“We had many reasons to come back for this particular race. Everyone from NASCAR is here” – Ray Courtemanche Jr.
The Montreal driver will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener this coming Saturday (March 13) aboard a MacDonald Motorsports-prepared car, with the support of La Cité de Mirabel inc.
Ray Courtemanche Jr. is returning to Bristol Motor Speedway in North-Eastern Tennesse for this event, as he raced in the same one in 2012. The K&N race is part of an important weekend, as NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint cars will also race on the tight, high speed (115 mph average) half-mile (0.8 km) North Tennessee bullring.
Ray Jr. and the whole team have set higher expectations for his second visit at Bristol, given Ray’s experience here and his love of high-banked tracks. Ray is pumped: “We had many reasons to come back for this particular race. Everyone from NASCAR is here, I love the high speeds, racing is really tight amongst great drivers, and I will be in a very well prepared car. I am aiming at a Top 15 finish, based on the car and the experience I gained over the 2012 season, in Bristol as well as in the whole NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.”
Former Canadian racer Randy MacDonald now runs a preparation shop and race team in Charlotte (NC), and will supply Ray Jr. with a competitive race car as well trackside support. “We know Ray Jr. very well, and enjoy his passion for the sport. He went through two good learning seasons in 2011 and 2012, and we will use our knowledge of the track to help him learn more and come up with the best possible finish.”
The Cité de Mirabel management is happy to be a part of the event. Daniel Proulx, one of the Cité de Mirabel project founders, sees a great fit: “We are starting the season with an important NASCAR event to maximize exposure in the US, where we will be active in the short term. This is a win-win scenario for us on both sides of the border.”
Ray Jr. will be on track for practice and qualifying on Thursday (March 14), and on Saturday afternoon (March 16) for the 250 lap race.
La Cité de Mirabel inc.
A 2,200,000 sq. ft. residential development with over 2000 units (Condos, Town Houses, retirement homes), off Exit 28 of Autoroute 15 (Laurentien). Go to www.citemirabel.com for additional information and visuals.
After racing on road courses in Canada and the USA, Randy MacDonald committed to NASCAR oval racing full time in 1985, leading to his first start in the Sprint Cup Series in 1994. Since then, he has completed three seasons in the NASCAR Truck Series (2001 à 2003), before committing to his preparation shop, MacDonald Motorsports.
Randy and his team spécialize in renting cars and offering preparation and track-side services to qualified drivers. The team will concentrate on the NASCAR K&N and Nationwide Series for the upcoming season, with cars coming out of the Charlotte (NC) shop.
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, Formula Tour 1600 (2012), parts of two seasons of NCaTS, as well as a few races in the United States, in the NASCAR K&N Series East.
Bonzaï Racing and Foundations
Bonzaï Racing has been giving away its NASCAR prize money to various non-profit foundations since 2010. These include Children’s Wish and The Charles-Bruneau Cancer Research Centre. For 2013, prize money will be given to the Children’s Wish, Leucan, and St-Justine Hospital foundations.
source: Julie Baldwin