Nascar Canadian Tire Series - Autopro 100 Montreal
August 31, 2009
JR Fitzpatrick wins the Napa Autopro 100
MONTREAL – JR Fitzpatrick showed up to win—no question about it. He won the NAPA Autopro 100 in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in dominating fashion.
The 21-year-old out of Cambridge, Ont., took control of the race when he slipped inside of Kerry Micks in the hairpin turn on the ninth lap of the race. From there, he went on to build a lead of over five seconds before the caution flag waved on Lap 22 to set up an attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.
On the restart, the front of the field got stacked up as they entered Turn 3. As a result, the car of Scott Steckly ended up on its roof after making contact with Don Thomson Jr. Once the dust cleared, the cars were brought down pit road and the red flag was displayed which ended the event. The race was scheduled for 23 laps or 75 minutes leaving just the one opportunity to finish the race under green.
It was Fitzpatrick’s first win of the season and the fourth in his series career. He last won on June 15, 2007 at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont.
Points leader Andrew Ranger was able to clear the incident in Turn 3 and finish second. DJ Kennington, who held down second place in the closing laps, was not as fortunate. He got turned around in the fray and blended back into the field in the fourth position which is where NASCAR officials determined his finishing position to be.
After winning the first three road-course events of the year, Ranger was foiled in his bid to win all four road-course races on the 2009 slate. A season ago in this event, Fitzpatrick led much of the race before a late-race bobble allowed Ranger to take the win.
Kerry Micks led the first eight laps of the race and closed out the race in third place. Mark Dilley finished fifth equaling his season-high finish.
Ron Beauchamp Jr., Pierre Bourque, Jeff Lapcevich, Daryl Harr and Jarrad Whissell rounded out the top 10.
The race was slowed three times due to caution for a total of six laps. The race lead changed just one time between two drivers.
In the point standings, Ranger expanded his lead on Kennington by 10 points and now has a 134-point lead heading into the final three race of the season. Beauchamp and Steckly, in third and fourth, respectively, are right on Kennington’s heels.
In qualifying on Saturday, Alex Tagliani picked up his second straight series pole award after winning the pole two weeks ago at Quebec’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. In today’s race, Tagliani was knocked out of the race after just 11 laps due to mechanical problems.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 takes a weekend off before heading to Barrie Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 12 for the Torbram Electric 300 presented by The Source.
Tagliani wins Pole position for today's Canadian Tire Series race in Montreal
MONTREAL – For the second straight NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 event, Alex Tagliani will start on the pole. The native of Lachenaie, Que., logged the fastest time in qualifying for the NAPA Autopro 100 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Tagliani (No. 81 H. Gregoire/Monsieur Muffler Chevrolet) navigated the 14-turn, 2.73-mile temporary street course in 106.801 seconds for an average lap speed of 91.347 mph for his second career series pole. He also was the polesitter two weeks ago at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres for the GP3R 100.
The session was run under dry conditions after the morning practice session saw a wet track with wet tires mounted on the cars. The times during practice were well off the pace from previous events at the track, but qualifying times were right in line with prior results.
Starting alongside Tagliani on the front row will be Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford), who posted a time of 107.147 seconds (91.052 mph).
The second row consists of the only two series champions. Current point standings leader and 2007 series title winner Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford) timed in at 107.358 seconds (90.874 mph). Defending series champion Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Tow Truck in a Box Dodge) logged the fourth-fastest time at 107.389 seconds (90.847 mph).
Rounding out the top-five qualifiers was JR Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Schick Chevrolet) with a time of 107.667 seconds (90.613 mph).
The NAPA Autopro 100 is scheduled to take the green flag at 11:45 a.m. ET. RDS will provide live coverage of the race beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Ranger Looks To Complete Road Sweep In Montreal
Four-game road series sweeps are a coup for pennant-winning baseball teams, but they are almost unheard of in racing circles—even for championship drivers like Andrew Ranger.
With victories already in hand at Mosport International Raceway, Rexall Speedway and Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, Ranger (No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford), in Montreal, aims to pull off the unlikeliest of feats—a win in each of the four road-course events on the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule.
"We've had great success on the road courses this year," said Ranger. "I hope it continues. Montreal is a very special place."
Like most road-course tracks, the four on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule all have a technical portion that requires a proper-handling race car, as well as, a speed section which demands a stout motor with plenty of horsepower. The two combined raise the degree of difficulty and heighten the opportunity for something to go wrong, which makes Ranger's accomplishment of three wins—let alone four—all that much more impressive.
"There's always a chance that something will break at any track," he stated. "It's the competition in this series that makes it harder. It drives us to be better each race."
In his championship season of 2007, the driver out of Roxton Pond, Que., won just a single race—Mosport International Raceway—but his title was cemented by runner-up finishes in each of the other three road races and holding his own in the eight contests on oval tracks.
This season with two oval wins already under his belt, his dominance on the road courses is even more profound. No longer can the short-track racers count on making up ground on the oval tracks.
"It can't be luck," said rival DJ Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractors Dodge). "He's very skilled and comes ready to race with great care every time out."
Ranger is a much more complete driver than he was just two years ago. With four wins in the last five series events, he has built a 124-point lead on Kennington in the points standings.
His five wins, to date, is a new series record and he now has sole ownership of the series career wins mark with eight.
