Parker Thompson and SCM earn second place finish with a late race charge at CTMP

Parker Thompson and SCM earn second place finish with a late race charge at CTMP

Photo by : Ray MacAloney/CDN-R

Parker Thompson Racing Release:

Alberta native Parker Thompson had a prominent performance, driving the No. 14 Sean Creech Motorsport Exelixis/Focal One/Alta Equipment Ligier JS P320 in Prototype Challenge as IMSA crossed the border into Canada for the first time since 2019. Sporting a livery featuring American stars and stripes and the Canadian maple leaf, Thompson and co-driver Lance Willsey were keen to make a mark on the holiday weekend festivities at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Last month, fueling issues spoiled an impressive performance by the pair in their debut together in Round 2 at Mid-Ohio. A strong result at CTMP would bring redemption and elevate the team’s position in the season’s points standings. Through a ninety-minute race on the historic Ontario road course, Thompson and Willsey accomplished precisely that, piloting their white, red, and blue SCM machine to a second-place finish.

The high-speed, undulating Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit presented a daunting challenge for much of the field after nearly a three-year absence from the IMSA schedule. Thompson however, entered the weekend with a stellar record on the track, showing eight career podiums and a total of four wins. On his first laps in Saturday’s Practice 1, he immediately appeared comfortable, setting a benchmark time for the Prototype Challenge field. Less familiar with the 3.957-kilometer, 10-turn road course, teammate Lance Willsey showed quick progress through practice sessions. When Qualifying launched on Sunday morning, Willsey earned an eighth position start.

Thompson, Willsey, and Sean Creech Motorsport shined when racing action began. From P8, Willsey made steady progress early in the race. When he entered the pits at the halfway mark, he had moved his way into fifth place. After the driver change and refueling, the team suffered a setback. Race officials deemed that Thompson had been released from the stop a half-second short of the minimum requirement. He was immediately called back into the pits for a stop-and-go penalty.

The No. 14 had dropped back to seventh place when Thompson re-entered the track. From there, he showed the dominant pace we had seen in May during Round 2 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Navigating through the field, Thompson put together a series of laps that saw him set and reset the fastest racing lap multiple times, advancing his position to fourth. When a full-course-yellow was required late in the race, Thompson capitalized on the subsequent restart, capturing two spots to claim second place. Having already made significant advancements throughout his stint, Thompson had limited capacity to challenge the race lead. He held second through to the checkered flag.

Parker Thompson
“From start to finish, I’m so proud of our effort this weekend in Prototype Challenge. When Lance and I got together earlier this year, we felt we could challenge the front of the field. That didn’t quite pan out in our first event at Mid-Ohio, but I’m delighted that both of us put it together here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. For me, it’s incredible to do it in Canada, where I haven’t had an opportunity to race in almost three years. I feel like the sum of my experiences showed in my performance here today – from the races earlier in my career here at this track to the frequent race restarts I’ve seen in Carrera Cup recently. Thank you to Sean Creech and Lance Willsey for allowing me this opportunity. With our finish this weekend, we can only do one better! In the future, I’d be honored to do exactly that.
For the present, Thompson has his sights set on another significant Canadian event. He will reunite with JDX Racing when Carrera Cup North America visits the Honda Indy Toronto, July 15 – 17. Marking Carrera Cup’s first and only stop in Canada, the event is particularly significant to Thompson and JDX Racing team principal Jeremy Dale. Each has strong connections to the region. Currently sitting second in that season’s championship, the pair will look to advance their position in the standings by winning on the Streets of Toronto.

NASCAR Pinty’s 2022 Ebay Motors 200 Race Results from CTMP

NASCAR Pinty’s 2022 Ebay Motors 200 Race Results from CTMP

 

 

2022 Ebay Motors 200 race winner #74 Kevin Lacroix

Photo by : ©Ray MacAloney / rmacphotos.ca

 

Below are the race results from Sunday’s Ebay Motors 200 race from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:

