Parker Thompson Shows Dominant Pace in IMSA Prototype Challenge Debut with SCM

Parker Thompson Shows Dominant Pace in IMSA Prototype Challenge Debut with SCM

DATE OF RELEASE: Monday, May 16, 2022

Parker Thompson seems capable of first-class performance in any race car or series. With his primary campaign in Carrera Cup North America on a scheduled intermission until late June, Thompson filled the hole in his calendar by joining the IMSA Prototype Challenge (IPC) at this weekend’s Lexus Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Driving with Lance Willsey and Sean Creech Motorsport (SCM) for Sunday’s contest, Thompson produced an exciting mid-race charge that took the #14 SCM/Exelixis/Focal One/Alta Equipment entry from P10 to P3, setting a new IPC race lap record in the process. His charge was ultimately cut short by a fueling issue. After multiple pit stops, the team reached the checkered flag and a ninth-place finish.

Thompson’s dominant pace during the race was a welcome reward for the twenty-four-year-old Canadian who had uncertain expectations in his first opportunity behind the wheel with Sean Creech Motorsport in IPC. After only a handful of laps in practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, Thompson launched into a blistering pace when his stint began, about halfway through the 90-minute race. His best race lap, 1:17.583, marked a new record for the class at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and bested the next best driver at the event by more than six-tenths of a second. With that pace, he worked the white, red, and blue #14 from P10 to P3, unleashing a flurry of action throughout the field as he advanced.

With a podium finish on the horizon, an unfortunate fueling issue forced Thompson into the pits and dropped the #14 back down the order. Yet another pit stop came just minutes later. Back on track, Thompson continued his attack through to the finish, but after two unplanned stops, a podium was out of reach. He took the checkered flag in the ninth position, two laps down.
Parker Thompson
“A gigantic thank you to Sean Creech Motorsport and Lance Willsey for a fantastic opportunity this weekend. Getting here was a bit of a whirlwind! We finalized our plans only a few days before the event and poured a seat for me just ahead of practice on Friday morning. Having already worked with the team in other roles, I knew it wouldn’t be any trouble getting comfortable and up to speed here at Mid-Ohio.

It’s not often enough that I get a chance to go wheel-to-wheel in a new series, and the IMSA Prototype Challenge is a series that I respect particularly. Some of the drivers here are drivers who inspired me to launch a racing career. LMP3 cars blend some of the aero characteristics of open-wheel cars that I raced early in my career, with the power and weight of sportscars that I’ve driven more recently. Being dropped in and performing the way I did with minimal preparation lends me massive confidence. It’s a shame that we couldn’t convert our performance on track into a better overall result, but the success that I experienced during the race more than matched my expectations. I hope to do this again sometime in the future and earn a result that the whole team can celebrate.”

As followers of Thompson watch him pilot new race cars, they will be reminded of his 2019 season: a season that in many ways marks the beginning of this chapter in his racing career. That year a younger Thompson remarkably took on three full campaigns; winning the Canadian Touring Car Championship, placing second in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, and third in the Road to Indy, Indy Pro 2000 Championship. Earning success in such different machinery, even on the same weekend, revealed Thompson’s adaptability as a driver and his natural feel for racing.

While Thompson’s experiences in 2019 opened the door to the opportunities in Porsche where he is currently focused, that year also marks the last time that he earned an overall championship win. For 2022, another championship title is Thompson’s key objective. That is something that he is closely contesting in Carrera Cup North America, where after six of sixteen rounds, he and team JDX Racing are currently 2nd in the overall standings. Thompson will look to improve that position when Carrera Cup North America resumes on June 24th at Watkins Glen International.

Unrewarded Efforts For Thomas Nepveu at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Unrewarded Efforts For Thomas Nepveu at Indianapolis Motor Speedway


Indianapolis (Indiana, USA), May 15, 2022 – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, May 14, 2022 – It was a tough weekend for Thomas Nepveu, a young driver competing in the USF2000 series with DEForce Racing. Nepveu had a triple header at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The event kicked off the Month of May activities surrounding the Indy 500 later this month.

The first race set the tone for the rest of the weekend, as it was a very chaotic race, in the words of Thomas Nepveu. “I had a good start, but when I went into the first corner, a competitor went on the inside line and passed me like a bowling ball and used me to stop,” he explained. “I went into the grass, which dropped me to eighth or ninth. Thanks to the restart, I was able to work my way up through the field to fourth. We had a perfect pace and an excellent car that should have finished in the Top 3, but I had a contact which damaged my front wing. So that hurt the car’s aerodynamics, and I finished in 5th place.”

The driver of the #10 Cromwell | Pétrole Bélanger | Home Hardware | Karting Excellence car was hoping for a better race on Sunday morning, but as dawn broke over Indianapolis, it was adversity that awaited Thomas instead. “I had a good start in race two,” he said. “I fell back to fourth and was trying to pass for third. Jace Denmark and I had a pretty intense battle before the caution. But at the restart, I had a contact in turn one and went into the grass. By the time I managed to get back on track, I had lost too much time to get back into the top 10. The important thing is to have scored a point, but the result is not what we wanted.”

The final race of the weekend went better, as Thomas moved into the Top 4, with a podium finish in his sights. “The start was pretty calm, which was a good change from the other two events! The top 4 had a slight gap on me, but I could defend my position while trying to catch them. Lap after lap, I was getting a little closer to them, but I was two laps short of fighting for 4th place. However, I’m happy with the points I got!

