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.
http://www.TeamSGR.com
http://Facebook.com/TeamSGR
http://Twitter.com/SGRnews
http://Instagram.com/TeamSGR

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
http:// Facebook.com/TouringCar.ca
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
http://Twitter.com/RadicalCanada
http://Facebook.com/RadicalCanada
http://Instagram.com/RadicalCanada

 

 

 

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.

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!

Feeling the Need for Speed at SGR’s Intro to Kart Racing

Photo: Jason Wong

Today, we’re at Grand Prix Kartways at Toronto’s Downsview Park for our SGR 1st gear Intro to Kart Racing. Our clinic will be less about getting dirty with our cars and getting behind the wheel of an electric-powered go-kart to build a foundation for safer, faster and smarter drivers!

We start off the day with a quick introduction, schedule breakdown and summary of topics we’ll be covering during the track walk. Most importantly, we cover the importance of vision, smooth inputs and the three components of a corner. Participants quickly realize that these three components – the turn-in point, apex point, and exit point – are critical to understanding the optimal driving line of the karting track.

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Girls’ Night at the Garage


In celebration of car care month, SGR teamed up with Emily Chung at AutoNiche, a family-friendly auto repair shop located in Markham to conduct the first of many SGR car care clinics on May 29, 2011. We were excited to bring together a group of women from all over the Greater Toronto Area, armed with notebooks and many questions in hand for an evening of car care empowerment!

In true SGR fashion, we kicked off the night with a spread of delicious snacks and goodies including fresh fruits, delicious cupcakes, and race car-shaped chocolates courtesy of Sonia’s Buttercream Dream – a friend of Dana’s. We’d also love to go into detail on some wonderful wrench-shaped sugar cookies that, however, turned out to be rather inappropriately shaped for the occasion. What it lacked in execution, more than made up for in blushes and laughter for the rest of the evening!

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Testimonial: first time at the track!

Photo: Dana Young

My dad is the driving columnist for the Globe and Mail – when he told me I should go out to the racetrack to take advanced driver training with Team SGR I thought he was crazy.

At 25, I hold a G1 license. Living downtown my whole life I never really needed a car: everything was central to me and I biked and walked everywhere. While this was great for my health and for the environment, I realized I needed to be able to drive.

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First Gear – Intro to Advanced Driving

Team SGR at the Youth In Policing “Take It to the Track” Road Safety Event

Grand Prix Kartways (GPK) is proud to be a partner in the SGR – First Gear Advanced Driver Training Series

At a Glance

  • No previous karting, driving or racing experience required
  • Go karts are provided – no vehicle required
  • Clinics are run monthly from September to May
  • Clinics are held on either Saturday or Sunday from 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost includes the use of the GPK go karts, helmets, 3 track sessions and a balaclava (head sock) to keep
  • Participants ages 10 & up and a minimum height of 50″ (122cm) tall are permitted
  • Spaces are limited and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis
  • Birthday parties, junior groups, corporate groups and expert level clinics for men and women are available upon request

About the Go Karting Clinic

The go karting clinic caters to the participants needs in a fun and pressure free atmosphere – just ladies …just driving. Topics of the clinic include

  • Collision avoidance
  • Cornering and passing techniques
  • Kart/vehicle control
  • Weight transfer theorum
  • Importance of proper vision
  • Personal handbook and on-track evaluation with personal observance of each driver

Each clinic will include classroom instruction, track walks and on-track evaluation with personal observance of each driver. Our goal is to make you faster by increasing your skills and your confidence. The specific topics and techniques learned will depend on the skill level of the participants.

About the Venue
Grand Prix Kartways is a state of the art karting facility that has the highest quality state-of-the-art electric go-karts for its racers. Not only are these race team stylized go-karts fast, they are safe, and environmentally friendly with no noxious fumes. They also have a track-side Café and VIP Lounge, welcomes guests to stay and enjoy live racing and other sporting events on big screen TV’s. For more info on their facility, check out www.gpkartways.com