Eastern Ontario Legends Series Takes a New Attitude Into 2017

Eastern Ontario Legends Series Takes a New Attitude Into 2017

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


The action and excitement of a brand-new race season is about to come to life across the province and the Eastern Ontario Legends Series is ready to make headlines. The name may be different, but there'll be no mistaking the brand of exhilaration that fans can expect with this year's tour – presented by Trailers Plus – rolls to the starting line.


Under the guidance of a new board of directors, a roster of championship calibre competition including Nicholas and Cole Ledson, Matt Haufe, Adam Cuthbertson, Cole McFadden and Dave Riopelle. Veteran campaigners like fan favourite Bill Mason, Jamie MacArthur, Robin Jongen and Terry McClelland, along with newcomers Rob Murray, Joe Sherman, Andrew Massey and Shawn Murray are just some of the names fans can expect to tackle an agenda of 4 different venues during the season and deliver the goods.


Things get rolling Saturday, May 20th, continuing its long-standing relationship at Peterborough Speedway with 7 regular season events during the 50thAnniversary schedule at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval. There has also been a renewed interest from Sunset Speedway, with a handful of shows including a national qualifier Saturday, August 5th. Eastern Ontario Legends Series teams will also be part of a pair of Friday night OSCAAR dates – June 2nd and July 21st – at Kawartha. Grand Bend Speedway has a solo 2017 event on Saturday, September 9th.Andrew McFadden – speaking on behalf of the EOLS Board that also includes Jeff Drimmie, Geordie Ledson and Kevin Foisy – says the tour is looking to make headlines.


"We're aiming to be strong right out of the box," McFadden said. "There's a solid point fund in place and our race purses offer the teams some impressive payout numbers, right across the board. We're looking to take this series to places its never been before and based on the feedback we've had so far, it looks like we're headed in the right direction. Teams are excited to hit the track and can't wait for the first green flag."


McFadden says that having the National Qualifiers on the schedule will give Eastern Ontario Legends Series Racers some extra incentive to put their best effort forward. They'll be looking to earn a preferred starting spot for the finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bull Ring, October 12th to 15th.


2017 Eastern Ontario Legends Series Schedule


Saturday, May 20th                 Peterborough Speedway

Sunday, May 21st                   Sunset Speedway


Friday, June 2nd                     Kawartha Downs & Speedway

Saturday, June 3rd                 Peterborough Speedway

                                                (Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission)

Saturday, June 24th               Peterborough Speedway


Saturday, July 8th                             Peterborough Speedway

                                              (Toonie Spectator Grandstand Admission)

(National Qualifier)

Saturday, July 15th                 Peterborough Speedway

Friday, July 21st                      Kawartha Downs & Speedway

Saturday, July 22nd                Sunset Speedway

Saturday, July 29th                 Peterborough Speedway


Saturday, August 5th              Sunset Speedway

                                                (National Qualifier)

Saturday, August 19th            Sunset Speedway

Saturday, August 26th            Peterborough Speedway


Saturday, September 9th       Grand Bend Speedway

Saturday, September 23rd     Sunset Speedway


Friday, October 7th to

Sunday, October 9th               Peterborough Speedway

                                                (Autumn Colours Classic)


Like the Eastern Ontario Legends Series on www.facebook.com and look for the exciting, new web-site www.ontariolegendseries.ca. Clarke Motorsports Communications is proud to represent the Eastern Ontario Legends Series 2017 season.

The Eastern Ontario Legends Series will kick-off its 2017 season Saturday, May 20th at Peterborough Speedway.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


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Deux nouvelles inscrites en Mini Sportsman

Deux nouvelles inscrites en Mini Sportsman


La Série Mini Sportsman Québec Méchoui International accueillera cette saison deux nouvelles pilotes qui se partageront la conduite de la voiture #68 soit Kelly-Ange et Anna-Marielle Delisle de Charlevoix

Ayant fait l'achat de l'ancienne voiture de Mathieu Goulet acquise par Martin Latulippe l'été dernier, leur pèreJoëlDelisle domicilié à Lévis, ancien pilote de la Série Sportsman Québec a voulu partager sa passion avec ses filles. 

