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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 0,000.   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 0,000, 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.”

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    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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