Team SGR announces rebrand and partnerships with CTCC and Radical Canada on Saturday May 30th and Saturday July 4th in the 2015 season

Team SGR announces CTCC and Radical Canada PartnershipTo continue increasing awareness of advanced driving education, Team SGR Advanced driving announced a partnership with both Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) and Radical Canada.

Through CTCC’s partnership with Team SGR Advanced Driving, they will be providing an opportunity for experienced drivers on Saturday May 30, 2015 at Shannonville Motorsports Park.

“We are looking forward to this exciting event at Shannonville Motorsport Park,” stated John Bondar, President of CTCC.  “Participants will be able to experience different types of motorsport in a fun and thrilling environment.”

Registered drivers will get a chance to share the track during a professional Canadian championship series weekend and spectate the Touring Class, Super Touring Class and Grand Touring Class race cars in separate practice and qualifying sessions as they prepare for their CTCC race the next day. More information is available at http://bit.ly/SGRCTCC.

Furthermore, Team SGR will be partnering with Radical Canada in a separate advanced driving experience at Toronto Motorsports Park (TMP), Cayuga on Saturday July 4, 2015.

Selected participants will have the chance to experience the all-new 2015 Radical SR3RSX race car during hot lap sessions on the race track. Intermediate and high performance drivers with their own vehicles are also welcome and one-on-one instruction available for novice drivers in a separate group. More information can be found at the link http://bit.ly/SGRRadical. The event link also includes more info for anyone interested in to be entered into the draw for the Radical race car ride.

“We are excited to work with Team SGR and their community of passionate driving enthusiasts,” said Robert Burgess, President of Radical Canada. “the all-new 2015 SR3RSX Radical race car has been making waves since it’s 2014 October debut at the Circuit de Barcelona and we couldn’t think of a better way to bring awareness to the thrill of owning a Radical race car than to have driving enthusiasts experience it on a race track.”

Last but not least, the SGR organization will be officially be rebranded to “Team SGR Advanced Driving” and officially retire the name “Sweetie Girl Racing” this year. Back in 1999, their collaboration as the sister company with Darknights Nationals allowed them to leverage their network as a tuner and show & shine organization. Team SGR has continued to innovate and evolve with the Canadian motorsports community over the last 16 years.

“In 2004, we branched off as a separate entity and set out to be a social organization that not only wanted to focus on advanced driver training, but give a voice to women in the automotive industry.” said Anna He, President and co-founder of Team SGR Advanced Driving. “As the times changed, we felt that that we’re ready to grow and broaden our appeal because advanced driving is important for men, women, teens and the elderly, especially in our adverse Canadian weather during the winter.“

“With our new 2015 Team SGR membership program launched this year, we are confidently able to offer a wider range of advanced driver training programs, car care clinics and charity fundraisers. Starting from our 1st gear car control programs in go karts laddering up to our 5th gear performance driving race license program with our various partners, our events are more accessible and affordable to Canadian drivers and their families than ever before.”

Team SGR, CTCC and Radical Canada officially kicked off their collaboration on Sunday April 19 at Radical Canada head quarters in Mississauga, Canada. Participants at the open house have also been entered into a draw for a chance to win a ride in the all-new 2015 Radical SR3RSX race car courtesy of Radical Canada on Saturday July 4, 2015 at TMP.

About Team SGR Advanced Driving
Founded in 1999, Team SGR Advanced Driving is one of the first automobile organizations for women and men providing advanced driving education in Canada. Team SGR is an organization that focuses on activities and programs in local communities in driver development, road safety, advanced driver training, advocacy, diversity, and education for all who are involved in all aspects of car culture. Team SGR also represents a group of drivers who are committed to encouraging a female presence in the sport while educating, participating and fostering personal growth in all its members and the Canadian motorsports community.
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About Canadian Touring Car Championship
The Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) presented by Continental Tire is a truly Canadian Sports Car Racing Championship and a leader in Canadian motorsports. It provides Canadian race fans with close and exciting competition between some of Canada’s fastest race car drivers. It showcases race cars based on their original street version in three unique categories; Touring Class, Super Touring Class and Grand Touring Class.
http://www.TouringCar.ca
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http://Twitter.com/CTCCracing

About Radical Canada
Founded in 2012 Radical Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributors for Radical Sportcars Ltd. Based in the Peterborough England Radical Sportscars was founded in 1996 and since then has built over 1900 race cars and have grown to be the world’s largest race car manufacture. Radical Canada deals in new and pre-owned Radical’s as well as selling parts and offering a wide variety of services including: storage, transportation, repair, maintenance and rentals.
http://www.RadicalCanada.ca
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Getting involved in legal forms of racing in Ontario

Here’s a quick reference guide to different forms of legal racing in Ontario, Canada.

