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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.”

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    Red Deer Rustlers first home game Saturday night at Penhold Multiplex

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  • From the Red Deer Rustlers.  Photo Courtesy Dennis Berg

    RED DEER SENIOR RUSTLERS SET FOR HOME DEBUT

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers ready to play in front of home crowd for the first time on Saturday night.

    With their first ever North Central Hockey League game, and win, under their belts, the Red Deer Senior Rustlers are set for their home debut on Saturday night.

    After edging the Devon Barons 5-4 on the road last Saturday, the Barons come to Penhold Saturday night for a rematch, the first time the Rustlers will skate in front of a home crowd.

    “We can’t wait to see the community come out (to Penhold) on Saturday night and cheer us on for our inaugural home game,” said Rustlers President and team captain Mike Dempster. ” It’s amazing how many people have already rallied behind us – family, friends, businesses, you name it. Now we have a chance to thank them for their support by going out and getting our first win at home, and that’s pretty exciting for us.”

    Saturday’s home game kicks off a string of four straight for the Rustlers at the Penhold Multiplex – the team’s home rink for the 2018-19 season.

    “A lot of work has gone into this moment, and it’s going to be really special for everyone involved,” said General Manager Ted Emmett. “Our board members, players, families, friends and sponsors have all invested a lot into this team, and what we’ve already accomplished is no small feat. For the team to finally hit the ice in front of a home crowd is just the cherry on top of what’s already been an incredible experience for all of us.”

    Doors open at 7pm at the Penhold Multiplex, with puck drop set for 7:45, following a short ceremony at 7:30. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a free Rustlers cowbell.

    Tickets for the game are $10 at the door, children under 12 are free. Season tickets are also available as well for $65 each, which includes all eight Rustlers home games.

    For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact rdsenioraarustlers@gmail.com, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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  • RED DEER SENIOR RUSTLERS WIN 5-4 IN NCHL DEBUT

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers erase a 3-0 defecit to defeat the Devon Barons 5-4 in inagural North Central Hockey League game.

    Despite falling behind 3-0 early, the Red Deer Senior Rustlers bounced back to defeat the Barons 5-4 in Devon in the team’s North Central Hockey League debut.

    After getting two goals back and surrendering another to the Barons, the Rustlers tied the game 4-4 near the end of the second period, with Dustin Moore scoring the game-winner in the opening minutes of the third, his second goal of the game.

    “The Barons played a great game, they came out hard and played a more physical game than maybe most of us were expecting,” said Moore. “We came out a little flat in the first period, but we stuck with it, figured it out, and were able to pull out a win in a memorable first game.”

    Moore also had an assist for a three-point effort, and was named the game’s first star. Brennen Francon, Mike Dempster and Dylan Winnicky were the other Rustlers goal scorers. Goaltender Aaron Dyck earned the win for the Rustlers.

    The Rustlers now look forward to four straight home games, including a rematch with the Barons on October 13, the team’s home-opener. Doors open at 7pm at the Penhold Multiplex, with puck drop set for 7:45, following a short ceremony at 7:30.

    Tickets for the game are $10 at the door, children under 12 are free. Season tickets are also available as well for $65 each, which includes all eight Rustlers home games.

    Photos Courtesy of Dennis Berg.

    For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact rdsenioraarustlers@gmail.com, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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