CASC-OR sanctions the RaceOntario Championships, a seven event series at Mosport, Shannonville, and Calabogie. The series includes a variety of individual race groups including:
Each group typically runs 3 races (except F1600 = 2 and GT Challenge = 1 Enduro) plus qualifying and practice sessions during every 2 day event run by CASC-OR member clubs and the ORO (Ontario Race Organizers).
Unless you already have previous road racing experience, everyone starts their racing in Ontario by attending a drivers school. Both CASC-OR and professional racing schools are available in the region. CASC-OR schools are run by member clubs or CASC-OR itself. This year CASC-OR is offering one school on April 28th & 29th 2012 at Shannonville Motosports Park. This years school is $795 HST included.
You can get your Application Form here. The student is responsible for providing their car as well as their helmet for these schools - the car does not have to be race prepared and many people use their road car to participate.
Professional schools recognized by CASC-OR such as the Bridgestone Racing School provide fully prepared race cars, and all required safety equipment and supplie. Upon successful completion of one of these recognized schools, the student must complete a written test for CASC-OR and can then receive a CASC-OR "B" license.
Your racing school experience influences how much you enjoy early racing weekends. It is hard to appreciate the difference between driving fast and racing until you learn the finer techniques of wheel-to-wheel competition.
Membership in a CASC Ontario Region affiliated club is required for road racing competition. Most of the race organizing clubs have a majority of members involved in racing themselves, and will gladly answer your questions. Your club remains a valuable source of support, information and advice.
You must pass an authorized racing school as described above. Proof of graduation, a completed CASC Ontario Region licence application, a physical examination and medical form completed and signed by your doctor, and your club membership information must then be sent to the region office, along with the licence fee.
Racing involves risk.
Acquiring, wearing, and maintaining personal safety equipment protects you and safeguards our ASN master insurance policy, which makes Ontario motorsport possible.
Consult the rulebook, talk to experienced competitors, and compare prices and quality at race suppliers like Paragon Competition located in Vaughan or CSC Racing Products in Newmarket.
A fire retardant racing suit, socks, gloves, balaclava and shoes are required by the rules. Their selection, use and care are equally as important.
Road racing helmets must be rated 'SA' (Special Application), and have dates (i.e. SA2010) to indicate the standard to which they're built; again, consult the rulebook for more specific information before purchasing.
CASC Ontario Region's rulebook covers safety items (roll cage construction, belt anchor points, etc.) as well as vehicle weights, wheelbase and track dimensions, and performance modifications.
Once again, your club is an excellent resource for locating a race car. Consider renting a ride from a competitor or prep shop until you locate a car of your own.
Consult the CASC Ontario Region forums, racing magazines and newspapers like Performance Racing News or Inside Track Motorsport News for local racing action and classifieds for cars, trailers and trucks.
Cars are inspected before events, and only those vehicles that meet CASC-OR rules are allowed to compete.
If you are very mechanically inclined, you might choose to prepare a car from scratch yourself; if not, there are several professional race shops around Ontario that can help you.