Mosport in front to land NASCAR race

Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. has leap-frogged Montreal to become the leading candidate to land a NASCAR stock car race as soon as 2006.
A group of NASCAR executives met Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. to map out an expansion strategy that includes a meeting in Toronto sometime this spring with Myles Brandt, president and general manager of Mosport.
Brandt confirmed NASCAR bosses are serious about a race at Mosport’s four-km road course. Bowmanville is 78 km east of downtown Toronto.
Robbie Weiss, NASCAR’s top international executive, said earlier this week that an existing road course—like the one at Mosport—could be a target for the world’s most popular stock car series in 2006.
Brandt said yesterday he already has had meetings with Weiss and other NASCAR officials about Mosport.
“They have actually already been to Mosport,” Brandt said. “And within the next 30 to 90 days, they are going to be back to take another look at the track.”
The key to making Mosport a favourite over Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with NASCAR is the flexibility it has to host a race from the Nextel Cup, Busch Grand National, or Craftsman Truck series.