Kelly-Ange est âgé de 11 ans. C'est une jeune fille sportive, persévérante avec beaucoup d'endurance. Avec son tempérament fonceur, elle aime particulièrement la vitesse ; soyez assuré qu'elle aura la pédale au plancher. Bien qu'elle est consciente des efforts qu'elle devra déployé pour atteindre son but, pour s'adapter à la voiture ainsi que de s'initier aux courses de stock-car, elle a bien l'intention de donner des résultats le plus vite possible !

Anna-Marielle qui aura 12 ans au début de la saison 2017 désire tout autant la victoire. Étant très visuelle, elle saura calculer ses manœuvres en piste afin de suivre la meilleure ligne de course. Elle est prête à mettre tout le travail nécessaire avec enthousiasme et détermination afin de réaliser ses aspirations. 

En plus d'avoir vécu depuis leur tendre enfance au rythme de la course automobile en suivant leur père, Joël Delisle qui a plus de 20 ans d'expérience comme pilote, elles ont participé à des essais en karting l'été dernier. Joël a cru en leur potentiel et les deux jeunes filles ont démontré leur volonté à vouloir apprendre en écoutant les conseils judicieux qui leurs étaient transmis. 

Ayant subi une opération au genou et l'éloignant temporairement du volant, Joël a comme désir le plus cher de faire un retour en piste ; quel moment magique ce serait pour lui de rouler la même journée sur la même piste que ces filles ! " L'important pour moi, c'est que cette année leur soit profitable en expérience mais surtout qu'elle est beaucoup de plaisir" souligne leur père. 

Delisle Racing Team est fier de pouvoir annoncer déjà quelques commanditaires soit Chapiteau Rive-Sud, Maxi-Forme Fitness de Lévis, SR Graphique, Atelier Carosserie MB, Transport St-Agapit ainsi que Récupération Hamel.  

Bienvenue parmi nous Kelly-Ange et Anna-Marielle et bon retour dans l'environnement de la Série Sportsman Québec à toi, Joël 

Marie-Claude LevasseurRelationniste


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Bear Ridge Speedway Celebrates 50 Consecutive Years of Racing

Bear Ridge Speedway Celebrates 50 Consecutive Years of Racing

Posted: 22 Mar 2017 07:34 AM PDT

Vermont's Bear Ridge Speedway Celebrates 50 Consecutive Years of Racing in 2017

By Clayton Johns

CONCORD, N.C. – MARCH 22, 2017 –Bear Ridge Speedway will celebrate its 50th anniversary of racing in 2017, but the accomplishment is even more impressive when you dig deeper into the story of the tight quarter-mile track in rural Vermont.

For all 50 seasons the track has been under the ownership or operation of an Elms family member. The track was initially the vision of George Barber while Charles V Elms Sr. was a part of his opening day operations team and eventually purchased the track from Barber in 1972.

Charles Elms Sr. continued in his role as the owner and operator of Bear Ridge until 1990 when he sold the track to his son, CV "Butch" Elms III. In 2006, April May Preston joined the track as a co-owner and the facility has continued to grow ever since.

"The fact that it's been 50 years and it's always been managed by one family is exciting. You can't say that today about a lot of businesses," Preston said. "If it weren't for the love of the track and Butch's dedication, we may not be celebrating 50 years."

It's an impressive feat for a track that initially planned its life expectancy to be only a couple of years. Located off I-91 near the New Hampshire state line, Bear Ridge is about 25 miles north of Hanover, N.H. and Dartmouth College. Its quiet location in rural Vermont certainly makes it one of the more unique dirt tracks in the country.

"When you drive to the racetrack, you think there really can't be anything out here," Preston said. "You drive down a dirt road and you're wondering what you're going to find. When you take the right-hand turn down into the track, it opens up almost like an amphitheater."

Bear Ridge's 50th season will be its seventh under DIRTcar Racing sanctioning for its Sportsman and Coupe Modified divisions, the track's top and most popular divisions, respectively.

"We've made it through some rough times and now our car counts are up. Being affiliated with DIRTcar has been a big plus and we're just really excited to say it's 50 years of racing," said Preston.

The track's Sportsman Modified division routinely sees fields of 30 or more cars, a statistic Preston attributes in part to the track's DIRTcar affiliation.

"Being this little back-of-the-woods racetrack in Vermont, nobody knows about us," Preston explained. "It's nice, but it's bad because you want everybody to know about you. So the DIRTcar sanctioning, I think it lends a bit of credibility."

