Detroit Grand Prix announces the cancellation of the race weekend that was scheduled for May 30-31 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
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.
Parker Thompson Release:
TORONTO, ONTARIO – Parker Thompson is excited to announce that he will join the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with Toronto based SportsCarBoutique. Thompson will pilot the #3 Platinum Cup entry. He will join the team this weekend as the season begins with two races included in the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, outside of Toronto.
Thompson, an experienced open-wheel racer, expanded into sports cars this year. Early in this season, he has competed in Indy Pro 2000 on the Road to Indy. Thompson has also raced in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA. In both series, he is currently sitting 2nd in overall championship points standings, after four races.
Now in its 9th season of competition, SportsCarBoutique has a clear goal in mind: winning the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Championship! Over the past seasons, SportsCarBoutique has coached and introduced young Canadian talents to the series, and is proud to work with Parker Thompson.
“In my limited experience with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, I’ve come to really appreciate both the race car and the competitors in the series. I’m looking forward to joining the team at SportsCarBoutique. Many thanks to team principal Ilker Starck for making this opportunity possible. I intend to work hard and continue the success that I’ve had in this series south of the border.”
Ilker Starck – SportsCarBoutique Team Principal
“We love the sport, the series and most of all these Porsche Cup cars. Over the past few years we have established ourselves as a team that introduces and supports talented young race car drivers.”
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.