Momentum On Bourque's Side Heading Into Nashville LEBANON, Tennessee (August 8, 2006) - - ARCA rookie Pierre Bourque strolls into Nashville Superspeedway hoping to improve on his season best 12th place racing performance last weekend ...
Momentum On Bourque's Side Heading Into Nashville
LEBANON, Tennessee (August 8, 2006) - - ARCA rookie Pierre Bourque strolls into Nashville Superspeedway hoping to improve on his season best 12th place racing performance last weekend Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix in the CASCAR Series. Not only does Bourque look for his first career top-ten he is itching to make his Superspeedway debut in Saturday's ARCA 200.
Bourque's had a busy 2006 season. Under the guidance of former ARCA champion Andy Hillenburg the duo is in the midst of competing in a full NASCAR Busch East Series season while also taking a stab in the CASCAR Series.
With a weekend off in both divisions, Bourque returns to the developmental series looking to make his second career ARCA start. Earlier this year, Bourque turned some heads with a solid 13th place short track effort at the demanding Winchester Speedway.
"I'm really excited to return to ARCA Racing," said Bourque who currently is the only full time Canadian NASCAR driver. "This weekend is a whole new exciting effort for me. I've had the opportunity to run some superspeedways races in the NASCAR Busch East Series this year and I have great expectations for my ARCA Superspeedway debut."
In an effort to get a grip on the slick 1.333-mile concrete oval, Bourque was one of 12 teams participating in the open test session late last month in preparation for the second ARCA race at Nashville this year. "We didn't set the world on fire during the test, but we didn't plan to," added Bourque a native of Ottawa, Ontario. "We spent the day adjusting our No. 11 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and it was ironically near the end of the day with scorching temperatures and old tires that I maneuvered my quickest lap. That's a good thing. We know that our can be competitive on the longer runs, now we'll work on our qualifying setup during a portion of the practice on Friday."
Bourque added, "The ARCA RE/MAX Series is a very tough division to compete in. Thankfully, my car owner (Andy Hillenburg) and his Fast Track Racing bunch know how to get around the track and I feel we'll unload much stronger than the open test and put our machine into the top-20 during practice leading up to qualifying."
When asked about the chance of flying home with the coveted racing guitar trophy, Bourque is optimistic. "There is going to be a lot of stout racecars this weekend. Anything is possible. It would be a great feeling to walk way from Nashville with the guitar, but we're really aiming for our first top-ten effort together. I know this won't be my last time competing at Nashville, so if I don't walk away with the trophy, I won't be disappointed."
Jumping over from CASCAR and the NBES is Bourque's sponsors. Driving.Ca will adorn the primary sponsorship role this weekend. Driving.Ca is Canada's No. 1 Automotive website.
In addition, Canada.com, Canada's biggest online community, Working.com, one of North America's top career sites, and Dose.Ca, a cool site that caters to hip Canadian urbanites coast-to-coast, will all serve as secondary sponsors on Bourque's No. 11 machine on Saturday
All four new sponsors are part of Canwest-Global, Canada's largest media company with interests in television, radio, newspapers and the internet. All four will be backing of Bourque's NASCAR Busch East season, his remaining two CASCAR races, and his forays into ARCA.
"I'm really excited about our new sponsors jumping into the ARCA RE/MAX Series," he said, "they are leaders in their respective fields, both in terms of the way they use new technologies and the way they attract a sizable user base. I'm looking forward to helping them expand their reach into the North American stock car base, particularly within NASCAR's Canadian fan base, which according to public opinion polls, number some six million die-hard fans."
"The race will be televised live on the SPEED channel and that will be huge for our backers. It's our goal and intent to flourish as much television time as possible and give them some great exposure seen by thousands of race fans across the United States."
Full Metals Minerals and Pollara Strategic Public Opinion, who backed Bourque's ARCA debut will also continue to back Bourque's ARCA racing effort for the balance of the season as associate sponsors. "We have a great lineup in the sponsorship department and that's good for us. While I know this is possibly going to be one of my toughest races of the 2006 season, we remained focused on our goals. If we can't produce a top-ten finish on Saturday, I just hope we can walk out of Nashville with a solid finish."
In addition to running a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series for Fast Track Racing and car owner Andy Hillenburg, Bourque is also maneuvering a full NASCAR Busch East Series schedule, followed by one CASCAR event remaining with Whitlock Motorsports.
Rolling into Nashville, Bourque a graduate of Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Driving School has one ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his resume with a career best finish of 13th at Winchester Speedway (May 2006). He holds a career time trials effort of 24th also at Winchester Speedway (May 2006),
The ARCA 200 (150 laps/200 miles) is the 14th of 23 events on the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins August 11th with a two and half hour (11:00am-1:30pm CST) session planned. Pork pole qualifying is on tap Friday afternoon (5:30pm CST) with the race set to take the following afternoon. SPEED will have live coverage of the event Saturday, August 12th beginning at 2:00pm CST. In addition to SPEED, arcaracing.com will have all the latest news and results from the track.