The track's Coupe Modified division is also a weekly staple and a fan-favorite. It features open-wheel Modifieds with 1930s-style bodies that have been in action since the track's origins in the 1960s.

"I think the Coupes make us unique," Preston said. "They've been running since day one and they truly race – they roll them, they wreck them."

Bear Ridge's DIRTcar sanctioning is just one of the many changes and improvements over the track's storied history that has allowed it to remain vibrant. In recent years, the track has added a new novelty area, new VIP suites, a new scoring tower and was forced to expand its parking lot to accommodate increased attendance.

The success is largely due to a commitment to an affordable family-friendly atmosphere. The Bear Ridge kids club is popular among younger fans, who receive a toy at each race. The track also takes pride in offering fresh, local food products to its fans.

"We hand make our pizzas, they're not frozen. We get fresh beef from the local butcher and we hand-cut our fries. Everything is fresh and hand cut," Preston said.

Bear Ridge is excited to offer a 50th racing season with the same nostalgic environment and modern enhancements but maybe with a few extra fireworks. The 2017 season is scheduled to begin on May 6.

"We want to focus on an excellent season," Preston said. "The fans want entertainment, but not all night. We've worked hard to make a show short, but not too short. We want our fans to feel they got their money's worth."

For more information on Bear Ridge Speedway and to view their 2017 schedule, visit www.bearridgespeedway.com or call (802) 222-4052.

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Fogleman, Armstrong, and Joey “Pole” Among Contenders For PASS Return To Orange County

Fogleman, Armstrong, and Joey "Pole" Among Contenders For PASS Return To Orange County

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CHARLOTTE, NC (March 22) – Any time the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National Championship Super Late Models come to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, NC, there is always excitement.  The high-banked, 3/8 mile speedway has hosted some of the series most competitive races since 2006 and returns to the schedule for the first time in nearly three years this Saturday night.  It is a favorite stop for both fans and drivers alike when the south's original Super Late Model series comes to town.  But for 16-year-old PASS Super Late Model driver Tate Fogleman, there might just be a little extra incentive to perform well in the 10thRunning of the Orange Blossom Special.

            Being from nearby Durham, NC, Fogleman grew up in the shadows of Orange County Speedway.  Both his grandfather, Kent, and father, two-time PASS National Champion, Jay Fogleman, have raced and won at Orange County.  So naturally, anytime the Foglemans race there, it attracts a lot of family and friends.

            "I'm very excited to get home to Orange County," said Tate Fogleman, driver of the Solid Rock Carriers Ford #8.  "I love the atmosphere of the track when PASS goes there.  Orange County is also one of my favorite tracks to drive on, so I can't wait to get back there."

            Entering the third PASS South race of 2017, Fogleman has already seen some ups-and-downs.  At Dillon, Fogleman had one of the fastest cars throughout the day, only to be involved in a spin just shy of halfway and having to fight back to a tenth place finish. Then at Southern National, he was able to wrestle an ill handling car to a hard fought fourth place finish. 

But, the stakes could not be any higher for Fogleman at his home track. Sitting just two markers behind PASS South points leader Bradley McCaskill, young Fogleman knows that if he can join his dad, Jay, as a winner at Orange County, he will be also rewarded with an automatic starting position in this year's $25,000 to win Oxford 250.

"The guaranteed starting position for the Oxford 250 which is up for grabs is very important," says the 2015 PASS South champ.  "Having raced in the 250 before, many people are sent home, so a guaranteed spot is essential.  Especially if you are travelling from the south like us, it would be nice to know you have a guaranteed spot before you make the long haul."

On the other end of the spectrum from Fogleman is New Castle, IN's, Dalton Armstrong.  A former Pro Late Model champion in the Midwest and winner at the World Series of Asphalt Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, Armstrong will be making both his PASS debut and first ever start at Orange County Speedway.  Piloting Robert Hamke's famous #74, Armstrong hopes to join Preston Peltier, Clay Rogers, and Ryan Lawler as a winner in PASS for the famed car builder.

"I'm feeling super excited and blessed to be given such a great opportunity," said Armstrong.  "I can't thank Rob and Robert Hamke enough for this chance to race their house car and everyone else that helped put this together.  I'm feeling very optimistic about getting in a new car and a new track for me."