"It's been a fantastic year, but there is still much work to do," Ranger said. "None of these other guys are going to quit, so we can't either."
The Race: NAPA AUTOPRO 100 The Place: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Que.The Date: Sunday, Aug. 30The Time: 11:45 a.m. ETTV Schedule: RDS, 11:30 a.m. (Live), TSN, Aug. 29, Noon ET (Tape)Track Layout: 2.73-mile road courseRace Purse: $74,153 CAD2008 Winner: Andrew Ranger2008 Pole: Kerry MicksSchedule: Saturday: Practice 7:45-8:45 a.m.; Qualifying 1 p.m.
Beware Of Micks In Montreal
Amid all the talk of the road-course prowess of Andrew Ranger and the always fast JR Fitzpatrick, and his ability to steal the show, the forgotten man in the conversation is Kerry Micks.
As an accomplished road-course racer in his own right, Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) has a pair of series road-course victories to his credit, including a thrilling last-lap pass of Ranger for the 2007 win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Micks, out of Mount Albert, Ont., also set a series track record in qualifying at last year's event, by navigating the 2.73-mile track in 106.664 seconds (91.465 mph), further demonstrating his capacity for success at this venue.
After encountering mechanical woes at both Mosport International Raceway and Edmonton's Rexall Speedway, he posted a season-best finish of sixth on Aug. 16 at Trois-Rivieres among the three road races this season. Micks logged top 10s in three of the four road-course events in 2008.
"He has a great feel for road courses and he pushes very hard," said Ranger. "He's right there if you make a mistake."
Micks has seven top-10 finishes in nine races this year and currently holds down sixth place in the championship points standings, 258 points behind Ranger, the leader. The potential point differential from first to last this week is 129 points, which could certainly spin the title hunt in an all new direction with three races remaining on the slate following this weekend's race.
Montreal News & Notes
The Race: This event is the tenth of 13 races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule and the last of four races on road courses this season. It is the series' third visit to the track.
The Procedure: The starting field is 34 cars, including provisionals. The first 29 cars will qualify through NASCAR Road Race (group) qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 23 laps covering 100 kilometers (62.137 miles).
The Track: The 2.73-mile, 14-turn temporary road course is located in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame, a man-made island on the St. Lawrence River. The track was originally named Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but was renamed in 1982 following the death of legendary Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve.
The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the Canadian Tire Series is 106.664 seconds (91.465 mph) set by Kerry Micks on Aug. 1, 2008. The race record is held by Andrew Ranger at 54 minutes, 57 seconds set Aug. 2, 2008 for an average speed of 68.058 mph.
Last Year: Ranger dueled with JR Fitzpatrick the entire race as the two swapped the lead three times in the closing laps before Ranger was able to escape with the victory in front of a hometown crowd. It was Ranger's second series career victory and his first in Quebec.
Record Field: The series record for the largest field was set at last year's Montreal event with 33 cars. This year, the starting field is 34 cars and 34 are expected to be on hand.
Local Flavor: Just as was the case two weekends ago in Trois-Rivieres, the entry list is peppered with Quebec drivers. Nine drivers native to Quebec will be on hand. Points leader Ranger will be joined by Patrice Brisebois, Miguel Duhamel, Alan, Labrosse, Patrick Laperle, Alex Tagliani, L.P. Dumoulin, Dexter Stacey and Derek White.
Double Duty: Five drivers—Ranger, Fitzpatrick, Daryl Harr, DJ Kennington and Tagliani—will do double duty and compete in both the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
Yes sir, it's time for Andrew Ranger doing double-duty in Montreal this week. He's in the lead and on a winning streak and also won the Autopro 100 last year. It will be a great line up.
This Series is growing and Canadians love their Canadian Tire Series' racers.
Support your local tracks.
Best of luck Andrew in both the Autopro 100 and the Napa 200.
Nascar Canadian Tire Series - GP3R
Jacques Villeneuve spends some time with the media following the GP3R 100. (Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR)
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August 16, 2009
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 16, 2009) – Andrew Ranger had to contend with a hungry Anthony Simone but held on to win the GP3R 100 in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action from the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (Que.) on Sunday afternoon, successfully defending his race title from a year ago.
Simone, looking for his first series win, stayed right on Ranger’s rear deck lid throughout a green-white-checkered finish before settling for a runner-up finish. Setting up the two-lap dash to the finish line was a red flag caused by Jason Hathaway’s contact with a retaining wall that track officials needed to repair.
It was Ranger’s fifth victory of the season in the No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford, which establishes a new single-season series record eclipsing Scott Steckly’s four wins of a season ago. It was also Ranger’s fourth win in the last five races, dating back to his triumph at SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C., on July 18.
DJ Kennington finished third for his seventh top-five finish of the season.
Jacques Villeneuve, who had a disappointing result in this series debut on July 11 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Que.), finished the race in the fourth position. He was followed by Ron Beauchamp Jr. in fifth.
Kerry Micks, Jeff Lapcevich, Don Thomson Jr., Joey Hanssen and Kent Nuhn rounded out the top 10.
The race was slowed 3 times for caution for a total of 11 laps. The race was completely restarted after there was contact between J.F. Dumoulin and Robin Buck on the first lap. The race lead changed hands three times involving two drivers.
