GRIMSBY, ON- NASCAR Canadian Tire Series rookie Cayden Lapcevich will travel to Trois-Rivieres, QC for the first time as a competitor this weekend, as he aims to make his first start in the JuliaWine.com Le 50 Tours as part of the famed Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres.
“This season is all about new experiences, and racing Trois Rivieres might be one of the most important we have all year,” says Lapcevich. “I’ve come to this race for a long time with my Dad, so I know what it means to the guys in this series. This weekend is huge. I can’t wait to get there”
The 15-year old has one previous road course start on his record – his NCATS debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in May that resulted in a respectable 17th place finish. However, the technically demanding street course of Trois-Rivieres is radically different from CTMP’s high speeds and elevation changes.
“I’ve never raced a street circuit before, so I’m not really sure what to expect,” admits the well-spoken up-and-comer. “Our strategy is going to be the same as always – keep the nose in one piece, keep all four corners on the car and try not to use up our brakes early. If we can take care of our equipment, I’m confident there’s a way for us to bring home a solid finish”
As Lapcevich details his plans for a respectable outing at GP3R, he quickly notes that exposure to road course competition is what he was hoping when his family-run effort put forth the early plans for their 2015 season.
“When Dad and I sat down this winter and talked about our plans for the year, I knew that I wanted to do as many road courses as possible,” explains ‘The Prodigy’. “We had a really good run at [Canadian Tire Motorsport Park] in the Spring, and I just hope we can put together the same kind of day at GP3R”
“Obviously the two tracks are incredibly different, but I think there’s quite a bit that we picked up at CTMP that we can use this weekend”
“For me, this event is going to be all about learning as much as possible,” continues Lapcevich. “I’ve never raced there and it’s just my second ever road course race, so we’re just going to take it one lap at a time. If we can leave with some notes that we didn’t have at the beginning of the weekend, and our car is in one piece, that’ll be a success for us.”
Cayden Lapcevich’s 2015 season would not be possible without the support of Tim Hortons, Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Springers Meats, EPIC Racewear and Troy Cove Marine.
Fans can keep up with ‘The Prodigy’ by following him on Twitter @CaydenLapcevich and visiting the official Cayden Lapcevich Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)