Disclaimer: SGR and it’s members do not condone or participate in the act of street racing. The purpose of this page is to provide a reference guide to getting involved in legal, sanctioned racing events in Ontario. SGR does not assume any and all risks involved in or arising from participating in these events. For more information, please visit Ontario’s governing body of automobile sport at www.casc.on.ca.

Q: I don’t have a car and/or a drivers license yet. What are my options?
A: Ontario is home to many go karting facilities that feature a variety of winter and summer leagues at an affordable price. But if the terms “apex, understeer and oversteer” are foreign to you, you may want to check out the Team SGR Advanced Driver Training Programs to get you started on the right foot. The SGR Driving Clinic Series is a progressive series of clinics to increase driving skills, confidence, and speed as well as improve participants’ daily driving habits and practices.
Cost: $72-82/event. Includes instruction & all equipment.
Vehicle: Not required. Go karts, helmets & balaclavas provided.
More info: Click this link for more info, or contact us to arrange for your own group and event.

Q: I have a vehicle that I drive daily to and from work. I would like to gain more car control experience in a safe and controlled environment.
A: If you want to learn more about your car’s handling, improve your driving skills, or get involved in competitive motorsport, then Solo II is a great place to start. You don’t need to make a big commitment of money or time, just a safe running vehicle and the right attitude.
Cost: $20-40/event entry fee. Cost does not include fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.
Vehicle: Required and must be registered and maintained to meet certain basic standards.
More info: Visit the Solo 2 Autoslolam website for more info.

Q: I’ve have acquired intermediate to advance level driving skills and own a capable vehicle to bring to the track. What’s the next step?
A: Time Attack is the one for you. It offers a car enthusiast the chance to take his/her car and driving skills to the limit in a safe and controlled environment among experienced racers and organizers. The competition style is that of a single car time attack where it is only you against the clock, and the times of your competitors. You do not have to worry about other cars trying to pass you, or cut you in corners, it is a great way to safely get into motorsports. The best part about Time Attack is that its design allows for a person of any skill level and vehicle to participate, anything from a Hyundai Accent to a Dodge Viper, our multi-class system ensures that you have proper competition regardless of what you drive.
Cost: $150-250/event entry fee plus yearly CASC-OR club membership and licensing costs. This does not include fuel & vehicle maintenance costs.
Vehicle: Required and must be registered and maintained to meet certain basic standards.
More info: Visit the CASC Time Attack or Canadian Sport Compact Series for more info.

Q: I want to spectate first hand the different forms and styles of racing I can get involved in.
A: The Canadian Sport Compact Series (CSCS) is the only series in Ontario that gives participants an opportunity to watch and participate in drag, drift and circuit racing at the same time. Their 2009 schedule includes 7 events held at various tracks in Ontario and Quebec ranging from Toronto Motorsports Park to Napierville.
Cost: $20/event for spectators. Additional ˝ to participate in circuit, drift, or drag drift racing will apply.
More info: Visit the Canadian Sport Compact Series website for more info.

Want to race? A newbie’s first look at Time Attack

Photo: Giancarlo Pawelec, AutoMotoFoto.net
Photo: Giancarlo Pawelec, AutoMotoFoto.net

I woke up Sunday morning to the rumble of butterflies in my stomach and a skip in my heart. My first thought of the day as the beeping of my alarm chirped away was “I can’t believe I’m actually racing today.”

Almost two years ago, I bought my first car – a 1995 Honda Del Sol that had more drama going on under the hood than the Kardashians. I knew I wanted to drive and I knew I loved my car, but to be honest I didn’t know much else. If someone had told me that in less than two years I’d be racing competitively, I probably would have laughed in disbelief, and driven off in my overheating wreck of a “race car”.

A few months later, I joined Team SGR. Girls on the team connected me with a mechanic who convinced my troubled Del Sol to start behaving itself. I also came on board as a student of the advanced driver training program and a volunteer with the organization.

A year later, here I sat. Pulling up to the front gates of the Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga for the season opener of the Canadian Sport Compact Series (CSCS), enthusiastically answering “Yes – my very first Time Attack!” when asked if I was competing or spectating.

I got in the lineup to register, sandwiched between an M3 and a suped-up Scion, and had a brief moment of doubt that sounded a lot like “girl, what do you think you are doing here – are you serious?”

I hushed the voice in my head, made it through registration, the drivers meeting, and went and parked my now well-behaved race car next to my miracle mechanic at ART Motorsports.

