St. Donat, Quebec racer Jean-Philippe (JP) Bergeron will begin his season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this Saturday, May 13 at Sunset Speedway, taking part in the NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250. Sunset is located just south of Barrie, Ontario.
Bergeron recently completed his first test of the season at the one-third mile track, located an hour north of Toronto, in a new car that he received late in the 2022 season. Built by WMI, the car was fine-tuned over the winter. The driver was thrilled with the performance of his Jacombs Racing-prepared No. 1 Ford Mustang and is ready to tackle the new season. The results of the test were convincing, as Bergeron recorded times that were significantly faster than last year.
Bergeron finished tenth in the NPS standings as a rookie last year and was experiencing the majority of the series’ tracks for the first time. He is now in familiar territory having driven at every track in the series last year. The experience he gained during his first season will certainly help him improve his lap times this year.
The driver is very happy to have his team back practically intact with only one new teammate this year. “There is a very good chemistry between us and I have good communication with our crew chief, Ron Easton, who is always working to make the right adjustments to the car,” said the driver known as ‘Bergy.’
The NPS tour will once again be very competitive and Bergeron will have to fight with the best drivers in Canada, including the defending champion Marc-Antoine Camirand. Despite the stiff competition, Bergeron is confident he will be on the podium this weekend.
In addition to a full season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, he would like to do some races in the ACT Series. “Running in another series will certainly help my driving, but it shouldn’t become a distraction,” said Bergeron, who would like to finish the season in the top 5 of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and to do that he needs to be completely focused on the 14 races this season.
• The NTN Ultimate Bearing Experience 250 will start on Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET.
• All races in the series will be broadcast live on TSN’s new subscription streaming platform, TSN+, and on FloRacing in the United States.
• A delayed broadcast will air on TSN on Sunday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. and on RDS2 in Quebec on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).
Important Partners: Since his very first steps in car racing, Jean-Philippe has been able to count on faithful partners such as Prolon controls, Circuit téléguidé Saint-Roch, Technoflex and JC Perreault. Since his association with Festidrag development, new major partners have joined the driver: Groupe Olivier/Shelby Canada, Rousseau Métal, Hipertech, Permatex, DL Performance, VP Lublicants, Lettrapub, Unik Wrap and Festidrag.tv. “These are the sponsors that allow me to pursue my career in car racing. I am very proud to represent these companies who trust me year after year,” underlines the driver.
Fans can follow Quebecer JP “Bergy” Bergeron on Festidrag.TV at www.facebook.com/festidrag, on YouTube, www.youtube.com/c/FestidragTV and on TéléMag. You can also follow JP and the Prolon Racing team on Facebook at w, on Instagram @JPBergeronRacing and on the website www.prolonracing.com.
About JP « Bergy » Bergeron: JP “Bergy” Bergeron first took to the track in karts at the age of 13. In 2015, he participated for the first time in the CUP Lites series on the ICar road course (Mirabel, QC, Canada) where he was crowned Rookie of the Year. Thus began a promising career for the driver born in Saint-Donat in Lanaudière (Quebec). In 2017, he experienced an LMS car in the ACT series. That’s all it took to convince the driver to continue in the LMS and race in the CSCC series a year later. Once again, Bergeron finished with the Rookie of the Year award. In 2019, Marc Bergeron and Martin Perreault founded Prolon Racing Team. Surrounded by enthusiasts, Jean-Philippe begins the 2020 season with a car that has been completely rebuilt and updated by renowned builder, Dale Shaw. Despite the shortened season due to COVID-19, Bergeron reached the podium three times, including once on the top step. At the beginning of 2021, Jean-Philippe did his first laps in Pro Late Model and Super Late Model at the New Smyrna Speedway. He finished 5th in the World Series of Asphalt championship in Pro Late Model with the Race Car Solutions (RCS) team. After a Late Model season shared between Autodrome Chaudière of Vallée-Jonction and Montmagny, Jean-Philippe made his debut in the ARCA series. Three races at Salem, Indiana, Kansas City, Kansas and Phoenix, Arizona gave him three top-10 finishes, including two top-5s. In 2022, he completed his first full season in the Nascar Pinty’s series. He finished 10th overall and second in the rookie championship. He collected seven top-10 finishes in 13 starts. Best oval finish: 6th | Best road course finish: 8th