In the championship point standings, Ranger grew his lead to 124 points over Kennington, who moved into the second-place position. Defending series champion Steckly came into the race second in points, but left in fourth after experiencing transmission problems just 12 laps into the race. He is now 154 points off Ranger’s pace.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is on the track next on Sunday, Aug. 30 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the AUTOPRO 100 just prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1-GP3R 100
August 15, 2009
NCATS Qualifying: Tagliani On Pole With Record Run
Joined by Kennington On Front Row
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. (Aug. 15, 2009) – Alex Tagliani set a series track record and won the pole position in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 qualifying for Sunday afternoon’s GP3R 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Tagliani, a native of Lachenaie, Que., posted a series-record lap time of 68.374 seconds in group qualifying on the 10-turn, 1.53-mile Circuit de Trois-Rivieres for an average speed of 80.557 mph as he and DJ Kennington exchanged the top spot on consecutive laps at one point during their 10-minute qualifying session. Kennington’s fastest lap was timed at 68.712 seconds (80.161 mph).
It was Tagliani’s first series career pole as he bettered JR Fitzpatrick’s record of 68.446 seconds (80.472 mph) set a year ago.
“It’s really a tribute to my crew,” said Tagliani. “They have not had a lot of time with the car, but they certainly gave me a fast one that turns pretty good.”
The second row will consist of current point standings leader Andrew Ranger, who posted a time of 69.012 seconds (79.812 mph) and Anthony Simone with a time of 69.074 seconds (79.741 mph).
Jacques Villeneuve, former Formula One and Indy 500 champion, will start from the fifth position after posting a time of 69.142 seconds (79.662 mph).
Don Thomson Jr., Scott Steckly, Ron Beauchamp Jr., Trevor Seibert and Mark Dilley rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.
The GP3R 100 is set to get underway on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET.
For more information, contact:Shon Sbarra, NASCAR Public Relations, (704) 309-5493 or email@example.com
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1 - GP3R 100Lineup
Lap Length: 1.53 miles
1. (03) Alex Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Chevrolet, 80.557
2. (17) DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont., Dodge, 80.161
3. (27) Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que., Ford, 79.812
4. (95) Anthony Simone, Holland Landing, Ont., Chevrolet, 79.741
5. (7) Jacques Villeneuve, Montreal, Que., Ford, 79.662
6. (4) Don Thomson, Jr., Hamilton, Ont., Chevrolet, 79.434
7. (22) Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont., Dodge, 79.309
8. (60) Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont., Dodge, 79.227
9. (69) Trevor Seibert, Williams Lake, B.C., Ford, 78.962
10. (9) Mark Dilley, Barrie, Ont., Dodge, 78.955
11. (47) L.P. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Dodge, 78.763
12. (02) Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont., Ford, 78.445
13. (3) Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont., Dodge, 78.293
14. (40) Joey Hanssen, Venray, Holland, Dodge, 77.992
15. (07) J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Pontiac, 77.958
16. (23) Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont., Chevrolet, 77.953
17. (66) Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont., Ford, 77.765
18. (29) Pierre Bourque, Ottawa, Ont., Dodge, 77.498
19. (71) Patrice Brisebois, West Mount, Que., Dodge, 77.323
20. (44) Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alberta, Ford, 77.223
21. (18) Kent Nuhn, Williamsford, Ont., Chevrolet, 76.989
22. (39) Dave Whitlock, Petrolia, Ont., Dodge, 76.793
23. (21) Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C., Chevrolet, 76.337
24. (56) Howie Scannell, Jr., Milton, Ont., Dodge, 76.267
25. (5) Andre Coursol, St. Jerome, Que., Chevrolet, 75.057
26. (13) Cale Gale, Mobile, Ala., Chevrolet, 73.416
27. (55) Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que., Pontiac, 73.416
28. (99) Derek White, Kahnawake, Que., Chevrolet, 72.950
29. (67) David Thorndyke, Oshawa, Ont., Chevrolet, 72.674
August 14, 2009
GP Trois Rivières - Practice
1 03 Alex Tagliani Canadian Tire Motomaster 1:08.887 79.957
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Jacques' Motorhome is ready to welcome him to GP3r
Nascar Canadian Tire Series - Pre-race News and NotesCourtesy of Nascar.
- Gale Is Benefitting From International Cooperation
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 has had a driver from France. There is a current competitor from Holland. Its first female driver participated over a year ago in Montreal. Now, it has had its first American-born driver — Cale Gale — start a race.
It may seem odd for a young man out of Mobile, Ala., to end up racing on the short tracks and road courses of Canada, but both Gale, 24, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series benefit from the association.
For Gale, it is an opportunity to race in a highly competitive series with two demanding road-course events — Trois-Rivieres and Montreal — still on the schedule which is invaluable experience for a young driver.
As for the series, it opens a door to American drivers and teams by presenting another viable option to build knowledge and skill in an established, competitive series.
Gale's path to Canada is pretty simple to trace. Under contract with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), Gale just connected the dots between KHI's long-time relationship with Rheem in the United States to Rheem Canada's new involvement in NASCAR's third-year venture north of the border.
"How I got here was Rheem's involvement in this and at KHI," said Gale. "And it was an opportunity for me to get on the track and gain more experience, especially on road courses."
Gale's racing career began at the age of four when his father put him in a go-kart. In 1989, the five-year-old began racing competitively at Mobile (Ala.) Motorsports Park, winning five features in his first year. The following season, he won 25 features and the track championship.
