Merchant Services Racing Pins Hopes on Kyle Marcelli at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport

Merchant Services Racing is betting on Canadian ace pilot, Kyle Marcelli this weekend when the team checks in at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Int'l). The team is in Canada for round five of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport. Kyle, along with teammate Matt Downs will take the No. 8 Merchant Services Racing / Lamex / Butterfield Farms Oreca LMPC on track for testing Friday then an additional two rounds of practice followed by qualifying on Saturday. The two hour and forty five minute Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport will get underway Sunday at 12 noon EST.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is Marcelli's home track here in Canada. It is also the first in a trio of classic natural terrain courses over the next few weeks in the ALMS season. The Series next moves on to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio and then on to Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

"This should be a strong part of the season for us," noted team principal, Brian Alder. "First and foremost, we've got a bullet in the chamber with Kyle. He was pole sitter in Lime Rock earlier this month and he sat on the pole here at Mosport last year." 

Opened in 1961, Mosport / Canadian Tire Motorsport Park retains its classic 2.459 mile road course. The famed circuit has hosted F1, Indy cars, motorcycles and a host of other racing classes. Yet non holds a greater popularity than the biggest event of the season, the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport featuring the American Le Mans Series sports car race. Previous years have seen three-day weekend crowds of more than 70,000.

Unlike many historic motorsport venues, Mosport's track layout has remained mostly unchanged from its original form. The fastest ever recorded lap was taken by Rinaldo Capello, in an Audi R10 TDI, in qualifying for the 2008 Grand Prix of Mosport, with a time of 1:04.094. The lap record was set in the race for that meeting with Capello's Audi Sport North America team mate Marco Werner lapping in a time of 1:05.823.

"We took at hit from one of the GTC cars at Lime Rock and never really got to show the car's strength," added Alder.  "We're confident in the car and we've got our setups and good drivers. We're really counting on putting the No. 8 Merchant Services Racing / Lamex / Butterfield Farms Oreca LMPC on the podium and getting Kyle a win on his home track in front of a hometown crowd."

Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosportis set for noon ET on July 22 from the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. ESPN2’s broadcast featuring live coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET. Full, live coverage is available starting at 11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN3.

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars - purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles - race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.