Thompson Ends 2019 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship Campaign

RED DEER, ALBERTA

Effective for Rounds 7 & 8 this weekend at Watkins Glen International Circuit, Parker Thompson will cease involvement with the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA and team JDX Racing in this 2019 season. He does so, having completed six races in the series, placing on the podium five times, and winning one race. He leaves the championship, currently holding second place in the overall standings. 

The decision comes as Thompson is forced to balance an abundance of opportunities in racing. The 21-year-old driver from Red Deer, Alberta remains committed to three other series across the continent: the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with Toronto’s SCB Racing, the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) with Speedstar Motorsport, and Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tire with Abel Motorsports. An established driver on the Road to Indy, Thompson is currently second in the Indy Pro 2000 standings, and involved in a tight battle for the nearly $600,000 USD scholarship prize.

“As the Indy Pro 2000 championship battle heats up, it is clear that I need to devote more of my focus to that series, and the opportunity to advance in the open wheel rankings. With that in mind, I regret that I am unable to continue my partnership with JDX Racing and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA series. It has been an absolute honor to pilot the #3 Porsche GT3 of JDX Racing / Hertz / Byers Porsche. Jeremy Dale at JDX Racing, Kevin King at Byers Porsche and the entire crew at the track have been incredible partners. This team gave me my introduction to sports car racing, and I’m so thankful for that opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to find myself with many great opportunities in racing this season. I wish them all the best in the future.” -Parker Thompson

Next Events

JUN 29 – 30, 2019– CTCC Race 5 & 6 – Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON
JUL. 06 – 07, 2019– Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada – CTMP, Bowmanville, ON
JUL. 12 – 14, 2019– Indy Pro 2000 & Porsche GT3 Cup – Streets of Toronto, ON

Parker Thompson Returns to Form in Indy Pro 2000 at Road America

ROAD AMERICA CIRCUIT, ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN

The Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires visited the famed Road America Circuit this past weekend for its only event in the month of June. After a challenging month of May in the Road to Indy series, Parker Thompson returned to the form he has demonstrated throughout his young racing career. The Alberta native began the weekend by posting the fastest overall time for Race 1 qualifying. In two critical races during the weekend, Thompson would earn two podium finishes.

It was an important result for Thompson and team Abel Motorsports, who divided their crew between Road America, and Pittsburgh International Race Complex for the weekend, where Thompson’s teammate Jacob Abel is also contending for the F3 America’s championship. Veteran engineer on the Road to Indy, Thomas Knapp, was brought in to manage the Indy Pro 2000 crew for the weekend. His championship winning experience played a meaningful role in the team’s result.

In Qualifying 1, Thompson and the #8 Abel Motorsports machine posted the fastest time and earned pole position for the first race of the weekend. Qualifying 2 was more tightly contested. Thompson ran fourth fastest among the thirteen drivers, just one tenth of a second behind the leader.

In race action, that tight competition continued. Both Race 1 and 2 showed multiple position changes among the front runners. Thompson would finish 3rd, taking the final podium step each time. The results earned Thompson valuable points towards what is turning into a very close championship battle. He is currently second in the standings, trailing Swedish rookie Rasmus Lindh, and one point ahead of 2018 USF2000 Champion Kyle Kirkwood.

“It is great to get on the podium here in Road America. Given some of my recent results in this series, a strong showing here was important to staying competitive in this tight 2019 Championship. Wisconsin, and Road America, is also the closest thing that I have to a home outside of Canada. We’ve got a great group of fans and supporters here to cheer us on. We are so happy to be able to pull this result together and celebrate with them all.” 

The Indy Pro 2000 series continues on July 12 – 14, 2019 at the Streets of Toronto for the Honda Toronto Indy. As the only Canadian race on the Road to Indy, the event is always special for Thompson, but this year it will be of extra significance.

As big of a crowd that we had out here at Road America, I expect to see even more fans and supporters in Toronto this year. Not only will I be racing in Indy Pro 2000, but I’ll also be competing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. That’s going to make for a great weekend! It’s going to be extra special, because it will also mark my 100TH ever auto race. At my young age, I’m so fortunate to have had a great career, and I’m looking forward to some special festivities to celebrate that landmark.”

Montreal F1 Grand Prix Weekend – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada & USA Results

Qualifying 1 (pdf)
Qualifying 2 (pdf) 
Race 1 – Round 6 (pdf)
Race 2 – Round 7 (pdf)
Overall Standings (pdf)

 

Next Events

JUN. 28 – 29, 2019– Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Watkins Glen International, NY 
JUN 29 – 30, 2019– CTCC Race 5 & 6 – Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON
JUL. 06 – 07, 2019– Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada – CTMP, Bowmanville, ON
JUL. 12 – 14, 2019– Indy Pro 2000 & Porsche GT3 Cup – Streets of Toronto, ON

Strong Performances Continue for Thompson in Continental GT3 Cup Weekend at Montreal F1

CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE – MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Contenders of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge across the continent gathered in Montreal this weekend as both the Canada and USA branches of the one make series participated in the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix event. Thirty-five cars packed the famed 4.3km Gilles Villeneuve Circuit for two races. Parker Thompson ran near the front of the field all weekend, and lead much of Race 2. The final results put him on the podium for Race 1. A twenty-nine second penalty for contacting another car during race 2 negated his third place finish and dropped him to 12th after the race conclusion.

