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Ken Baird and Main Street Racing


Ken Baird and Main Street Racing
---Instructing
---Race Setups
---Touring Car and Sprint GT3 Road Racing
---ACT Late Model Racing at Capital City Speedway
Ken last year combined instructing at Tremblant, Calabogie and Shannonville and professional Racecar setups with road racing with the Castrol Canadian TOURING CAR Championship at the Honda Indy in Toronto, Ted Powell Memorial MCO race at Calabogie Motorsports Park and Grand Prix Trios Rivieres with the occasional Sprint race in GT3 and his stockcar racing in the ACT Late Models at Capital City Speedway. This year promises more of the same variety and action,

Ken has been racing in motorsports since 1991, starting with karts then quickly moving to road and stock car racing, including GT Sprints, ChampCar, CASCAR, ProTruck Series and NASCAR. Most recently, Ken has been driving in the ACT Late Model Class, and instructing with various clubs in Ontario and Quebec. Ken is the owner/operator of Main Street Racing & Automotive Inc. in North Gower, Ontario specializing in performance race setups.

Career Highlights


2009 - 1st Place Dash for Cash Late Model ACT Capital City Speedway
Canadian Touring Car - Honda Indy, Toronto, GP3R Grand Pris Trois Rivieres, - 3rd Place GT Sprints GT3 Shannonville
2008 - ACT Late Model, Ottawa winner of Summer ShootOut Capital City and Kawartha Speedways.
2006 - Late Model 3rd overall
2002 - six 1st place podium finishes in ProTruck Series
1999 - awarded the Dewar Trophy for Rookie Race Driver of the Year
1998 - Jim Russell race school, Top in Class award
1995 - ProStock Champion
Performance Race Setup for your Race Vehicle - Main Street Racing sets up a permanent Race Setup Service at Main Street Automotive in North Gower.

2009 ACT Late Model races at Capital City and Kawartha blended regular weekly stockcar racing and road racing with the 8 Legs Racing Team in GT Sprints, Enduro and Castrol Canadian TOURING CAR Championship at Mosport, Shannonville and Calabogie, Honda Indy in Toronto and Grand Prix Trois Rivieres, along with various instructing sessions for BMW Ottawa and BMW Quebec.

Performance Race Setup for your Race Vehicle - Main Street Racing sets up a permanent Race Setup Service at Main Street Automotive in North Gower.

2008 saw a new racecar for the ACT Late Model Class, built by Main Street Racing and Automotive with CARQUEST as the prime sponsor. A blown engine early in the season loses points for the CARQUEST #2 car, but two weeks later the new ACT crate motor is in the car and stockcar racing at Kawartha Speedway and Capital City Speedway continues the full season, with Ken winning the Summer ShootOut for Ottawa drivers. TechoBloc rents the Car for the Winter for shows in the USA and Canada

2008 Road race wise - Racing at the Ted Powell Memorial in 8Legs Racing's Mercury Cougar, an new car to them, wins a fourth place after starting from the back. That along with instructing at Calabogie with the BMW Club for Ottawa and for Quebec Region, and other race and instructing opportunities as they arise including the new track a Mirabel makes a fair season all round.

2007 - Instructing Calabogie Motorsports Racetrack with BMW Club Spring and Fall, MCO volunteer at Ted Powel Memorial Race Calabogie
Instructing Circuit Mt Tremblant with Quebec BMW Club, two day sessions.
2006 - Late Model, at the NEW Drummond's Capital City Speedway, finishing 3rd in the Points. 2006 marked a return to Capital City Speedway, in the Late Model Class.
Instructing with MCO and a chance to drive 300kms on the then NEW Calabogie Motorsports Racetrack.
2005 Ken raced ACT - American Canadian Tour Series racing in Vermont, and worked with the Riopelle Race team also in ACT and at Kawartha Speedway here in Ontario.
NASCAR in Canada
2004, NASCAR came to Canada and Ken was the first driver to sign up at the Autodrome St Eustache-Old Milwaukee Dodge Weekly Series. 2004 - kenbaird@mainstreetottawa.com Autodrome St Eustache-Old Milwaukee. Ken raced in NASCAR in Canada in the North East Division (www.nascar.com).
Main Street Racing & Automotive Inc.'s Incorporated was formed and the season started with the new NASCAR being setup to match the Old Milwaukee Speedway. A couple of engine failures, and a major frame replacement didn't help, but by August the Main Street Racing NASCAR was FASTEST in practice sessions. ProTruck racing also continued at both Ottodrome and Old Milwaukee tracks, along with CASCAR races in Ottawa.

