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Red Deer’s Parker Thompson leading the pack in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

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    Parker Thompson Claims Win and Runner-up Finish to Take Championship Point Lead

    It just might have been the most incredible weekend yet for Red Deer Race Car Driver Parker Thomspon!

    His all Canadian race team Exclusive Autosport absolutely ripped up the track at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. in historic fashion!  For most of the weekend, Thompson’s competition was in his rear view mirror.  Exclusive Autosport owned by Michael Duncalfe of Saskatoon, had Thompson’s Tatuus PM-18 in astounding shape.  Not only did they score pole position for both weekend races, they also shattered the track record on each occasion!

    Thompson, who moved up a division to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires this season, lead the first race from start to finish.  In his first win of the young season Thompson pulled well ahead of the pack finishing the race over 5 seconds before Englishman Harrison Scott and David Malukas, from Chicago, Ill., who held off the field for a third place finish.

    In race 2 Parker started in pole position but some surprising light rain caused trouble for his team as they prepared his car for dry weather.  On the damp track, Thompson slipped behind 2 opponents.  He managed to stay in 3rd position until late in the race when the leader went off track, moving Thompson up to 2nd position for his second straight podium finish.

    From promazda.com What a weekend!” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “I cannot say enough about this Exclusive Autosport team. I have to thank our awesome crew for all of their hard work and dedication to this program. Parker Thompson performed like a pro! P1 in practice, two poles, a track record, one win and one second-place finish. He’s a man on a mission. It’s an honor working with Parker and having him drive for EA. ”

    Check out this summary of an amazing weekend for Parker Thompson and Exclusive Autosport:

    Friday afternoon Race 1 qualifying – Finished first and broke the existing track record.

    Saturday morning Race 2 qualifying – Finished first and broke his own record set less than 24 hours earlier.

    Saturday afternoon Race 1 – Parker lead from beginning to end.. scored a 5.225 second victory!

    Sunday morning Race 2 – Second place for second podium finish of the weekend.

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    Oh Canada! Thompson and the Exclusive Autosport EH Team are leading the standings!

    From promazda.com

    Parker was carrying the decal of the Humboldt Broncos Jr ‘A’ hockey team, which lost 16 of its players and staff in a tragic motor vehicles accident on April 6. The Exclusive Autosport team has dedicated the win to the Broncos’ memory.

    Parker Thompson told promazda.com: “It was a very special weekend in Alabama with my Exclusive Autosport crew. We put the #90 in victory lane, carrying the Humboldt Broncos logo, which meant a huge deal to our entire team with our headquarters being based in Saskatchewan. I’m extremely proud of the boys in black and red. We have all been working non-stop during the off-season to have a weekend like this. With a win, two poles, and a new track record, we’re ready to roll this momentum into the rest of our championship. Bring on Indianapolis and the month of May!”

    Parker Thompson is in the championship point lead heading into races 5 and 6 which take place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 11th and 12th.

    For coverage of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires… visit Road to Indy TV, download  the Road to Indy TV App or find dedicated broadcast channels on demand via Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.  Races are live streamed and live timed on promazda.com and racecontrol.indycar.com.

    Here’s race 1 where you can see Parker Thompson starting in pole and leading for the entire race… Parker is interviewed right off the top of the program as he waits for the race to start in pole position!

    And here’s race 2 at the Barber Motorsport park in Alabama.. where Thompson gutted out a second place finish.

    This short promo was produced by Parker Thompson Racing to celebrate a weekend of success in Alabama.

    Finally.. here’s a 12 minute long program called Road to Indy TV in which Parker makes 3 appearances..

     


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    Athlete of the Month

    Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for March 2019 is Claire Booth.

    Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.

    Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.

    Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field.  Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award

    Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.

    With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling career!

    ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.


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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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