About Speed Merchants

At SpeedMerchants we have been building and engineering Porsche Race Cars in partnership with Fiorano Racing, for several very successful years. Our business has evolved into a multi faceted wholesale and retail motorsports distributorship servicing the US, Canada, Mexico and recently Europe.
We sell and install only top quality brands and provide trackside service and support to all levels of Racers from Regional Race Programs to the American Lemans Series.
Our racing passion and expertise is only surpassed by our customer service.

Two Spacious Showrooms
Boasting two showrooms, one located trackside at Calabogie Motorsports Park and the other inside Kanata Ford’s location, our spaces offer enough automotive eye-candy to excite racing enthusiasts of all levels.

Both locations provide a full line of retail goodies as well as mechanical repairs. Plus, our Calabogie Motorsports Park location features the latest technology in tire machines and balancers.

Brands You Know and Trust
Kanata Ford has always had strong business relationships with industry leaders, and our new motorsports division SpeedMerchants is no exception.

SpeedMerchants also offers a variety of tires, from high performance street tires to complete slicks. Our highly trained and licensed technician uses only the best Hunter tire equipment to perform installation and balancing.

Custom Builds
SpeedMerchants Motorsports has the ability to build racecars to suit your specific needs and experience. Other services include vehicle scaling, race alignments and set ups.
As further proof of our reputation in this area, we have entered an agreement with Calabogie Motorsports to build a fleet of Mustangs to use as school cars as well as lapping day rentals.

We Know Racing
SpeedMerchants Motorsports boasts over 100 years of combined racing experience, ranging from club level karting right through to professional car racing.

Dealer principal and SpeedMerchants owner Jim Hoddinott is heavily involved in regional and national Porsche Club of America racing events. He has completed his second season of PCA Racing in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car, where he has recently won his class in Road America. His one-of-a-kind 911 PDK car, complete with roll cage and cup car suspension, is the first of its kind to use Lightened Aluminum Flywheel.

In short, at every level of dealership, we know motorsports.

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TEAM SPEEDMERCHANTS 2011

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Car: 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup #59

CLASS GTA2

Owner: Jim Hoddinott

Driver: Jim Hoddinott

Bio:

Jim Hoddinott joined the PCA, Rennsport Region, in 2007 with his racing wife Aleksandra.  The two spent '07 and '08 learning from RSR Instructors and then Pro Driver JF Dumoulin, whom continues to coach them.  Jim gained additional experience with Skip Barber Regional Race Series.  He entered his first PCA Race at VIR in a GTC3 Cup Car.  His second race at Road America, where he won the GTA1 Class.  Mosport followed with Pole Position in GTB2 and a pair of Second Place finishes.  Regional Races were also competed in, at Circuit Mont Tremblant and Calabogie Motorsports Park, with class victories.

In 2009 Jim formed the Motorsports company, Speed Merchants.  It has quickly grown into one of the largest retailers/distributors of high performance parts, tires and race wear in North America.  

With the guidance of Giovanni Pannico from Fiorano Racing, Speed Merchants build track focused Porsche's and provide track support at DE's and Club Races.  

For 2011, Speed Merchants and Fiorano Racing have entered the very competitive American Lemans Series.  With Top amateur driver and car owner, Perry Bortolotti, they will be competing at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the IMSA Patron Challenge, the highest level of amateur Sports Car Racing in North America.

Jim will be competing in the 48 Hours of Sebring this Feb., in a 2009 Cup Car GTA2 class

 

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Car: SpeedMerchants 2009 C2S PDK  #259

CLASS GTA2 

 

Owner: Jim Hoddinott

Driver: JF Dumolin

 

JF Dumolin Bio:.

2007
Won Rolex 24 At Daytona in GT competition, his only victory in 12 starts with Fiorano Racing/Alegra Motorsports en route to ninth in driver point standings. Won KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport race at Watkins Glen, one of three starts on the season.

2006
Competed in two Rolex Series GT class races, finishing a season-best seventh in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

2005
Made three Rolex Series GT class starts, posting a season-best fourth-place finish at Mont-Tremblant.

2004
Made nine Rolex Series starts in the SGS class, earning a class victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Finished 12th in the championship. Also made eight Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series starts with a best finish of sixth.

2003
Made one Rolex Series start in the GTS class, finishing third in class. Won the KONI Challenge Series GSI class with six victories.

2002
Made one Rolex Series start, earning a best finish of fourth in the GT class. Won the KONI Challenge Series ST I championship despite not winning a race.

2001
Started two Rolex Series races in the SRPII class, earning the class victory at Trois-Rivières. Competed in the KONI Challenge Series taking a GS class victory at Watkins Glen.

2000
Made one Rolex Series start, finishing fifth in the GTU class.

 

 

 

 

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Car: SpeedMerchants/Bortolotti 2010 GT3 Cup #84

 

Owner: Perry Bortolotti

Driver: Perry Bortolotti

Bio: 

Another member of the SpeedMerchants Team, Perry Bortolotti is an electronics engineering technologist and the President of  CJ Micro an electronics company. Perry’s passion for racing started young with snowmobiles. In the late 80’s and early 90’s he took interest in building and racing stock cars which he raced on oval tracks. In the 90’s Perry was participating in drivers education events and regional racing in Corvettes. In 2004 he joined the Porsche Club of America (PCA). Perry was participating in events or races with his 2005 Porsche 996 GT3 and his 2005 Porsche 996 GT3 Cup. In 2010 he purchased 2 new Porsches, a 2010 GT3 RS and a 2010 GT3 Cup. Perry holds several class records at his home tracks such as Mosport, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant (LCMT) and Calabogie Motorsports Park (CMP), he is also a driving instructor at CMP. Since joining the PCA Perry has consistently had podium finishes in the PCA races he has entered. In 2011 he is racing the CJ Micro / SpeedMerchants / Fiorano #84 2010 Porsche Cup in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama. Perry and his wife Lani live in Ottawa, Canada and have 2 adult sons.  

 

  

 

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Car:SpeedMerchants/Seitz 996 GT3 Cup #58

CLASS GTC3

 

Owner: Robert Seitz

Driver: Robert Seitz

 

 

Dr. Bob’s Bio

Bob Seitz, a.k.a. Doctor Bob, grew up in an automotive family and around racing. His father, an automobile dealer in Canada, raced Corvettes during the late 50s and early 60s in the early days of SCCA. Dr. Bob began his racing hobby in the early 80s while living in south Florida, racing a Porsche 944 in SCCA.  Following a 15-year family sabbatical, Doc built a BMW E36 M3 and ran in Ontario regional and BMW Club events sporadically over the years. In 2008 he was converted to the Porsche cult and began pursuing a PCA Club Racing effort. In 2009 he ran a Cayman S and acquired his 996 GT3 Cup later that year for the 2010 season, forming the Morning Wood Racing Team. He is looking forward to the 2011 season running in the very competitive GTC3 class. 

  

 

 

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Car: 2007 997 Carrera S (will be running as #182)

CLASS GTB2

Owner: Shaun McKaigue

Driver: Scott Giannou

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Car: 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup #345

CLASS GTC4

Owner: Shaun McKaigue

Driver: Shaun McKaigue

 

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