POS ST # DRIVER CAR LAPS STATUS LED PTS
1 8 74   Kevin Lacroix ESR / Lacroix Tuning / Boulonnerie   (Sylvain Lacroix) Dodge 57 running 42 48
2 6 18   Alex Tagliani Viagra / St. Hubert / Qwick Wick   (Scott Steckly) Chevrolet 57 running 0 42
3 12 92   Dexter Stacey Bully’s Truck Stop / K Fibre Optic   (Kristin Hamelin) Chevrolet 57 running 0 41
4 10 59   Gary Klutt NewTechWood   (Peter Klutt) Dodge 57 running 1 41
5 21 13   Louis-Philippe Montour * Kamloop / GL �lectricit�-Automatisation   (Marc Montour) Chevrolet 57 running 0 39
6 2 20   Treyten Lapcevich RGC Sports / Qwick Wick / FBM   (Scott Steckly) Chevrolet 56 running 0 38
7 1 47   L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech / Bellemare   (Marc Andre Bergeron) Dodge 56 running 4 38
8 15 9   Brandon Watson * GMS / Shear Metal Products / APC   (David Wight) Chevrolet 56 running 0 36
9 14 1   J.P. Bergeron * Prolon / Rousseau Metals / Olivier   (Dave Jacombs) Ford 56 running 0 35
10 17 84   Larry Jackson O’Neil Electric / eBay Motors / Castrol   (David Stephens) Dodge 56 running 0 34
11 7 17   D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge / Cathcart Trucking / CIM Metals   (Doug Kennington) Dodge 56 running 0 33
12 11 31   Daniel Bois * MBS Motorsports   (MBS Motorsports) Chevrolet 55 fuel 0 32
13 4 3   Brett Taylor North Country / TCB Trailers / Fast Eddie   (Ed Hakonson) Chevrolet 55 running 0 31
14 3 96   Marc-Antoine Camirand GM Paille Chevrolet Canada   (Jean Claude Paille) Chevrolet 54 running 10 31
15 19 64   Mark Dilley Leland / IHL Group   (David Wight) Chevrolet 54 running 0 29
16 20 2   T.J. Rinomato RGC Sports / Delta Bingo / Vellamo   (David Wight) Chevrolet 53 running 0 28
17 13 6   Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Co LTD   (Peter Klutt) Dodge 51 crash 0 27
18 25 0   Glenn Styres * GSR / Ohsweken Speedway   (David Wight) Chevrolet 51 running 0 26
19 24 66   Wallace Stacey * K Fibre Optic / Bully’s Truck Stop   (Sunshine Stacey) Chevrolet 50 running 0 25
20 22 71   Bryan Cathcart OK Tire Peterborough / Driven 4 Communcations   (Bryan Cathcart Racing) Dodge 49 running 0 24
21 23 61   Brent Wheller Manulock / Queensway Truck Centre   (Brent Wheller) Dodge 48 running 0 23
22 5 99   Matthew Scannell Arthur Electric / Mainstreet Logistics   (Howie Scannell Jr.) Dodge 46 oil leak 0 22
23 18 8   Ray Courtemanche, Jr. Transit / Fast Eddie / RJ Investissement   (Jamie Hakonson) Chevrolet 44 crash 0 21
24 9 27   Andrew Ranger GM Paille Chevrolet Canada   (David Wight) Chevrolet 18 oil leak 0 20
25 16 98   Sam Fellows Curb Reconds / AER / Darkhorse Trailers   (Mike Curb) Chevrolet 9 vibration 0 19
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 57 laps due to NASCAR Overtime.
Paillé Course//Racing Shows Great Speed but Caught by Bad Luck

Paillé Course//Racing Shows Great Speed but Caught by Bad Luck

 

Bowmanville, ON, May 23, 2022 – Both Paillé Course//Racing drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand and Andrew Ranger showed great speed, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series was on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course. After they set the pace, running first and second early in the race, Camirand suffered a punctured tire that derailed the race strategy, while Ranger’s car had mechanical failure that forced him to retire.

Marc-Antoine Camirand showed great speed throughout the weekend. Third in practice, he knew that his GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada n°96 Camaro could be even better on the long run. Qualifying was cancelled after heavy rain and thunderstorms hit the track, and the starting grid was set according to practice times. On Sunday’s race, Camirand took the lead right at the first lap and showed that his brand new road course car, built by Camirand Performance, could be as dominant as the oval car he ran the week before.

Unfortunately, his GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada n°96 Camaro was hit by a lapped car and the collision punctured his left rear tire. Camirand lost a lap during this forced pit stop but managed to stay on track and get back on the lead lap after 31 laps in the race.

“We were the fastest on track at that time. I was back on the lead lap, but from that moment, we were hoping for a caution so I could pit for fuel. If a caution would have happened at that time, I’m sure that we had a shot for the win,” explained Camirand.

But the yellow flag never came. His GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada n°96 Camaro ran out of fuel with six laps to go. He came back on track after refueling and scored a 14th place finish.

