MONTREAL, QC – 2016-11-07 [updated 17h06] – The young St-Albert, QC stock car driver, Alex LABBÉ, will be the next Quebecois driver to make an attempt at the NASCAR XFINITY Series.  Driving the Mario GOSSELIN owned and prepared automobile, Labbé, 23 years old, will be racing in the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend.

"In addition to providing him a ride in the NASCAR Pinty's Series, we want Alex to continue his development in motorsports.  This is why we are providing him with the opportunity to rub fenders with the best and promising drivers of NASCAR, in at least five starts, behind the wheel of one of our Ford Can-Am Kappa Cyclops Gear NASCAR XFINITY cars" declared Alain Lord Mounir, Principal Officer for Go FAS Racing, Kappa clothes and Cyclop camera gear.

It will be important to finish.

The Ticket Galaxy 200, a NASCAR XFINITY race, will be held in the shadows of the Can-Am 500, for NASCAR Spring Cup cars.  Labbé will be competing in front of the NASCAR brass and all of the large teams.

Despite very modest expectations this weekend, he claims to be seeking experience and wants to rally the finish line, this race is in fact one of the many in his quest for a NASCAR Sprint Cup ride.

To get there, Labbé will need to convince NASCAR Officials that he has what it takes on the track to compete at those levels... short tracks, like Phoenix, intermediate tracks (1 to 2 miles), Speedways (2 miles) and finally Super Speedways (2.5 miles).  All of this may shake itself quickly for Labbé... but it is not automatic.

Intentions: Kick off 2017 at an intermediate track.

"Because the 2017 Pinty's Series calendar is still not available, we can't firm up our plans yet.  Of course my objective is to win the Pinty's title, but also to make my time in the XFINITY Series in order to be at the 2018 edition in Daytona" said a very smiling Alex Labbé.

Many changes expected in the Pinty's Series.

While he did not want to specify, Alex did confirm to us in the interview that many many important changes are to be expected in his chase for the Pinty's title.  He will not settle for anything less than providing Go FAS Racing, Can-Am, Kappa and Cyclops gear a title in Canada's premier NASCAR Series.

If he and his team are not ready to tell us more specific details, it is easy to believe that Labbé will want to surround himself with the people that have provided him with great success in his relatively short career, starting with Mario Gosselin, who will be handling crew chief duties for him this weekend.  Is an all Québécois team possible?

Larue steps in.

If fans and followers of the American-Canadian Tour is used to seeing Labbé sport the Larue snowplow and paving equipment colors, it will definitely be a weird feeling to see them on an XFINITY car.  For Labbé's first race in the Series, Larue, a Quebec company joins others to make this possible.  But the association doesn't stop there.  "As soon as the Pinty's schedule is known we will research which races we can do together in the Late Model and Super Late Model ranks."

The XFINITY race will be held on November 12, at Phoenix International Raceway (Phoenix, Arizona) and will be broadcasted in the USA on NBCSN and in Canada on TSN.

In English

Friday, November 11
12:30 PM, NXS Phoenix practice, NBCSN, TSN GO
3:00 PM, NXS Phoenix final practice, NBCSN, TSN GO

Saturday, November 12
4:00 PM, NXS Phoenix qualifying, NBCSN
7:00 PM, NXS Countdown, NBCSN, TSN2
7:30 PM, NXS Phoenix race, NBC, TSN2
10:00 PM, NXS Post Race Show, NBCSN

By Marc Patrick Roy
For OvalRacing and Inside Track Motorsport News

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