There’s been no such thing as down time. In fact, the off-season has been very busy for officials and staff at Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd Mile Paved Oval. The team at Peterborough Speedway spent the winter months putting together plans for an action-packed 2013 campaign. New drivers have registered in each of the track’s regular divisions, but perhaps the biggest news of what would usually be the venue’s most relaxing months was the return of the Thunder Car division.
For the first time since 2006, the tight bullring west of the LiftlockCity will feature the popular class and track owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the move has kept everyone busy getting things prepared for the Victoria Day Weekend lid-lifter.
“We’ve had a number of drivers commit to running the season with us,” said Josiasse. “First on that list would be 2012 Kawartha track champion Matt Spence of Bailieboro. It’ll actually be a homecoming for Matt, who began his career running here. The pack will also include Omemee’s Craig Scott and although it’s hard to predict the actual numbers until opening night, I think we’ll have a strong Thunder Car field throughout out the year.”
Peterborough Speedway’s team is doing everything they can to make the new season one of the best in the history of the track. Their most recent coup is the introduction of Paul Davis Systems as the sponsor of the Thunder Car division. The restoration specialists – with locations across the country, including Paul Davis Systems of Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes – at 4 Loop Line in Omemee offers disaster, fire and flood refurbishment services for property owners and insurance professionals. Learn more by visiting www.pds.ca or calling 705.799.7777. Area manager Ralph Gottschalk is looking forward to being part of the upcoming agenda.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to make our name known to even more people,” said Gottschalk. “Whenever a Thunder Car takes a lap at the track this year, there’ll be a Paul Davis Systems banner across the top of the windshield. That will help create even more awareness to the services we offer.”
In addition to lending their nation-wide brand to the return of the Thunder Cars, Paul Davis Systems will also take on the responsibilities of the track’s official clean-up crew. The race night team needs to be prepared for almost anything and being ready to roll the minute the yellow flag flies is great news for the race teams and fans and should keep down-time to a minimum.
Country 105 presents Peterborough Speedway’s 2013 season opener – with free spectator grandstand admission – Saturday, May 18th. Gates open at 4:00, with racing starting at 6:00. Fans can follow the track on Facebook and Twitter and look to www.peterboroughspeedway.com for the latest news and schedule information.