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News Article | May 22, 2017
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The first two races of the 2017 season were won by the Quebec driver, in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - May 21, 2017) - This past weekend, the Nissan Micra Cup officially kicked off its 2017 season, the third in the series' history, at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Drivers competed in two races, one on Saturday in the sun and one on Sunday in the rain. Despite the opposing weather conditions, each race was just as exciting as the other for the tens of thousands of fans in attendance. In the end, Jean-Michel Isabelle won both races. The first surprise of the weekend came from Quebec driver Stéfan Gauthier. Rookie of the year last season, he earned pole position in both races ahead of other favourites, including his teammate Kevin King and former champions Olivier Bédard (2015) and Xavier Coupal (2016). Also noteworthy is Australian Keishi Ayukai's excellent debut, as he qualified in third and seventh place. On Saturday under sunny skies, 22 drivers competed in the first race of the 2017 Nissan Micra Cup season. Unfortunately Stéfan Gauthier didn't benefit from his pole position for much longer than one lap before being involved in an accident with Brian Makse, the highest qualifying Ontarian driver. By the end of the race, it was Quebecker Jean-Michel Isabelle who claimed his very first victory of the series, ahead of Kevin King who finished second and Keishi Ayukai who finished third. Keishi Ayukai's first podium finish is a testament to the young Australian's talent. The top 10 was completed by Xavier Coupal, Normand Boyer (first in the senior category, reserved for drivers 40 years and older), Valérie Limoges, Olivier Bédard, Marc-Antoine Cardin, Edward Wong and Peter Dyck. Among the rookies, brothers Nicolas and Martin Barrette finished first and second, putting some friendly pressure on their father, Michel Barrette, who will be competing at Circuit Mont-Tremblant next weekend. On Sunday, tens of thousands of spectators flocked to CTMP to watch the scheduled races. Fans also had the opportunity to admire over 50 Nissan Z models of all generations that were gathered in the paddocks. The Nissan Z's did a parade lap late Sunday morning on a dry track but by mid-afternoon, the weather conditions worsened for the Nissan Micra Cup drivers. Despite constant rain, the competitors drove their Nissan Micras faultlessly and the race concluded without any accidents. Xavier Coupal, who started in the lead after Stéfan Gauthier was penalized for the previous race's incident, resisted pressure from Olivier Bédard during the first few laps. However, similar to Saturday's race, Jean-Michel Isabelle took over the lead shortly before the midway point, putting himself in a position to claim another well-earned victory. Coupal and King joined Isabelle on the podium, ahead of Ayukai, Bédard, Boyer (winner of the senior class once again), Limoges, Cardin, Gauthier and Luc Richard. Nicolas Barrette earned his second consecutive victory among the rookies. At the wheel of their agile, fun-to-drive, and practically stock Nissan Micras, the drivers put on a show for the numerous fans in attendance. The spectators were partially made up of Nissan Micra owners who were invited by Nissan Canada to attend all 2017 race weekends free of charge. 67 Nissan Micra owners were on-site this past weekend at CTMP and another 125 are expected at the second race weekend at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Next weekend, the third and fourth races of the 2017 season will be held as part of the Spring Classic at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. The practice session will take place on Friday, and the qualifying session and races will take place on Saturday and Sunday. This event will surely attract another big crowd and will mark the Nissan Micra Cup debut for actor and comedian Michel Barrette, who missed the first race weekend at CTMP because of a conflict with his show's tour. Next weekend, he will be the third member of the Barrette family to compete in the Nissan Micra Cup. Overall championship standings after two races: http://www.micracup.com/2017-Results_ClassGen. For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: http://www.micracup.com/main. About Nissan North America In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.INFINITIUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and INFINITINews.com. About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third full member of the Alliance -- a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/. You can also follow @NissanMotor on Twitter. About Nissan Canada Inc. Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 194 independent Nissan dealerships, 41 INFINITI retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.INFINITI.ca. 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News Article | May 15, 2017