From there, it was on to pure stocks, super stocks and late models before hitting the road in search of stiffer competition. He made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in 2006 at Nashville Superspeedway.
He made his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut on Aug. 8 at Mosport Speedway and finished 14th.
"These cars are a little different," he said. "But we need to get a little faster."
Gale is not afraid to admit that he has little frame of reference for road-course racing and the chance to work on it is welcome.
"I'm not really sure what to expect," he said. "I haven't done a lot of (road-course racing) and that is why this was really enticing to me. I've been told that the track in (Trois-Rivieres) is a lot of fun, but a little tight in spots. I'm really looking forward to it."
Here's to another example of international cooperation for the good of many.
The Race: GP3R 100 The Place: Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Que.The Date: Sunday, Aug. 16The Time: 3:30 p.m. ETTV Schedule: TSN, Aug. 29, Noon ETTrack Layout: 1.53-mile road courseRace Purse: $93,973 CAD2008 Winner: Andrew Ranger2008 Pole: JR FitzpatrickSchedule: Friday: Practice 6:25-7:10 p.m.; Saturday: Qualifying 3:20 p.m.Track Contact: Marie-Claude Pare, (819) 370-4787, firstname.lastname@example.orgNASCAR PR Contact: Shon Sbarra, (704) 309-5493, email@example.com
Second Career For Brisebois?
After roaming the ice for 18 years, appearing in over a thousand National Hockey League games for Montreal and Colorado, Patrice Brisebois, 38, is not quite ready to hang up his skates, but he is about to take his long-time passion for racing to a new level.
This weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, he will make his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 debut in the GP3R 100 in part to continue his growth in the motorsports world, in part to raise money for a good cause.
He is using this race and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event in Montreal on Aug. 30 as a vehicle to raise funds for the Dreams Take Flight charity, a program started by Air Canada employees that sends physically and mentally-challenged children to Disney World. So far, over 20,000 kids across Canada have made the journey.
This will be his first foray into professional racing, but he has competed in the amateur Ferrari Challenge for five years. And he is prepared to test the competition.
"I like the (NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) because of it's competitiveness," he said. "Those guys are there to win and will do anything to win. It's really something when you get in that car. I have practiced quite a bit imagining being out there with the other cars and a crowd."
It looks and sounds like Brisebois might just be hooked.
GP3R News & Notes
The Race: This event is the ninth of 13 races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 schedule and the third of four races on road courses this season. It is the series' third visit to the track.
The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 25 cars will qualify through NASCAR Road Race (group) qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 42 laps covering just over 100 kilometers (64.26 miles).
The Track: The temporary street course of Circuit de Trois-Rivieres is a nine-turn, 1.53-mile track. Differing from the other three road-course events on the schedule, in Trois-Rivieres, the cars race in a counter-clockwise motion as on oval tracks. It is the oldest street course in North America and this year is the 40th edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the Canadian Tire Series is 68.446 seconds (80.472 mph) set by J.R. Fitzpatrick on Aug. 16, 2008. The race record is held by Andrew Ranger at 1 hour, 3 minutes, 15 seconds set Aug. 17, 2008 for an average speed of 66.764 mph.
Last Year: Fitzpatrick led the first 28 laps before surrendering the lead to Scott Steckly, who paced the field for 17 laps. However, a full-course caution came out on Lap 41 to set up a green-white-checkered finish. On the final lap, Fitzpatrick made contact with Steckly while trying to make a pass for the lead which allowed Andrew Ranger, who had spent much of the race in the third position, to scoot past and collect the victory.
More Time: In his series debut on July 11 at Autodrome St. Eustache, Jacques Villeneuve's race lasted just a few hundred yards before being collected in a Lap 1 accident. The former F1 and Indy 500 champ again will try his luck in a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event.
Local Flavor: No less than eight drivers native to Quebec will be in the field for the GP3R 100. Along with Ranger and Villeneuve, Indy Car Series regular Alex Tagliani is returning to the series. Other Quebec drivers are Patrice Brisebois, J.F. Dumoulin, L.P. Dumoulin, Dexter Stacey and Derek White.
NCATS Notebook: Vortex Brake Pads 200 Wrap-Up
Leap Frog: When Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford) won in Edmonton on July 25, he tied Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Tow Truck in a Box Dodge) for the series all-time lead in wins at six. However, Steckly promptly went out and won the very next race to retake the lead. Not to be outdone, Ranger again tied Steckly with his win at Mosport Speedway. The two now also share the series record for wins in a season with four.
Nice Job, Rookie: Making his series debut, Steven Mathews (No. 15 Mathews Motorsports Ford) notched a sixth-place finish in the Vortex Brake Pads 200 and became the fourth rookie driver since the beginning of the 2008 season to finish inside the top 10 in a debut outing.
Mr. Consistency: With his third-place showing at Mosport Speedway, DJ Kennington (No. 17 Castrol/Mahindra Tractor Dodge) picked up his sixth top-five finish of the season in eight events. In his series career, Kennington has finished inside the top five in 23 of his 33 starts. He has 27 career top-10 finishes.
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race: As a reward for his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victory at Mosport Speedway, Ranger collects $1,500 from Mobil 1 for the fourth time this season.
