Here is the current entry list for this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
- 1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske
- 12 Will Power Team Penske
- 22 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske
- 4 Charlie Kimball AJ Foyt Racing
- 14 Sebastien Bourdais AJ Foyt Racing
- 5 Pato O’Ward ARROW McLaren SP
- 7 Oliver Askew (R) ARROW McLaren SP
- 8 Marcus Ericsson Chip Ganassi Racing
- 9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing
- 10 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing
- 15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lannigan Racing
- 30 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lannigan Racing
- 18 Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan
- 55 Alex Palou (R) Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan
- 20 Conor Daly Ed Carpenter Racing
- 21 Rinus Veekay (R) Ed Carpenter Racing
- 24 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
- 26 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport
- 27 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport
- 28 Ryan Hunter Reay Andretti Autosport
- 88 Colton Herta Andretti Autosport
- 98 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport
- 31 Felipe Nasr (R) Carlin
- 59 Max Chilton Carlin
- 60 Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing
- 81 Ben Hanley (R) DragonSpeed Racing
Parker Thompson is proud to receive the 1st Nossack Athletic Ambassador Grant (NAAG), which rewards athletes who are actively involved in the local Red Deer community in a positive way. Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Parker Thompson began the career of a professional race car driver at a young age when he moved to Italy to compete in the World Series of Karting. Now 22 years-old, Thompson is an established race car driver earning championships in both open-wheel and sports-car racing series. For 2020 Thompson is enrolled in the Indy Pro 2000 series on the Road to Indy, competing in ten events throughout North America.
While his athletic pursuits often take him all over the continent, Thompson remains committed to the Red Deer community where he resides in the offseason and educates drivers across the province about the dangers of distracted driving. His road safety campaign, “Drive to Stay Alive,” was founded in 2015 and since that time has reached more than 100,000 students and safety industry professionals.
“I’m so proud to receive the Nossack Athletic Ambassador Grant for 2020. Many thanks to Svitlana and the entire team at Nossack Food Group for taking the initiative to establish this amazing grant. The NAAG will not only help me further develop my career in racing, but more importantly, it will support my road safety campaign Drive to Stay Alive in 2020 and beyond. As a proud Albertan and Red Deer native, I often feel like the businesses and athletes in our community don’t get the recognition they deserve. I feel fortunate to have been recognized myself, and I am proud to wear the Nossack logo on my racing suit as I pursue the Indy Pro 2000 Championship in 2020.”
Svitlana Nossack – Nossack Food Group
“Nossack Food Group and Get Golden Fundraising are excited to announce Parker Thompson as the first recipient of the Nossack Athletic Ambassador Grant (NAAG). We appreciate Parker’s positive attitude and strong work ethic with everything he does, and know that the NAAG is in great hands! Parker is engaged in our local community with Drive to Stay Alive as well as representing Red Deer and Alberta across the nation, and internationally with Parker Thompson Racing. We look forward to this partnership and shared success in 2020!“
Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce (Quebec, Canada) – March 10, 2020 – Raphael Lessard Racing announces today that Canac, a Quebec-based group specializing in the distribution and retail sale of building products and hardware, has joined the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team. The race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway (Florida) on March 20 will mark the beginning of the important partnership, with Raphael Lessard driving the #4 Toyota Tundra in Canac’s colours.
The family business has been in existence for 145 years and is growing in strength with 30 well-established branches in the province of Quebec. Like its commitment to its employees, Canac wishes to support Raphael Lessard in his career development.
“Raphael is a young man from our region, and it is important for Canac to encourage the next generation of major sports in Quebec. We have always been racing fans and when we saw Raphael’s performance, it confirmed that he has an incredible talent and that it is worth supporting him in his development as a race car driver,” explains Jean Laberge, President of Canac.
“My father was a great fan of motor racing. Over the years, the Laberge family has partnered with legendary Quebec drivers such as Marcel Corriveau, Denis Giroux who both raced in Quebec and in the United States, as did the ever-popular Beauceron Langis Caron over his 50+-year career. For the past few years, we have also been supporting Mikael Grenier. Raphael Lessard is making his mark at a racing level that very few Quebec racers reach. As part of the partnership supporting his development, we are proud at Canac to contribute to making his dream come true,” concludes Jean Laberge.
Since 2019, the Raphael Lessard Racing management team has been working hard in collaboration with its partners in order to ensure that Raphael Lessard races with the top Kyle Buch Motorsports team for years to come. The arrival of Canac at the beginning of a promising season (21 races out of 23 to go this season) greatly assists the process.
From North Carolina where he lives during the racing season, Raphael Lessard is brimming with enthusiasm with the addition of Canac as a partner. “It’s awesome for our team and for motorsports in Canada. A Quebec company of this importance that adds its support to our racing program helps us reach our goals. For my part, I will certainly do everything I can to get the best results on the track and represent my partners in the most effective ways possible,” said Raphael Lessard, the driver of NASCAR #4 Toyota Tundra.
The adventure with Canac has only just begun, and steps are already underway to develop other partnerships in association with Canac.