Enter the brief moments of chaos. Empty my car. Where is my helmet? Check the oil. How is my tire pressure? Amidst the hustle, before my brain even had a chance to freak out, I was lining up for lapping sessions, seconds away from hitting the track.

With the help of SGR instructor extraordinaire Anna He in my passenger seat, guiding me and helping me smooth my movements I made great strides throughout the day.

My movements become more coordinated as I was braking and shifting into my corners, my heel-toe technique started to come together for the first time, and throughout the day I got faster and faster.

Pro-tip for the noobs: lap times are on the computer under the tech/registration tent. I was on my third lapping session before I figured that out. From my fourth to fifth lapping session, I got my lap time down to 1:36.0 from 1:39.3.

The tight schedule of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off to rest driver and car started to wear on me early in the day. To my fellow newbies out there – I can’t tell you enough the importance of managing your energy throughout the day.

The day moved on, and before I knew it, I was back under the tech tent, making friends with my fellow drivers and awaiting the second drivers meeting of the day that laid out the rules for the Time Attack competition.

We were broken up into just over a dozen run groups, and even though I was in the first (read: slowest) bracket, I was at the head of the pack, setting the pace for my group!

A brief break, and back into the pit lanes I went.

Alone in my car, at the front of the line, about to be the first car our on to the track, and the only girl competing, my brain had the time it had been looking for all day and my nerves finally caught up to me.

Then, I was being told to pull over, to let the group I was setting pace for go ahead. I was “too fast” and being moved up into the second group with lappers who I was more closely matched with based on the times I had set in practice.

In the quiet of my purring car, away from the crowds, away from my coaches, friends and family, the butterflies were back.

Butterflies in tow, out I went to lay down my very first competition lap.

My nerves ate at my stomach as I tried to put together everything I had been working on throughout the day. Brake later at corner one, tip my weight forward into turns three and four, settle the car into the chicane, eyes up at the exit of the last corner back onto the front straight and do it all over again 3 more times.

It all came together, but my nerves cost me. My final time sat at 1:38.0 – a full 2 seconds slower than my best time in practice.

I have a long way to go and a lot to learn still, but I know that my amazing teammates, talented coaches and superstar mechanic all have my back.

To learn more about the SGR advanced driving school and how you can compete in your first time attack, check out our schedule.

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Suze first joined Team SGR as an advanced driving student in 2012. She volunteers for Team SGR supporting communications, social media, and events. Suze drives a ’95 Honda Del Sol and currently hails from London, Ontario.

SGR Featured on Autoblog Canada

Team SGR Advanced Driving Delivers Mother’s Day Driving Experience At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

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Originally published on Autoblog.ca
By: Ronnie Fung
Posted May 23rd 2013 11:15AM

 

What better way to spend Mother’s Day than at the Driver Development Track at Mosport (aka Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) Team SGR Advanced Driving, rolled out all the stops and hosted a fantastic, fun and highly informative drivers training day. Despite the rain, cold, sleet, and ever-changing conditions on that faux-spring day, smiles and delighted faces were all around as family members, friends and instructors cheered on the visible progress of all those enrolled.

 

The day started out with a classroom session where everything from body position, racing lines, car control, tires and just about anything that anyone would need to know about driving on a track was discussed. There was a wide range of enrolled drivers, ranging from freshly licenced 17-year-old drivers to those who have had 40-plus years of experience. The idea of the day was to illustrate that any driver could benefit from this kind of advanced driving experience. The variety of cars on track were just as varied as the drivers’ experience levels. Ford, Mazda, Volvo, BMW, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Lexus and even an exotic GT40 were all represented, respectively.

Click here for the original article and full photo gallery. 

 

 

Carts and Coffee Toronto

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What: Team SGR presents Carts and Coffee Toronto or follow #CartsCoffeeTO
Where/When/Time: Please check for an updated schedule on our event calendar.
Admission: Registration (for kart racing only, spectators are free)

For more information, please visit Carts and Coffee Toronto
Follow us on Twitter: @TeamSGR | @SGRnews | @CartsCoffeeTO and use hashtag #cartscoffeeTO

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An urban gearhead’s first motorsports camping experience

261750_10151627572021187_1623090256_nMotorsports camping is a relatively foreign concept in my world.

Unlike most families growing up in the 80’s, the idea of camping, cottaging and vacation in general were pretty foreign to my Canadian-Chinese family. My childhood summers and weekends consisted of additional piano lessons, fast-track science and math classes, and the occasional cross-border trip to Buffalo.

So when Shelby, one of our instructors in training, pitched the idea to go motorsports camping at Mosport for the Victoria Day Speed Fest weekend, I enthusiastically agreed, although wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. 