Mopar Quick Three: This program rewards the top three finishing Dodges in the race eligible for the award. In the Vortex Brake Pads 200, third-place finisher Kennington was the highest-finishing eligible Dodge and thus earned a $2,000 bonus. Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge), who came home in fourth place, was the second-highest finishing eligible Dodge, which earned him a $1,000 award. Picking up $500 for finishing as the third-highest eligible Dodge was Dave Whitlock (No. 39 Dickies/NMT Dodge). He finished eighth overall.
Coca-Cola Move of the Race: Improving his position the most over the course of the race was Beauchamp. With a sub-par qualifying effort, he started 14th on the grid before navigating his way to a finish of fourth. As a result, he earned the $1,000 award from Coca-Cola. It was his fifth top five this year after having just five in his two previous seasons.
MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: In a new program for 2009, the driver who compiles the most points in a specialized system involving qualifying, race finish and leading laps collects the $1,000 award. Kennington qualified third and finished the race in third while leading the most laps (94).
In Case You Missed It: TSN coverage of the Vortex Brake Pads 200 from Mosport Speedway will premiere on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. ET. Check local listings for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, the Velocity Prairie Thunder from Saskatoon's Auto Clearing Motor Speedway will premiere on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. ET.
Up Next: Montreal
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 pays a visit to Montreal's legendary Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the AUTOPRO 100, the final road-course event of the season.
Being paired with the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes it the biggest event of the year. Over 30 cars are expected to be on hand to take on the 2.71-mile, 14-turn temporary street course located in Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence River.
In last year's event, hometown hero Andrew Ranger battled JR Fitzpatrick all race long. Fitzpatrick led 21 of the 23 laps, but he got off the course on the final lap, spinning him out of contention. Ranger took the checkered for his, then, second career win.
NASCAR Canadian Tire à Saint-Eustache - Tide 250
A first-lap crash ended Jacques Villeneuve's day. (Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR)
Thomson took a spin after a slight tap from Andrew Ranger. Jacques simply couldn't avoid hitting Thomson who tried to hold on. It was the end of Jacques first attempt in the Canadian Tire race in St. Eustache. Life happens.
And, I'll say it again... The media and the big crowd showed up to see our Canadian hero Jacques Villeneuve run a race. Wherever he rides, there's a crowd.
Continue to support local racing JVistes. It matters.
2:10 p.m. -- GREEN FLAG. DJ Kennington noses ahead of Don Thomson Jr.
2:11 p.m. -- CAUTION NO. 1: Don Thomson Jr. collects with Jacques Villeneuve in Turn 2.
2:15 p.m. -- The cars will line up for a complete restart.
Currently, the good news is Andrew Ranger is in the lead.
Jacques Villeneuve starting in 10th position. We're only a few minutes away from the start.
Your top ten are DJ Kennington, Don Thomson Jr., John Gaunt, Andrew Ranger, Kerry Micks, Scott Steckly, Mark Dilley, Jeff Lapcevich, Anthony Simone and Jacques Villenueve.
Have a great race JV.
Jacques Villeneuve signs a few autographs prior to the Tide 250. He is making his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 debut. Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR
Rewind - The Canadian Tire race today in St. Eustache is on. :-)
The wicked storms yesterday postponed Jacques Villeneuve's first attempt in the Canadian Tire Nascar Series race at St. Eustache. The sun is out and the schedule for today has practice slated for 10 a.m. with time trials at noon. Spectator gates will open at 7 a.m.
The Green Flag is at 2PM Eastern Standard Time.
Today's weather will ensure the Autodrome St. Eustache is filled to capacity. If you don't have plans, give them a call to find out if there are any tickets left. Seeing Jacques Villeneuve race in the Tide 250 on a short-track oval will be a first for local JVistes. Dream Big, the best is yet to come.
Enjoy the race and Go JV Go!
11 juillet 2009
Bonne chance Jacques Villeneuve aujourd'hui.
The sun is out, let's hope it stays and the race is on tonight.
In the meantime, gotta run...Great news for the Canadian Tire Nascar Series. Thanks Nascar Media.
Mobil 1 Partners With Canadian Tire and NASCAR
Company Adds Presenting Sponsorship To NASCAR Portfolio
TORONTO (July 9, 2009) – Canadian Tire Corporation and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today that Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil, has become the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
The series is now officially called the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1.
The involvement in NASCAR by Mobil 1 is long and storied. It stretches from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all the way through the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Mobil 1 has been a key ingredient in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series since its inception in 2007.
“We welcome Mobil 1 as the presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,” said George Silbermann, Managing Director of Racing Operations for NASCAR. “Mobil 1 has been a participant at all levels of NASCAR racing, both in Canada and in the U.S., and this new role with the premier Canadian stock-car series furthers their strong presence in the sport.”
Canadian Tire, Canada’s largest automotive retailer, and Mobil 1, the world’s leading synthetic motor oil, have a long-standing relationship, as well. The two are teaming up in the ‘Hear The Roar’ contest in which a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette will be awarded to a Canadian Tire customer who purchased a specially-marked Mobil 1 or Mobil Super product. The final draw for the new car will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race on Sept. 12 at Barrie (Ont.) Speedway.
“Mobil 1 shares our passion for motorsports and our continued focus on bringing innovative automotive products to market” said Tony Kuczynski, vice president, automotive, Canadian Tire. "We are excited to welcome Mobil 1 as presenting sponsor of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and look forward to working together to bring the excitement of the series to race fans across the country.”