Driving the #3 entry of SCB Racing and Porsche Center Victoria, Thompson was able to simultaneously score points in the GT3 Cup Canada series and the GT3 Cup USA series where he regularly competes with JDX Racing. With the weekend’s result he holds second place in the overall championship standings in both countries.

The top two spots in both Canada and the USA, show Thompson trailing series veteran Roman DeAngelis, winner of both of the weekend’s races. As a newcomer not only to Porsche GT3 Cup, but sports car racing as a whole, Thompson has surprised people on and off the track with his ability to adapt to the series. Qualifying results on Saturday placed him in the second position for the start of both races. When the green flag dropped, he further demonstrated the pace we have seen from him all season.

In Race 1 Saturday afternoon, Thompson held second from the race start to the fall of the checkered flag. With more than half of the race being driven under a full course caution, he never found a real opportunity to challenge the leader.

Race 2 on Sunday showed more drama. Thompson took the lead on the opening lap, and found himself engaged in a tight battle with DeAngelis. Thompson would hold his lead for 5 laps, before a mistake in the critical hairpin corner cost him two positions. In the remaining laps, Thompson was tightly engaged with American racer Riley Dickenson. The two traded places multiple times before the race was red-flagged after multiple collisions among the field back markers. Thompson was in the third position at the race end, but a virtual drive through penalty equivalent to 29 seconds was later assessed for making contact with Dickenson’s car. The final Race 2 results scored him 12th overall – 7th in the Canadian group, and 6th among competitors of the USA series.

“I’m happy with our overall pace on the track this weekend, but disappointed to be leaving points on the table. Ultimately, I made a couple of mistakes that put me in a position where we were more vulnerable to our competitors. With 35 cars in the field, all of the same spec, there is certainly going to be some tight racing. There is not much room for error.  I’m so thankful for the support of SCB Racing who came together with our partners in America, JDX Racing, to make this result possible. We are having a lot of fun. This #3 SCB Racing / Porsche Center Victoria car looks fantastic with its classic livery. We’ve enjoyed playing that up. Racing is it’s best when it can put on a good show. We certainly did that this weekend!” – Parker Thompson 

Thompson’s busy race season continues in two weeks’ time when he returns to Indy Pro 2000 at Road America circuit in Wisconsin. After starting this 2019 Road to Indy Championship series with a bang, dominating the opening two races, Thompson has since struggled to find a winning pace. That has been only a minor detraction from a year of racing that has otherwise been filled with great achievements. Between Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and USA, Indy Pro 2000, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the young Alberta native has already raced 17 times this season. In those races he has seven wins and thirteen podiums.

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Montreal F1 Grand Prix Weekend – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada & USA Results

Qualifying (pdf)
Race 1 Results – USA Round 5, Canada Round 3 (pdf)
Race 2 Results – USA Round 6, Canada Round 4 (pdf)

Overall Standings USA (pdf)
Overall Standings Canada (pdf)

 

Next Events

JUN. 20 – 22, 2019 – Indy Pro 2000 Race 6 & 7 – Road America, WI
JUN. 28 – 29, 2019 – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Watkins Glen International, NY
JUN 29 – 30, 2019 – CTCC Race 5 & 6 – Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON

THOMPSON AND SPEEDSTAR MOTORSPORT CONTINUE DOMINATION OF CTCC IN ROUNDS 3 AND 4

CALABOGIE MOTORSPORTS PARK – OTTAWA, ONTARIO

The Canadian Touring Car Championship season continued this weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park with two races headlining the Kyle Nash Memorial Race Weekend. Driving the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of New Roads Automotive Group and Speedstar Motorsport, Parker Thompson extended his winning streak with overall race wins on both Saturday and Sunday. He has now taken the overall victory in four-out-of-four races this 2019 Canadian Touring Car Championship season.

The weekend’s races took full advantage of the Ottawa area race track, utilizing two unique track configurations for races on Saturday and Sunday. Action began on the circuits shorter 2.8 km Stadium Track, where Thompson and the New Roads Automotive Group / Speedstar Motorsport Audi topped the field in qualifying and took the checkered flag with a 35 second margin. Driving the full 5.0 km track for Sunday’s race, Thompson again showed commanding pace – taking pole position, the fastest race lap, and the overall victory.

The weekend further demonstrates that the experience and skills that Thompson developed competing with open-wheel cars over the past four years translates well into Sports GT racing. Now involved in multiple sports car championships on both sides of the border, Thompson has been on the podium or better each time that he has raced a car with doors and a roof.

