The Tell All Behind One of North America’s Fastest Growing Formula Car Teams
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.
Thompson produced one of the most successful kart racing careers in Canadian history. Highlighted by being ranked third in the world at the age of 13, and moving by himself to Italy at the age of 14 to compete for the European title. Thompson has carried his immense passion and success into professional motorsports. Every level of motorsports that Thompson has been given an opportunity in, he has produced wins in. At just 19 and only three years into racing Formula Cars, Parker already holds the record for most wins (7) in the Canadian F1600 Super Series Championship, along with the title. Parker has also racked up wins and poles in the USF2000 Championship, the official feeder series to Indycar. His most notable performances have come in 2017, when he became the first racing driver ever to sweep wins at the F1 Grand Prix of Montreal and the Streets of Toronto with Indycar in their respective support series.
On and off the track, Thompson demonstrates what it means to be a professional. Parker is entering his fourth year running Drive to Stay Alive, a campaign he created to combat texting and driving. Since the campaign’s inception, Thompson has spoken to well over 100,000 High School student across North America on the dangers of distracted driving.
Parker Thompson continued second half surge with dominant race win
All-Canadian squad triumphant in home country races with Alberta’s Parker Thompson
2017 Road to Indy USF2000 Schedule:
|St. Petersburg, FL||Streets of St. Petersburg||Q: 1st
|Birmingham, AL||Barber Motorsports Park||Q: 3rd
|Indianapolis, IN||Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit||Q: 10th
|JUN 23-25||Elkhart Lake, WI||Road America||Q: 4th
|JUL 8-9||Newton, IA||Iowa Speedway||Q: 8th
|JUL 14-16||Toronto, ON||Streets of Toronto||Q: 1st
|JUL 28-31||Lexington, OH||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Q: 1st
|SEP 1-3||Watkins Glen, NY||Watkins Glen International||Q: 15th
More information can be found on http://usf2000.com.
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.