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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park hosts the first of six race weekends that make up the 2017 season MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) - This coming weekend, the Nissan Micra Cup will kick off its third season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), which is located east of Toronto, Ontario. After an exceptional inaugural season in 2015, the 2016 season featured a competition unlike anything seen before with a wide range of talented drivers, who conquered all of the challenges that the series had to offer. This year, the Nissan Micra Cup will host two race weekends in Ontario and four in Quebec, which is where the series originated. Two races will be on the schedule at each race weekend, for a total of 12 races that all count towards each driver's total championship points. This weekend marks the first time that the Nissan Micra Cup will take part in CTMP's Victoria Day Weekend SpeedFest, a classic event in the world of Canadian motorsports that draws thousands of spectators annually for NASCAR, Endurance and now the Nissan Micra Cup. At the wheel of the agile, affordable, and practically stock Nissan Micras will be a range of drivers hailing from Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and even Australia. For the first time in its history, the Nissan Micra Cup is welcoming a young driver from Brisbane, Australia. After participating in the Nissan GT Academy on the Silverstone track in England, Keishi Ayukai decided to pursue his career in motorsport by entering, on his own accord, the 2017 season of the Nissan Micra Cup. As a new driver in the series who needs to learn how to navigate the tracks while competing head-to-head with experienced drivers, it will be interesting to see Ayukai progress in the Nissan Micra Cup. Ayukai will be competing against 2015 champion Olivier Bédard, 2016 champion Xavier Coupal, Albertan Stéfan Rzadzinski, who recently excelled at the Race of Champions in the United States, Kevin King and his teammate Stéfan Gauthier, who was the 2016 Rookie of The Year, Valérie Limoges and many others. A large number of drivers who took part in the series last year are returning to the track again this season, as are nearly a dozen new additions. In addition to Ayukai, the young "Racing with Autism" karting driver, Austin Riley, will be competing in one of Metod Topolnik's Azure Racing Team's cars. Several members of popular comedian/actor Michel Barrette's family are also scheduled to compete this season. During the first race weekend of the competition at CTMP, Barette's sons Nicolas and Martin will be on the entry list. Toronto-based media agency, The Motorsport Agency, will also be in the spotlight after 11 drivers participated in a selection process to win the team's only spot in the series. The big winner will be announced before the start of the weekend and will make his/her debut at the wheel of The Motorsport Agency's Nissan Micra during the season's inaugural event. Another exciting announcement this year is the creation of the senior category, reserved for drivers 40 years and older. Similar to the overall winners, a second podium will be dedicated to this category and winners will be awarded with prizes provided by Nissan Parts and Accessories. This first race weekend of 2017 will be the ideal place for Nissan Micra owners to experience the series and its close-knit community in the paddocks. For each Nissan Micra Cup event, Nissan Canada is offering every Nissan Micra owner the chance to win a special invitation to the races. Registration for the contest is available on the Nissan Micra Cup website at http://www.micracup.com/eventregistration/. While the contest is already closed for the first race weekend, there is still time to register for the second race weekend at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Québec, which is taking place the following week. This exciting contest isn't the only thing bringing Nissan Micra fans, competitors, and teams together. A track parade featuring Nissan 370Z owners is scheduled for Sunday, as well as an autograph session with the Nissan Micra Cup drivers, to which everyone is welcome. This takes place on Sunday from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Nissan activities area, which will be open on Saturday and Sunday and will feature numerous activities for the crowd. After the practice sessions on Thursday and Friday morning, Nissan Micra Cup drivers will participate in the only qualifying session on Friday from 3:40 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. On Saturday, the first race of the 2017 season will start at 5:05 p.m., followed by a second race being held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Each race will last approximately 30 minutes. For more information on the Nissan Micra Cup, please visit: www.nissan.ca/micracup. May 19 to 21: Victoria Day Weekend SpeedFest, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario May 26 to 28: Spring Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec July 21 to 23: Summer Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec August 11 to 13: Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Québec September 1 to 3: NASCAR Weekend, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario September 22 to 24: Fall Classic, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec About Nissan North America In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.INFINITIUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and INFINITINews.com. About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third full member of the Alliance -- a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/. You can also follow @NissanMotor on Twitter. About Nissan Canada Inc. Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 194 independent Nissan dealerships, 41 INFINITI retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.INFINITI.ca. Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/15/11G138846/Images/Release___5-6a2952c6501bbdcb9baa709e2f0b1900.jpg Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/15/11G138846/Images/IMG_4824-8c1957ac70ac98d1a431ddb7bef0d734.JPG Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/15/11G138846/Images/IMG_4247-568abf2b4257bd6288b0eeec12a60457.JPG Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2017/5/15/11G138846/Images/710_9785-ca6f068fcf9c8050990a3ed248dc3c60.JPG


