Parker Thompson Proud Recipient of the 2020 NAAG Athletic Grant

Parker Thompson is proud to receive the 1st Nossack Athletic Ambassador Grant (NAAG), which rewards athletes who are actively involved in the local Red Deer community in a positive way.  Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Parker Thompson began the career of a professional race car driver at a young age when he moved to Italy to compete in the World Series of Karting. Now 22 years-old, Thompson is an established race car driver earning championships in both open-wheel and sports-car racing series. For 2020 Thompson is enrolled in the Indy Pro 2000 series on the Road to Indy, competing in ten events throughout North America.

While his athletic pursuits often take him all over the continent, Thompson remains committed to the Red Deer community where he resides in the offseason and educates drivers across the province about the dangers of distracted driving. His road safety campaign, “Drive to Stay Alive,” was founded in 2015 and since that time has reached more than 100,000 students and safety industry professionals.

Parker Thompson
“I’m so proud to receive the Nossack Athletic Ambassador Grant for 2020. Many thanks to Svitlana and the entire team at Nossack Food Group for taking the initiative to establish this amazing grant. The NAAG will not only help me further develop my career in racing, but more importantly, it will support my road safety campaign Drive to Stay Alive in 2020 and beyond. As a proud Albertan and Red Deer native, I often feel like the businesses and athletes in our community don’t get the recognition they deserve. I feel fortunate to have been recognized myself, and I am proud to wear the Nossack logo on my racing suit as I pursue the Indy Pro 2000 Championship in 2020.”

Svitlana Nossack – Nossack Food Group
“Nossack Food Group and Get Golden Fundraising are excited to announce Parker Thompson as the first recipient of the Nossack Athletic Ambassador Grant (NAAG). We appreciate Parker’s positive attitude and strong work ethic with everything he does, and know that the NAAG is in great hands! Parker is engaged in our local community with Drive to Stay Alive as well as representing Red Deer and Alberta across the nation, and internationally with Parker Thompson Racing. We look forward to this partnership and shared success in 2020!“

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.

 

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!

FIA Canadian driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

FIA Canadian driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

 

FIA driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

Platinum

Spengler Bruno
Stroll Lance
Wickens Robert

 

Gold

Hargrove Scott
Hinchcliffe James
Marcelli Kyle
Wilkins Mark
Wittmer Kuno

 

Silver

Burkett Daniel
Bédard Olivier
Cho Steven
Claman Zachary
Daniel Jerimy
De Angelis Roman
Defrancesco Devlin
Di leo Marco
Di Meo Michael
Dumoulin Louis-Philippe
Ebenal Maxx
Fellows Samuel
Fidani Orey
Grenier Mikael
Grist Garett
Hurst Benjamin
Isman Adam
Kellett Dalton
Lazare Jesse
Mason Nelson
Maxwell Scott
Montour Louis-Philippe
Morad Daniel
Povoledo Aaron
Raimondo Gianmarco
Richard Robichon Zacharie
Ruscitti Remo
Rzadzinski Stefan
Simone Anthony
Strachan Malcolm
Tan Samantha
White Matthew
Wittmer Nick
Wittmer Kurt
Wittmer Karl

 

Bronze

Ali Fareed
Anassis Emmanuel
Baker Dean
Baker Bradley
Bentley Ross
Brown Noël
Cassels Cameron
Chi Charles
Chlumecky Michal
Cloutier Jerome
Clunie Jayson
Collingwood Thomas
Dalla lana Paul
Dayson James
Graham John
Kok Danny
Laberge Jean-Frederic
Lauziere Alain
Lovat Rick
Lu Wei
Mantella Anthony
McKaigue Kendrick Shaun
Nierop Kees
Ockey Damon
Pavan Mark
Roberts Fred
Shen John
Shen Wayne Wei
Signoretti Marco
Staikos George
Thomson Karl
Wilden Kenny
Wright Jeffrey
Exclusive Autosport’s Lastochkin grabs fourth top five finish at Mid Ohio

Exclusive Autosport’s Lastochkin grabs fourth top five finish at Mid Ohio

(Photos by Ray MacAloney/cdn-r.com ©2019)

 

Exclusive Autosport Release:

LEXINGTON, OH (July 28, 2018) – Exclusive Autosport returned to the highly technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio this past weekend for Rounds 10 and 11 of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The team went into the weekend with confidence, coming off their recent win on the streets of Toronto. Both Nikita Lastochkin and Danial Frost were focused on using the experience they have on the 2.258-mile track to tackle the doubleheader. Lastochkin drove with determination and in attack-mode all weekend, as the Russian-born, Los Angeles resident equaled his best finish of the season in fourth. Frost was taken out in an early-race incident in Race 1, and powered back from the tail of the field after a questionable penalty sent him to the back in Race 2. Danial made some incredible passes to finish a stunning sixth.

“Mid-Ohio was an interesting weekend,” admitted Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal.

“As a team, we topped the overall time sheets during the official test (two weeks ago), and we showed solid pace throughout the weekend. However, luck just did not seem to be on our side this weekend. Both Danial and Nikita worked incredibly hard on and off track and I believe both our drivers had the speed and potential to be on the podium for rounds 10 and 11, but I guess it was just not meant to be. Mirl Swan and the entire crew continue to impress, as the Exclusive Autosport cars are phenomenally prepped. Our sights are now focused on Gateway in a few week’s time.”

The event began first thing Friday morning with the one and only official 30-minute practice of the weekend, followed by Qualifying 1 later that afternoon. Both, Nikita and Danial got right to work, setting some fast laps, ultimately timing in sixth and ninth for Race 1.

Saturday’s Indy Pro 2000 action would kick-off with qualifying for Race 2 and both drivers improved their pace, Danial significantly, posting a time to put him on the outside of row one. Nikita would drop his time as well to give him the starting spot on the outside of row four.

The opening race of the weekend would begin late in the afternoon as the sun dropped behind the hills of Lexington. Both drivers moved up within the first three laps, but Frost was pinched by another driver during an overtaking attempt, sending him off the track and into the concrete wall, which caused extensive damage that prevented him to finish the race. Lastochkin fought hard all race long, maintaining hold of the lead pack. Late in the race, Nikita was able to make a pass on Sting Ray Robb to earn his second fourth place finish of the year.

The second race of the doubleheader weekend began the Road to Indy events on Sunday morning, and after the first attempt to start, the race needed to be waved off, race officials deemed that Frost was responsible for the aborted attempt and sent him the back. Believing firmly that this call was an error, the team attempted to protest the decision, but this effort was not heard. Due to the chaos at the start, Nikita was hit from behind by another car, bending the rear suspension, and puncturing his left rear tire, requiring a trip to the pit lane for repair. Thankfully, his suspension was not bent enough to be undrivable and Nikita was able to catch the rear of the field for the restart and maintain the fight for a better finishing position. Starting from the tail of the field, the two EA drivers would not only battle other drivers in the series, but each other as well. When the dust settled in this highly competitive series, Frost made his way back to sixth, while Lastochkin recovered to finish seventh. Considering all the adversity at the beginning of the race, the team was happy with the results.

In the Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires championship standings, Lastochkin firms up his place in the sixth position, having closed the gap significantly to the fourth and fifth place drivers. After a tough weekend for Frost, he sits fourth place in the championship, but is now 59 points behind the leader.

The next stop for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will be the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois. World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will host Round 12 of the Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tires championship on Saturday, August 24.