Canadian driver turns in flawless performance to gain valuable experience
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 26, 2014) – If the Verizon IndyCar Series is the goal, a driver with career aspirations must learn to master the art of oval racing. JDC MotorSports took its young Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda driver Parker Thompson to the ‘Day Before the 500’ FreedomFest at the banked 5/8-mile Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday, May 23 and the Canadian put in an extremely impressive performance in the 75-lapper. The 17-year-old rookie from Red Deer, Alberta ran strong, stayed out of trouble, handled lapped cars like a seasoned veteran and delivered a fine sixth place result, his seventh top-10 result of the year. JDC MotorSports continues to show well with their one-car team, led by a teenage freshman pilot.
“We’d love to have a teammate for Parker, but as a one-car team, I’m really pleased with what our guys have been able to accomplish,” commented John Church, JDC MotorSports Team Principal. “Parker continues to impress us with his development and his increasing understanding of car dynamics, and he’s showing maturity behind the wheel as well. Running on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway is a challenge and it requires a unique skill set, and I’m thrilled with how he approached the weekend. Despite limited track time, he brought the car home in one piece with a great result. This is his seventh finish in the top-seven, and I know we’ll be challenging for podiums over the second half of the season.”
Thompson laid down a two-lap combined time of 44.792 seconds in qualifying with a fast lap of 22.388 to grid up seventh in the 75-lap event. A strong start at the green flag put Parker in a battle for sixth, but he was too strong for his challengers and took full control of the position. The race would go green to checker with no cautions, eliminating the opportunity for him to get back in striking distance of the top-five. By the end of the race, Parker had maintained a half-second advantage over Keyvan Andres to finish sixth. The result further strengthens his hold on fifth in the championship standings heading to the Honda Indy Toronto event on June 12-14.
JDC MotorSports races with associate sponsorship from RedLineOil.com , HR Sportswear and Showdown Displays.
JDC MOTORSPORTS – DRIVER INFORMATION:
Parker Thompson – #80
Qualified: 8th – 44.7924 (two-lap combined total)
Driver Quote: “Going into Lucas Oil Raceway, I didn’t know what to expect. There were so many firsts for me. It was a tough to get on pace due to the limited track time. We only had a few sessions to get the car set-up developed and my driving to where it needed to be. I still struggled with getting everything I could out of the car. But, at the end of the day, the risks can be much higher than the rewards at an oval, and to come out of this weekend with a clean sixth place is pretty good, I think. I am proud of all the hard work my JDC MotorSports boys did to pull off this result. They did a great job, as always. Now the focus will be on preparing for my home race in Toronto.”