Exclusive Autosport Welcomes Back Manuel Cabrera For USF2000 Program

Exclusive Autosport Welcomes Back Manuel Cabrera For USF2000 Program

SASKATOON, SK (March 5, 2020) – Exclusive Autosport is excited to announce the return of 19-year-old Manuel Cabrera to expand their Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship team for the 2020 season. Cabrera competed with the team in limited programs during the 2018 and 2019 racing seasons, participating in a total of 12 races with a best finish of eighth at Road America. The Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico resident will drive the #91 Gateway Telecomunicaciones / PMC Promotions Tatuus USF-17. Cabrera has been keeping his driving skills honed by recently racing in the 2020 Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy race in Mexico City and he’s also been working extremely hard on his fitness, all while maintaining stellar grades at Universidad Anáhuac México.

 

“I am very happy to welcome Manuel back to the Exclusive Autosport USF2000 program in 2020,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “Manuel is strong behind the wheel and brings uncompromising determination and work ethic. He is such a pleasure to have on the team. His personality will without a doubt mesh really well with our engineering staff and the team we have put together. I am really looking forward to a positive USF2000 campaign with Manuel in 2020.”

 

Cabrera began his racing career in the assorted Mexican karting series in 2010 at the age of 10, running up front and winning numerous races and championships along the way. Manuel made the move to car racing by attending the Skip Barber Racing School in 2016, and then participated in their Championship Series that season. Cabrera graduated to the Formula PanAm series in 2017 and earned the championship title, winning a ticket to attend the Mazda Road to Indy $200,000 Scholarship Shootout in the process. In the Formula PanAm program, he scored four wins in the six-series races and was on the podium in the other two. He also raced in the Formula Masters Asia series, scoring six top-five finishes, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year honors. In 2018, Manual raced seven races with Exclusive Autosport, racking his highest finish of eighth place at Road America and was named the Road to Indy Insider’s ‘Star of the Race’ at the Royal Purple Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After taking some time off at the end of 2019, Manuel is ready and ultra-focused to fight for redemption posting winning results.

 

“I feel really happy to be able to be back with the whole team,” offered Cabrera. “As I have always said, it is a pleasure to work with them. I feel very grateful to them and at the same time very excited to be able to return to the track. There have been difficult days in my career as a driver, but I think that this year I come with more desire than ever. I will do my best in each race and I am definitely looking for great achievements. I hope to have a season to remember and that the team achieves good results this year.”

 

Cabrera will join his Californian teammate – Prescott Campbell – on Exclusive Autosport’s USF2000 squad, and he will also be teammates with Nikita Lastochkin (Indy Lights) and Braden Eves (Indy Pro 2000) at the official Spring Training test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 7-9. The team is poised and ready to battle for the championship titles in all three levels of this year’s Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.

Raphael Lessard Rarin’ To Go In His First Race On The Daytona Super Oval

Raphael Lessard Rarin’ To Go In His First Race On The Daytona Super Oval

St-Joseph-de-Beauce (Quebec, Canada) – February 5, 2020 – On November 14, 2019, Raphael Lessard Racing announced the participation of the young Quebec driver in the 23 races of the 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck (NGROTS) series; at the wheel of the #4 Toyota Tundra prepared by Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), the top team in the series. The adventure began on January 4, when Raphael Lessard moved to the United States. Since then, he has had a very busy schedule: intensive training, sessions on the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) simulator and preparatory meetings with the team. Raphael Lessard is excited to be racing at the prestigious Daytona International Speedway (Florida, USA) for the first time, on February 14.

Raphael Lessard works directly with the KBM team, and a simulator session awaited him at 8 a.m. on January 6. The session was aimed at gaining familiarity with the Toyota Tundra #4 and its suspension settings.

“We started with basic setups, before my crew chief, Mike Hillman Jr. and the team worked on various settings and on my driving on different tracks. I recorded increasingly competitive times throughout the morning”, explained Raphael Lessard. Other sessions are planned throughout the season in preparation for various races.

Then it was off to his first fitness training session in the afternoon, where he met with his new personal trainer at TRD. Together, they developed an optimized training program based on Raphael Lessard’s specific needs as an oval racer, as well as a specialized nutrition plan. Raphael Lessard firmly believes in the importance of such programs and enjoys training every day, as he has done for the past few seasons. Raphael Lessard must also study and understand race videos in order to better prepare himself for the particularities of each track, to understand race strategies and tactics that make the most of every situation.

