Marc-Antoine Camirand Wins the Clarington 200 at CTMP!

Marc-Antoine Camirand Wins the Clarington 200 at CTMP!

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 Camirand Wins the Clarington 200 at CTMP!

NASCAR Pinty’s series – Clarington 200 and Olymel GPO

 Bowmanville, ON, September 5, 2021—Marc-Antoine Camirand sealed a long-awaited victory, on Sunday, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series was at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The driver of the GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was eager to come back strong for this weekend’s doubleheader on the fast-paced road course, and that is just what he did: he secured his second NASCAR Pinty’s career win on Sunday, and he added another podium finish, on Saturday.

 After a difficult beginning of the season including two DNFs in a row, this very strong weekend is just what Camirand had hoped for a long time. Primed by his runner-up finish on Saturday, he entered the Clarington 200 aiming at another podium finish.

Sixth on the starting grid, Camirand felt that his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was very fast, but he knew he needed to be patient to be in good position at the end of the 51-lap race.

22 Racing team pit stop strategy for fuel and tires turned out to work just perfectly. “My crew chief Randy Steckly called me to the pits for a quick refueling early in the race, during the first caution around lap 8. Then, I went back to the pits around mid-race to take new tires. From that moment, I knew that I was in a good position to fight for the victory. While the other drivers still had to stop, I was just behind them,” Camirand explained.

Camirand climbed to the second spot and kept putting pressure on the leader, his 22 Racing teammate Alex Tagliani. “Alex didn’t stop for tires, so I knew that I would be faster at the end. I just had to be patient, because I didn’t want to push too much to save my mechanic,” he said.

With five laps to go, his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was still very fast, and Camirand finally took the lead outside turn four and never looked back again, even creating a small gap behind him. He captured his second win in career in the NASCAR Pinty’s series, his first since Saint-Eustache in September 2018.

“It feels so good to finally be back in the winners’ circle! We had been having hard luck for some time now, and I knew we were able to achieve great results here, where we’ve had success in the past. I am so happy and relieved that all our hard work finally pays off! We are looking forward to the next races and we are heading up there with momentum!,” Camirand stated.

On Saturday, Camirand had also achieved a long-awaited podium finish, during the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario. Sixth after qualifying, he managed to keep a good pace throughout the 30-lap race.

Camirand moved up to second place with a few laps to go and managed to put pressure on the race leader. “My GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was fast at the end, but I missed some time. I think that if I were given one or two laps more, I could have a chance for the win on Saturday, but I’m very happy with this runner-up finish! It is a great way to come back strong after weeks of misfortune,” Camirand concluded.

After this strong weekend on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course, Marc-Antoine Camirand takes his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro to oval tracks, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series resumes next Sunday for a doubleheader at Flamboro Speedway, located in Milgrove, ON.

Triple header for Kevin Lacroix this weekend in NASCAR Pinty’s action

Triple header for Kevin Lacroix this weekend in NASCAR Pinty’s action

 

Saint-Eustache (QC), August 26, 2021 – It will be a busy weekend for Team Bumper to Bumper as they will be racing three times on two different tracks this weekend. Kevin Lacroix will be on track on Saturday at Complexe ICAR in Mirabel and will head to Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction the following day.

The Complexe ICAR holds a very special place for the Saint-Eustache driver as he scored his first NASCAR Pinty’s win there in 2015. He is the one who last won at ICAR when he claimed the win during the 2017 event.

“I would love to win Saturday’s race, as it would give me a hat trick at ICAR with three wins at this track,” said the driver of the Dodge #74 Bumper to Bumper  / Lacroix Tuning.

The Lafleur 75 will take place on the small road course on the tarmac of the old Mirabel airport. The green flag will be given at 4 pm on Saturday, August 28. The event will be broadcasted on RDS2 on September 11 at 2:30 pm and on TSN on September 5 at 4:30 pm. All events will air live from the TSN mobile application.

It’s a return to oval racing for Lacroix and the NASCAR Pinty’s drivers, as right after the Mirabel event, the team will head to Vallée-Jonction. “We’ve done two tests at Autodrome Chaudière this season, so we should have a good car.

For Kevin, the key will be speed and concentration at this event; “I had problems at Sunset Speedway, I was fast in practice, but I made a mistake in qualifying, and we can’t let that happen again,” he concluded.

The races at Autodrome Chaudière will be broadcast on RDS2 on Friday, September 17 at 9:30 pm and on Saturday, September 11 at 1 pm on TSN. The Canadian Tire 150 will start at 6:00 pm, and the green flag for the second event, the Budweiser 150, will be at 7:40 pm.

