CASCAR heads to Quebec for its second-ever appearance at the Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res TORONTO, ON -- This weekend, the CASCAR Super Series will head to Trois-RiviÃ¨res, Quebec to participate in the 37th edition of the legendary Grand Prix...
CASCAR heads to Quebec for its second-ever appearance at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
TORONTO, ON -- This weekend, the CASCAR Super Series will head to Trois-Rivières, Quebec to participate in the 37th edition of the legendary Grand Prix de Trois- Rivières. The race will mark CASCAR's second-ever appearance at the event.
Back in 2001, Don Thomson Jr. saw victory slip from his grasp on the final lap after leading the first 41 tours around the 10-turn, temporary street circuit. The Home Hardware Chevy driver's transmission gave out with just a few corners to go, handing the lead and the victory to Canadian Tire Chevy driver Peter Gibbons.
Thomson went on to win his first of five consecutive CASCAR Super Series National championships that season, but the 'one that got away' at Trois-Rivières still sticks out in his mind as unfinished business.
"When we go to Trois-Rivières, I don't care how many laps I lead, as long as we lead the last one," joked Thomson, last month. In the 2001 race, his car was actually pushed across the finish line by that of his teammate, John Fitzpatrick. "Last time we were there, I led every lap but the last one. I'm looking forward to that race especially because it was a great event with so many thousands of fans there to watch us. There were huge crowds there to watch CASCAR racing."
Sunday's (Aug. 6) 100 km CASCAR Super Series feature race at the G.P. de Trois-Rivières takes the green flag at 11: 15 a.m. CASCAR has two practice sessions scheduled for Friday (Aug. 3), in advance of the half-hour qualifying session on Saturday morning (Aug. 5). That session will set the starting field for Sunday's main event.
While the Fitzpatrick Motorsports duo of Don Thomson and John Fitzpatrick were central to the finish of the Trois-Rivières CASCAR race in 2001, there's a good chance that the newest addition to the team will play a factor in this Sunday's race.
J.R. Fitzpatrick is the leader of the CASCAR Super Series points chase following five events. On the strength of his first career feature win and several other strong runs, the Milwaukee Tools Chevy driver is brimming with confidence, making it clear to all that he belongs on the list of contenders for this year's championship.
The Cambridge, ON youngster has been competitive in every event so far this year, shining on ovals and road courses, alike. The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières is the third of four road races on the 2006 schedule. Kerry Micks won the Father's Day race at Mosport Int'l Raceway, while Jeff Lapcevich won CASCAR's most recent race, the Griddly Headz 100 at the Grand Prix of Edmonton. J.R. Fitzpatrick started on the pole at both Mosport and Edmonton.
TROIS-RIVIÈRES NOTEBOOK: Don Thomson Jr. won the pole for CASCAR's only other race at the G.P. de Trois-Rivières, in 2001-- That year, Kerry Micks started at the back of the 23-car field and made an impressive charge to third, at the finish, just behind Castrol Dodge driver DJ Kennington-- In addition to CASCAR, several other series will be in action this weekend at Trois-Rivières, including: Skip Barber, SCCA Mazda MX-5, Grand Am Cup, Star Mazda, Formula 1600 and the Echo Pirelli Series.
CASCAR ON TV: Catch replays of the Castrol 300 from Vernon Speedway on: Friday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. on SPORTSNET EAST, ONTARIO and WEST. For information regarding initial airings and replays of Super Series races, please check your local listings or visit www.cascar.ca/schedule/tv_schedule.html.
<pre> SCHEDULE: G.P. DE TROIS-RIVIERES (Trois-Rivieres, Quebec)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2006 10:50 a.m. -- 11:10 a.m. CASCAR Super Series Practice Session #1 6:10 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m. CASCAR Super Series Practice Session #2
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2006 10:35 a.m. -- 11:05 a.m. CASCAR Qualifying Session
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 2006 11:15 a.m. START CASCAR SUPER SERIES 100 KM FEATURE RACE