In addition to the PASS South championship, the Orange Blossom Special will serve as the second race of the PASS National Championship Series.  4-time PASS National champion, Ben Rowe, is in contention once again, along with former PASS South champions, Matt Craig and Tyler Church.  Other contenders that have entered so far include PASS South points leader, Bradley McCaskill, Spencer Davis, Florida's Dustin Dunn, Kodie Conner, Sarah Cornett-Ching, Derek Griffith, Trevor Noles, Tanner Thorson, and JP Josiasse. 

            Joining this impressive group will be Hudson, NH's, Joey "Pole" Polewarcyzk. Teaming with Woodman Racing, Polewarczyk is hoping to build on a strong run in the season opener at Dillon, that saw him lead early before fading late to an 11thplace finish.  Sitting sixth in PASS National Championship points heading to Orange County, a good run in the Orange Blossom Special could set Polewarcyzk up nicely heading to next week's Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut. 

Action gets under way on Friday, March 24 for the "Original" Orange Blossom Special with rotating practice from 3 – 6 PMfor the PASS Super Late Models, Southern Modified Racing Series Tour Mods, and USAC Eastern Midgets.  On Saturday, March 25, pit gates open at 11 AM, with rotating practice for from 1 – 3:30 PM, qualifying at 4 PM, the Pit Party at 5:45 PM and feature racing set to begin at 7 PM.

Entry forms for the Orange Blossom Special, along with the 44th Annual Oxford 250 and upcoming events at Thompson Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  The 2017 license forms for the PASS Super Late Models are also available at ProAllStarsSeries.com.  Drivers purchasing licenses for the 2017 season will receive bonus points for each race they are pre-registered for and will also save money towards any events that they enter early.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America's premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the Easter Bunny 150 and the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway and the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway. For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com. Please visit ProAllStarsSeries.com for more information and don't forget to "Like" the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.


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Raphaël Lessard forcé de se retirer du Duels at Dominion de samedi en Virginie

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Raphaël Lessard forcé de se retirer du Duels at Dominion de samedi en Virginie


Montréal, le 22 mars 2017 -- Suite à des ennuis mécaniques et un incident de course rencontrés lors de sa course de dimanche dernier dans le cadre du Rattler 250 en Alabama, Raphaël Lessard est forcé d'annuler sa participation aux Duels at Dominion, sur la toute nouvelle piste du Dominion Raceway de Thornburg, en Virginie, prévus samedi le 25 mars.

Une défaillance de la Toyota Camry #99, jumelé à un accrochage en piste au cours duquel le châssis et de la suspension de la voiture a été endommagé, alors qu'il ne restait que 5 tours à compléter, ne laissent malheureusement pas assez de temps à l'équipe de David Gilliland Racing pour livrer une voiture à la hauteur de leurs attentes et pour se déplacer à temps pour les essais prévus jeudi matin.

C'est avec beaucoup de regret que Raphaël doit donc faire une croix sur sa première course CARS de la saison, alors qu'il anticipait le plaisir de retrouver la famille élargie du CARS Tour suite à son Championnat de l'automne dernier.

La prochaine course de Raphaël sera dès lors le Music City 200, sa toute première course en série ARCA, qui se déroulera le samedi 8 avril au Fairgrounds Speedway de Nashville, au Tennessee.

Raphaël était à Nashville mardi avec l'équipe Venturini Motorsports pour tester la Camry #25 Musselman's Apple Sauce/Toyota et se faire la main sur sa nouvelle voiture ARCA, beaucoup plus lourde que sa Super Late Model (± 550 lbs).

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Partenariat majeur pour l’équipe Côté Racing Team

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Le 21 mars 2017, Québec

Partenariat majeur pour l'équipe Côté Racing Team

L'équipe Côté Racing team est fière d'annoncer son partenariat avec Festidrag.tv pour la saison 2017.
En effet, lors d'une conférence de presse qui s'est tenue au Concorde afin d'annoncer la programmation et les nouveautés de la 48e édition du Salon de l'Auto Sport de Québec, il a été annoncé que Festidrag.tv devient un partenaire majeur de l'équipe.
La voiture Mini Sportsman portera le #95 et sera conduite par Nicolas Côté.  Âgé de 9 ans, il conduira la voiture aux couleurs du célèbre personnage Flash McQueen.

