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Residence: Red Deer, Alberta
Birthdate: March 2, 1998
Languages spoken: English
Height/weight: 5’7” / 135 lbs.
Education: Graduated High School
Hobbies: Golf, Working out, Campaigning against distracted driving
Parker Thompson was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta and got behind the wheel of his first kart at the age of eight at the Calgary Kart Racing Club. 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 20 and only four 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 numerous wins and poles on the Mazda Road to Indy, the official feeder series to Indycar. His most notable performances have come in 2018, as a rookie to the Pro Mazda Championship. Parker has won three of the first seven races thus far, and currently leads the championship by 40 points.
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. In the process Parker has become one of the most sought after public speakers in Canada, conveying his message on the dangers of distracted driving from coast to coast.
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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.