WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Here is the latest IMSA 2020 scheduled released as of 15/May/2020. Unfortunately due to the current COVID-19 situation the race in July @CTMPOfficial has had to be cancelled.
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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.
|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
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.
Bowmanville, ON, July 8, 2019 – Patrick Dussault earned two podium finishes last weekend, as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Yokohama was on track at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The Lauzon Autosport driver achieved two strong third-place finishes after both Saturday and Sunday races, held during the Mobil1 Sportscar Grand Prix in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
Dussault posted consistent and quick times throughout practice sessions and qualifying, and started the first race in 3rd place. He managed to climb to the second spot and was able to defend his place for a few laps, before he had to concede a spot. He finally achieved his third podium finish this season, at the wheel of his Lauzon Autosport n°77 Porsche GT3 Cup.
“I had a good start and I have been able to climb to the second spot, but Jeff Kingsley was faster than me at the end. I tried to keep my place, but I didn’t want to fight too much and risk everything. I played safer to earn precious championship points,” said Dussault.
The 45-minute race on Saturday has been contested under extremely hot conditions.
“It’s probably one of the toughest races I have taken part in. It was a very hot and humid day, so the temperature on track and in the car was unbearable,” he stated.
On Sunday, the Lauzon Autosport n°77 Porsche GT3 Cup took the start from the fourth place. When another driver made a mistake while fighting for a position, Dussault has been able to take the third spot and achieved his second podium finish of the weekend, his fourth in 2019.
“It was a very good weekend for us. We were quick and we scored championship points. I’m now third in the championship standings halfway in the season. We are looking forward to the Toronto Indy, just next weekend,” Dussault concluded.
Patrick Dussault and the Lauzon Autosport n°77 car will be back on track next weekend as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada presented by Yokohama resumes on the streets of Toronto, during the Toronto Indy weekend.