CANAC Announces Major Partnership With Raphael Lessard

CANAC Announces Major Partnership With Raphael Lessard

Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce (Quebec, Canada) – March 10, 2020 – Raphael Lessard Racing announces today that Canac, a Quebec-based group specializing in the distribution and retail sale of building products and hardware, has joined the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series team. The race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway (Florida) on March 20 will mark the beginning of the important partnership, with Raphael Lessard driving the #4 Toyota Tundra in Canac’s colours.

 

The family business has been in existence for 145 years and is growing in strength with 30 well-established branches in the province of Quebec. Like its commitment to its employees, Canac wishes to support Raphael Lessard in his career development.

 

“Raphael is a young man from our region, and it is important for Canac to encourage the next generation of major sports in Quebec. We have always been racing fans and when we saw Raphael’s performance, it confirmed that he has an incredible talent and that it is worth supporting him in his development as a race car driver,” explains Jean Laberge, President of Canac.

 

“My father was a great fan of motor racing. Over the years, the Laberge family has partnered with legendary Quebec drivers such as Marcel Corriveau, Denis Giroux who both raced in Quebec and in the United States, as did the ever-popular Beauceron Langis Caron over his 50+-year career. For the past few years, we have also been supporting Mikael Grenier. Raphael Lessard is making his mark at a racing level that very few Quebec racers reach. As part of the partnership supporting his development, we are proud at Canac to contribute to making his dream come true,” concludes Jean Laberge.

 

Since 2019, the Raphael Lessard Racing management team has been working hard in collaboration with its partners in order to ensure that Raphael Lessard races with the top Kyle Buch Motorsports team for years to come. The arrival of Canac at the beginning of a promising season (21 races out of 23 to go this season) greatly assists the process.

 

From North Carolina where he lives during the racing season, Raphael Lessard is brimming with enthusiasm with the addition of Canac as a partner. “It’s awesome for our team and for motorsports in Canada. A Quebec company of this importance that adds its support to our racing program helps us reach our goals. For my part, I will certainly do everything I can to get the best results on the track and represent my partners in the most effective ways possible,” said Raphael Lessard, the driver of NASCAR #4 Toyota Tundra.

 

The adventure with Canac has only just begun, and steps are already underway to develop other partnerships in association with Canac.

 

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