Experienced Canadian Road Racer Simone Looking Forward To New Challenge In IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

You name the car, and odds are Anthony Simone has raced it around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The veteran road racer from Holland Landing, Ontario, will add another car to that list this weekend when he takes the green flag for Sunday’s IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda race. Simone will join co-driver Rodrigo Pflucker in the No. 74 Forty7 Motorsports featuring Alianza Norma M30.

Simone’s résumé at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park includes races in Formula 1200, Formula 1600, CTCC Hondas, NASCAR Pinty’s Series cars, and now the LMP3 Car with Alianza Motorsports. The veteran of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series has two top-five finishes at the track, including a fourth-place effort in the series one year ago.

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a special place for me,” Simone said. “It's where I started my car racing career. I have raced many different vehicles at this track over the years and have seen it transform tremendously to what it is today.”

The transition to IMSA has gone well for Simone, who made his IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series debut back in March with Pflucker at Sebring. The duo qualified second, but a mechanical failure dropped the team to a 17th place finish in the LMP3 class. One race later, the team made the series podium for the first time, finishing second at Barber Motorsports Park.

The team’s entry is sponsored by Toronto-based Nikola Tesla Unite Ltd., and its NIKO cryptocurrency. The sponsorship of the car was done entirely done with the NIKO cryptocurrency rather than the traditional cash sponsorship model.

Coming off a runner-up effort and heading to the only Canadian race on the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda schedule, Simone is looking forward to using his experience at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to his advantage as he tries to score his first career IMSA victory.

“Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is technical, very fast and a slight mistake will lead to a big a problem, so being 100 percent focused the entire race is key in being successful here,” he said. “The blind, fast corners, elevation changes and slow technical corners make my home facility one of the most difficult tracks in the world to drive fast.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge in July and can’t wait to try and put Alianza Motorsports on the top step of the podium.”

The format for this year’s IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda race is slightly different from year’s past with the series shifting to a new one hour, 45-minute endurance format. The new-for-2018 format allows teams to run a single or two-driver combination with a required minimum-time pit stop.

The series kicks off the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park weekend Friday with opening practice at 3 p.m. 

Green flag for the race is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, serving as an appropriate appetizer for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at 2:05 p.m.