The 2012 NCaTS season was a character and experience builder for Ray Jr. and his team, Bonzaï Racing.
La Cité de Mirabel inc., a $500M residential project featuring more than 2000 units has decided to lend its financial support to Ray Courtemanche Jr. for the upcoming NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCaTS) season. And there is more – as famous car preparation specialist and Crew Chief Dave Jacombs has signed on to prepare Ray Jr’s oval and road course cars, as well as provide trackside support.
One of the hard-earned lessons was that you need the best equipment and support possible in order to make your mark in a competitive series like the NCaTS. For 2013, Bonzaï Racing has decided to go with the best, and maximize the development and race results for team driver Ray Courtemanche Jr.
Bonzaï Racing is proud to announce that La Cité de Mirabel inc. (citemirabel.com), a 2000+ residential units development has decided to come on board and support Ray Jr’s racing program. Daniel Proulx, one of the project’s founding partners, believes that this partnership is a great fit. ”The impact of the exposure gained from the foremost Canadian racing series will cover the country over the 12 events, held from Halifax to Vancouver. This exposure is in line with our Canadian plans as well as upcoming ones in the United States.”
Proulx added that “Our research has confirmed that the NCaTS and the affordable housing planned for La Cité de Mirabel targets the same demographics, so that our combined marketing actions will reach the exact audience we are shooting for. And it gets better, as we are also looking to add partners to the project and inviting key ones to the track, which allows us to get to know the people better and build trust and communication with existing and prospective partners.”
On the racing side per se, one of the keys to success is to show up at the track with the best prepared car. Bonzaï Racing has decided to do just that by contracting for race preparation and trackside support with one of the best Stock Car specialist in Canada, Dave Jacombs Racing. Dave and his team are a known quantity, with over 30 years of experience and two NCaTS titles (2007, 2009) with Andrew Ranger at the wheel. Dave and his team will put Ray Jr. in the best possible car for all 12 races.
Dave Jacombs is looking forward to the start of the season. “I have been watching Ray Jr. for the last two seasons, and I know that we will put him in a far more efficient car that what he had in the past, a quicker car that will also be easier to drive fast. I expect that he will become a regular Top 10 runner midway through the season. Just like Ray Jr., I am looking forward to a fun, successful 2013 season.”
Ray Jr. can’t wait to get to the track. “We learned a lot last season, and I now understand how important experience can be to a racer and to the team. Cars prepared by Dave and his team have won everywhere in NCaTS, so it is up to me to find my way up to the leaders at every track. I am very grateful to La Cité de Mirabel for this opportunity to drive a potential race-winner.”
La Cité de Mirabel inc.
A 2,200,000 sq. ft. residential development with over 2000 units (condos, town housesand retirement units), off Exit 28 of Autoroute 15 (Laurentian). Go to www.citemirabel.com for additional information and visuals.
Dave Jacombs Racing
After a 30-year career as a Stock Car racer, Dave Jacombs decided to put his accumulated knowledge and experience to good use by providing car preparation and track side support services to other racers, specializing in the NCaTS. Dave and his team believe that taking over all the technical aspects of racing in the series assures the driver the best possible car throughout the season.
His customers tend to agree, as does Andrew Ranger, holder of two series titles (2007 and 2009) aboard Jacombs-prepped cars. Dave also likes to work with drivers who may be new to oval racing, such as Patrick Carpentier several years ago, or need to move up the ladder, such as Ray Jr. Courtemanche.
Bonzaï Racing Team
Created in 2010 by driver Ray Courtemanche Jr., this small organization manages Ray Jr’s career, handling administration, finances, alliances and sponsorships, logistics, communications and press relations, and trackside hosting.
Bonzaï Racing has helped Ray Jr. work his way through local Stock Car racing in Quebec, Formula Tour 1600 (2012), two seasons of NCaTS, as well as a few races in the United States.
Bonzaï Racing gifts to non-profit Foundations
Bonzaï Racing has been giving away its NASCAR prize money to various foundations since 2010. These include Children’s Wish andthe Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau. For 2013, prize money will be given to the Children’s Wish, Leucan, and St-Justine Hospital foundations.
source: Baldwin Marketing