Exclusive Autosport’s Braden Eves Scores Third Victory of the 2021 Season

Exclusive Autosport’s Braden Eves Scores Third Victory of the 2021 Season

Canadian operation maintains Indy Pro 2000 Team Championship lead after the Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis

 

MADISON, IL (August 21, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport returned the popular 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway this past weekend for the Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis and, by the end of the weekend, the team had racked up its 14th podium and fourth win of the 2021 season. New Albany, Ohio’s Braden Eves improved one position from his 2020 performance, taking the lead on the opening lap before going flag-to-flag to record his third win of the season. Eves used his stellar performance to close the gap on the championship leader in the process, fueling momentum for the stretch run of the schedule. The Exclusive Autosport crew provided the 22-year-old American with a car set-up capable of winning the 55-lap race, and Eves delivered. Artem Petrov was on the move early in the race when he was taken out from behind entering turn one, and the contact sent his Tatuus PM-18 careening into the track’s SAFER barrier-lined wall.

“I am thrilled for Braden in the #91 Cambridge / Exclusive Autosport Tatuus, collecting the win at WWTR,” said Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “As a team, we haven’t won here before, so this was a very special moment for us and very important in the overall championship. With 46 points gained (points and a half plus a bonus point for most laps led), Braden has closed the gap on the championship and is very much in the hunt heading into the final two weekends. Unfortunately, Artem’s weekend didn’t finish on a high note. I want to sincerely thank the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team who were on the scene tending to Artem in a matter of seconds after the incident. The work they do is truly incredible. I am glad Artem is ok. He had such a fast car; it is disappointing his day had to end that way. He, along with the team, will rebound, rebuild and be back in good form for New Jersey this upcoming weekend. Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to all the members of the Exclusive Autosport crew for their hard work both in the shop and at the track.”

The second oval event of the 2021 season got underway on Thursday with two unofficial test sessions, which Eves and Petrov used to dial in their race and qualifying set-ups. Friday’s schedule featured a single official practice session ahead of single-car two-lap qualifying. Eves secured a position on the front row for the race with an impressive two-lap average of 139.852 mph, while Petrov lined up directly behind him on the grid in fourth with a speed of 138.058 mph.

In the race, Eves slipped behind polesitter James Roe at the green flag and then made his move to the inside of Turn Three to take a lead he would not relinquish. The first yellow flew on Lap 7 when another competitor’s right front made contact with Petrov’s left rear heading to the turn One-Two apex, and the hard impact with the wall slowed the field for 12 caution laps as the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team tended to the drivers before cleaning up the debris. When the race went back to green, Eves quickly established his gap and then held off advances from point leader Christian Rasmussen all the way to the checkered flag, winning by a comfortable margin of 0.7313 seconds.

In the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires point standings, Eves left the World Wide Technology Raceway sitting second in the championship with a comfortable gap over third. Petrov is now tied with Hunter McElrea for fourth. The team also continues to lead in the Team Championship, gaining a significant gap to the second-place team. This still provides Exclusive Autosport with the first pit boxes on pit lane for the next event, which is coming up this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Exclusive Autosport fans and supporters can catch this race live on www.roadtoindy.tv or on the Road to Indy TV App. As always, follow our social media outlets for coverage throughout the race weekend.

Podium and valuable points for Kevin Lacroix at GP3R.

Podium and valuable points for Kevin Lacroix at GP3R.

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Trois-Rivières, QC, August 16, 2021 – Kevin Lacroix finished on the third step of the podium at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, which hosted a fiery NASCAR Pinty’s race. The Bumper to Bumper team scored its first podium finish of the season and valuable championship points.

On Sunday, the crowd gathered to celebrate the 2021 edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, the most popular event on the NASCAR Pinty’s calendar. Kevin Lacroix, a fan of this urban track, had high expectations for the 60-lap event, dedicated to essential workers.

“GP3R is a race that every driver wants to win,” said Lacroix, driver of the #74 Bumper to Bumper  / Lacroix Tuning Dodge. “The level of the field was particularly strong, so I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy race.”

Lacroix was very fast in Friday’s practice session, setting the third-fastest lap time behind Marc-Antoine Camirand and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. However, in the qualifying session, Lacroix could only post the 6th fastest time before having an incident that forced him to retire from his fast lap.

Far from being satisfied with this position, he began his ascent right at the start of the race on Sunday afternoon. In front of a sea of fans wearing red Bumper to Bumper jerseys, Lacroix worked his way through the field quickly, setting his sights on pole position.

