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Red Deer race car driver leads international field vying for $800,000 Indy Lights Scholarship

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Parker Thompson has always wanted to race with the best cars and drivers in the world, and he’s well on his way to achieving his dream.   Year after year the 20 year old Red Deer native takes another step up the ladder.  2018 finds Thompson in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.  It’s just one step away from the Indy Lights Circuit.  In fact the top racer in the Pro Mazda Championship will be boosted to Indy Lights by a scholarship worth about $800,000.   6 races into the 16 race season.. Thompson leads the pack!

Thompson has finished first twice in the opening 6 races.   There’s still 10 more to go, but with a commanding lead in points Parker Thompson continues his efforts to one day race drivers with names like Andretti, Rahal, and Hinchcliffe.

Racing for Saskatoon based Exclusive Autosport on a team almost fully staffed by Canadians, Parker’s most recent race may have cemented his place among the leaders.  He started the race way back in 6th position after a part failure lead to an engine swap during qualifying sessions.  Shortly after the race began a series of events unfolded knocking out one driver after another.  Parker expertly handled the storm, eventually taking the lead and then put his stamp on an impressive win posting a series of fastest laps to cement the victory in fine style.   It didn’t hurt that this feat was accomplished on one of the world’s most famous tracks, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix course.

In the first 6 races of the season the race car driver from Red Deer has a comfortable lead in the overall duel for the Mazda Scholarship, worth close to $800,000, to assist in progressing to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires circuit.

Here’s how Thompson has done so far:

Race 1 – St. Petersburg, Florida – 5th

Race 2 – St. Petersburg, Florida – 2nd

Race 3 – Birmingham, Alabama – 1st

Race 4 – Birmingham, Alabama – 2nd

Race 5 – Indianapolis, Indiana – 5th

Race 6 – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1st

OVERALL PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1 Parker Thompson – R 150
2 Rinus VeeKay – R 128
3 Carlos Cunha 120
4 Harrison Scott – R 116
5 David Malukas – R 105
6 Oliver Askew – R 102
7 Sting Ray Robb 88
8 Andres Gutierrez – R 79
9 Nikita Lastochkin 74
10 Robert Megennis – R 69
11 Lodovico Laurini – R 63
12 Kris Wright 57
13 Antonio Serravalle – R 48
14 Charles Finelli 47
15 Rafael Martins – R 45
16 Kory Enders – R 21
17 James Raven – R 17

From ProMazda.com 

Parker Thompson (#90 Exclusive Autosport Tatuus-Mazda PM-18): “I was tearing up at the checkered flag and my engineer, Tim Lewis, was just screaming on the radio. It was so awesome to get a win here – it doesn’t get much better than winning at the Racing Capital of the World! It was tough out there today. We made a gamble on a low-downforce setup and it played out. I avoided the melees at the start and kept everything intact. We set fastest lap after fastest lap and that makes weekends like this so special, starting from back in sixth and taking the victory. This win is dedicated to my Exclusive Autosport team and to Elite Engines, because without them we wouldn’t have been able to qualify yesterday. We did an engine swap between qualifying sessions yesterday because of a part failure that was no one’s fault, really. It’s amazing that they were able to do that in such a short amount of time.”

Click here for all the latest news on the Pro Mazda Championship.

 


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Stettler Rugby Star is Female Athlete of the Month

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The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for May 2018 is Emily Brown.  

Emily Brown is an 17 year old, grade 12 student at William E. Hay Secondary School in Stettler.  The Big Valley, AB resident is a competitive Rugby athlete.

Before she discovered rugby, Emily was a multi-sport athlete (all school sports plus hockey and fastball).  In Grade 11, Emily led the WE Hay Wildcats to a Provincial Championship in Basketball.  In the spring of Grade 11 Emily started her Rugby journey with the Stettler Wildcats.  It was love at first sight!  While just starting out as a player, Emily has committed herself to developing the sport in the Stettler area by helping to deliver school and community clinics.  Emily joined the Titans Rugby Club in Red Deer last summer and was part of the Titans incredible run of success. 

2018 started on an incredible note as Emily was selected to Captain the Red Deer/Central Alberta Rugby 7’s team.  They captured their first tournament championship the same month.

This spring, Emily was chosen to represent Alberta as part of Rugby Alberta’s 7’s team that competed at Rugby Canada’s 7’s Nationals in Vancouver.  They brought home the Silver medal.  Emily will continue to compete for Titans and Alberta during the coming summer.

An excellent student/athlete, Emily excels on the pitch and in the classroom where she is an Honors student. Emily will attend the University of Alberta this fall.  She’ll major in Kinesiology and will try to crack the Pandas Rugby roster.

Emily’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central will ensure that Emily continues to grow, develop and succeed in her Rugby 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.

For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ miles.kydd@rdc.ab.ca  or 403-342-3231.


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Veteran Reporter Dianne Finstad Inducted into AB Sports Hall of Fame

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Dianne Finstad was born and raised on a ranch in southern Alberta and agriculture has remained a part of her life ever since. Dianne has specialized in rodeo and agriculture reporting for more than three decades covering the stories of rural news with a passion matched by few. After graduating from Lethbridge Community College, Dianne worked at CKRD TV for 25 years, hosting award-winning programs like “This Business of Farming” “Makin’8” and anchoring the evening news. Her coverage of the rodeo circuit has taken her to infields in Alberta’s small towns, and to the biggest rodeo events in North America, The Calgary Stampede, the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Dianne continues to cover rural life for numerous publications as a freelance writer. Her passion and professionalism has endeared her to the countless people she interviews, and to those who read, watch and listen to her work.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Learn more about the 2018 Inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.


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