Fast forward four months later, we found ourselves at the top of the hill on the outside of turn two at the newly renovated Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. What better place to try motorsports camping than at a facility with brand new bathrooms?

Day one consisted of scouting and securing a spot, and setting up our tents, air mattresses and BBQ.

As the team started to arrive, the sound of practice sessions set the tone for the weekend as drivers in the Porsche GT3 Cup, Canadian Touring Car Championship, TransAm Series and Nascar Canadian Tire Series hit the track for the first time.

Friday night, we decided a track walk was in order and we found ourselves jumping over fences and crawling over tires while admiring the newly paved asphalt between turns two and five. It was a great chance to see the track up close, and for the team to break down and strategize some of the most technical components of the track.

By the time we made it back to the campsite, the sun had set, and our position at the top of the hill provided little to no protection from the wind that was fiercely blowing. After roasted marshmallows, a few drinks, and some great stories, we all turned in for the night.

We thought we were prepared, but Mother Nature had something else in mind. Who said motorsports camping was going to be easy?

Arctic. That pretty much describes my first motorsports camping experience.

While the temperatures picked back up to the mid-twenties the next day, and the rest of the group appeared unaffected by the icy nights, I remained in my layers of boots, long-sleeves and winter jackets, unable to shake off the cold in my bones from the night before.

The racing however, made up for it. The “motorsports” part of my motorsports camping experience was definitely agreeing with me more than the “camping” was.

The sounds of the Porsche GT3 cars zooming by our campsite at 8 o’clock in the morning was a brilliant and thrilling way to wake up from a cold nights sleep. Quite frankly, that experience alone made the cold nights of motorsports camping worth it.

Highlights also included celebrating with the Honda Canada factory team, and driver Scott Nicol in his first doubleheader win and meeting Amy Ruman, Trans Am Cup’s first female series-winning champion.

The pulled pork, festive music, and ice cream trucks weren’t that bad either.

When all was said and done, my very first motorsports camping experience was a success and I know there will be plenty more to come.

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Anna He is the President CEO of Team SGR, an active instructor in the community, and works in marketing when she’s not on the track. Anna hails from Markham, Ontario and currently races a 1989 Honda CRX.

 

Team SGR featured in the Toronto Star

Check out Lorraine’s recount of the day with Sarah in the Mazda 3.

An excerpt from Lorraine:

Who benefits from advanced driver training courses?

Everyone, actually. If you’re a seasoned driver who knows it all, a day learning from the perspective of the pros will show you bad habits you may have formed without realizing it, as well as changes in technology that can really create a whole new way to treat your car.

For new drivers, it’s a chance to create good driving habits before bad ones can form, and to provide a forum to ask questions and replicate dangerous situations they might encounter years down the road — or tomorrow. More >>

 

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SGR takes on Alan Nursall in the Discovery Channel!

Team Sweetie Girl Racing kicking butt with Alan Nursall

As a high school student, math and science were some of the subjects that I excelled in. Though I LOVED art, english and history, every test, every quiz and every question in math and sciences had one correct answer only – and made life seem easy to me. With university on the horizon, I was on-track to become an engineer and obtained all the necessary marks to get accepted into the prestigious University of Toronto and Waterloo Engineering programs.

Easy choice, right? Nope! A 180-degree turn at the last minute meant I chose to venture into graphic design, thinking I had given up any future hope of a technical career. A choice I sometimes reflect upon, knowing NOW how appropriate it would have been for my passion for motorsports. But nevertheless, it’s something I try not to dwell on…

So imagine my surprise to get an email from one of the TV producers from the Discovery Channel to feature SGR in the Alan Nursall experience!

Early morning track walk with Team SGR

The Alan Nursall experience is a segment on the Canadian television series Daily Planet that leans toward technology experiments beyond the lab. He’s frequently found interacting with students and people on the streets – “in the field” – and gets a kick out of getting people excited about whatever topic he’s exploring that week – and this is likely why Sweetie Girl Racing was his next target. We’re an excitable bunch!

Alan Nursall strapped into the go kart and ready to rock
Alan Nursall chasing down Team SGR

So on Friday June 24, the Alan Nursall Experience teamed up with Sweetie Girl Racing to  explore the science and geometry of the perfect racing line. Filming on a weekday proved difficult for a lot of our current Team SGR members, who carry full time jobs during the day. Luckily, summer had just broke out and we were fortunate to round up Katie Cheung, Brooke Trefry, Laura and Lilla Rupert, Varmini Singh and Shelby Grant – past participants and graduates of the Team SGR Kart Racing Experience – to strut our stuff!

