A heartbreaking retirement for Raphaël Lessard in Florida


Pensacola, Florida, Monday, September 24, 2018 – A disappointing race for the Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce native who was competing in the Deep South Cranes 150 Blizzard Championship, held on the 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.


Raphaël Lessard took part in this 150-lap event in the Southern Super Series (SSS) behind the wheel of his Toyota Camry #51 FRL Express/Mobil 1/Toyota prepared by Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Starting the race from the 4th place, Lessard quickly made his way up to the second position after only two laps.


Lessard proved to be the driver to beat on this relatively slippery track due to the heat and humidity. During the 42nd lap, he claimed the lead of the race. The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) driver had a perfect stint, creating a 1.2-second gap on the runner-up, which is a big gap in oval racing.


However, luck wasn’t on his side as at the 71st lap; his engine stopped working. At first, the team thought it was an electrical issue, but it was later confirmed that the engine stopped, which prevented the #51 car from finishing the race.


“I am disappointed by this DNF because we had the speed to win this race,” revealed Raphaël after his race was cut short. “Nonetheless I am very happy to see that the car is doing well here because after all, this race was in preparation for the Snow Ball Derby race in December. I have great hope for this race that is highly coveted by all stock-car drivers.”


“I want to thank my parents, my sponsors FRL Express, Mobil 1 and Toyota, and Kyle Busch Motorsports. I also need to thank the investors in my limited partnership, and all the fans who came out to watch the race at the Cage-Brasserie Sportive and the Resto L’Express.”



Next race on the calendar:

Raphaël Lessard’s next race will be onOctober13 and 14 at the @WinchesterSpeedway a 400-lap  race in Indiana.

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