Save the date for February 14 between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The organizers of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt presented by FOX are pleased to announce the return of “Open House Day” on Thursday, February 14, 2013. The “Open House Day” allows the general public to enter Circuit Yvon Duhamel free of charge, between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to watch non-stop open practice sessions on the snocross layout and on the ice oval speed track.
Admission-Free “Open House Day” Returns Thursday to the 2013 Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt Presented by FOX
It is a great opportunity for the whole family to discover the fascinating world of snowmobile racing or to renew their relationship with the most popular outdoor winter motor sport activity in Quebec. Visitors will be allowed to follow on-track action from all access points open to the public around the track, or stroll the paddocks to meet the drivers and watch the crews as they ready their racing machines. This is the perfect time to take pictures while the pressure is off, and have a chance to feel the ambiance that will carry over to the following three days of festivities.
During this prelude to the 31st edition of the Grand Prix of Valcourt scheduled to run February 15-17, most of the competitors will be on hand to set up their racing machines during these preliminary open practice sessions. Grand Prix of Valcourt champions Dustin Wahl from Greenbush, Minnesota, Nicholas Van Strydonk from Tomahawk, Wisconsin and Quebec’s Jacques Villeneuve will be eying one another during practice but will be ready to meet the fans as will upcoming 15-year old star Sabrina Blanchet from Quebec City. Also on hand will be Mike Van Dolder from Annan, Ontario and Dustin Gehrke from Morrisonville, New York. In snocross, fans can cheer and meet ISOC favorites Tim Tremblay and Jennifer Paré, both defending class champions, Stephanie Lemieux-Bell of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, or Darrin Mees of Long Island, NY, or East Coast Snocross Series rider Lincoln Lemieux of St. Johnsbury, VT. Iain Hayden from Holland Center, Ontario will be spearheading the Canadian CSRA Series multi-pronged Ontario attack with David Joanis of Cochrane, Lee Butler of Sudbury, and Dylan Hall of Ayr.
“Why not enjoy fresh air while discovering extreme winter motorsport and meeting the stars of snowmobile ice racing and snocross. This is what the Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt presented by FOX offers to the fans during Thrusday’s February 14 “Open House Day,” said Marie-Pier Lemay, General Manager of the Grand Prix. “I invite everyone to take advantage of this offer to live the experience of a day of competition on a legendary track. For this, we are of course very thankful for the collaboration of the series officials and the drivers who enable fans to enjoy a day at the track. ”
For three days, Valcourt showcases the world’s best snowmobile racers, the exciting motorcycle riders, the ATV and UTV Side-by-Side competitors, and the Revstar STR stock-car drivers as they tackle the challenging Circuit Yvon Duhamel ice oval speed track, while the top professional snocross riders in North America show who rules during 200 open practice sessions qualifying heats and race finals. Fans can attend free of charge on Friday after 3:00 p.m. and watch the Snowmobile Drag Racing Under the Lights competition. Also on the bill is the Saturday late afternoon Freestyle Snocross competition. There is also plenty of fun and games for the whole family, including live rock bands under the Big Top, slides & snowmobile rides for kids. Learn more at www.grandprixvalcourt.com/.
Tickets for the February 15-17, 2013 Grand Prix of Valcourt presented by FOX are currently on sale at the ticket offices at 1-866-532-7543 Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or at www.grandprixvalcourt.com/en/. Until February 13, 2013 inclusively, fans can save $10 by purchasing a three-day heated trackside G Suite pass for just $90, taxes included. Fans of the great outdoors can also benefit from this special offer with a savings of 20% off the regular price for three-day general admission tickets at $45 instead of $55. Children age 12 and under are admitted free with an adult holding a valid ticket. All guests, including children, must hold a pass to enter the trackside suites.