After a long absence, the Sundown Grand Prix returned to Mosport International Raceway in 2005 and became a regular fixture on the Victoria Day Weekend Speedfest schedule.
The first Sundown Grand Prix was held in 1959 at Harewood Acres and won by Roger Penske and Harry Blanchard driving a Porsche RSK. From 1964 to 1976, the event was conducted at Mosport. A list of past winners includes such racing greats as Al Pease, Eppie Wietzes, Craig Fisher, Mo Carter and Ludwig Heimrath.
Most competitors in this year’s Sundown Grand Prix were from Ontario; however, the event also attracted teams from Quebec. The classes for this year’s race were set by using a bracket system. Based on lap times, teams would be placed in one of six categories – GT1 (the fastest) to GT6 (the slowest).
If a team goes faster than the breakout time they are registered in, they will be moved up a class.
This year’s edition of the Sundown Grand Prix was 180-minutes long around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course. The event began at 5:00 pm on Saturday and ended in the dark. The original races were six-hour contests.
|To no one’s surprise, Ontario Region driver Alex Habrich grabbed the pole position for the Sundown Grand Prix at Mosport International. Habrich, piloting the No. 75 Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, claimed the top qualifying spot by 3.286-seconds. He was the only driver in the GT1 category and lost the overall lead when he pitted for fuel. After regaining first-place, Habrich went on to win by a two-lap margin.|
|Sundown Grand Prix regulars Ian Phillips and Edward Wong returned for their fifth consecutive event. Phillips’ record included two class victories and a runner-up finish. On the other hand, Wong had one second-place in class with Phillips and four category wins. This year they entered a pair of Nissan Sentra. The No. 205 took the honours in GT4, with the No. 201 Sentra doing the same in the GT6 category.|
|The best-subscribed class was GT5, which drew nine entries. Sharing the driving duties on the No. 58 Acura Integra Type R were Chris Johnson and John Maloney. At the end of the qualifying session, they were eighteenth fastest and fifth in their category. The duo made steady progress during the race and by the halfway point, they were in the class lead. They maintained first-place in GT5 and won the category by two-laps.|
|During the qualifying session, the No. 212 Honda Civic of Tom Clausic and WC Storms was 7.646-seconds slower than the pole-winning GT3 Wojteczko Lexus IS300 entry. The duo was gridded tenth overall for the start of the three-hour Sundown Grand Prix. The Wojteczko Lexus failed to start the race and the other two GT3 teams failed to finish. Clausic and WC Storms cruised to a class win and finished fourth overall.|
|Mark Gawronski is a Sundown Grand Prix regular. This year Gawronski was sharing his No. 118 Honda Civic with one of the Wittmer brothers. The Honda was quick and the pair started on the outside of the front row when the Wojteczko Lexus failed to make the grid. They found themselves in a battle with the Anis / Stuard Nissan 350Z for the GT2 category during the race. The duo prevailed and captured the class win.|
|1||1||GT1||Alex Habrich||Dodge Viper||98|
|2||4||GT4||Edward Wong / Ian Phillips||Nissan Sentra||96|
|3||18||GT5||Chris Johnson / John Maloney||Acura Integra Type R||96|
|4||10||GT3||Tom Calusic / WC Storms||Honda Civic||95|
|5||5||GT5||David Shep / David Diedrick||Nissan Sentra Spec V||94|
|6||9||GT5||Gregory Kierstead / Jeff Graves||Mazda Miata||93|
|7||27||GT4||Andrew Elliott/ Nicholas Krikorian||Honda Prelude||93|
|8||3||GT2||M. Gawronski / K. Wittmer||Honda Civic||93|
|9||26||GT5||Cliff Daley / Ian Madden||Volkswagen Jetta||92|
|10||20||GT2||S. Anis / S. Stuard||Nissan 350Z||92|
|11||11||GT4||Steve Leitao / Nigel Heron||Honda Civic||91|
|12||15||GT5||Vincent Basile / Carl Werner / JP Dumoulin||Honda Civic||91|
|13||22||GT5||Richard Foegele / Matt Graham||Mazda Miata||91|
|14||13||GT6||Edward Wong / Ian Phillips||Nissan Sentra||91|
|15||25||GT4||D. Fantin / J. Fantin||BMW 330i||90|
|16||24||GT2||S. Tousignant / S. Rochon||BMW M3||89|
|17||21||GT5||Mark Baum / James MacDougall||Porsche 944||87|
|18||23||GT5||Robert Burgess/ Mike Edmonds||Porsche 944S||87|
|19||16||GT4||N. Berry / P. Dolan / M. Dolan||Acura Integra||85|
|20||28||GT4||Steve Grenier / Jay Saslove / Richard Muise||Acura Integra Type R||79|
|21||17||GT5||David Dorigo / Anthony Rapone||Honda Civic||71|
|22||8||GT6||Andrew Mackintosh||Ford Escort GT||67|
|23||6||GT4||Tom Kwok / Gary Kwok||Honda Civic||60|
|Did Not Finish||7||GT3||K. Baird / A. Wojciekowski / E. Hochgeschurz||Mercury Cougar||49|
|Did Not Finish||12||GT3||Kevin Robb / Howard Chin||Volkswagen Jetta||37|
|Did Not Finish||19||GT2||S. Rochon / B. Rochon / B. Lummis||BMW 318i||15|
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