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 has a 13-race schedule in 2009 and competes on both oval tracks and road courses across Canada. It will visit 12 tracks, this season, covering six provinces—Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
9 juillet 2009
Épreuve de la série NASCAR Canadian Tire à Saint-Eustache le samedi 11 juillet
JACQUES VILLENEUVE FERA ÉQUIPE AVEC ANDREW RANGER ET JON BOUVRETTE
Saint-Eustache, 9 juillet 2009 - Monsieur Alan Labrosse, promoteur et propriétaire de l'Autodrome St-Eustache, est heureux d'annoncer que le pilote Jacques Villeneuve sera le coéquipier d'Andrew Ranger et de Jonathan Bouvrette lors du Tide 250, quatrième étape de la série NASCAR Canadian Tire qui sera disputée ce samedi 11 juillet à Saint-Eustache.
Lors d'un point de presse tenu jeudi au salon VIP de l'Autodrome, Jacques Villeneuve à été présenté à la presse en compagnie de ses coéquipiers Andrew Ranger et Jonathan Bouvrette.
En accord avec Dave Jacombs, le propriétaire de Jacombs Racing, et des principaux commanditaires de l'équipe, Tide et Walmart, ces trois pilotes québécois « titrés » auront l'occasion de disputer cette épreuve de 250 tours au volant de voitures Ford Fusion similaires. Pour Alan Labrosse, la participation à cette course de ce trio de champions est un rêve qui se concrétise.
« Depuis que j'ai acheté cette piste, je mijote de nouvelles idées, de nouveaux projets dans le dessein d'offrir de l'inédit aux amateurs québécois de stock-car, a déclaré Alan Labrosse. Ce sera le cas ce samedi soir alors qu'on verra réunis au volant de voitures similaires ces trois champions au sein d'une même équipe. Comme propriétaire et promoteur de l'événement, il est difficile de demander mieux. Ça devrait être un spectacle grandiose. »
Villeneuve en sera à sa première expérience en Série NASCAR Canadian Tire, et sur une piste ovale au Québec. « Lorsque Alan (Labrosse) m'a contacté pour m'offrir cette possibilité, je ne savais pas trop à quoi m'attendre, a déclaré Villeneuve. C'est une expérience que j'ai vraiment hâte de vivre. Je ne connaissais pas les voitures de cette série avant d'en conduire une en essais privés au mois de mai dernier. Elle m'a immédiatement séduite. J'ai été surpris de son comportement, de sa puissance et de sa maniabilité. On me dit que c'est une série très compétitive où l'on joue du coude, et qu'il y a d'excellents pilotes. »
De son côté, Andrew Ranger vivra un rêve lors de la course de samedi soir. « Je vais avoir l'occasion de courir en compagnie de mon idole de jeunesse, a avoué Ranger qui occupe actuellement le second rang du championnat à huit points du meneur, l'Ontarien Ron Beauchamp. Ça me comble de joie, surtout que nous aurons l'occasion de travailler au sein de la même équipe. Il aura une voiture compétitive, mais il deviendra également un adversaire supplémentaire à surveiller en piste. »
Actuel meneur au nouveau championnat Sportsman NASCAR Ippersiel et champion 2008 de la série hebdomadaire Whelen de NASCAR Québec, Jonathan Bouvrette va également vivre une journée unique à l'Autodrome à l'occasion du Tide 250. Le pilote de Saint-Jérôme a mérité ce privilège à titre de boni pour avoir remporté le championnat Whelen l'an dernier.
« J'ai vraiment hâte d'être en piste avec Andrew et Jacques. On a vu au mois de mai que cette série était très compétitive. Elle devrait l'être encore davantage puisqu'il va y avoir plus de voitures cette fois. Plusieurs compétiteurs étaient absents lors de la première épreuve. Je ne me fixe pas d'objectifs précis, sauf que j'aimerais terminer l'épreuve, surtout dans le tour du vainqueur. »
Le retour d'Andrew Ranger, la participation de Jacques Villeneuve, et la première expérience de Jonathan Bouvrette suscitent beaucoup d'intérêt pour cette épreuve. Les amateurs peuvent toujours se procurer des billets pour sièges réservés, et assister ce samedi 11 juillet au Tide 250 en téléphonant au 514 591-4388
Source: Autodrome St. Eustache
July 8, 2009
Something New For Veteran Villeneuve
Many world-class drivers are willing to return to their roots when the occasion allows, but not many sign up for something they've done very little of in their careers.
Jacques Villeneuve (No. 7 Jacombs Racing Ford), the 1995 Indy 500 winner and 1997 Formula 1 world champion, will go short-rack racing in the Tide 250 at Quebec's Autodrome St. Eustache and make his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut in the process.
Stock cars and NASCAR racing, in particular, are not new to Villeneuve, who has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping Word Truck Series. Be that as it may, there are no .4-mile flat ovals, like the St. Eustache track, in any of those series.
He spent about an hour in a Jacombs Racing car in mid-May, but it was far from a programmed test session.
"I was in the area when (Autodrome St. Eustache track owner Alan Labrosse) called and told me the car was at the track," the 38-year-old Villeneuve said. "I went over there with my running shoes on and had to put a pillow under my bum."
He got about 30 laps in, mostly to get used to the car and the track.
