— Drive To Stay Alive (@drivetostaylive) September 27, 2016
Residence: Red Deer, Alberta
Birthdate: March 2, 1998
Languages spoken: English
Height/weight: 5’7” / 135 lbs.
Education: Currently attending high school
Current sports played: Badminton, golf, cross country running
Hobbies: Racing, golf, badminton, campaigning against distracted driving, working out
Parker Thompson was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta and got behind the wheel of his first kart at the age of eight. Thompson’s decorated career started out as a pass time he shared with his father racing out of the back of the family half ton truck in Calgary. No one knew that Parker’s extreme passion for all things loud and fast would turn him into a championship-winning fixture in many of the world’s top racing events.
In 2012, Parker was the first ever North American to make it to the podium in the Junior Rotax category at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal where he was awarded 3rd ranking in the world.
At the age of 14, Thompson went on to live in Italy, leaving family and friends behind to pursue racing in Europe full time with the Energy Corse Factory team. This move helped accelerate his dream of becoming a professional racecar driver. He had a record-breaking season for a Canadian, producing results yet to be seen by a North American competing at the world stage in Europe.
In 2015, Parker founded the Drive to Stay Alive campaign. In just three years of dedicating himself to distracted driving, he has grown the campaign from a few school presentations in Central Alberta, to a full North America wide tour. Thompson has presented to over 100 high schools across Canada and the USA, and has influenced hundreds of thousands of students to stay alive – don’t text and drive.
For the 2015 racing season Parker made the move from competing at the highest level of karting in the world, to racing Formula Cars. Thompson signed with JDC MotorSports to compete in the USF2000 Championship, the first step to the Mazda Road to Indy ladder to Indycar. Thompson ended the season with 8 top fives to his name, and 5th Overall in the USF2000 Championship standings out of nearly 30 drivers from all around the world.
The accomplished 18-year-old Canadian has continually proven on and off the track he deserves to advance his career within motorsport. For the 2016 season, Thompson signed a deal with Championship winning Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in USF2000. In the 2016 USF2000 Championship Parker was crowned Vice Champion with four race wins and 3 poles. En route to this result, Thompson scored the most podiums in the series with 12 and led the most laps of all drivers (137). Thompson was also awarded with the Royal Purple Slickest Pass of the Year Award thanks to his daring overtaking maneuver in Toronto, which led to him becoming the first Canadian to win the Toronto Grand Prix in USF2000. With all of his successes in 2016, Thompson was chosen by the Team Canada Scholarship to represent his country in England for three weeks at the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy to finish off his season of racing. Parker went on to qualify on Pole at both events, becoming the first Canadian to do so.
With all of these accolades combined, it makes Thompson one of the most successful up and coming racecar drivers Canada has ever produced.
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Parker Thompson, an 18-year old race car driver from Red Deer, Alberta has entered his third year with his distracted driving campaign in partner with Global Traffic Group. The purpose of Drive to Stay Alive is to educate junior high to high school students about the dangers of distracted driving, before they get behind the wheel.
“In racing, I know that taking my attention off the track for even a second can have serious consequences, and it’s no different when driving on our roads and highways. By educating a new generation of North Americans about the dangers of distracted driving, we can prevent a lot of collisions before they happen.”
Parker is on a mission to travel across North America to provide his peers with the best practices on staying focused when they get behind the wheel. Thompson has already spoken to over 100,000 students in North America about the dangers of distracted driving, and by the end of 2016 he will have visited close to 200 High Schools.