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Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing

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April 8, 2019

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, ALABAMA

Touting #DriveAnything, Parker Thompson got behind the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing – Hertz – Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Car this weekend for his first experience in fender-to-fender racing action at the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season opener.

“… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me…”

As an experienced open-wheel race car driver, Thompson’s debut in the series generated significant intrigue about his potential in sports car racing. The final results did not disappoint. At the conclusion of each race, Thompson found himself celebrating on the podium. Third-place finishes in both race one and race two, position him 3rd overall in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship standings.

Both races saw hard battles and close quarter racing that is characteristic of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but race two was particularly close. Thompson’s #3 car took damage on lap four, destroying the front splitter and significantly challenging his pace from that point forward.

As a result, Thompson found himself on the defence against sophomore drivers Maxwell Root, and JDX Racing teammate, Jeff Kingsley. Root showed tremendous pressure, often going side-by-side with Thompson on the winding road course, but he never managed to execute a full pass. Root would eventually collide with lapped traffic, leaving Thompson to defend Kingsley alone. The battle between the two young Canadians lasted right to the checkered flag, with Thompson managing to hold his spot and earn the final podium position.

With this outstanding result, Thompson is excited about future opportunities to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but remains focused on the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. After winning the opening two races at the season opener in St. Petersburg last month, Thompson holds a significant lead in the Championship points standings.

“… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I’d never driven before; I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I’m ecstatic with our performance this weekend, but I’m equally as hungry for more results…”  – Parker Thompson

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Edmonton

LISTEN: SportsNet’s Ken Reid joins Bryn and Robin to talk about his new book about Eddie Shack

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SportsNet’s Ken Reid joins the boys to talk about his new book about Eddie Shack, talks hockey and talks about how important it is to travel from coast to coast in Canada.Post Media’s Gerry Moddejonge breaks down the mess that is the current version of the Edmonton Eskimos. Will they fold completely down the stretch?

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SportsNet’s Ken Reid

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Email:     mightymouth@shaw.ca
Twitter:  @BrynMightyMouth  @Robin_Brownlee  @SNKenReid @GerryModdejonge

Who are The OUTSIDERS?

The Outsiders are Edmonton media veterans Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee. Together, they intend to bring us a different perspective on sports gained from decades inside the business. They’ve been around for a while, and both have rolodexes literally overflowing with the contacts of some amazing sports figures.

This is a new weekly sports podcast with a keen eye on the hottest topics of the week in Canada.  Expect them to serve up some outstanding conversations with a sports luminaries new and old.

Above all,  expect lots of opinions! 

“NOT always right but willing to listen.” – Bryn Griffiths

Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee take a weekly look at the World of Sports from their unique perspective. Great guests. Outstanding conversation. Lots of opinion. NOT always right but willing to listen.

 

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Edmonton

Listen: TSN’s Ryan Rishaug joins Dean Millard – #HumboldtStrong and the impact on his life

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TSN’s Ryan Rishaug has one of the best jobs in sports. He covers on a daily basis the best player in the world with Connor McDavid of the Oilers and he’s routinely front and centre at all the big events.

Some of those events however aren’t fun to cover. Like the story that began on April 6th, 2018 when 16 people died and 13 more suffered some with very serious injuries. Ryan tells the story of what it was like to cover such a life changing event and the impact it had on his life. He also had an interesting transition from a junior hockey career to a broadcaster covering the junior team he had just played on.

Recently Darren Dreger appeared on Sports and More and told a few stories about Rishaug, so Ryan dutifully defended himself and discussed the one big prank that backfired on him and if Bob McKenzie is off limits. Finally we discuss the Oilers (before the Neal Quad on Tuesday) and whether or not he’s willing to accept a few mistakes from Mike Smith due to his aggressive play (hint, he’s not!!!) It was a really fun chat with one of the most recognizable and talented reporters in Canada. Enjoy my talk with Ryan Rishaug of TSN.

After 22 years in the media world of television and radio, from Brandon, Manitoba to Red Deer, Alberta over to Regina, Saskatchewan and settling in Edmonton, Alberta, I found myself on the side of the desk with a pink slip in my hand, unexpectedly.

​Over the next few weeks and with my mind racing to a million thoughts, I decided to embark on the journey of podcasting. My broadcasting background has mainly been in sports, and it will still be a big part of my podcasting, but I will be focusing on other subjects as well, from sports to cannabis education and more.

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