Early History
1990 - Kart Racing Ken started motorsports racing in 1990 when he moved from BMX to Karting with the National Capital Karting Club.
1991 - Enduro Stock Car Racing - Ken started StockCars that year racing in Enduros.
1993 - ProStock - Ottawa, won Rookie of the Year at Capital City Speedway. He drove his Main Street Racing Pro Stock and won Rookie of the Year.
Two years later he clinched the Pro Stock Championship.
Started Main Street Racing doing performance, setup and instruction along with Racing
1995 - ProStock Championship (Ottawa)
In 1996, Ken made the move to CASCAR racing in both Ottawa and Montreal. With his self-owned, locally sponsored car, he finished second in his first two feature races in a field of 15 veteran drivers. He won Rookie of the Year with 4th in points. Ken raced the next two years in CASCAR. 1996 - CASCAR Rookie of the Year (Ottawa)
1997 - CASCAR, including CASCAR Superseries Races at Capital City Speedway. 2nd in the Regional Series for Ontario and Quebec.
Bought own Race and Automotive Shop in North Gower, Ontario - Performance Race Setups for Race Vehicles
1998 - Jim Russell Racing School and won his class. 1998 - CASCAR Series in Ottawa and Montreal. Jim Russell Driving School
- Won Top in Class, Advanced Driver Class
- Raced in the 1998 Fall Runoffs at Mt Tremblant.
In the next couple of years Ken raced in the GTC and GTB Series and with his own ChampCar Light.
1999 - Won the Gordon Michael Dewar Trophy for Rookie Race Driver of the Year Plus, in the GT Points Race, 3rd in GTC and 9th in GTB in one year. His move to GTB for only the last two race weekends gave him a 7th place Recalculated points would give him Second Place in GTB.
2000 - Raced Canadian ChampCar Lights - Trois Rivieres Grand Prix, Mosport, Autodrome Chicoutimi, Shannonville.
ChampCar Lights - This Series let Ken leverage his experience on oval and road race tracks. The cars have sealed engines and enforced specifications so the drivers and teams make the winning difference. The Canadian ChampCar Lights Series concentrated on driver skill development and competition.
Also raced in the ProTruck Series in Ottawa and Montreal's Old Milwaukee Autodrome
In 2001 Ken also did Stock Car Racing with the #2 ProTruck racing in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. 2001 - Rookie Season in the ANCA ProTruck Series racing in Ontario and Quebec.
Drove Canaska Cup Pace Car and Instructed at both of MCO's Winter Driving School and Summer Lapping Days at Shannonville. Ken raced in the Pro Truck Series and in the Canadian ChampCar Lights
In 2002 he did some CASCAR events in St Croix as well as Ottawa and Montreal. 2002 - Ken Baird and Main Street Racing enjoyed a most successful season in CARQUEST #2 ProTruck. Highlights were:
o Four Ottodrome ProTruck Race Victories with two ProTruck Feature Wins o Old Milwaukee Races At Autodrome Montreal St. Eustache o Racing in the Ottodrome CASCAR Invitational o Racing At Autodrome St. Croix In Quebec City o
Instructing - Training Rookie Greg Williams Of G.W Roofing o Instructing at MCO Driving School at Shannonville
In 2003 - Marks another Successful year with CARQUEST's ProTruck, Shannonville Motorsprots Park Winning the MCO GTB . Also in 2003 Ken Baird raced the Price Paving CASCAR 27 placing in his all finish races as well as racing the ProTruck #2, coming first in two.
Instructing at the Winter Driving School MCO
Society of Automotive Engineers - Race Setup Workshops - Windsor and Detroit

Ken Baird and Main Street Racing