Canada’s Barrie Speedway sold/closed, NASCAR race events moved to nearby Sunset Speedway

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While the sun has likely set on Canada’s Barrie Speedway, it’s suddenly rising on nearby Sunset Speedway.

Barrie Speedway, which has hosted racing events for 45 years, was sold two weeks ago and its new owners do not plan to continue holding races there.

As a result, just a few weeks after releasing its 2015 racing schedule, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series announced Thursday that the previously scheduled Sept. 12 race at Barrie Speedway will be held June 20 at nearby Sunset Speedway.

The event will be called the Leland Industries 300 Presented by Johnsonville. In making the date and track switch, the series will maintain its previously announced 11-race season schedule.

“We are pleased to welcome Sunset Speedway to the NASCAR family,” George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series, said in a media release. “Sunset is a fantastic facility with great competition and it will anchor NASCAR racing in Ontario.”

Sunset Speedway, which has operated since 1968, is a .333-mile high-banked oval located in Innisfil, Ontario, less than an hour from downtown Toronto.

The 2015 Canadian Tire Series season opens May 17 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

With Barrie’s demise, Sunset will also be added to NASCAR’s weekly Whelen All-American Series Program, according to InsideTrackNews.com.

The first weekly event will be held May 2, and will host several race classes including Late Models, super stocks, mini stocks and mighty minis, according to NASCAR and track officials.

“It is a very exciting year for me and the whole Sunset team,” said Mark Dilley, Sunset Speedway’s general manager. “Our goal has always been to host NASCAR, and that day has finally come.

“… It is a great opportunity for all of the fans, competitors and staff at Sunset, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

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Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.