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Racing Roundup: Leftover GP notes, Le Mans, VARAC and all the news

Written by Norris McDonald

Photo of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid by Kevin Decherf of Nantes, France. 

The racing gods smiled on Fernando Alonso in France Sunday and the two-time F1 world champion, plus two teammates, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We all know how, just a few weeks ago, those same gods frowned on the driver and he failed to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Meantime, Canada’s national newspaper didn’t publish a word about the Grand Prix of Canada, in print, anyway, and one Montreal newspaper columnist is still living in 1965 when Toronto jokes told in Montreal were real thigh slappers. And the VARAC racing festival at CTMP this weekend saluted 50 years of Formula Ford racing. This, plus all the rest of the racing news, can be found here


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Norris McDonald

Veteran reporter and news editor Norris McDonald is the former editor of Toronto Star Wheels, where his work continues to appear each week. He's also the former Toronto Star Sports online motorsports writer and columnist. His columns - which have also been published in the Globe and Mail - and feature stories about the automotive industry in general and motorsports in particular are considered industry-leading. He’s received awards and citations for his newspaper work and he also appears on radio and television. A former owner and driver of super modified racing cars who's well-known as a trackside announcer, he is a member of the Oswego (N.Y.) Speedway Hall of Fame. In 2014, he became the first journalist to be inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.