Exclusive Autosport Signs Artem Petrov For INDY PRO 2000 Return

Exclusive Autosport Signs Artem Petrov For INDY PRO 2000 Return

SASKATOON, SK (March 1, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport is extremely excited to announce Russian open-wheel star Artem Petrov as their second Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver for the 2021 season. Petrov will pilot the team’s #42 red and white Tatuus PM-18 for his second full year of competition on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Petrov won two races last season, taking victories at Road America and Mid-Ohio en route to fourth in the overall championship standings.

 

“I’m glad to announce that this season I’ll be doing my job with Exclusive Autosport,” said Petrov. “I’m really looking forward to meeting every person inside of the team and to start working with them. Hopefully, many good moments are coming soon!”

Artem, like most drivers, got his start in karting at the young age of seven in St. Petersburg, Russia. He won the Russian Karting Championship (KF-J category) and Russian Cup in 2014 and finished sixth in the FIA World Karting Championship in 2015 with some wins and podiums in the WSK series and the Vega Trophy. In 2016, he made the move to cars competing in the Italian F4 championship, where he would finish fifth overall in the championship in 2017, securing two wins, nine podiums, and multiple pole and fast lap awards. In 2019, Artem came stateside to join the Road to Indy in Indy Pro 2000 with a limited program of three races to finish the season. This effort was highlighted by a seventh-place finish in his oval debut at World Wide Technology Raceway, and then a pair of top-fives at Portland and Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca. Having made an impact in his debut run, Petrov returned to the Indy Pro 2000 series in 2020, scoring his first win at Road America in July, following up with a second victory at Mid-Ohio late in the month. Since coming to the Road to Indy, Petrov has complied a strong result featuring 19 top-10s, 13 top-fives, seven podiums, one pole and two wins.

“It’s very exciting to have Artem join the team for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 season,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Exclusive Autosport Team Principal. “Artem has great work ethic and is a proven winner. The EA team strives for wins and championships, and I feel with Petrov and Eves leading the charge this year, we have a very good chance at our first championship. I’m looking forward to getting this season started and seeing how we stack up when we unload at Barber for the season opener.”

EA is working hard in preparation for the 2021 Road to Indy season opener at Barber Motorsports Park on April 15-18. The team will continue testing with their four confirmed drivers: Braden Eves, Christian Brooks, Billy Frazer, and now, Artem Petrov.

 

Raphael Lessard dominates the early part of the race at Daytona before being pushed against the wall four laps from the finish, dropping him to 23rd at the end

Raphael Lessard dominates the early part of the race at Daytona before being pushed against the wall four laps from the finish, dropping him to 23rd at the end

Daytona (Florida, United States) – February 13, 2021. Raphael Lessard and GMS Racing showed how competitive the #24 Silverado Canac is at the Daytona International Speedway (Florida, United States), when the young driver won the first stage and finished second in the second stage of the race on Friday night, and gained 19 important bonus points towards the Championship. An incident while he was running 6th with four laps to go pushed him into the wall, dropping the damaged #24 Canac truck to 23rd at the finish.

 

The Race From the Driver’s Point of View

The race was a typical super oval event, with trucks running in two tight files that made it difficult to pass. Drivers needed to work as a team to gain ground, which the GMS Racing drivers did well throughout the event.

“After a good start, I kept my position for a few laps and then moved into first place on lap 13. We won the first 20-lap stage with the help of Sheldon Creed, my teammate and the reigning series champion. We worked well in the outside lane. The bonus points for such wins are important, and this is my first stage win ever,” explained Raphael Lessard.

“We almost won the second stage by being aggressive and with the help of my new observer, Tyler Monn, who is very good, as he helped me move up to second place at the end of the 20-lap stint. Everything was looking good for the rest of the race,” added Raphael Lessard.

“The last 60-lap stage forced everyone to make important decisions on when to make the one fuel stop that was needed to get to the finish. The team decided on a common strategy for all the GMS Racing drivers to ensure that we would continue to work effectively as a team as we made our way through the pack. We all made an early stop and were all together on the track for a final comeback. However, multiple caution periods late in the race allowed the other drivers to save fuel and make it to the end without stopping for fuel. We were now stuck behind the leaders and had to work very hard to get back to the front, even trying to start a third row on the outside with the help of my teammates, but that did not work. We did make up to the leaders with a handful of laps left in the race, but it was impossible to avoid the accident I was involved in. We all deserved better than that! “concluded a driver who was nevertheless very satisfied with his performance and that of the team.

