Marc-Antoine Camirand to race full-time in NASCAR Pinty’s Series
Former open wheel racer Marc-Antoine Camirand will contest the full schedule of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in 2018.
Camirand, from Saint-Léonard-d’Aston, Québec has renewed his partnership with GM Paillé, #1 au Canada of Berthierville. The truck dealership will be the principal sponsor of his car, which will be prepared and entered by Scott Steckly’s 22 Racing team.
Camirand and GM Paillé have the objective of winning the 2018 title of the Canadian NASCAR series. To help reach that goal, 22 Racing team will run not less than 10 test days before the season opener, May 20 on Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s road course.
The 38-year old Camirand started racing karts at the age of 12. He then clinched the Canadian Formula 1600 title in 1997 and finished second in the US F2000 series in 1999. He then competed in the Grand-Am Rolex, in the Canadian Touring Car Championship and was also a top ice racing competitor. He’s also the driver who holds the record for most victories and podium finishes at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.
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“I couldn’t have imagined a better partner than GM Paillé,” said Camirand. “It’s every driver’s dream to have a drive with a top-tier team confirmed for a full season, many months before the first race. It sure will help me to be ready physically and mentally.
“I was not far off from getting my first win in this series twice last summer with two podium finishes [at ICAR and Trois-Rivières, two road courses]. We did some great things together in 2017 and I’m primed to fight for a first win and the championship. I feel I still have to gain some experience on oval tracks even if I had my part of success on these in 2015.”
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