It was on the mid-race restart that Lacroix was able to take the lead from Alex Tagliani. A heated battle ensued between the two competitors until Kevin fell back into 2nd place a few laps later. The last few laps were the ones that caught the attention of the audience as Louis-Philippe and Jean-François Dumoulin, and Lacroix had an intense battle.

Kevin Lacroix had to settle for the third place while Jean-François Dumoulin had the better of their battle on the track.

“The team worked very hard to give me a perfect car,” said Lacroix. “We were very fast the entire race, and I think we had a chance for the win, even if I had to keep the #04 (J.F. Dumoulin) behind me! In the last few laps, I felt I was getting back on Alex (Tagliani), so I was both stressed and confident…in both ways!”

“It’s a shame there was a final restart on lap 56 because it would have been a great fight for the win between the three of us. The late restart came in to shuffle the cards, and the top two got away,” Lacroix concluded.

“I was thrilled to see all the fans in red in the stands; it certainly motivated me!” Indeed, the Bumper to Bumper fans were a big part of the stands, all cheering Lacroix on.

The next NASCAR Pinty’s races will be in two weeks, August 28 at Circuit ICAR and August 29 at Vallée-Jonction. The GP3R race will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday, August 22, at 1 pm.

 

Hard Luck for Marc-Antoine Camirand and GM Paillé in Trois-Rivières

Hard Luck for Marc-Antoine Camirand and GM Paillé in Trois-Rivières

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Trois-Rivières, August 15th, 2021 – Marc-Antoine Camirand and GM Paillé were full of hope when they entered the 51st Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières; Camirand had not one, but two chances to improve his own record for most victories (14) at GP3R, as he was racing in the Défi Urbain Chevrolet and the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Although he qualified strong for both races, he was forced to retire early in both events.

 

Camirand had been fast all weekend at the wheel of his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. Second in practice, he also qualified outside pole for Les 60 tours des Anges Gardiens, the main event of the 51st Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. 

 

“I really thought that it would be a great weekend for me at GP3R. I wanted to achieve a 15th win at this event,” stated the driver from Saint-Léonard-d’Aston, located just 20 minutes south of Trois-Rivières.

 

After the green flag dropped for Sunday’s race, Camirand managed to stay in second place and kept a good pace behind the leader. He knew that his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro was fast and that he would be able to fight for the lead later in the race. Unfortunately, he completed only nine laps out of 60 and was forced out of the race because of a transmission failure.

 

“I am so disappointed of how the weekend finally turned out. I know that we had a car to win and it makes the situation even more frustrating. There is nothing that I could have done differently. We have been having hard luck for a few years here in Trois-Rivières and I’m just hoping that this is now behind me… We will come back next year to finally get that 15th win at GP3R,” Camirand told.

 

Marc-Antoine Camirand and the GM Paillé team also experienced difficulty on Saturday, for the Défi Urbain Chevrolet. DIRT Sportsman Modified were on the GP3R narrow street course in a unique race, as these cars are used to race on clay oval. 

 

Marc-Antoine Camirand teamed up with dirt track specialist David Hébert with ONE Racing team, and quickly managed to adapt to these open-wheel cars used to turn left only on a totally different racing surface. 

 

He qualified on pole on Friday, and he was aiming at a podium finish for his first race in a DIRT Sportsman Modified car. Camirand didn’t make it through the first turn of the race, as he was pushed from behind at the green flag and wasn’t able to turn. His GM Paillé ONEc car ended up in the tire barrier outside turn one. 

 

“I’m the one who had to dictate the pace before the green, but the car behind entered turn one faster than me and pushed into my rear bumper so hard that I couldn’t make my car turn right. I really thought that I could have a good race, but it’s a shame that it ended up that way. I’m disappointed for my sponsor GM Paillé and ONE Racing team who worked very hard to prepare the car for GP3R”, Camirand explained.

 

Camirand’s teammate in the Défi Urbain Chevrolet, David Hébert, was having a strong race in the GM Paillé ONE car. He was fighting for the lead with only a few laps to go, but he was given a disputed penalty and was forced to go to the rear of the pack.

 

Marc-Antoine Camirand will be back on track at the wheel of his GM Paillé n°22 Chevrolet Camaro in two weeks, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series heads to Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, QC, on Saturday, August 28th, then to Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, QC for a doubleheader on Sunday, August 29th. David Hébert and the GM Paillé ONE car will be back on dirt at Autodrome Granby, next Friday.