Renowned Lauro Motorsports team has hired Rafael Lessard to compete in at least a dozen races in the “Late Models” stock car division in Quebec.
Autodrome will make its first appearance on Saturday at the opening ceremony of the 2021 season at Montmagni.
The Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce driver learned his skills many years ago and events will also take place at the Autodrome Chowder at Wally-Junction, which he won last week.
In the car numbered 48, Lessard replaces Alex Gunnett, who wants to pursue another career.
“We agreed to a friendly split with Alex, in an interview with team co-owner Louis Lauro. Journal. A few months ago, I didn’t want to make this statement today. But the context for Raphael has changed and the planets have mobilized themselves for this new association, of which we are very proud. ”
As he prepares to compete in the second full-season season of the Camping World Von series, Lessard, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on July 5, was forced into a state of inactivity after seven races due to lack of budget. This year.
In his last presence, 1Is In May, he finished eighth in Kansas. A few weeks ago, he finished third on clay at the legendary Bristol Complex.
In the Talladega Speed Ring on October 3, 2020, he became the first Cubaker to win one or the other of NASCAR’s three major divisions.
The good news for Lessard is that Laro offers him a “turnkey” steering wheel, without financial requirements. At the same time, Buceron Autodrome wants to take part in five clay-court racing events at the Granby. The first race will take place on June 25.
In the USA?
As soon as the borders reopen, the Lauro team plans to run Lessard in the United States as well. Stages are planned as part of the American ACT Series on known tracks in the State of Main (Oxford Plains), Vermont (Barre) and New Hampshire (Lee).
Formed in 2003, the Lauro team has a strong reputation in the motor racing world. It served as a springboard for Alex Labbe, now engaged full time in the NASCAR Xfinity series.
► Laro is a local company specializing in the design and assembly of industrial snowblowers. It is headquartered in Quebec. The team has two racing cars. William’s son of Denise, the other owner of the team, is the second pilot.