Pierre Bourque Abandons Snow and Cold for Daytona Sun and Superspeedway Debut DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 8, 2008) -- This weekend Canadian native Pierre Bourque will kick off his 2008 season behind the wheel of the No. 93 ImpreMedia Dodge ...
Pierre Bourque Abandons Snow and Cold for Daytona Sun and Superspeedway Debut
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 8, 2008) -- This weekend Canadian native Pierre Bourque will kick off his 2008 season behind the wheel of the No. 93 ImpreMedia Dodge Charger at Daytona International Speedway. Saturday's race marks the first restrictor plate race for this veteran driver.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be about to take part in my first Daytona race," stated Bourque. "I think this is going to be one of the most exciting races I've ever participated in."
Despite being a rookie on a superspeedway, Bourque is anything but a stranger to a stock car. Bourque has logged laps while competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Camping World Series (formerly the NASCAR Busch East Series), and the ARCA RE/MAX Series. In preparation for this weekend's ARCA 200, Bourque participated in the ARCA open test at Daytona International Speedway in December 2007. A successful test, Bourque's Dodge Charger sat 12th on the speed charts. Bourque and his Eddie Sharp Racing teammates traveled to Talladega Superspeedway in January to continue their testing for the Daytona debut.
Bourque also has an ace up his sleeve for the 45th running of the ARCA 200. Crew Chief David Leiner, Jr. was in victory lane at the 2007 ARCA 200.
"We had a great handling car at the test in Daytona, really fast," said Bourque. "We had a great test at Talladega, too. We'll be in great shape for qualifying. I'm very impressed by ESR and my crew. Dave Leiner is tremendous!"
Bourque's season was supposed to start in Daytona two weeks ago in the famed Rolex 24. Bourque was set to compete with three teammates, piloting the No. 63 Porsche. Unfortunately on lap 31 of the 24-hour race, the engine gave up, leaving the team with a 66th-place finish. Only 70 minutes into the event, Bourque did not get a turn behind the wheel.
"[The Rolex 24] was a bitter disappointment. But I love the event and I'll be back next year. I expect great things out of the ARCA 200 this weekend," added Bourque. "I can't wait to get back to Daytona."