Joe Ruttman are the series’ all-time road course winners with three victories apiece.