The La Cité Mirabel / Blackshape Aircraft team is proud to announce that
Montreal-based driver Ray Courtemanche Jr. will drive the No 07 SS
Green Light Racing truck in the Labour-Day NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series (NCWTS) event at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, this coming
August 31. Ray Jr. will also be at the wheel of his No 29 Dodge in the
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCaTS) race held earlier the same day.
MONTREAL, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - After his 12th place finish at
the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Ray Jr. headed directly for southern
Virginia where he tested a NCWTS truck at the "Virginia International
Raceway" road course. Teammate and experienced racer Alex Tagliani
accompanied Ray Jr. and helped him acclimatise himself to the quicker
and very different race truck.
Back in Montreal after two intense days of driving, Ray analysed the
experience for us. "The first thing that hits you is the extra torque
and acceleration from the 750hp engine, a 250hp jump from the Canadian
Tire Series car. You get comfortable with the power after seven or
eight laps, and then discover the extra braking, corner speed and
efficiency of all on-board systems. The acceleration and extra speed
force you to pay very close attention to every bump and slight change
of direction and to manage wheelspin and the extra braking power." Over
the two days, fine tuning of the car by the team and expert coaching
from Tagliani helped Ray Jr. close in on competitive times.
As he gained experience with the truck, Ray started to take advantage of
the extra performance relative to his NCaTS car. "You get much more out
of the truck - power, braking, stability over bumps, overall quality
and finish, and a certain willingness from the truck to go quickly as
you gain speed and familiarity with it. I know that my driving has
improved and I will be quicker and more at ease in my NCaTS car."
Driving all out for 450 km in two races the same day will require a
bullet-proof physical and mental preparation. Courtemanche knows how
challenging this will be. "I train for strength and endurance every
day, and will have a trainer with me at the track to help with my
physical form and my nutrition. This will certainly be an extreme
experience and I want to get the most out of it. I will not leave
anything on the table… or on the track in this case."
Practice and qualifying for both races will take place on Saturday,
August 30. The start of the 200 km NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race is
scheduled for 10am, and will be reported live on http://hometracks.nascar.com/series/canadian-tire-series.
The green flag will fly for the 250 km NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
race at 3:30 pm and the race will be shown live on Fox Sport 1 and
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SOURCE: La Cité de Mirabel inc
For further information:
please contact Ray Courtemanche Jr. at 514.863.7680 or at RayJunior@danambonzai.com
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