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Parker Thompson

#90 Exclusive AutosportOpenhwy

 

Birthdate: March 2, 1998
Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Residence: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Website: parkerthompsonracing.com.
Twitter: @parkertracing
Facebook: Parker Thompson Racing
YouTube: Parker Thompson Racing
Website: ExclusiveAutosport.ca

 

Sponsors:

 

Exclusive Autosport, Openhwy, Weyburn Energy, Global Traffic Group, Sylvan Lake RV, Sparco, Champion Spark Plugs, Bell Racing and Drive to Stay Alive

Nationality: Canadian

Languages spoken: English

Height/weight:  5’7” / 135 lbs.

Education: Currently a senior in high school

Current sports played: Badminton, golf, cross country running

Hobbies: Racing, golf, badminton, campaigning against distracted driving, working out

Snapshot:  If I were to describe my personality I would think humor would be at the top, along with fun to be around and kind. I love to have a good time and make people laugh. At the race track I’m extremely focused and determined to do what I need to do to win races. I am also very analytical. Some of my hobbies are golf and badminton - two sports that are really like racing in a way due to how mentally challenging they are. I love that they replicate racings mentally challenging side, yet are so different from racing at the same time. In the winter I play badminton just about every second day and that is the same with golf in the summer.

Racing goal: To get paid to drive fast cars around race tracks

Racing hero: Barry Sheene

My fitness routine includes: Six to seven days a week in the gym complied with a full load of cardio and muscle training circuits to develop durability over long races as well as the strength needed to get the most out of the car

Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Brain integration exercises

An interesting note about me: I have never been off the honor role with distinction

Career results:

2016

  • Finished second to teammate Anthony Martin in a hard-fought Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title fight
  • Claimed four victories, three pole positions and a total of 12 podium finishes in 16 races
  • Earned the season-ending Royal Purple “Slickest Pass” award for his pass of his teammate for the lead at his home race in Toronto

2015

  • Finished fifth in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, with seven top-five finishes
  • Earned three Tilton Hard Charger awards (the GP of Indy, Mid-Ohio and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) and four Replay XD Moves of the Race (the GP of Indy, Toronto and two of the three races at Mid-Ohio)
  • Finished seventh in  the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest preseason mini-series with a best finish of fifth
  • Created the “Drive to Stay Alive” initiative in Canada to educate high school students about the dangers of distracted driving

2013

  • Earned eight top-five finishes, four podiums, two Superpoles and one victory (German DKM Series) racing for the Energy Corse Factory Team in karting events across Europe 
  • Finished third in the WSK Euro in Belgium and the WSK Masters in La Conca, Italy
  • Earned a fourth-place finish in the European Championship in Spain

2012

  • Finished third in the Rotax World Championships in Portugal, the first North American Junior driver to finish on the podium
  • Claimed the Rotax Western Canadian Junior Championship title with five wins in six races
  • Took the Rotax Junior runner-up position in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship with two wins, four podiums and five top-five finishes in six races
  • Finished third in the Rotax Junior Championship Florida Winter Tour with four podiums and five top fives
  • Finished third in the Rotax Junior Championship of the Gatorz Challenge of Americas with three victories

2011

  • Earned the Rotax Junior Championship at the Rotax Western Canadian Championship with four wins and six podium finishes in six races
  • Finished third at the 2011 Pan America Championship (Rotax Junior)
  • Member of Team Canada and the youngest driver at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in the UAE
  • Earned the Rotax Junior championship at the Gatorz Challenge of Americas with three wins, five podiums and six top-five finishes
  • Earned two wins and three podium finishes in four TaG Junior SKUSA Pro-Kart events

2010

  • Earned three victories and four podium finishes at the Rotax MiniMax Challenge of the Americas
  • Took three wins and four podiums in six CIK International events
  • Finished second overall in the SKUSA championship with two wins and four podium finishes
  • Was the TaG Cadet runner-up position at the SuperNationals
  • IKF Region 7 Winter Series KPV, Corner and KPV1 Champion with seven wins and 16 podiums
  • Won the Rotax Mini-Max and Corner Cadet events at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix

2009

  • Earned five victories in the IKF Region 7 Series

2010

  • Claimed the Calgary Kart Club Championship with six wins