PIERRE BOURQUE READIES TALLADEGA DEBUT TALLADEGA, Ala (Tuesday October 3, 2006) -- With a massive number of rookies attempting to make the Food World 250, the final superspeedway event of the season for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, rookie Pierre ...
PIERRE BOURQUE READIES TALLADEGA DEBUT
TALLADEGA, Ala (Tuesday October 3, 2006) -- With a massive number of rookies attempting to make the Food World 250, the final superspeedway event of the season for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, rookie Pierre Bourque is excited to be among them.
Bourque, a native of Ottawa, Ontario will look to make his third RE/MAX Series start on Friday in an entry fielded by Fast Track Racing, the same team that steered Bourque to a 13th place finish at Winchester and a 21st place finish at Nashville earlier this season.
Fast Track Racing was one of over 30 race teams that elected to participate in the open test session for the ARCA RE/MAX Series last week and Bourque impressed, averaging a lap of 51.300 seconds at a fast speed of 186.667 mph, good enough for 12th fastest of 37 cars at the track that day.
"We had a great test," Bourque said. "The car was awesome and we were fast and competitive. I'm really upbeat about Friday's race and I think we have a good chance to do well."
Talladega Superspeedway officials recently repaved the intimidating and breathtaking track and many expect to see one of the best ARCA RE/MAX Series races ever."The track is ultra-fast and ultra-smooth, like a baby's bottom," he said.
"The track looks brand new with the repaving. I expect a very fast pace. We weren't really allowed to draft (at the test) and we were still posting very fast times. I think when we get a group of cars in the draft; we'll have speeds well over 190 mph. It should be a great race for the fans."
The Fast Track Racing team won't be the only guidance that Bourque will have at his side this week. ARCA RE/MAX Series car owner Andy Belmont will also help guide the Canadian driver this week.
"Belmont is a great racer with a lot of heart," Bourque said. "He's good friends with my car owner and mentor Andy Hillenburg and all those two want is the best for me. I'm very lucky to be working with guys that have so much experience and that will only help advance my career."
"Man, this is a great race for our sponsors," explained Bourque. "Talladega is one of the most viewed races for the ARCA RE/MAX Series and that is great news for our sponsors. We're all pulling for a great run on Friday and I would like nothing more than to see our hot rod in contention for the win."
The Food World 250 (94 laps/250 miles) is the 22nd of 23 events on the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Thursday, October 5th with a two hour thirty five minute (9:00am-11:35am EST) session. Pork Pole qualifying is set for that afternoon (3:30pm EST). The teams will receive a Happy Hour practice with limited adjustments on Friday, October 6th with the race set to take the green flag at 4:30pm. The race will be televised on SPEED on a same day tape-delay basis with airtime set for 8:00pm. Visit arcaracing.com for all the latest results from the track.