Driving exercises while the producer Stephen looks on
Katie and Brooke lay the rubber on the track

The majority of the segment is focused on the central section of the Grand Prix Kartways track, where a combination of quick turns around corners of various lengths make up the most technical part of the track. We laid down pylons and explained the fundamentals of the optimum line – the best combination of arcs through corners and paths down the straights – as a tool to put yourself in a position to post the fastest possible time around the track. There were hits, there were misses, and everyone LOVED it!

Sweetie Girl Racing exploring the science...
Going through the science
and geometry of the perfect racing line...
And again... Thanks to Gary at thegarageblog.com for the awesome pics!

We finished off the segment demonstrating the Brachistochrone theory with two separate ramps and some hot wheel cars. Sounds easy enough, until you’re on the seventh take and the word “Brachistochrone” caused Alan to go into a series of tongue twisting mishaps that had myself and the girls giggling. Who said show business was easy?

Bah-b-b-b-brachistochrone Theory!

Stay tuned for the segment to be aired on the Discovery Channel later this year – follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

Alan Nursall with Team SGR
Team Sweetie Girl Racing kicking butt with Alan Nursall

Hands-on in the Garage: Ladies car care clinics

Photo: Dana Young

Thursday, June 16 marked the second SGR car care clinic at AutoNiche in Markham. Twelve ladies gathered to enjoy the snacks and refreshments before heading into the shop, where we knew we were going to get dirty.

Dressed in long-sleeved shirts, pants and comfortable shoes, we were divided into two groups and gathered around two hoists and two vehicles: a 1994 Honda Civic and 2004 Acura EL. We proceeded through a 40-point inspection together, following the same set of guidelines used by AutoNiche with their customers.

From checking fluids to inspecting tires and using power tools, we spent the next few hours learning the ins and outs of each vehicle. A complimentary (much needed) oil change was performed on the vehicles, courtesy of Castrol. As a bonus, we got to see first-hand the dramatic colour difference in the fluid before and after the oil change.

The night ended with door prizes, goodie bags and smiles all around. Our next clinic – set for Tuesday, July 26 – promises to be just as fun and interactive, with participants learning how to boost their batteries, change wiper blades and change the spare tires on their own vehicles – using the safety jack!

Lynda Sydney from Carchick.ca writes:

I think every women who owns a car needs to attend Girls Night at the Garage or another car care clinic. A little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your car. By understanding the purpose of and steps involved in different maintenance procedures, how various parts of your car work, plus the potential problems and how to identify them, you can be more confident when you take your car in for servicing — and avoid being taken for a ride. By investing just a couple of hours of your time, you could save a bundle of cash in unnecessary maintenance and repairs. And, it’s just a lot of fun! More >>

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation  – a portion of the proceeds will support Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl campaign to claim a brighter, safer future for girls.

For more information on the next clinic and how to register, check out our event posted on Facebook and connect with us!

Team SGR featured on NationalPost.com

Photo: Dana Bronsteter


Most driving schools cringe at the sight of rain, thunder clouds and lightning bolts looming the sky on their big day. Throw in a bunch of pylons, press cars and media folks at an advanced driver training event and you have the recipe for a very exciting day at the track.

Despite some waiting for the heavy rain to pass in the morning, our June 4 event got the spring driving season off to a great start. The group of students ranged from young drivers with brand-new driver’s licenses, to those with over 40 years behind the wheel learning, or shall we say unlearning, driving techniques for safer roads.

According to Jodi Lai from The National Post:

The clinic encourages drivers to use their own cars for the exercises, which include a slalom course, emergency stopping, crash avoidance and different weight transfer techniques. Understanding the physics behind your own vehicle and being able to test its limits is important for boosting a driver’s confidence and driving skill. And there is no better time to do it than under the watchful eye of an expert driving instructor so she can explain what you’re doing right and help you correct what you’re doing wrong. When you understand the physics behind your daily driver and know how it feels in different situations, you will be able to react more quickly and make smarter decisions to avoid collisions. More >>

Participants were also given the opportunity to test drive the new 2011 Scion TC in driving exercises, or go for a ride on the track with a racing driver. The Scion had to compete, however, with the delicious pulled-pork sandwiches we served at lunch.

By the end of the day, participants were driving confidently around the track with hands properly on the steering wheel and big smiles on their faces. Mission accomplished!

Our next advanced driver training experience will be on Saturday September 24, 2011 at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.

Team SGR Advanced Driving Experience powered by Sailun Tires. Photo: Dana Bronsteter

Many thanks to our amazing volunteers and talented instructors. Thanks, as well, to Sailun Tires, Scion Canada, Fast WheelsWoodbine Scion and ABR racing for their support!