Exclusive Autosport Wins The 2021 INDY PRO 2000 Team Championship

Exclusive Autosport Wins The 2021 INDY PRO 2000 Team Championship

LEXINGTON, OH (October 3, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport returned to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn purpose-built road course of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season finale this past weekend. The team added its USF2000 race winner Christian Brooks as a third driver to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires line-up, ensuring their success of scoring the 2021 Team Championship while also giving the talented American his first taste of the series before a planned graduation in 2022. Over the finale weekend, Russian Artem Petrov and American Braden Eves added two more podiums to the team’s 2021 statistics with a second and a third-place finish in Race 1. Brooks was impressive all weekend, scoring a pair of top-five finishes, adding welcomed assistance in securing the 2021 Team Championship. The final tally of success for Exclusive Autosport included with five wins and 18 podiums.

 

“I am incredibly proud of the Exclusive Autosport team,” said Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “To win the Indy Pro 2000 Team Championship is truly an honor. The series is so competitive and we have a lot to hold our head high over including Braden finishing second in the driver championship and Artem finishing 4th in the drivers’ championship. Everyone worked incredibly hard this past year. I have the pleasure of working with an amazing, dedicated, and talented group under the EA tent.  We couldn’t have achieved this without each and every member of the Exclusive Autosport team, as well as the drivers and families who believed in us. Thank you to everyone involved in the EA program, as well as our team partner Cambridge Global Payments for their support this year.”

The weekend event got underway on Friday afternoon with the lone practice session of the weekend. Petrov topped the charts to provide the team with the data it needed to pursue a winning weekend. On Saturday morning, the drivers took part in the qualifying session to set the field for Race 1. All three drivers flirted with top-five starting positions, but it was Petrov who stepped to the forefront to grab his first pole of the season. Eves and Brooks lined-up right behind him in third and fifth. Later in the afternoon, the opening race of the doubleheader got started and Petrov immediately jumped to the lead, creating a comfortable gap to second. However, an issue midway through the race slowed his pace and forced him to surrender the lead. Despite the problem, Artem rallied back to take second at the checkered flag. Eves and Brooks fought hard throughout the entire race, coming out of spirited battles to finish where they started in third and fifth, respectively.

Sunday started bright and early with an extremely wet track for Qualifying 2. The three EA drivers topped the charts the entire session, just to get pipped at the very end. Petrov would line up in third, with Brooks in fourth and Eves in fifth. In the final race of the year, Petrov quickly went to the lead but lost grip on the opening lap in turn four, going off course to bring out a full-course caution. Artem was extricated from the gravel trap quickly and restarted without losing a lap, although he was well behind the tail of the field for the restart. Another caution gave him the opportunity to get back in the fight, and he worked forward steadily into third. On the final lap, Artem slipped to fourth, where he would officially finish. Brooks delivered yet another stellar performance to garner a second top-five finish in his Indy Pro 2000 debut weekend. Like Petrov, Eves paced the field early in the race after Artem went off, but as the conditions changed through the race as the rain had stopped, a new shower coming through the facility caught Braden off-guard as the first driver through the now-wet section of the track. Eves went off-track and came back on in second, but another trip to the grass in the treacherous conditions left him with a 10th place result.

Eves had already secured second in the championship prior to taking the green flag, while Petrov’s recovering moved him up a spot in the standings to finish the year in fourth overall. The combined efforts of the drivers delivered Exclusive Autosport with their first Road to Indy Team Championship, the most coveted honors in the paddock.

 

An Intense NASCAR PINTY’S Finale For Kevin Lacroix at Delaware Speedway

An Intense NASCAR PINTY’S Finale For Kevin Lacroix at Delaware Speedway

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Saint-Eustache, QC, September 22, 2021 – The NASCAR Pinty’s season will conclude this weekend at Delaware Speedwayin what will certainly be an action-packed event. The Bumper to Bumper crew is gearing up for three events, as the series pushed the cancelled Flamboro Speedway race to this coming Friday.

Kevin Lacroix’s goal will be to get as many wins as possible, as his championship chances are slim. “I’m in sixth place in the championship standings after my bad luck at Flamboro Speedway,” said the driver of the #74 Bumper to Bumper  / Lacroix Tuning car. “I don’t think I can win the title this season, but I hope to collect three wins!”

The Saint-Eustache-based team did not travel to Delaware Speedway this season to test, but that doesn’t bother Lacroix; “In 2017, I had a great race until a competitor decided otherwise.” Lacroix had qualified in 2nd place and took the lead early in the race before an incident in the pit lane stopped his momentum.

Delaware Speedway is a half-mile paved oval on the outskirts of London, Ontario. It has been open for over 60 years and is a well-known family destination in Ontario where fans are always sure to have a great show.