“Again this week, we were the fastest car on track today, scoring the best lap time of the race. I think that this is going to pay off soon,” stated the driver from Saint-Léonard-d’Aston.

His Paillé Course//Racing teammate Andrew Ranger also experienced hard luck and was forced to retired early in the race. Ninth on the starting grid, he made his way to the front of the field race and ran second behind this teammate for a few laps.

“My GM Paillé/Chevrolet Canada n°27 Camaro was very fast. I was running second, and I’m sure it would have been a great car for the end of the race,” told Ranger, whose car is prepared by Wight Motorsports.

Almost halfway in the race, the oil pan shattered on the pavement in turn five and forced him to retire. “It’s a shame that my oil pan broke, because we definitely had a podium car today. I’m primed to return on track for the next race in Quebec”, he concluded.

Team Paillé Course//Racing, Marc-Antoine Camirand and Andrew Ranger will be back on track on June 11th, as the NASCAR Pinty’s series resumes at Autodrome Chaudière, in Vallée-Jonction, QC.

Victory and New Partner for Kevin Lacroix at CTMP

Victory and New Partner for Kevin Lacroix at CTMP

Photo By : ©2022 Ray MacAloney / rmacphotos.ca

Kevin Lacroix wins the Ebay Motors 200 and becomes the new NASCAR Pinty’s Championship leader!

Bowmanville, ON, May 22, 2022 – It was one of the most spectacular weekends for competitors and fans alike at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as a storm, worthy of a mini-tornado, hit the Bowmanville area. The entire crew of the #74 Lacroix Tuning | ESR Performance Wheels | La Boulonnerie car was safe and sound, but the storm thwarted Saturday’s plans. However, the team leaves Mosport with the win and the lead in the NASCAR Pinty’s Championship standings.

Lacroix ran the practice session without any weather issues but missed part of the session to make adjustments to the car. With very little track time, he counted on the qualifying session to make up for it. However, the weather conditions being what they were, the session was cancelled, and the practice times were used to build the starting grid of the Ebay Motors 200.

Thus, it was in 8th position that he took the green flag on a damp track. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park being Lacroix’s favourite track, he quickly began his climb through the field in a determined but thorough manner. “It was an intense start to the race with Andrew Ranger chasing me, but we fought a respectful battle,” said Kevin Lacroix.

Much of the race went smoothly, with Kevin Lacroix taking a significant lead, which suggested a peaceful win. However, two competitors came to a standstill on the track due to mechanical problems, forcing a caution that lasted several laps.

The race ended with the infamous ‘green-white-checkered.’ This process gave the drivers a chance to try to claim the win for two laps. With Lacroix taking the lead on the outside, Alex Tagliani gave him a hard time in the first few corners, but Lacroix was able to get away and regain a slight lead.

Further back in the field, a three-car accident brought the race to a halt, regrouping the drivers once again for another green-white-checkered attempt.

“It was a very intense end to the race; I would have preferred not to have the stress of having to defend my pole position twice on restarts. My goal was to keep my car intact while the other drivers were fighting. On the last lap, Gary (Klutt) passed me. He was fast, but he was very erratic in the last three corners, he didn’t know where to go, so I took my place. I tried to pass him respectfully, but we touched on the last corner,” admitted the Saint-Eustache native.

Kevin Lacroix celebrated his sixth win at Canadian Tire Motosport Park, which is the perfect kick-off for the team’s new main partner, ESR Performance Wheels. “We were looking for a way to announce our new partnership, and I can’t think of a better way than to get the win today!” In addition to the win, Lacroix is now leading the NASCAR Pinty’s Driver Championship.

The next NASCAR Pinty’s event will be on Quebec soil at Autodrome Chaudière on June 11. The Ebay Motors 200 will be broadcasted on May 28 at 4 pm on TSN and on June 12 at 10 am on RDS2.

 

NASCAR Pinty’s Clarington 200 Race Results

NASCAR Pinty’s Clarington 200 Race Results

Photos by: Ray MacAloney©2021

Congratulations to Marc-Antoine Camirand and teammate Alex Tagliani of 22RacingTeam on their first and second place finishes in today’s race. The Clarington 200 was the second race of a double header weekend for the NASCAR Pinty’s series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Finishing in third was Kyle Marcelli in what turned out to be his first complete race without any mechanical issues with his car. Rounding out the top 10 are the following:

4th – Kevin Lacroix

5th – Andrew Ranger

6th- Gary Klutt

7th- Matthew Scannell

8th- Brett Taylor

9th- Dexter Stacey

10th- Alex Guenette