Sunday, January 02, 2022

NASCAR Pinty's Series 2022 Schedule

2022 is here and by gosh, we deserve a return to normal, and normal means it's time to race. Canada's national race series sponsored by those good people at Pinty's Delicious Food returns to the asphalt (and one dirt track) starting in May at Sunset Speedway. I am extremely glad that the stock cars will make it back to the Honda Indy Toronto in July, an exciting part of the 13-race schedule that goes to two street courses, two road courses and the dirt track at Ohsweken Speedway.

From NASCAR; “It was important for us to return to a traditional-looking schedule for the 2022 season,” said Brandon Igdalsky, Managing Director, NASCAR Touring Series. “We want to bring the exciting, side-by-side racing of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series to our fans across Canada and have appreciated their patience as we navigated the past two seasons. We will continue working with local and provincial officials to put on safe events for our fans and competitors.”

Both 2020 and 2021 the NASCAR Pinty's Series had felt the impact of Covid-19 restrictions with cancellations here and there - heck, remember the six-race, three weekend Pinty’s Fan Cave Challenge? Then while things started to return to normal in the third quarter of 2021 the Omicron variant began to hit hard, spreading fast and furious. So fast that the Ontario government seemed to just give up with all this pandemic control stuff. Forget about reporting infections, forget about testing, just go to work, get back to school and hopefully it's just a cold now. Well if we are all going to get it and if it really is mild for the vaccinated, then normal life will return. As comedian Jimmy Carr says; the survivors of Covid-19 think we may have over reacted to the pandemic, those that died might have thought that we could have done more!

NASCAR continues; "Other highlights of the 2022 schedule include: A return of the fan-favorite Honda Indy Toronto street course race on Friday, July 15. Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani have combined to win five of the previous six races at Exhibition Place. Two Pinty’s Series races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), including the traditional Victoria Day weekend race on Sunday, May 22. The second visit will be the season’s penultimate race on Sunday, Sept 4. The 52nd annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) will be run on Sunday, Aug. 7. Quebec-born drivers have won the last seven events. All races will air on TSN and RDS. Start times and complete broadcast schedules will be released at a later date."

2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, May 14: Sunset Speedway (Innisfil, Ont.)
Sunday, May 22: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ont.)
Saturday, June 11: Autodrome Chaudière (Vallée-Jonction, Que.)
Saturday, June 25: TBD (TBD)
Friday, July 15: Exhibition Place (Toronto, Ont.)
Saturday, July 23: Edmonton International Raceway (Wetaskiwin, Alb.)
Wednesday, July 27: Wyant Group Raceway (Saskatoon, Sask.) 125-lap twin features
Wednesday, July 27: Wyant Group Raceway (Saskatoon, Sask.) 125-lap twin features
Sunday, Aug. 7: Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières, Que.)
Tuesday, Aug. 16: Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, Ont.)
Saturday, Aug. 27: Circuit ICAR (Mirabel, Que.)
Sunday, Sept. 4: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ont.)

The 2021 champion is LP Dumoulin of the number 47 car (Domoulin Competition) who has won three NASCAR Pinty's Series titles. Other drivers include Jason Hathaway of the number 3 car (Ed Hakonson Racing) who retired, came back and won the 2020 Championship title as well as Alex Tagliani of the number 18 car (22 Racing), Andrew Ranger of the number 27 car (DJK Racing) as well as two ladies in the lineup - Julia Landauer of the number 28 car (DJK Racing) and Shantel Kalika of the number 43 car (Busch Racing).

Joel Robinson of Fuel MediaLab suggests that we could see more of J.R. Fitzpatrick (First Josten's Rookie of the year) in the NASCAR Pinty's Series riding a Party Casino car, hopefully that comes true.

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