•Web of the Zodiac•

Anyone looking for life rafts, safety equipment and other boating needs on a Dorchester County manufacturer’s online pages should face an easier time.

The new Zodiac brand website at www.zodiacmarineusa.com is up and running, according to Summerville-based Z Marine North America LLC.

The company, formerly known as Zodiac Recreational of North America LLC, rolled out a new Internet design “showcasing a simplified user experience.”

According to the boat maker, “the new site makes it easier to navigate through the available product categories, as well as provide additional information on the product to the site visitor.”

The “home” page calls up an index of models for each category of vessel or equipment. From there, users can “jump” to a model-specific page.

There’s a new “Help to Choose” page in which customers can fill out information to narrow choices and assist in finding the model they’re coveting.

Also added is a “dealer locator” tab, accessories tab to identify available options on models and a place for customers to post a free small ad to sell their used boats.

Z Marine North America is considered one of the most recognized manufacturers of recreational inflatable boats, life rafts and safety equipment. It’s a subsidiary of global private investment firm OpenGate Capital.

For more information, visit www.zodiacmarineusa.com.

•Canadian bakin’•

After a big week at Lime Rock in Connecticut, the Mini of Charleston racing team struggled early but surged late a few hundred miles north in Canada last Saturday.

The team raced on the Streets of Toronto as part of the Izod Indy Car race weekend.

Mini of Charleston driver Robbie Davis was in Canada “for his first ever race outside the U.S. and first ever street course race,” his father and Hendrick Imports executive general manager Brad Davis said.

With public streets converted to a road racing course, “there was plenty of fencing and tons of concrete barriers,” he said.

The 1.474 mile Toronto course included “narrow bumpy streets” in the downtown area leaving little room for error, Brad Davis said.

In the first Pirelli World Challenge race of the weekend, Robbie Davis placed third in the qualifying heats with his 2012 Mini Cooper. He dropped to fifth, and Joel Lipperini of Pittston, Pa., won the race in a Honda Fit.

Although Davis rallied, he “got held up in the corners” and father and son team Ernie Francis Jr. and Ernie Francis took second and third.

In the second race, Ernie Francis Jr. shot to the lead in his Mazda 2 “and motored away from the competition,” Brad Davis said.

Robbie Davis found himself in a tight race for spots two through six. After Francis brushed the wall with two laps remaining, Davis bolted to second place. According to his father, Davis’ move “won him the Cadillac Move of the Race award and clinched a podium position as the 2nd place finisher. He also won the Sunoco Hard Charger award.

Points leader after Lime Rock, Davis fell behind the junior Francis who finished first and second in Toronto. The next races are in early August at Mid-Ohio Race Course.

For more information, contact Brad Davis at 843-402-6551 or Brad.davis@hendrickauto.com.