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Markham racer Daniel Morad can't seem to lose

Ten years ago, Markham’s Daniel Morad became the second Canadian racing driver in succession to win the Formula BMW-Americas Series championship.Robert Wickens of Guelph was the first, in 2006, and his prize as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team was a scholarship to race in a series in Europe. Morad expected the same. Instead, he was fired.“I was on a full junior team contract with Red Bull,” the 27-year-old Morad told the Star in an interview. “They dropped me after I won the BMW championship. It was a one-line email.” Red Bull apparently didn’t want to sponsor another Canadian.It was a crushing blow for Morad, who is on the comeback trail these days and will be competing this weekend in Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Series races, part of the annual Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.Article Continued Below“My dream, my motivation, was to make it to Formula One as a driver,” said Morad, who was just 16 when his world fell apart. “I really thought I was going to do it. I really did.“I was told all along the way that the only thing I had to do was perform, which I did. If I performed, I would make it. I won in everything I touched — world championships in karts, international championships in cars — but it wasn’t enough.”He kicked around for a few more years, driving a race in one series or another, winning more than his share, as usual, until the day came when his sponsorships dried up.

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