Bourque Posts Great Finish In Second CASCAR Event OTTAWA, ONT. (August 6, 2006) - - CASCAR Rookie Pierre Bourque finished an impressive 12th in the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix Sunday afternoon securing his best racing finish of the 2006 season.
Bourque Posts Great Finish In Second CASCAR Event
OTTAWA, ONT. (August 6, 2006) - - CASCAR Rookie Pierre Bourque finished an impressive 12th in the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix Sunday afternoon securing his best racing finish of the 2006 season. Bourque finished 13 positions stronger in his second-go around with the CASCAR Series leaving him all smiles exiting the track late Sunday.
The weekend started off very solid for the only full-time Canadian NASCAR driver posting a very respectable 12th place effort in practice before grabbing a season's best qualifying effort of 14th.
At the start of the event, Bourque looked more like a veteran avoiding a first corner, first lap pile up immediately gaining three positions. Bourque driving a third entry for Whitlock Motorsports hovered comfortably just outside the top-ten for a majority of the race.
[IMAGE]While driving an extremely competitive No. 29 Driving.Ca the Ottawa, Ontario driver began reeling in the pack ahead of him eventually seeing a chance to gain a position and put himself into the top-ten. On the next to last lap, Bourque entered the second to last corner trying to pass a fellow competitor.
As Bourque dipped into the opening approaching hairpin, the competitor tapped Bourque's machine which caused him to spin perpendicular to the track. It took several seconds for Bourque to regain control forcing another competitor behind him to overtake the 11th position. With Bourque back on track, he remained cool and calm crossing the line 12th on the lead lap, a career best in the CASCAR Series.
"What a day," said a very jubilant driver after the race. "We had a great racecar today. The entire Whitlock Motorsports team led by crew chief Steve Mifsud did an incredible job from the pits and we were competitive throughout the whole event, I don't think I could have asked for much more."
When asked about the incident coming to the white flag, Bourque remarked "Sometimes in racing you have to take a chance. I saw an opening and I thought it was going to stick and I was hit from behind. Nothing I did, just one of those racing deals. I really would have liked to leave the track with a top-ten, but a 12th is nothing to feel ashamed about. I have one more CASCAR event this year, we improved from our last race and that was our goal heading into the week. Now, we're upping the anti and I expect an even greater finish in our next event."
In addition, it was also a strong marketing day for Bourque's sponsors who all received major exposure Sunday.
Driving.Ca adorned the primary sponsorship role Sunday. 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, all served as secondary sponsors on Bourque's machine.
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 three CASCAR races, and his forays into ARCA.
"A good finish meant a great day for our sponsors," Bourque stated. "It was another "hometown" event and sponsorship is so crucial in any racing series, we really wanted to give them something to be proud of, I think we did."
With some momentum on his side, Pierre Bourque will spend the week preparing to make his second ARCA RE/MAX Series start of the season for Andy Hillenburg. Bourque looks to be one of 41-drivers competing in Saturday's ARCA 200 from Nashville Superspeedway.
"Next week I plan to make my Superspeedway debut in ARCA and I'm excited. We had the opportunity to test a few weeks ago at the track and I feel very comfortable. It's going to be a very competitive race, much like this weekend. However, the goals are the same. We have to practice, qualify and race well and just try to muster the best finish possible."
In addition to running one more CASCAR Series race with Whitlock Motorsports, Pierre Bourque is in the midst of competing a full NASCAR Busch East Series schedule and a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule for Fast Track Racing and car owner Andy Hillenburg.