"We didn't make any adjustments to the car. I just went round and round," he said. "I haven't spent a lot of time on a track that small. It took a little time to get used to everything, but it was pretty entertaining."
Primarily living in Europe, Villeneuve recently moved back to his native Montreal and still fosters ambitions of a full-time return to racing whether it be in the upper levels of NASCAR or, possibly, the Formula 1 circuit.
"That's my priority now. Actually, to look at my NASCAR options, is the main reason I moved back to Montreal," Villeneuve said. "There's a lot of chaos in F1 right now, but I know that it is something I do well, so I am taking a look at that, as well."
Definitely on his radar is the NASCAR Nationwide Series race scheduled for Aug. 30 in Montreal at the track that bears the name of his legendary late father—Gilles Villeneuve.
"I'm confident we'll be able to put something together for that race, but not as late as last year."
Regardless of past accomplishments, much like Tony Stewart, Villeneuve simply likes to race anything anywhere.
"I like racing and driving race cars, so whenever you have time; you jump into anything you can," he said. "I think I would welcome the opportunity to race more in this series if my schedule allows."
The Race: Tide 250
The Place: Autodrome St. Eustache, St. Eustache, Que.
The Date: Saturday, July 11
The Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
TV Schedule: TSN, July 19, 2 p.m. ET
Track Layout: .4-mile flat oval
Race Purse: $85,398 CAD
2008 Winner: Event not held
2008 Pole: Event not held
Schedule: Practice 1-2 p.m. Qualifying 4:45 p.m.
Track Contact: Tobie Légaré, (450) 472-6222, firstname.lastname@example.org
NASCAR Contact: Shon Sbarra, (704) 309-5493, email@example.com
1. Ron Beauchamp Jr. 500
2. Andrew Ranger 492
3. DJ Kennington 465
4. Anthony Simone 459
5. Kerry Micks 450
6. Dave Whitlock 442
7. Scott Steckly 438
8. Mark Dilley 409
9. Jason Hathaway 392
10. Kent Nuhn 384
11. Don Thomson Jr. 379
12. Jason White 375
Ranger Primed For First Oval Track Win
The road to his 2007 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship started with a win at Mosport International Raceway.
While winning another title is certainly a goal, Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Walmart/Tide Ford) has a more immediate target in his crosshairs—his first series victory on an oval track.
The accomplished road racer, who has four road-course wins to his credit, has flirted on numerous occasions with an oval-track triumph. His most recent opportunity at this elusive item on his to-do list came in the 2009 season opener at Autodrome St. Eustache in his home province of Quebec on May 23. In that race, he led a race-best 144 laps, clearly demonstrating his evolution from open-wheel to stock-car driver is near completion.
He established very early, after making the move from the former Champ Car Series, his ability behind the wheel of a race car. It was simply a matter of mastering the nuances of piloting a stock car.
As a result of his Mosport win, the 22-year-old out of Roxton Pond, Que., jumped to second in the championship driver standings, just eight points behind leader Ron Beauchamp Jr.
The question two seasons ago was if he could win on an oval track. Now, it seems to be just a matter of when. And it would be quite apropos to complete his transition in his native Quebec with a car bearing the same No. 27 as the iconic Gilles Villeneuve sported at the time of his tragic and untimely death in 1982, and on a night with Jacques Villeneuve as a teammate.
ASE News & Notes
The Race: This event is the fourth of 13 races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule. It is the third trip to the track for the series and second in 2009.
The Procedure: The starting field is 22 cars, including provisionals. The first 19 cars will be determined from two-lap time trials. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 250 laps (100 miles).
The Track: The Autodrome St. Eustache racing complex, located northwest of Montreal, consists of a .4-mile flat oval, a 1.7-kilometer road course and a .125-mile drag strip. There is also a karting track on the premises. The track was founded in 1965 as Fury Speedway de Fabreville, and the current configuration has been hosting various types of racing since 1970. The track was purchased by Alan Labrosse prior to the 2008 race season.
The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the Canadian Tire Series at the track is 17.219 seconds (83.629 mph), set by Don Thomson Jr. last year on July 5. The 250-lap race record is held by Scott Steckly at 1 hour, 53 minutes, 11 seconds, also set last July 5 for an average speed of 53.484 mph.
Making Debuts: In addition to Jacques Villeneuve, two other drivers—Jonathan Bouvrette and Hugo Vannini—will be making their series debut in the Tide 250. Bouvrette is the reigning track and provincial champion in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Last Time In St. Eustache: In the 2009 season opener on May 23, Dave Whitlock, just days after announcing that he will retire at the close of the 2009 season, started the year off right with a win in the Tufoil 250. It was his first career series victory. Kerry Micks and Ron Beauchamp Jr. took second and third, respectively.
Also On Tap: Joining the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday night will be the Ippersiel Sportsman and Lucas Oil Sport Compact classifications of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Additionally, the Papa Johns ANCA Modified Legends and REVSTAR sprint cars will be on hand.
Jacques Villneuve participating in Nascar Canadian Tire Series
Jacques Villeneuve will be participating in the Nascar Canadian Tire series, July 11, 2009 at the St. Eustache Autodrome. It will be great to see JV and Andrew Ranger racing and hopefully getting ready for the Montreal Nationwide late August.
Jacques seems to have found his groove again. Go JV Go!