This time around, there will be three events that will capture the attention of spectators. First, the Canadian Tire 125 on Friday at 9 pm. Followed by the two final events on Sunday; the Quick Wick Firestarter 125 at 3:55 pm and the Pinty’s Fall Brawl 150 at 5:20 pm. All events will be broadcast live on the TSN Canada app.

“It will definitely be an intense end to the season with three events in one weekend, but I can’t wait!” concluded Lacroix.

 

Thompson earns third win of the year as Carrera Cup North America visits Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Thompson earns third win of the year as Carrera Cup North America visits Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The Porsche Sportscar Together Fest and Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to a unique event for Carrera Cup North America Presented By Cayman Islands this past weekend. Three races at The Yard of Bricks provided a massive opportunity to transform the championship. Porsche Canada driver Parker Thompson entered the weekend holding third place in the overall standings. Coming off of a win last month at Road America, expectations for Thompson were high. He did not disappoint. Thompson piloted the #9 Porsche 992 of JDX Racing to his third win of the season, leading more laps than all drivers throughout the weekend.

After setting the fastest time in Friday afternoon’s practice, Thompson began qualifying with a blistering lap of 1:36.620 seconds. That would hold as best for most of the session. A late lap by Seb Priaulx would better that time by little more than a tenth of a second, and Thompson was unable to counter before the session closed. He would start on the outside of the front row for all three races throughout the weekend.

In Race 1 on Saturday afternoon, Thompson and the red, white, and grey #9 of JDX Racing would hold second for the entirety of the contest. In an incident-free race, his position was never challenged. Apart from aggressive passing attempts on the opening lap, Thompson followed Priaulx through twenty-eight laps to the finish and took the second step on the podium.

Seemingly taking a lesson from Race 1, Thompson was able to exploit Priaulx as the pair again lined up on the front row for Race 2. Thompson got a jump on Priaulx at the start and was able to pass him under braking into turn one on the opening lap. From there, the Canadian never looked back, holding his lead through two re-starts and taking the checkered flag after twenty-five laps. It was a dominant win from Thompson, and one that provided a massive boost in the championship standings as fellow contenders Priaulx and Van Berlo fell victim to incidents late in the race.

In the weekend’s final race, Thompson again lined up beside Priaulx at the start and again seemed to find an early advantage. Aggressively committing to holding the outside position through turn one on the opening lap, Thompson set the #9 JDX Racing car on the advantageous inside line for turn 2. Narrowly squeezing past Priaulx, he took the lead in the opening moments of the race. Unfortunately, a mid-field collision on that opening lap resulted in a lengthy caution as the crew worked to clean an extensive spill. After ten laps under yellow, race action resumed, and Thompson was immediately penalized for a start lane violation. Re-emerging in 19th position, he had limited time to recover. In four laps, Thompson moved eight spots to P-11 before the checkered flag fell.

With the results of Race 3 providing a reverse of fortunes to Race 2, Thompson maintains his third position in the standings for Carrera Cup North America Presented By Cayman Islands. The standings tighten however. Less than 60 points separate the top three drivers. As Thompson and JDX Racing seem to grow stronger and stronger as the season progresses, we can expect action in the series to intensify with five rounds remaining. Rounds 12 and 13 will run October 8 – 10 at Virginia International Raceway.

Parker Thompson

“Any weekend that I get to go racing is special, but three races in two days here with Porsche taking over Indianapolis Motor Speedway was an experience I’ll never forget. I’m so honored to work with the team at JDX Racing. The #9 feels like it gets faster and faster every stint. That takes an effort that extends to each member of our group. Special thanks go to our incredible partners at Porsche Canada, Surgere, SSi Artificial Lift, Byers Porsche, and Renier Construction. We had a penalty in Race 3 that we are less than happy about, but I’m not going to let that take away from our overall performance this weekend. We put another win in the books. Now, it’s time to put our heads down and get ready for VIR.”

NASCAR Pinty’s Clarington 200 Race Results

NASCAR Pinty’s Clarington 200 Race Results

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Congratulations to Marc-Antoine Camirand and teammate Alex Tagliani of 22RacingTeam on their first and second place finishes in today’s race. The Clarington 200 was the second race of a double header weekend for the NASCAR Pinty’s series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Finishing in third was Kyle Marcelli in what turned out to be his first complete race without any mechanical issues with his car. Rounding out the top 10 are the following:

4th – Kevin Lacroix

5th – Andrew Ranger

6th- Gary Klutt

7th- Matthew Scannell

8th- Brett Taylor

9th- Dexter Stacey

10th- Alex Guenette

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.