“I’m so proud to be working with a great group of people at Speedstar Motorsport and New Roads Automotive Group. It was our goal to make a big splash in the Canadian Touring Car Championship. I think we are doing exactly that and I’m excited to see where our team goes from here.” – Parker Thompson

Photos credit: Speedstar Motorsport & Andre Freitas

Canadian Touring Car Championship Kyle Nash Memorial Race Weekend Results

Round 3 Qualifying
Round 3 Race
Round 4 Qualifying
Round 4 Race

 

Next Events

JUN. 08 – 09, 2019 –GT3 CUP CANADA & USA – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal, QC

Thompson Dominates in CTCC Debut with Speedstar Motorsport

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK – TORONTO, ONTARIO

In a busy weekend of racing to open the 2019 season in Canada, Thompson dominated Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) races. The Alberta native drove the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport and New Roads Automotive Group to two overall race victories at the Victoria Day Speedfest held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The performance puts an exclamation mark on what has been a commanding start to Thompson’s 2019 season. Across 4 different series, Thompson has already raced 12 times. He has won five of those races and been on the podium for all but two of them.

Joining the CTCC and Speedstar Motorsport presents an opportunity for Thompson to expand his career outside of open-wheel racing.

“Speedstar Motorsport has a great history in the Canadian Touring Car Championship. They have proven great results in international series as well. I’m excited about future possibilities that exist with the team and their partners.” – Parker Thompson

With Thompson behind the wheel, the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport and New Roads Automotive Group, dominated both CTCC races on the weekend. Thompson qualified on pole position for both races, and was never challenged during race action.

With future endeavors in other series on the horizon, Thompson and the team had a watchful eye on the SRO GT4 America’s races that also took place as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest weekend. Running cars identically classed to Thompson’s Audi R8, the GT4 America’s series features drivers from around the globe and participation from a variety of manufacturers.

In the Speedstar Motorsport / New Roads Automotive Group Audi R8, Thompson marked a lap time that bested not only all CTCC competitors, but all GT4 America’s entrants as well. In fact, the 1:23.332 that Thompson posted is faster than any GT4 lap on recent record at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

“We’re racing guys over in the SRO GT4 America’s paddock. We’re comparing and making sure we’re faster than all the manufacturers over there. The Speedstar Motorsport / New Road Automotive Group #1 Audi R8 was on rails all weekend long. It’s amazing to drive for this team. Thank you to everyone who came out from New Roads Automotive Group and Audi Uptown.” – Parker Thompson

Photos credit: Speedstar Motorsport

Canadian Touring Car Championship Round 1 Results

Qualifying 1
Race 1 Results – Official
Qualifying 2
Race 2 Results – Official

 

Next Events

MAY 24 – 26, 2019 – INDY PRO 2000 Race 4 & 5 – Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, IN
JUN. 01 – 02, 2019 – CTCC Race 3 & 4 – Calabogie Motorsport Park – Ottawa, ON
JUN. 08 – 09, 2019 –GT3 CUP CANADA & USA – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal, QC

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Commences with a Busy Weekend for Parker Thompson

CANDADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK – TORONTO, ONTARIO

Thompson boldly kicked off the new race season in Canada this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 21-year-old driver from Red Deer, Alberta competed in four races as part of two different series that joined the annual Victoria Day Speedfest weekend at the Toronto area racetrack. In those four races, Thompson earned four podiums. In the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC), he dominated the weekend, taking the Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport to two overall victories. In the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Thompson earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish. That result puts him only 1 point back of the lead in the overall championship points standings.

As expected of the popular one-make series, the opening races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada were tightly contested. An incident in Saturday morning’s qualifying cut the session short, leaving multiple drivers unhappy with their starting positions for race one. Thompson would start in second position. Over the course of the race he applied good pressure on leader, Jeff Kingsley, but was not able to execute a pass. The two crossed the finish line with a comfortable margin over 3rdplace Marco Cirone.

The starting line-up for Race 2 put Thompson in the fifth position. Intense battles with Marco Cirone, Jeff Kingsley, and Patrick Dussault saw Thompson make his way up to second position. Heavy rain would fall, ending the race before he had any chance to challenge for the lead. The excitement of Thompson’s dramatic performance was tempered somewhat post-race when he was penalized one position for making a pass outside of track limits. The final result was third place.

After combining point totals for both races, Thompson holds second place in the overall championship standings, just one point behind race 2 winner Roman DeAngelis. The two drivers are also first in second in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA standings. Having shared the track for six races so far this year, Thompson and DeAngelis are demonstrating the tight competition that the GT3 Cup series is renowned for.

The performance puts an exclamation mark on what has been a commanding start to Thompson’s 2019 season. Thompson has been racing south of the border since March when the Indy Pro 2000 season commenced in St. Petersburg, Florida. He joined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA shortly after. Thompson is in contention for championship titles in those two series. After this weekend, he is set up to challenge for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada as well.

Parker Thompson
“I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with SCB Racing and their partners. Not too long ago, I had never even considered the possibility of joining the series. Now I am very excited about my chance to contend for the overall Championship in Canada.”

Images Credit: Sandile Magadlela - 778-951-3984 - sandile@mgdla.com - @_mgdla