Kyle Marcelli to Race Road Courses for Jacombs Racing

Kyle Marcelli to Race Road Courses for Jacombs Racing

Hamilton, ON — Canadian sports car ace Kyle Marcelli will make his NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut with Jacombs Racing. Marcelli is confirmed for the four (4) road course events on the schedule beginning with the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on August 15, followed by Circuit ICAR on August 28 and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park double-header September 4-5.

The reigning IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GT4 Champion and 2019 SRO GT World Challenge GT3 Champion is eager to make his stock car debut.

“This has been a long time coming”, says Marcelli. “I’ve been looking to try my hand at stock car racing for a few years, specifically the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, but my full-time sports car programs have always had too many schedule conflicts.”

“On top of that, finding sponsorship is a difficult task. However, I know that the talent and determination in teaming up with Jacombs Racing has the potential to produce big results. We are continuing our search for sponsors while preparing for a first-class run. I’m grateful to Dave Jacombs for having confidence in me and for providing the opportunity to show what we can do,”Marcelli continued.

Jacombs Racing, a three-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship winning team, has campaigned cars for many open-wheel and sports car drivers as they transitioned to stock car racing including; former series champions Andrew Ranger and Alex Labbe, as well as others including, Patrick Carpentier and Jacques Villeneuve.

“I am very excited to have a driver the calibre of Kyle in our car, we are looking forward to this being the start of a long-term relationship and working towards competing for a championship in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.” Said Dave Jacombs.

“We have every confidence that we can offer additional sponsors a dynamic and successful program.” Jacombs continued.

Alex Tagliani Announces his 2021 Race Season Plans

Alex Tagliani Announces his 2021 Race Season Plans

For Immediate Release

Montréal, March 3, 2021 – Racecar driver Alex Tagliani will be very busy this spring with a business and two racing programs in action in early May. With all this in mind, it does not stop the prominent Quebec driver to spend a lot of his time thinking of driving his Chevrolet Camaro RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert in the opening rounds of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Last year at the Salon International de l’Auto in Québec City, car #18 was unveiled with VIAGRA as its new co-primary sponsor next to RONA and St-Hubert. With this sponsorship, the iconic VIAGRA brand was celebrating its 20th anniversary in Canada. The Team 22 Racing number 18 car will also be sporting secondary sponsors colours such as CanTorque, Fast Wheels and 440 Laval Chevrolet amongst others on tracks in Ontario and Quebec.

During the shortened 2020 non-championship season, Team 22 Racing used the oval races to test numerous set ups in order to validate what worked best or what made the car unstable and difficult to drive on this type of track. On road courses, car #18 has always performed well if we look at past results with a couple of wins at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Toronto Indy and a win at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We realise that it’s not the performances on road courses that stopped the team on its way to a championship title but performances on ovals.

Back in 2018, Alex was runner-up in the final standings a few points back from the champion. Everything was played out in the final race of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway oval track. This winter, it was Team 22 Racing’s mission to go back to where they were in 2018 to make 2021 a very competitive season for car #18. It is for this reason that Tag’s mechanics worked so hard over the wintertime to get the RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert car in top shape for the upcoming season.

“Despite the pandemic that keeps spreading its attacks on people, my 2021 racing seasons will be very busy,” confirmed Alex Tagliani. “The 12 NASCAR Pinty’s races will be held at eight tracks with five in Ontario and three in Quebec. Three of events will be twin feature races.

“I am really looking forward to get back on track, as are the race fans eager to see us compete door-to-door for the win at every corner of the track.

“NASCAR did amazing job behind the scene and worked closely with the promoters to have an early schedule and to ensure a race season for the drivers the crew and the all the Fans In Canada. We all learned the hard way, with the pandemic, I think now we are all going to appreciate racing even more”, concluded Tagliani.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series 2021 season

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series returns with a full racing season for 2021 with 12 races on its schedule and Alex Tagliani is ready to go. On May 23, he will be at the wheel of his Chevrolet Camaro RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert for the opening round at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario were he won in 2015 and in 2016. A month later on Saturday June 19, NASCAR drivers will head to the 0,625-mile oval track at Jukasa Motor Speedway located near Hamilton for the first of their two races there, the other being the season finale on September 25.

