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NCATS: Camirand, Thiering and Klutt Among 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie Class

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As the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 enters a new year, there’s a strong class of rookies set to contend for the Jostens Rookie of the Year Award this season.

Three drivers – Marc-Antoine Camirand, Gary Klutt and Erica Thiering plan to run all 11 events on the schedule and compete full-time for the Jostens Rookie of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Kevin Lacroix and Cayden Lapcevich plan to complete in at least half of the events.

Camirand has made seven previous starts, with his debut coming in 2013 in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, in which he won the pole last season. He impressed many fans last season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in September, when he finished on the podium in third place. He will be driving the No. 99 Grafoid/Braille Battery Chevrolet in 2015 full-time for White Motorsports.

Klutt’s father Peter Klutt has been a longtime competitor in the series, but has since shifted focus to Gary. Gary made his debut at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2010, and has shown promise in his five starts since. He’ll run the full schedule this year behind the wheel of the No. 59 CTL Financing/Legendary Motorcar Dodge.

Thiering is a six-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Alberta province titlist, and made her debut last season at Autodrome Chaudiere. With a couple top 10s under her belt, she has joined forces with Canada’s Best Racing Team to drive the No. 87 TSC Stores Ford all season long.

Lacroix will make his debut at CTMP behind the wheel of the No. 74 Uni-Select/Pieces D’Auto Lacroix Dodge, with plans of running four road courses and at least two ovals this season. He is transitioning to stock cars after racing open-wheel cars over the years, including a stint in the Star Mazda Series.

Cayden Lapcevich is slated to run approximately seven events behind the wheel of the No. 34 Tim Hortons Dodge, following in the footsteps of his father Jeff Lapcevich. Cayden has been racing a Super Stock at Sunset Speedway for the past couple of seasons, winning the championship last year.

Beyond these five drivers listed, there are a series of drivers that plan to make their debut throughout the course of the season. With each turn on the schedule, it looks to be an interesting year.

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About Ashley McCubbin

Ashley McCubbin serves as a Contibuting Writer in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series department, and can be followed on Twitter at @ladybug388. A native of Bradford, Ontario, Canada, McCubbin spends a majority of her weekends at local short tracks.

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