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Canadian Recognition Event Announced

Top performers to gather in Toronto on Oct. 21-22
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
October 12, 2011 - 4:22pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that it will host, for the second straight year, a NASCAR Canadian Recognition VIP Reception on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at Toronto’s Old Mill Inn and Spa to recognize the accomplishments of participants in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, as well as competitors participating in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in Canada.

In addition to drivers and teams from both series, the invitation-only event will include sponsors, media partners and participating race track operators from within the NASCAR Home Tracks program in attendance, as well as representatives from NASCAR’s Canadian and U.S. offices.

“Honoring the people, who make up the depth and strength at all levels of stock-car racing in Canada, is extremely important. The time and effort expended to compete in this sport must be commended and they are integral to the wellbeing of the industry not only in Canada, but also across North America,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “It’s also a venue to thank our tremendous corporate partners in Canada, such as Canadian Tire, Whelen Engineering and TSN – just to name a few. Bringing this group together helps to highlight the passion and commitment they possess. Each person from drivers and crews to sponsors and track operators plays a vital role and demonstrates the true spirit of NASCAR.”

Added this year to the event is a business-themed summit on Saturday morning. Here, race teams, sponsors and track operators will be part of discussions and provided insight on several elements from within the industry with an eye to the future.

On Friday evening, special recognition will be focused on the newly crowned 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion Scott Steckly, who won his second series title in four years fueled by three victories and nine top-five finishes throughout the just completed season. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Canada’s premier racing series, competes on oval tracks and road courses from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.

Top Canadian competitors from the grassroots NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will also be recognized. Invitations have gone out to individual track champions at NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks in Canada, as well as to the drivers who earned top honors as 2010 NWAAS Provincial Champions. Additionally, drivers ranking among the series’ Top 500 from the thousands who participate across the U.S. and Canada will be highlighted.

This special VIP event also serves as a launching pad for competitors who will be making their way to Charlotte, N.C., along with other racers from throughout North America, to be recognized on an international stage during the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala on Saturday, Dec. 10 and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet on Friday, Dec. 9. Both ceremonies will be held in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center within the NASCAR Hall of Fame complex. Additionally, both events will be streamed live throughout Canada and the rest of the world on nascarhometracks.com and presented in English, French and Spanish.

The Old Mill Inn and Spa is a heritage boutique hotel located in the picturesque Humber Valley just minutes away from downtown Toronto and hosts many social events and corporate functions throughout the year. The Friday evening event will be from 6-8 p.m. ET.