Boys just having fun? Or, getting ready for Montreal's Nationwide
Lucky #7 with JV at the wheel?
Seems Jacques Villeneuve was having fun this weekend riding a Cascar and meeting with the Walmart/Tide Team? Andrew Ranger was also there, both of them in full racing gear.
This was more than grown up fun. There is a plan! lol
Have a good one and come back soon.
Steckly is the Nascar Canadian Tire Series Champion 2008
He did it! Steckly is the 2008 Nascar Canadian Tire Series Champ. Bravo!
Andrew Ranger pulled out of the last race and headed south to participate in Nascar's Nationwide. It's great to see another Quebecer racing in top Nascar series.
See you on the track Pat! lol
Andrew Ranger finished 6th despite being rear-ended by Gibbons when he was race-leader. Gibbons was penalized but ouch! That hurt. One more to go...
Thomson keeps the lead and distances the others after the Nascar Canadian Tire series race at the Riverside in Nova Scotia.
But several more in the Nascar Nationwide series. Go Andrew while we await bossman! :-)
Thomson garde la tête de la série Nascar Candian Tire et distance les autres avec la victoire au Riverside en Nouvelle Écosse.
A. Ranger termines 6ième malgrè le fait que Gibbons la eu dans l'luc lors qu'Andrew était en tête. Gibbons a été pénalisé pour le geste mais ca fait du mal à la course de Ranger. Ouch! Il en reste qu'une...
Mais encore plusieurs pour Andrew dans la série Nascar Nationwide. Go Ranger avant l'arrivée du bossman! :-)
Division: NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES
Total Number of Races: 11 Last Race Date: 09/06/2008
1 Scott Steckly 1824
2 Don Thomson, Jr. 1701
3 Andrew Ranger 1698
4 DJ Kennington 1697
5 Kerry Micks 1634
6 Mark Dilley 1565
7 JR Fitzpatrick 1527
8 Peter Gibbons 1509
9 Derek Lynch 1453
10 Jason Hathaway 1416
11 John Gaunt 1410
12 Brad Graham 1409
13 Dave Whitlock 1371
14 Ron Beauchamp, Jr.
15 Kent Nuhn 1267
16 Jason White * 1167
17 Anthony Simone * 1167
18 Alex Tagliani * 1091
19 Jim Lapcevich 978
20 Doug Brown 948
21 Joey McColm 730
22 Jeff Lapcevich 401
23 Jarrad Whissell * 388
24 Pierre Bourque 364
25 Peter Klutt * 354
26 Robin Buck * 321
27 David Thorndyke * 291
28 Trevor Seibert * 276
29 Todd Nichol * 266
30 Pete Shepherd, III * 257
31 Andre Coursol * 239
32 Nik Lapcevich * 227
* Denotes Rookie of the Year Contender
They'll be racing again at Riverside...
Sept. 20, 2008
Andrew Ranger didn't have a good race in Barrie. He dropped from 2nd to 3rd in the Nascar Canadian Tire Series standings.
But they'll be racing again at the Riverside and if Ranger's team worked out the 'kinks', he should have a good race.
Practice usually runs from 1:30-3PM. Qualifications are today at 5:30PM Atlantic time and the Green Flag at 7:30.
Have a good race Andrew!
Andrew Ranger n'a pas eu une bonne course à Barrie. Il va(pour le moment :-)) de la 2ième au 3ième place dans la série Nascar Canadian Tire.
Mais, ils coursent encore au Riverside et si l'équipe à Ranger à trouvé le bobo, Ranger devrait avoir une bonne course aujourd'hui.
Après celle là, il n'en reste qu'une...
Bonne course Andrew!
Sept. 03, 2008
Andrew Ranger had another great race this past weekend in Hamilton. He finished second at Cayuga putting him in second place of the Canadian Tires Series standings. Kudos Andrew!
Encore une fois, il a tenu le drapeau Canadien avec Kennington aux presentations avant-course... l'autre Canadien de cette série qui fait 'double-duty' en Nascar Nationwide. Bravo Andrew et Kennington.
Grand Prix Trois Rivieres - Regional Nascar series - Cascar
Bravo A. Ranger who won in Trois Rivieres over the weekend.
And, if that wasn't enough...
Andrew has confirmed that he will be participating in next 7 Nascar Nationwide races. Good job!
Of course, as a JVistes, I'm hoping the really big news follows shortly. :-)
It's easy to like Andrew. A young Quebecer who grew up dreaming of running in Nascar 1 day. Ranger started in stock car racing when he was a youngster. Another Canadian in Nascar Nationwide.
A few photos from the weekend in Trois Rivieres and a short audio from Andrew Ranger.
Have a good one JVistes!
Bravo Andrew Ranger qui a gagné à Trois Rivières en fin de semaine.
Et, comme c'est pas assez... ;-)
Andrew confirmes qu'il participera aux 7 prochaines courses de la série Nascar Nationwide!
Etant JVistes, j'attends avec impatience le gros news. :-)
Bon, Andrew Ranger - Facile d'aimer ce gars qui depuis sa jeunesse rêve de courir en Nascar. Stock car all the way pour ce jeune homme. Encore Bravo Andrew!
Quelques photos du GP Trois Rivières et audio de Ranger.
Bon lundi les JVistes!
A triumphant Ranger at Trois-Rivieres. (Photo Credit: Chris Coughlin/NASCAR)
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