3. Directly inside Turn 3. It's an awesome campsite, and a completely new view.
The camping areas saw improvements as well, which also helped create some new site lines. Inside Turn 3 used to be pretty well unusable for any great number of people. Often the few level spots were taken before most campers arrive. In the off-season, track workers moved an unbelievable amount of ground, and created a tri-level stadium style camping area inside Turn 3, and outside the exit of Turn 2 – that creates a view through Turns 2, 3 and 4. I have to say, that is pretty awesome. Man, can those prototypes move through and between corners!
There aren't any bathrooms aside from Johnny on the Spots up here. However, I hear that a bathroom is in the works.
4. A Very cool feature. Ever get to the track and realize you don't have all your toys? They've got you covered!
Canadian Tire has also introduced a feature called Canadian Tire Sport Concierge. For a donation, you can go and “rent” a full volleyball setup, football, Frisbee, you name it. It seemed like a lot of people were getting into the idea and really taking advantage of it.
If you are making the trip to CTMP, you will not have experienced the true “Mosport” (yes, I said it), until you have taken the trek to Turn 5. The path there is a little dicey to say the least. You go down one steep hill, and up another, with a narrow path and amazing view to the right side. The track bends to the left and dives roughly four stories before rising to the sky. The view really does make up for the walk back up the hill on the other side – or at least serves as a good distraction. In Turn 5, you are treated to one of the best sight lines in motorsport. Once you've parked yourself in your chair – and recovered from carrying your 20lb cooler for what seemed like a lap of Le Mans – you realize, this is what heaven is like.
5. Turn 5. It's got high speed, late braking, great passing area, and no run-off. How isn't it amazing?
So, you're probably asking, are the changes to this classic natural landscape road course from Mosport to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park worth it? Well, from what I've seen, I'd have to lean toward saying yes. They haven't messed with what makes the place great. The track itself is the same, and maintains its character. The sight lines are the same, if not improved.
But the overall experience at the facility is much improved. You don't feel like you are in Bowmanville, Ontario's backyard. No, you feel like you are at a racetrack that is regaining the relevance it had in its heyday. With the construction of a new conference center and control tower under way, the transformation will continue for the rest of 2012 and beyond. I'm hopeful that the new ownership at CTMP can keep the momentum going. I'm expecting big things from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – but it's good to know that the spirit of Mosport is still there and will be maintained, if not a little spruced up.