“This is not the result we wanted after the successful qualifying session,” said Coy Arbour, Thomas’ coach. “Indianapolis always has some ‘crazy’ races, so we’re happy to have collected the points from the two Top 5’s. Now we look ahead to the only oval race of the season.”

Thomas Nepeuve and DEForce Racing will return to Indianapolis May 26-27, but this time on the prestigious Lucas Oil Raceway oval, which is the host of the Indianapolis 500.

Results for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR Series Race

Results for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR Series Race

INDIANAPOLIS – Results Saturday of the GMR Grand Prix NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

Canadians in BOLD

1. (14) Colton Herta, Honda, 75, Running
2. (20) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 75, Running
3. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 75, Running
4. (18) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 75, Running
5. (4) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 75, Running
6. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 75, Running
7. (13) Takuma Sato, Honda, 75, Running
8. (7) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 75, Running
9. (8) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 75, Running
10. (21) Scott Dixon, Honda, 75, Running
11. (16) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 75, Running
12. (24) David Malukas, Honda, 75, Running
13. (9) Jack Harvey, Honda, 75, Running
14. (19) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 75, Running
15. (25) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 75, Running
16. (12) Graham Rahal, Honda, 75, Running
17. (10) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 74, Running
18. (2) Alex Palou, Honda, 74, Running
19. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 74, Running
20. (11) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 74, Running
21. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 73, Running
22. (27) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 73, Running
23. (15) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 73, Running
24. (23) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 72, Contact
25. (3) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 60, Running
26. (22) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 53, Contact
27. (26) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 34, Contact

Race Statistics
Winner’s average speed: 90.008 mph
Time of Race: 02:01:56.3273
Margin of victory: Under caution
Cautions: 8 for 31
Lead changes: 10 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:
O’Ward, Pato 1 – 2
Rosenqvist, Felix 3 – 4
Herta, Colton 5 – 31
O’Ward, Pato 32
Rosenqvist, Felix 33 – 34
Calderon, Tatiana 35
Ericsson, Marcus 36 – 45
Herta, Colton 46 – 59
McLaughlin, Scott 60 – 64
O’Ward, Pato 65 – 66
Herta, Colton 67 – 75

Power 170, Palou 156, McLaughlin 152, Newgarden 140, Dixon 133, Herta 132, O’Ward 126, Ericsson 117, Grosjean 114, VeeKay 113.

2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Schedule

2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Schedule

Here is the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series schedule. Race times to be announced at a later date.

NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250

Sunset Speedway

Saturday, May 14   7:00 PM EST


Ebay Motors 200

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Sunday, May 22    TBA


Autodrome Chaudière

Vallée-Jonction, QC

Saturday, Jun 11   TBA



Eastbound International Speedway

Saturday, Jun 25   TBA


Exhibition Place

Toronto, Ont.

Friday, Jul 15    TBA


Bayer 300

Edmonton International Raceway

Saturday, Jul 23    TBA


Sutherland Automotive Speedway Race 1

Saskatoon, Sask.

Wednesday, Jul 27   TBA


Sutherland Automotive Speedway Race 2

Saskatoon, Sask.

Wednesday, Jul 27   TBA


Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Trois-Rivières, QC

Sunday, Aug 7    TBA


Ohsweken Speedway

Ohsweken, ON

Tuesday, Aug 16   TBA


Circuit ICAR

Mirabel, QC

Saturday, Aug 27   TBA


Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, ON

Sunday, Sep 4    TBA


Delaware Speedway

Delaware, ON

Sunday, Sep 25   TBA




Saint-Eustache, May 12, 2022 – ‘The title and nothing less’ is Kevin Lacroix’s motto this season. It will be a pivotal season for the driver of the #74 Lacroix Tuning | La Boulonnerie car as he will be entering his 8th year in the Canadian NASCAR series at Sunset Speedway this Saturday.

Having been crowned series Vice-Champion three times (2017, 2019 and 2020), Lacroix says this season is the one, “the team has a new motivation as we are entering a busy new season, but I will do what it takes to go get the title for my crew who have supported me since the beginning.”

It has been a winter full of challenges and good news for Lacroix, who, along with his brother Dany, opened a new, state-of-the-art, Lacroix Tuning store in Laval, at 3657 Laval Highway West. “I’m very proud of what we accomplished in opening this store,” explains Lacroix. “This big step took up my time, but now that it is done, I can focus on racing and my quest for the title.”

However, the season begins on an oval that Lacroix is apprehensive about, “I’ve never found Sunset Speedway to suit my racing style,” he said. “However, if I can stay out of trouble and finish in the Top Five, I’d like to get the points and focus on next week’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a track I’ve mastered over the years.”

Sunset Speedway is a 1/3 mile oval located in Innisfil, 40 minutes north of Toronto. It’s a small and challenging track. “The competitors’ pedigrees are getting higher and higher, year after year. Since it’s the beginning of the season, we all have to learn to race with each other again. So I will have to be wise and watch my back.”

The NTE Ultimate Bearing Experience 250 will be a 250-lap event but with a 5-minute break on lap 125, when the crew will be able to perform light work on the car. The race kicks off at 7 p.m., and fans can watch the event live on the TSNGo, Floracing or apps.