Then, Team 22 Racing will be competing on July 18 at Flamboro Speedway in Millgrove, Ontario for their first of three twin races of the season. A month later, it’s the beginning of the busy part of the schedule for Alex with the Pinty’s Series in Quebec for the first time. On Sunday August 15, it’s the annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, always filled with door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper restart thrillers. Two days later, the series is back in Ontario for its first-ever dirt track race at the Ohsweken Speedway. Tag’s Chevrolet Camaro RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert will return in Quebec at the end of August for three races at two tracks in two days. Saturday, August 28, round 7 of 12 of the 2021 schedule will be held at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel and the next day, Autodrome Chaudière in Junction Vallée south of Québec City will host the second twin race of the schedule. The season ends in September with tree races in Ontario. The last twin race date awaits Tag and Team 22 Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course on Sunday September 5 and 20 days later Jukasa Speedway host the season finale to crown the 2021 season champion.

Fans can still Alex Tagliani during the off season by visiting www.tagliani.com, or by following him on Twitter at @TAGLIANI, or @TAGLIANI18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.

Jason Hathaway will be taking on a new role for T3R/Ed Hakonson Racing in 2021

Jason Hathaway will be taking on a new role for T3R/Ed Hakonson Racing in 2021

Photo by: R.MacAloney/cdn-r.com©

T3R/EHR Press Release:

Stouffville, Ontario-January 11, 2021- After 14 years and 143 races driving the successful #3 race machine under the Team 3 Red/Ed Hakonson Racing banner; posting 14 wins, 46 top 5’s, 91 top 10’s and recording the 2nd highest number of races driven by an active driver, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Most Popular Driver in 2015 & 2016, Jason Hathaway, will be taking on a new role within the organization starting in 2021.

The 2020 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion will be getting out of the seat and will be spearheading the Team’s driver development and leading the stable of race teams competing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series moving forward.

“I am excited about the future opportunities and my new role within the organization. I am grateful for the position I’m in at this point in my career and am excited to be able to lead a great group of drivers and crew as we expand our racing operations within the Series.“ Said Hathaway from the Team’s office.

The T3R/EHR team has been busy in the off-season preparing race cars and looks forward to making driver and team announcements in the near future.

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For additional information please contact Jamie Hakonson at 416-560-6103. Or ​email jamie@team3red.com

Kevin Lacroix Back in NASCAR Pinty’s for the 2020 Season

Kevin Lacroix Back in NASCAR Pinty’s for the 2020 Season

Photo: Ray MacAloney

Lacroix Motorsport Release:

Saint-Eustache, August 4, 2020 – Kevin Lacroix will return to the shortened NASCAR Pinty’s series season. The Canadian NASCAR series announced earlier the new schedule that will feature six events on three Ontario tracks.

Team Bumper to Bumper was on track last weekend in preparation for the first event at Sunset Speedway on August 15. “We have a new car for oval tracks, so it was essential that we try it out before the season starts,” explained Kevin Lacroix, who will be driving his usual #74 Bumper to Bumper / Total / PFC Brakes / Lacroix Tuning car.

“Testing at the Sunset Speedway was difficult, but the other drivers on the track were also struggling, however when we went to the Flamboro Speedway, everything went very well. »

The team was also scheduled to go to the Jukasa Motor Speedway, but the plans were canceled because of the rain; “we’re going back to Jukasa before the event to try out the car! »

Although the summer seems longer with no races on the calendar, Kevin Lacroix kept busy, first in his role as President of the Bumper to Bumper / Lacroix Tuning stores on the North Shore, but also on his simulator. “I’ve done a lot of simulator since the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve ordered one for my home to make it more accessible. It helped me keep in shape for the season. »

Lacroix Motorsport also went to Circuit Mont-Tremblant for the annual Summer Classic held in July. Dany Lacroix, Kevin’s brother, drover his Formula Atlantic on Saturday and left his seat to Kevin for Sunday’s races. “It felt good to get back to my first love!” said Kevin, who competed in Formula Atlantic in 2008 when the series was in full bloom. “However, it was hard to get used to it again, but after a few laps, I got back to my old ways, so it was very pleasant. I had forgotten how strong the aerodynamics are in this car. My neck hurt for a few days! »

At Lacroix Motorsport’s shop in Saint-Eustache, Sylvain Lacroix and his team have been hard at work, as they recently made the final adjustments to their brand-new dynamometer; “we are happy to have almost everything we need under our roof to prepare the car,” explains Sylvain, team owner. “With the dynamometer now in our garage, we can work on the engine more easily. »

On the digital side, the team is proud to have launched the new kevinlacroix.com website, which is accessible today.

