— Parker Thompson (@parkertracing) May 15, 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. He went from being a weekend warrior rolling a kart and toolbox in the back of a family half-ton in Calgary, to a championship-winning fixture in many of the world’s top karting 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 race 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.
Currently, the accomplished eighteen-year-old looks to make it one step closer to his dream of a professional racecar driver and make the jump to racing formula cars. For the 2015 racing season 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. For the 2016 season, Thompson has signed a deal with Championship winning Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Cape Motorsport’s has won the USF2000 Championship 5 years in a row, and will be looking to do the same with Thompson.
Canadian pilot scores two USF2000 podiums on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course to extend championship lead
Canadian star grabs his first two Mazda Road to Indy victories in dominant fashion
Canadian sophomore bounces back with strong fourth place finish in Race 2
Thompson aligns the Drive To Stay Alive USA Tour with the Mazda Road to Indy for 2016
Canadian Parker Thompson will join Cape Motorsports in 2016 to make a run at the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title
2016 Road to Indy USF2000 Schedule:
More information can be found on http://usf2000.com.
Parker Thompson, a 18-year old race car driver from Red Deer, Alberta has entered his second year with his distracted driving campaign in partner with Global Traffic Group and Uber. The purpose of Drive to Stay Alive is to educate high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.
Parker Thompson 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. The goal of Drive To Stay Alive campaign is to start minimizing the amount of distracted driving currently taking place on North American roads. Eventually Thompson wants to make distracted driving a thing of the past. At the end of 2016 alone, Parker will have spoken to over 70,000 students across North America on the dangers of distracted driving.