CASC ON: Mobil 1 Ontario Time Attack

Written by Gerry Carvalho. Photos by Will Parsons on .

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There are many forms of racing and all have their merits and challenges, but where does someone start when they do not have the experience or a limited budget to compete? The Ontario Time Attack (OTA for short, and previously known as SOLO 1) is a grassroots discipline that has been established since 1980 as an affordable alternative and stepping stone to other forms of racing.

Here is a comparison of OTA and other racing disciplines: 

ONTARIO TIME ATTACK OTHER NON-CASC FORMS OF RACING
Use your daily driver to compete in most cases. Need to have a series specified and dedicated car, which is not “streetable” and requires tow vehicle and trailer.
Safety equipment minimum is an approved helmet and factory safety belts. Usually a roll cage is required with safety 4- or 5-point harness and, consequently, a neck restraint required with approved helmet.
Race “solo” like you’re qualifying for pole position in every race. You race with others sharing the track with the chance of making contact with other competitors with your car.
Choose up to 6 events and 2 schools. Usually you must compete in a minimum number of races to maintain your involvement in the series.
Affordable drivers education dovetailed into the race events.

Driver education is not usually run in conjunction with the race schedule, and costs usually are over $1,000 plus.

You decide which modifications you want to make. A performance index ensures you’re fairly matched with similar competitor groups.

Modifications are usually standardized which can result in large expenditure to make your car competitive. Usually the teams who can maximize expenditure on the cars can lead the race.
All the events are close to the GTA and scheduled on weekends.

Many of these races are either out of province and/or have Friday test and tech days.

Our drivers are competitive but are more than ready to assist novice drivers in both mechanical and driving skills.

Drivers are often overly competitive and rarely share experiences to help you become a better driver.

We offer lots of track time to practice your skills and also compete.

Track time can be very limited.

We hire professional racetrack marshals and safety crews to keep our drivers safe.

Professional racetrack marshals and safety crews keep drivers safe.

You win awards and get satisfaction developing and honing your driving skills.

Win awards and develop your driving skills in a highly-competitive environment.

We are a volunteer-run organization and depend on fellow competitors to run a safe event while maintaining the cost of racing to a minimum.

We are a volunteer-run organization and depend on fellow competitors to run a safe event while maintaining the cost of racing to a minimum.

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2016 MOBIL 1 ONTARIO TIME ATTACK CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Presented by JRP, Toyo Tires & Yokohama Tire 

SCHEDULE

TRACK DATE HOST CLUB LOCATION
DDC May 14 OMSC 1 hour East of GTA
TMP  June 4 TAC 1 hour South of Hamilton
CTMP June 25 SPDA 1 hour East of GTA
CTMP June 26 SPDA 1 hour East of GTA
DDC July 9 OMSC 1 hour East of GTA
DDC July 10 OMSC 1 hour East of GTA
SMP August 20 SPDA 2 hours East of GTA
SMP August 21 TAC 2 hours East of GTA

LEGEND

TRACKS  
CTMP Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
DDC CTMP Driver Development Centre
SMP Shannonville Motorsports Park
TMP Toronto Motorsports Park
CLUBS  
SPDA SPDA Motorsport Club (spda-online.ca)
OMSC Oshawa Motorsport Club (oshawamotorsportclub.com)
TAC Toronto Autosport Club (torontoautosportclub.ca/tac-solosprint.html)

Can’t wait to get started? Contact Gerry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone/text him at 416-505-9559.

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