As a full-time driver for the top team in this series, Raphael Lessard has all the talent and equipment he needs to shine throughout the season. In any case … you won’t want to miss the show!

BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Race Results – IMSA

BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Race Results – IMSA

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Race Results

START POS CAR NO CLASS CLASS POS DRIVERS TEAM/CAR/SPONSOR

1

13 GS

26th

Kuno Wittmer

Orey Fidani

AWA
McLaren 570S GT4

4

60 GS

5th

Nate Stacy

Kyle Marcelli

KOHR MOTORSPORTS
Aston Martin Vantage GT4

13

19 GS

24th

Scott Maxwell

Marco Signoretti

Multimatic Motorsports Inc.
Ford Mustang GT4

34

21 TCR

6th

Harry Gottsacker

Mark Wilkins

Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian
Hyundai Veloster N TCR

42

23 TCR

11th

Max Faulkner

James Vance

Speed Syndicate Motorsports
Audi RS3 LMS TCR

47

81 TCR

7th

Ron Tomlinson

Travis Hill

TWOth Autosport / Bestline AutoTech
Audi RS3 LMS TCR
BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Canadian Qualifying Results – IMSA

BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Canadian Qualifying Results – IMSA

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona Canadian Qualifying Results

POS CAR NO CLASS CLASS POS DRIVERS TEAM/CAR/SPONSOR

1

13 GS

1

Kuno Wittmer

Orey Fidani

AWA
McLaren 570S GT4

4

60 GS

4

Nate Stacy

Kyle Marcelli

KOHR MOTORSPORTS
Aston Martin Vantage GT4

13

19 GS

13

Scott Maxwell

Marco Signoretti

Multimatic Motorsports Inc.
Ford Mustang GT4

34

21 TCR

2

Harry Gottsacker

Mark Wilkins

Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian
Hyundai Veloster N TCR

42

23 TCR

10

Max Faulkner

James Vance

Speed Syndicate Motorsports
Audi RS3 LMS TCR

47

81 TCR

15

Ron Tomlinson

Travis Hill

TWOth Autosport / Bestline AutoTech
Audi RS3 LMS TCR
Wight Motorsports to Compete in NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES – THEETGE to Race Oval Events-

Wight Motorsports to Compete in NASCAR PINTY’S SERIES – THEETGE to Race Oval Events-

(January 2, 2020) Wight Motorsports Inc (WMI) principal David Wight today announced that WMI will compete fulltime in the 2020 NASCAR Pinty’s Series.  Preparations have been underway for some time with the first WMI NASCAR Pinty’s Series car nearing completion along with the acquisition of pit carts and other track equipment.

Wight has amassed 26 Pinty’s Series victories as a Crew Chief along with three series championships.  In the last few years WMI has also become the premier choice of numerous race teams to build, set up and prepare cars for the Pinty’s Series and other elite levels of racing.  Now Wight is ready add another component by fielding his own company entry in 2020.

“This is something I’ve thought about for a while” explained Wight.  “There seem to be a lot of drivers that want to be part of the Pinty’s Series and WMI having the ability to field a car for each race can help.  We now have the latest cars and equipment necessary for interested parties to partner with us and be able to compete at a high level” he added.

WMI is also pleased to announce that veteran racer Donald Theetge of Boischatel, Quebec will be the driver for each of the oval races plus the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres in the #80 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by Theetge Chevrolet/Buick/GMC/Cadillac.  “Donald is a talented racer who’s won races and had success in a lot of different series and will be a perfect fit for us this season.  I’m really happy he’s going to join us; we will be really competitive right from the start of the season” said Wight.

Donald Theetge is eager for this new partnership with WMI to begin.  “I saw what David (Wight) did last year as a crew chief, winning a lot of races and a championship.  I want to win races and compete for the oval championship and was very happy to get the call from David about working together.  I am really looking forward to getting out on the track this season” he stated.

The next few months will be busy ones for Wight and WMI.  “Our racecar business is strong and still growing and we’ll be finishing up cars, preparing track equipment and as soon as weather permits, we’ll be testing” explained Wight.  “We’ll also be confirming our plans for the remaining road course events, we still have some options and partnerships we’d like to explore before making a final decision.  This is a busy but exciting time for us” he added.

The opening round of the 2020 NASCAR Pinty’s Series is during the Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 17th.  All NASCAR Pinty’s Series races are streamed live and broadcast on TSN.