Thompson leads season standings ahead of Toronto race this weekend

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
July 10, 2018 - 11:24am

Parker Thompson races north of the border this weekend as he looks to increase his championship lead on the Mazda Road to Indy racing tour.

The Red Deer native will be hitting the track for the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Toronto.

Thompson is driving for the Canadian-based Exclusive Autosport team in his first year on the Pro Mazda tour after moving up from the USF2000 circuit. He owns the points lead in the chase for a Mazda Scholarship worth $790,300 to move up to the Indy Lights circuit in 2019.

The 20-year-old has won three times in Toronto over the past two years, including claiming the Exclusive team’s maiden Mazda Road to Indy triumph in 2017.

“Sweeping the weekend last year in Toronto in front of my fellow countrymen was probably the most memorable racing weekend of my career,” Thompson told promazda.com. “The best part is we have the chance to relive some of the same emotions again this year, (and) I will do absolutely everything in my power to defend our win streak on the streets of Toronto.”

The weekend will begin with a practice session at 6:00 a.m. (Mountain) on Friday, July 13, followed by a pair of qualifying sessions which will set the grids for the pair of 40-minute races. Round 10 (of 16 races this year) will see the green flag at 8:50 a.m. MT on Saturday, with Race Two set for 8:40 a.m. on Sunday.

(With file from promazda.com)

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