The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series rolls into Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec this weekend for the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser on the 15-turn, 2.113-mile road course set up on the grounds of the Mirabel Airport.
Twenty-nine drivers are entered, including the two-time series, champion Andrew Ranger.
After spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons picking up starts in four different categories, the 25-year-old native of Roxton Pond, Quebec is back with a full-time ride in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in which he won championships in 2007 and 2009.
Last year, after competing in an ARCA event the night before and missing qualifying, Ranger had to start the ICAR event from the rear of the 27-car field.
He picked his way through traffic on the 15-turn, 2.113-mile track and took the lead on Lap 28 of the 30-lap race, but he made contact with fellow Quebecer and former teammate Alex Tagliani which was deemed excessive by NASCAR officials resulting in an aggressive driving penalty and a finish in 21st place.
“Let’s just say I hope this one turns out better,” Ranger said.
It’s hard to bet against the winner of 11 Canadian Tire Series road-course races, especially in Quebec.
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM
02 Kerry Micks, Mt. Albert, Ont. Leland/BDI/PartSource Ford
03 Elie Arseneau, Laval, Que. * Prime Racing/Circuit ICAR Chevrolet
3 Jason Hathaway, Appin, Ont. Snap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge
04 J.F. Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que. ACASS/Bellemare/Marac Dodge
5 Noel Dowler, Sherwood Park, Alta. EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge
07 Isabelle Tremblay, St. Hippolyte, Que. Frank Lyman Design Dodge
10 Derek White, Kahnawake, Que. Burger Barn Chevrolet
11 Mike Scholz, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. * Jiffy Car Wash/Watchfinder.ca Chevrolet
17 DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, Ont. Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge
21 Jason White, Sun Peaks, B.C. A&W/Bower&Wilkins Dodge
22 Scott Steckly, Milverton, Ont. Canadian Tire Dodge
23 Jeff Lapcevich, Grimsby, Ont. Tim Hortons Dodge
27 Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Que. Dodge/GC Motorsports Dodge
29 Ray Courtemanche Jr., Montreal, Que. * Construction Danam Bonzai Dodge
36 Alex Labbe, St. Albert, Que. * VR Victoriaville Dodge
44 Jarrad Whissell, Calgary, Alta. SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford
47 Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que. WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge
55 Dexter Stacey, Kahnawake, Que. WJS Motorsports Dodge
56 Howie Scannell Jr., Milton, Ont. Trailers by Jim Bray Dodge
60 Ron Beauchamp, Jr., Windsor, Ont. Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge
66 Robin Buck, Campbellville, Ont. Quaker State Dodge
81 Larry Jackson, Oakville, Ont. * B&B Decals/Speedy Auto Service Dodge
82 Dave Connelly, Arnprior, Ont. Schneider's/Metro Dodge
84 JR Fitzpatrick, Cambridge, Ont. Equipment Express Chevrolet
85 Michel Pilon, Blainville, Que. Aquacoupe Technologie Chevrolet
90 Martin Roy, Napierville, Que * Veloce/Gamache Truck Center Dodge
94 Dave Coursol, St. Jerome, Que. * Carquest Canada Dodge
97 Hugo Vannini, Repentigny, Que. VTI Motorsports Ford
99 Steve Cote, Ile Bizard, Que * White Motorsports Chevrolet
* Rookie of the Year contender
Unofficial and subject to change