Congratulations to Parker Thompson who has qualified in First place for tomorrow’s Indy Pro 2000 Race #1 of the weekend. The race goes at 12:40pm.
Qualifying for Friday’s race #1 goes today at 5:20pm
RED DEER, AB – The 2019 Road To Indy season kicks off in St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend with Parker Thompson driving for Abel Motorsports in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires series.
With a decade of experience in open-wheel racing, the Abel Motorsports team is making its first foray into the series. Lead by Bill Abel, the team has demonstrated a high level of professionalism, with the consistency and pace necessary to win championships. Thompson is coming off his rookie season in Indy Pro 2000 where he finished second in the championship race accumulating three wins and six podium finishes.
Thompson joined Abel Motorsports for an official Indy Pro 2000 test in Homestead, Fla. last weekend. This opportunity to work together revealed great chemistry between Thompson and the Abel Motorsports crew, as well as promising pace for the coming season. As a result, Thompson will pilot the No. 8 Indy Pro 2000 Abel Motorsports car alongside talented rookie teammate, Jacob Abel, this weekend at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Team Principal, Bill Abel, is looking forward to the weekend. “We are excited to have Parker on board with us. His experience and professionalism will be a tremendous help in our pursuit of the championship.”
Thompson is appreciative of the opportunity and focused on achieving a great result. “Abel Motorsports is composed of a fantastic group of people. They may be new to Indy Pro, but they’re not new to winning. I’m really looking forward to the chance to work with them at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Our deal is just for St. Pete right now, but the goal is to put Abel Motorsports on top of the box this weekend and turn this into a Championship run.”
I will try to get a few words with Parker this weekend at St Petes.
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Jason White Press Release:
February 4, 2019. Beginning this week Sun Peaks, BC racer Jason White takes a bold leap forward in his racing career. As the new race season begins at Daytona International Speedway White will be racing in both the ARCA Racing Series and the Gander Outdoor Truck Series.
“It’s a dream come true,” said White of the adventure that’s about to begin.
First up is the Lucas Oil 200 in the ARCA series where White will drive the #11 Powder Ventures Excavating / YourGMCTruckStore.com Chevrolet and the Zimmer Auto Group. Fast Track Racing will prepare the racecar, under the direction of NASCAR veteran Andy Hillenburg.
White completed his first test session in the car at Daytona last month with excellent results. “It was important to get a feel of the track before trying the race” said White. “The first time you drive along the banking is something else. The test went really well. We learned a lot that will help us be ready to compete when we hit the track this week” he added.
Following two successful Truck series events last year with Reaume Brothers Racing White will also drive the #34 Powder Ventures Excavating / YourGMCTruckStore.com Chevrolet from the Reaume Brothers stable the following week in the Nextera Energy 200, the season opening race for the Gander Outdoor Truck Series.
Truck team owner Josh Reaume will be the Crew Chief for both events. “I had an immediate chemistry with Josh when we did our first truck race together last year” explained White. “Having his experience for both of these Daytona races is going to allow us to learn and improve at a quicker pace,” he stated.
White is taking a similar approach to the events at Daytona as he did last season when he stepped up to the Gander Outdoor Truck Series. “First goal is to finish,” he said. “I want to be respectful of guys running for a championship and we’re looking to improve every time we hit the track,” said White.
This adventure in Daytona wouldn’t be possible without the backing of long time friend and supporter Rob Zimmer and the Zimmer Auto Group. “Rob and I go back a long way and it’s even more special to continue the relationship as we debut at Daytona, I can’t thank them enough” said White.
Schedule: (All times Eastern)
ARCA Series practice Thursday February 7, 4-6PM & Friday February 8, 9:30-10-30AM. Qualifying is Friday at 3:30PM. Race: Saturday February 9, 4:45PM
Gander Outdoor Truck Series practice Thursday February 14 2:35-3:25PM, 4:35-5:25PM. Qualifying is Friday February 16 at 4:40PM. Race: Friday February 16, 7:30PM.