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NCATS: Canadian Tire Series Drivers Take to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for Pre-Season Test

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In anticipation for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park later this month, a bunch of the teams took to the track to lay down some laps on Thursday. The session, ranging from veterans to rookies, saw success on all fronts with no incidents throughout and a chance for the track record to fall later this month.

Rookie Cayden Lapcevich took his first laps behind the wheel of a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series car on a road course. The teenager has driven a car on an oval -testing at Sunset Speedway, but not yet on a road course. Lapcevich is slated to run a partial schedule this year, taking over the ride previously piloted by his father.

“I feel like we got a good car for next weekend,” Lapcevich told RubbingsRacing.com. “I’m not gonna go out and try and win it – just gonna log some laps and get some experience. Our goal is to finish all the laps and I think I can that if I just drive a smart smooth race.”

Lapcevich was joined on track by fellow rookie Kevin Lacroix, who is entering the stock car world after racing open-wheel cars over the years, including a stint in the Star Mazda Series.

Canada’s Best Racing Team was also on hand as they prepare for their second season in the series. Joey McColm is back behind the wheel of the No. 25 and will be joined full-time on the schedule by new teammate Erica Thiering. Thiering made a couple starts last year, but the season opener will mark her first time on a road course.

“It was good to get back to the track and see some familiar faces,” McColm commented. “I think the competition looks very stout this year. We had a good day and accomplished what we set out to do today. Erica ran well and is really coming along in terms of learning the road racing which she doesn’t have any experience in. Our cars ran well and we are looking forward to kicking off the season next weekend.”

Past series champion D.J. Kennington was on hand, debuting a brand new look for his No. 17 Castrol Edge Dodge. He won’t be the only driver with a new look, though, as J.P. Dumoulin unveiled his brand new No. 04 Dodge, as well.

Other drivers on hand for the test include Andrew Ranger, Kerry Micks, L.P. Dumoulin, Alex Labbe, Trevor Seibert, Marc Antoine Camirand, and Kevin O’Connell. After running some Rolex Sports Car Series races and XFINITY road course events, O’Connell will look to make his NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut next weekend.

Based on the test, it looks as though the competition will be as good as ever this year, with a range of possible different drivers reaching victory lane over the season.

 

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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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