La voiture #95 commandité principalement par Létourno Service de Pneus/Boulevard Toyota-Lexus/Zone911.com sera exposée au Salon de l'Auto Sport de Québec qui se tiendra les 7,8 et 9 avril prochain au Centre de Foire de Québec dans la zone familiale Létourno. Pour l'occasion, les visiteurs pourront se faire prendre en photo avec la voiture et des dons seront amassés pour la Fondation Rêves d'Enfants.

Lorsque Martin D'Anjou, président de Festidrag.tv nous a présenté son projet, nous avons été plus que ravi de pouvoir promouvoir notre passion tout en venant en aide aux enfants affirme Dany Côté, propriétaire de la voiture.

L'équipe tient à remercier Martin D'Anjou pour la confiance et souligne le support de ses commanditaires pour la saison 2017 soit : Létourno Service de Pneus et Mécanique, Boulevard Toyota-Lexus, Carrosserie VTL, Laval Volkswagen, Pro Style Lettrage, Métalico, Larouche Remorquage, Les Entreprises Lou-Vil, Centre de l'Auto Vallée-Jonction, Festidrag.tv sans oublier Zone911.com qui nous permet d'offrir une belle visibilité à nos partenaires.

Nous vous attendons en grand nombre au Salon de l'Auto Sports de Québec; venez encourager notre pilote!

Marie-Claude Levasseur 

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Excitement Building for King of Dirt Series Events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway


KOD_Cleveland.jpg: Defending King of Dirt Sportsman Modified Series champion Connor Cleveland (#09) will be on hand at Devil's Bowl Speedway on May 28. (Photo by Bill McGaffin)

KOD_DeLorenzo.jpg: Former Devil's Bowl Speedway 358-Modified winner Matt DeLorenzo (#3D) is expected to be a force on the new King of Dirt Small Block Modified Series and will return to Vermont on Tuesday, June 13. (Photo provided by King of Dirt Racing Series)

KOD_Speed.jpg: King of Dirt Pro Stock Series champion Robbie Speed (#24) will be among the drivers aiming to win the inaugural "Carl Vladyka Memorial" event on September 17. (Photo by Bill McGaffin)

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Excitement Building for King of Dirt Series Events at Devil's Bowl Speedway

Vermont track will host all three KOD tours in 2017


For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                 DBS-032017-1


WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The buzz is getting louder around Devil's Bowl Speedway for the new stock car racing season, and lots of attention is being centered on the King of Dirt Racing Series (KOD) coming to the Vermont facility.   One of the fastest-growing dirt track racing organizations in the country, KOD begins its third season of competition in 2017 and its three exciting classes will each make their Devil's Bowl debut during the year.

Devil's Bowl Speedway opens its 2017 Dirt Track schedule on Sunday, May 28, with the KOD/DIRTcar East 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Sportsman Modifieds presented by Dean's Electrical Services and Dodson Construction.  The "Green Mountain State Clash" event should certainly live up to its billing as local NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman drivers will defend the home turf against the KOD invaders.  The 35-lap race is expected to draw a large field of stout entries from across New England and New York.

Devil's Bowl champion Bobby Hackel will have his hands full with home-track stars Kenny Tremont Jr., Tim LaDuc, Vince Quenneville Jr., Justin Comes, 2016 Rookie of the Year Justin Severance, and more.  KOD Sportsman stars expected include defending champion Connor Cleveland, 2015 titleholder Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Michael Sabia, Cody Bleau, Mark Mortensen, Kevin Chaffee, Brian Pessolano, Scott Duell, and more.  The KOD Sportsman tour carries DIRTcar Eastern Region sanctioning, and drivers seeking the prestigious Mr. DIRTcar title may also enter the event.

Devil's Bowl Speedway fans will witness King of Dirt Series history on June 13 with a special Tuesday night event as the all-new Elmo's Auto Body King of Dirt Small Block Modified tour will run its first race ever at the "Vermont Modified Mayhem" 40-lapper.  In addition to being the kickoff to the KOD Small Block series, the event marks the return of the high-horsepower 358-Modifieds to Devil's Bowl for the first time since 2014.

Top Small Block racers expected to be at Devil's Bowl include familiar names Matt DeLorenzo, Brian Gleason, Marc Johnson, Keith Flach, Don Ronca, Frank Hoard III, Brett Haas, Olden Dwyer, Demetrios Drellos, Elmo Reckner, Matt Depew, and more.  Several Devil's Bowl regulars have indicated a possible run in the Small Block event including Kenny Tremont Jr. and Vince Quenneville Jr.

