Patrick Carpentier to enter RX Canada event for Marklund Motorsports

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Patrick Carpentier has competed in Indycar, CART, NASCAR, Grand-Am, and now, he will take part in an FIA World Rallycross event.

Trois-Rivières, April 22nd 2014 | After shining in CART, IndyCar and NASCAR, Québécois driver Patrick Carpentier will take part in his first FIA World Championship event as driver of the Marley’s Mellow Mood VW Polo Supercar for top team Marklund Motorsport at RX Canada which will be part of Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières next August 7th and 8th.

Carpentier, a five-time winner in the CART Series and two-time winner at the GP3R, should have no problem dealing with the asphalt part of the GP3R new rallycross layout. What is less known is that as a lifelong motocross rider and, more recently, as a side-by-side vehicle occasional racer, the veteran might find his bearing on the dirt part of the track easier than some might expect.

Patrick Carpentier, Pastrana Waltrip Racing Toyota
Patrick Carpentier, Pastrana Waltrip Racing Toyota

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

“When I heard that Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières would host a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. I always loved dirt racing, powerful cars and excitement ! This series has it all. I have been working on a deal for some time and it finally just materialized,” said an ecstatic Carpentier who will also take on colour commentator duties for the World RX broadcasts on RDS.

Jan Marklund, principal of Marklund Motorsport, is very keen on having his Marley’s Mellow Mood VW Polo Supercar raced by a driver with Carpentier’s pace, caliber and reputation.

“We are happy to have e Patrick in our car in Canada, said Marklund who will also field Volkswagens for Finnish driver Topi Heikkinen, American superstar Tanner Foust and Swedish stand-out Anton Marklund . We think he can get us a good result as he is uses to tight racing at high speed.”

Carpentier’s returns to Le Grand prix de Trois-Rivières for the first time since he swept both round of the Fomula Atlantic Championship held here in 1996, And he wants to add pages to his storied legend in Trois-Rivières.

“Last time I raced in Trois-Rivières, we had a double header and we won both events on the same weekend. This will be my first event in this form of racing but through some help and support from Marley’s Mellow Mood and I'm very excited to be driving for Jan Marklund's raceteam. Most of all we want to enjoy the ride and this will be a great event this summer. This is a new kind of racing that fans will embrace," added Carpentier.

Of course, Carpentier’s return would not have been possible without the exceptional support of Marley’s Mellow Mood and the Marley Beverage Company.

"Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Make you want to move your dancing feet," sang the legendary Bob Marley. The Marley Beverage Company today is proud to announce its partnership with Marklaund Motorsports, and legendary driver Patrick Carpentier to its roster of Marley's Mellow Mood natural relaxation beverages.

Craig Thibodeau, SVP Sales, Marley Beverage Company, said, “we are very proud to support Patrick Carpentier in his return to racing in the province of Quebec, and the first FIA World Rallycross Champîonship event to take place in Canada.”

Patrick, brings a level of calm to today’s hectic pace, and we wish him best of luck at the GP3R .“Relax just Drive”

FIA World Rallycross Press Office

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Tags canada, fia, marklund motorsports, patrick carpentier, rx, world rallycross