New Zealand’s Billy Frazer Joins Exclusive Autosport For 2021 USF2000 Campaign

New Zealand’s Billy Frazer Joins Exclusive Autosport For 2021 USF2000 Campaign

SASKATOON, SK (February 11, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport is excited to announce that 18-year-old Billy Frazer will be joining the EA team for the 2021 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season. Fresh off his New Zealand Formula Ford F1600 championship title and valuable experience in the recent Toyota Racing Series, Frazer is poised and ready for the next step of his racing career, the Road to Indy. Frazer will join the team in March, when he will take to the track for his first experience in the Tatuus USF-17.

 

“I am super excited to have teamed up with Michael Duncalfe and the Exclusive Autosport operation for this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 series,” said Frazer. “I am really looking forward to the challenge of racing a different car on different tracks in a new country. Heading to the States to race has always been a dream of mine and now that it is almost a reality. I can’t wait!”

 

Frazer got his start in karting at the young age of nine in 2012. He was successful in grabbing wins in his home country of New Zealand and he also went on to represent his country at the 2015 ROK Cup Superfinal in Italy, as well as the 2015 Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, running against some of the stiffest competition in the world. In 2017, Frazer made his first jump into cars by competing in a half season of Formula Vee before committing to a full season in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Billy would finish fifth in the championship, but he would come back in 2019 to place third in the title chase. The 2020 season brought on new challenges as he moved up to the New Zealand Formula Ford F1600 series, where he won the championship in impressive fashion with 25 wins and 32 podiums in 36 races. The young New Zealander is currently racing in the Toyota Racing Series in preparation for his 2021 Road to Indy debut at Barber Motorsports Park in mid-March.

 

“I’m extremely happy that Billy has chosen to race with Exclusive Autosport this season,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “He is coming into the program with a lot of positive momentum from winning the 2020 New Zealand F1600 championship and competing in the 2021 TRS championship. Billy’s experience and winning attitude will be a valuable asset as he makes the move to the USF2000 Championship. I am looking forward to seeing Billy compete in an EA prepared Tatuus USF2000. I believe it’s going to be a great season for the EA team.”

 

Exclusive Autosport has continued its extensive off-season testing with confirmed drivers Braden Eves (Indy Pro 2000) and Christian Brooks (USF2000). The team will continue its testing schedule up until the Road to Indy’s Spring Training event at the beginning of April.

 

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@IMSA – 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona Race Results

@IMSA – 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona Race Results

It was not a bad day for the Canadians at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona race with three drivers reaching the podium.
In LMP2 we had John Farano ( co-drivers Gabreil Aubry,Tim Buret,Matthieu Vaxiviere ) driving the #8 ORECA LMP2 07 for Tower Motorsport/Tower Events who finished in 2nd place behind the #81 car of Era Motorsport ( On a side note the paint scheme for the #81 car was designed by an 6 year old boy from Whitby Ontario who won a contest ). Also in the LMP2 class Devlin DeFrancesco ( co-drivers Eric Lux,Fabian Schiller,Chrispoher Miles ) driving the #82 ORECA LMP2 07 for DragonSpeed USA LLC finished in 3rd.
In the GTD class we had Mikael Grenier ( co-drivers Kenny Habul,Raffaele Marciello,Luca Stolz ) driving the #75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Sun Energy 1 car into a 2nd place finish.
The overall race winner was the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 of Wayne Taylor Racing with drivers Ricky Taylor,Filipe Albuquerque,Alexander Rossi, and Helio Castroneves.

Finish Position

LMP2

2nd

#8 John Farano

Tower Motorsport/Tower Events

3rd

#82 Devlin DeFrancesco

DragonSpeed USA LLC

10th

#81 Garett Grist

DragonSpeed USA LLC

LMP3

6th

#38 Cameron Cassels

Performance Tech Motorsports

GTLM

5th

#25 Bruno Spengler

BMW Team RLL

GTD

2nd

#75 Mikael Grenier

Sun Energy 1

5th

#23 Roman De Angelis Heart of Racing Team

9th

#28 Daniel Morad

Alegra Motorsports

12th

#9 Zacharie Robichon

Pfaff Motorsports

@IMSA – AWA Race Team Wins the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

@IMSA – AWA Race Team Wins the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

The Michelin Pilot Challenge BMW Endurance Challenge race results:
Congratulations to the  AWA Race Team and their two Canadian drivers Kuno Wittmer and Orey Fidani on winning the 4hr race.

Following is a list of the rest of the Canadian field and where they finished the race.

Finish Pos

GS TEAM

1st

#13 Orey Fidani/Kuno Wittmer

AWA Race Team

12th

#83 James Vance

FASTMD Racing

20th

#38 Thomas Collingwood

BGB Motorsports

24th

#59 Kyle Marcelli

KohR Motorsports

TC

8th

#19 Denis Dupont

Van Der Steur Racing

10th #33 Mark Wilkins

Bryan Herta Autosport