Another quebec-based company has agreed to sponsor the young Beauceron Raphael Lessard in the series of the pickup trucks of NASCAR.
This time, it is Richelieu Hardware, who will announce Saturday morning that they contract to a car with the quebec driver’s 19 years for the two races at the circuit of the Kansas on the 24 and 25 July next.
“We see a great opportunity to encourage and promote the exceptional talent of Raphael,” said Richard Lord, president and chief executive officer of the group Richelieu.
“We wish him to win races and achieve the fame that it deserves,” can we also read in the press release.
Richelieu, based in Montreal, is specialized in the distribution and manufacturing of hardware products. It has two manufacturing plants and a sixty distribution centers in Canada and the United States.
The company CANAC, a leader in the renewal in Quebec for over 145 years, is another partner who, for a few months, was financially involved in the career of the pilot of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce.
And now Texas !
Engaged full-time in the third division major NASCAR, Lessard will play Saturday night in Fort Worth, the eighth stage of the championship Gander at the edge of his van number 4 prepared by the team Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).
Due to the pandemic, there will be no free practice or qualifying sessions before the start of the event provided for in 20 h. It is a random draw that determined his 16th place on the starting grid.
“Once again, the context is not favorable, recognizes Lessard. But I am getting used to it. “
If he has never played a race on the track oval of one mile and a half of Texas, it has, however, participated in private trials at this location in the beginning of the year.
“I learned a lot, he stressed. I take more experience on this type of circuit. After viewing, it seems to be difficult to overcome, as was the case in Kentucky last week. “
Trapped by the rain
Lessard is still searching for a first top ten in 2020. His best result was recorded in Homestead, Florida, last month, when it ranked 11th.
Last week, the rain had cut short her journey to a promising when the direction NASCAR has put a premature end to the race at the 71st of the 150 laps, when he was in the 13th place.
Among the 36 enrolled, we note the presence of a certain… Kyle Busch (the owner of Lessard), which will be his fifth start this year in the vans. At last his presence, in Homestead, Florida, on June 13, the double champion of the cup, NASCAR had signed the 58th victory of his career in the specialty.