Macsiniuc A.,Laval University | Rochette A.,CTMP | Rodrigue D.,Laval University
Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology | Year: 2013

Recycled Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR) from ground tire rubber (GTR) was sieved into four granulometric fractions between 125 and 500 microns to determine the effect of particle size on its thermo-mechano-chemical regeneration in an internal batch mixer. Different temperatures (140-180°C) and rotor speeds (40-120 rpm) were imposed with and without the addition of a regeneration aid (aromatic oil). The results show that partial regeneration (lower crosslinking degree) is possible under specific thermo-mechanical conditions, but the addition of the aromatic oil has limited efficiency towards this regeneration. ©Smithers Rapra Technology, 2013.


MacSiniuc A.,Laval University | Rochette A.,CTMP | Rodrigue D.,Laval University
Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology | Year: 2012

This work presents the effect of EPDM powder particles size on its thermomechanical regeneration process in a batch mixer. The recycled material was decomposed into six particle groups (125, 250, 355, 500, 710 and 1000 ?m) to be treated separately under controlled temperature and rotor speed to determine the relation between specific surface area and bulk regeneration. In each case, EPDM crosslink density was measured using the polymer-solvent interaction described by Flory-Rehner's equation. The results showed that not only regeneration can be achieved (crosslink density reduction), but specific conditions also led to increased reticulation degree. Images of the particles before and after treatment were also analyzed and showed that aggregates presence may distort the sieving and treatment processes of the rubber particles. © 2012 Smithers Rapra Technology.


Macsiniuc A.,Laval University | Rochette A.,CTMP | Brisson J.,Laval University | Rodrigue D.,Laval University
Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology | Year: 2014

The properties of recycled styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) powder with polystyrene (PS) have been studied as a function of compounding conditions in an internal batch mixer. In particular, the effect of temperature (160-220°C), rotor speed (30-120 rpm), homogenization time (3-9 min), components introduction order, surface treatment of SBR powder with a PS/tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution, and addition of a coupling agent (styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene, SEBS) were studied. The compounds were then compression moulded and samples were prepared to measure their hardness, tensile properties (modulus, strength and elongation at break) and impact strength. Morphological analysis via scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) on selected samples was also performed to determine the interfacial state between the components. From all the results obtained, an optimisation procedure is proposed allowing the best compound to be determined as a function of final application. © Smithers Rapra Technology, 2014.


Macsiniuc A.,Laval University | Rochette A.,CTMP | Rodrigue D.,Laval University
Progress in Rubber, Plastics and Recycling Technology | Year: 2010

In this work, EPDM rubber crumbs from used tyres have been treated in batch and continuous processes in order to produce a regenerated material. For this purpose, the effect of EPDM particle size, oil type, and concentration as well as processing time, temperature, and mixing intensity were controlled for treatment in an internal batch mixer and a twin-screw extruder.The degree of regeneration was quantifi ed via a modifi cation of the ASTM D6814 method based on crosslink density determination from swelling experiments. The results showed that crosslink density reduction can occur even without any addition of a chemical agent. It is also shown that some conditions can lead to an increase in crosslink density. Physical models are proposed to account for both increase and decrease in crosslink density with processing conditions. © Smithers Rapra Technology, 2010.

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