— Parker Thompson (@parkertracing) January 5, 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 seventeen-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.
Canadian Parker Thompson will join Cape Motorsports in 2016 to make a run at the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title
Drive to Stay Alive partners with KRAZE 101-3 in Central Alberta
Drive to Stay Alive becomes a national distracted driving campaign tour
Drive to Stay Alive receives backing from First Choice Collision, enabling the community of Red Deer to be a priority on the campaign trail
Canadian captures a top-five for JDC MotorSport in California
2015 Road to Indy USF2000 Schedule:
More information can be found on http://usf2000.com.
Parker Thompson, a 17-year old race car driver from Red Deer, Alberta has launched a new program in partner with Global Traffic Group and the Alberta Government to educate elementary to high school students about the dangers of distracted driving.
Parker Thompson is on a mission to travel across Alberta to provide his peers with the best practices on staying focused when they get behind the wheel. The goal of the Drive To Stay Alive campaign is to start minimizing the amount of distracted driving currently taking place on Alberta roads. Eventually Thompson wants to make distracted driving a thing of the past in Alberta. Once established, the focus will be towards a national campaign.