The Devil's Bowl season wraps up on Sunday, September 17, with the Lazzaro's Auto Body King of Dirt Pro Stocks.  KOD will crown its Pro Stock champion on neutral territory at Devil's Bowl for the first time ever at the inaugural "Carl Vladyka Memorial" event, which pays tribute to the late three-time Devil's Bowl champion with a special 29-lap finale in honor of his famous car number.

Top Pro Stock talent expected for the event includes defending KOD champion Robbie Speed, 2015 champion Nick Stone, Rob Yetman, Dean Charbonneau, Daniel Sanchez, Dan Older, Brandon Emigh, Walt Brownell, Chuck Towslee, Jay Corbin, Jason Meltz, Josh Coonradt, and veteran full-fender wheelman Kim Duell.

For more information on the King of Dirt Racing Series including news, rules, and full season schedules, visit www.KingOfDirtRacing.com.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of U.S. Route 4, Exit 2.  For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at Facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedwayand on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.


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Raphaël Lessard à l’honneur

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Québec, le 20 mars 2017

Raphaël Lessard à l'honneur

Voulant reconnaître le travail accompli par le jeune pilote de Saint-Joseph de Beauce, la Série Sportsman Québec Lucas Oil remettra lors de son banquet de fin de saison le trophée Raphaël Lessard.

En l'honneur du champion CARS Tour 2016, ce trophée sera remis au pilote de l'année et sera voté par les officiels et les pilotes. Le pilote récipiendaire sera élu en fonction des critères suivants;

-        Résultats en piste

-        Présentation de l'équipe lors des programmes de courses

-        Collaboration et entraide envers les autres équipes et les officiels

-        Implication du pilote et des membres de son équipe hors-piste quant à la visibilité donnée à la série.

Interrogé suite à cette annonce, Raphaël s'est dit fort honoré du geste la Série Sportsman Qc Lucas Oil, par le biais de son président et promoteur, André Poulin.

« La Série Sportsman Québec a été pour moi un excellent tremplin qui m'a permis de me développer. Avec une moyenne de plus de 20 voitures par course, j'ai pu me familiariser à rouler dans le trafic. Les pilotes de la série m'ont bien accueilli et mon passage m'a beaucoup aidé dans mes habiletés de pilotage » commente Raphaël.

Issu d'une famille où les courses sont omniprésentes, Raphaël a grandi dans cet environnement avec beaucoup d'aisance. D'abord comme équipier auprès de son père, François Lessard et ensuite comme pilote.

C'est en 2013 que Raphaël Lessard, alors âgé de 11 ans, fait ses débuts en tant que pilote, d'abord dans la classe Sport Compact Amateur en plus de participer à quelques épreuves dans la classe Sport Compact Élite.

En 2014, il fait son entrée dans la Série Sportsman Québec supporté par son père qui course avec lui afin de l'aider à développer ses capacités, tant au niveau de sa ligne de course qu'au niveau de l'adaptation à la voiture.

C'est en juillet 2014 qu'il fait ses premiers essais dans une voiture Super Late Model de la Série PASS. En septembre de la même année, il se dirige vers Oxford Plain Speedway pour participer à sa première épreuve avec la Série PASS. Il participe à une saison complète dans la Série PASS North en 2015 et termine au 7e rang au championnat en plus d'obtenir le titre de recrue de l'année de cette série.  

Entouré par l'équipe David Gilliland Racing ainsi que son agent Robert Desrosiers, à l'âge de 15 ans, il devient le plus jeune pilote québécois à remporter un championnat américain de stock car.  À bord de sa Toyota Camry #99 aux couleurs FRL Express/Toyota-TRD/JBL Audio, le pilote Beauceron a prouvé une fois de plus son talent exceptionnel. Sa vision de la course, son calme et sa détermination font de lui un des pilotes de la relève des plus prometteur.

Nous sommes fiers d'honorer les accomplissements de ce jeune pilote que nous avons eu la chance de voir se développer au sein de notre série.

Ses partenaires : FRL Express Inc., Toyota-TRD, JBL Audio, Team Coach Imaging (Lettra Pub), Petro-Canada Jean-Paul Lessard & Fils, Mobil 1, Yamaha Generators.

Marie-Claude Levasseur


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