McColl Racing Enterprises to showcase new Legends franchise and racing program at the CME
For more than three decades, McColl Racing Enterprises has built a reputation throughout Canada as one of the nation’s top stock car fabricators, building championship winning machines that compete in almost every racing division in the country.
Recently, their success led them to expand to a new, 14,450 square foot location, just off Hwy. 401 in London, Ontario. With more space at their disposal, McColl Racing Enterprises (MRE) is actively growing its racing operations. New for 2013, MRE is promoting its status as Canada’s newest distributor for INEX Legends racing cars.
McColl Racing Ent. will highlight its new Legends franchise, program and capabilities at the upcoming Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. The show takes place February 8, 9 and 10 at the International Centre, across from Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
“The Legends series offers fans an opportunity to become racers,” said Alan Pinsonneault, General Manager for McColl Racing Enterprises. “It’s also the perfect intermediate step between go-karts and Micro Sprints, and full bodied stock cars. The people who come to the Canadian Motorsports Expo are either racers or fans and those are the groups we’re looking forward to reaching with information about our new Legends program.”
Since its launch in 1992, Legends racing is the fastest growing motorsports discipline in North America. The ‘spec’ series was designed to limit mechanical manipulations, thereby keeping costs within reach of the weekend warrior or the young ‘up-and-comer.’
Having been involved in Micro Sprint and Mini Truck racing at nearby Grand Bend Speedway, Pinsonneault recognized a void in the opportunities available to some of the more experienced participants in those classes, once it was time to move up the racing ladder.
“The initial concept behind us becoming a Legends dealer was to provide an avenue for young racers to step into something bigger than a kart,” continues Pinsonneault. “The Legends cars are over-powered and under-tired, and are a great learning tool for anyone over 14 years of age.”
The McColl Racing Legends Series will focus its attention on building the division at the Grand Bend bullring in 2013, with an eye to expanding to other facilities in the future. And for people looking to move from the grandstands to the racetrack, MRE is offering aspiring racers the opportunity to show up with nothing more than a helmet and $500, and participate in a practice session, a heat race and a feature race, at Grand Bend Speedway.
Continuing the McColl Racing tradition, their Legends division will be more than a retail outlet, but will also offer technical and trackside support, including repair service, a parts source and even race car rentals at the Grand Bend facility.
To help MRE educate interested CME showgoers about their new Legends program, they’re bringing in Ashley Garrett – the Sales Manager in charge of Business Development for INEX Race Cars – from the company’s headquarters in Harrisburg, NC. Garrett will be at the show on Saturday, Feb. 9 (only). In addition to spending time in the booth, he will also offer an information seminar on Saturday.
In his seminar, Garrett will take attendees through this history of US Legend Cars, discuss the vehicles in semi-technical terms, and give an overview of the benefits of competing in the popular class. After a short presentation, he will field questions.
“Having McColl Racing Enterprises come to the CME with Ashley Garrett to promote their new Legends franchise is very exciting to us,” said the CME’s Mike Galipeau. “They’re working hard to let current and prospective racers know about their new program, and they’re reinforcing their booth by bringing in an expert from Legends’ head office to help educate the racing public about what differentiates their cars, products and services.”
Check the CME website at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com for seminar schedules and details.
ABOUT MCCOLL RACING ENTERPRISES: Founded in 1980, McColl Racing Enterprises designs and constructs championship winning race cars. Turning out between 20 and 30 cars a year, McColl chassis are currently racing in every division in Canada, ranging from Thunder Cars to Super Late Models and the professional NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Recognized as a top-ranked custom fabricator and repair shop, McColl Racing Enterprises also offers expert setup services, including trackside support at many Ontario short tracks. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-423-3407, or visit www.McCollRacing.com.
ABOUT US LEGEND CARS: Located in Harrisburg, NC, US Legend Cars, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of race cars in the world, and is the exclusive producer of the Legends Car, Bandolero, Thunder Roadsters and Legends Dirt Modified Cars. US Legend Cars, Inc. is a subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: TRK), a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. USLCI facility features 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Harrisburg, NC, capable of producing as many as 40 cars a month. USLCI has manufactured more than 5,500 Legends Cars since 1992. USLCI hosts a worldwide dealer network featuring 50 exclusive dealers across the United States, Canada and Europe.
ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.