All races will air delayed on TSN and RDS in Canada and MAVTV in the United States. The full broadcast schedule, including start times, will be released at a later date.

2020 Calendar

Race 1: August 15 – Sunset Speedway, Innisfill Ontario

Race 2: August 15 – Sunset Speedway, Innisfill Ontario

Race 3: August 29 – Flamboro Speedway, Millgrove, Ontario

Race 4: August 29 – Flamboro Speedway, Millgrove, Ontario

Race 5: September 12 – Jukasa Motor Speedway, Hagersville, Ontario

Race 6: September 12 – Jukasa Motor Speedway, Hagersville, Ontario

 

Kevin Lacroix to Compete in the Canadian Sim Racing Series

Kevin Lacroix to Compete in the Canadian Sim Racing Series

(Photo by Ray MacAloney)

Saint-Eustache (QC), April 20, 2020 – Although current times are uncertain and most drivers are going round in circles at home, the racing community has mobilized to join online virtual championships, a sometimes-forgotten sport that has now gained unprecedented popularity.

Kevin Lacroix, driver of the #74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/ Lacroix Tuning/ PFC Brakes car in the NASCAR Pinty’s series, was not keen on getting through the confinement without participating in one of these virtual championships. That’s why, starting May 3, he will be one of the professional drivers invited to the Canadian Sim Racing Series (CSRS).

“Right now, we would be on the verge of testing our car for the first race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), but that’s not possible,” explained Lacroix. “I have the racing blues, it’s not easy to look ahead, so I’m very grateful to Jason Labrosse, Clinton Geoffrey and Adam Ross for putting together the Canadian Sim Racing Series (CSRS). It’s going to prepare us well when we get back on track! »

Indeed, the initiative was carried out by Quebec promoter Jason Labrosse and NASCAR Pinty’s Pit Reporters; Clinton Geoffrey and Adam Ross.

The CSRS championship will be contested in the extremely popular iRacing game. The first event will be held on May 3 at Auto Club Speedway, a two-mile oval in Fontana, California, which hosts the real-time NASCAR American series. Then the drivers will head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 10, a 1.5-mile oval that also hosts the NASCAR Serie. Then on May 17, the virtual drivers will return here, in Canada, for a race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

On May 24th it will be the turn of the prestigious Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to host the virtual drivers, and the championship will come to a conclusion at Atlanta Motor Speedway on May 31st.

Kevin will be joined by his competitors Alex Labbé and Gary Klutt, who also race in the NASCAR Pinty’s series. These events will surely be action-packed as the driver lineup is set to be extremely competitive.For those who wish to watch the races in English, you can do so on www.Gforcetv.net/GForceTV while French-speaking Internet users will be able to watch the events on the Stock Car Montreal Facebook page.

 

Races

Auto Club Speedway – May 3rd
Charlotte Motor Speedway- May 10th
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – May 17th
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve – May 24th
Atlanta Motor Speedway – May 31st

 

Éliane Gilain – PR for Lacroix Motorsport

514.476.0912

media@gilainsc.com

 

About Lacroix Motorsport:  Lacroix Motorsport is a race team created in 2015 from Sylvain Lacroix and Serge Bourdeau’s idea. They wanted to race for pleasure on road tracks in the Canadian NASCAR series. After Kevin Lacroix’s first two wins, and seeing his son’s potential, Sylvain decided to participate full-time in the series. Lacroix Motorsport is not only a team in the NASCAR Pinty’s, in fact, Dany Lacroix, Kevin’s brother, also races in the STCH Cup Formula Tour 1600 in Kent Class.

Lacroix Motorsport stems from an idea and passion.  By creating this team, world snowmobile champion, Sylvain Lacroix has made it a family affair.

 

About Bumper to Bumper : The BUMPER TO BUMPER store banner is a turnkey program for auto parts wholesalers looking for complete program support, a strong brand image and a very aggressive go-to-market approach. BUMPER TO BUMPER was introduced to the Canadian Automotive Aftermarket in 1977 and entered the Uni-Select fold in 2006. Today, over 120 auto parts stores operate in Canada under the BUMPER TO BUMPER banner.