Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Chris Raabe NASCAR Canadian Tire Series debut

Racing season continues to burn up the asphalt as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series moves into Barrie Speedway on Saturday, September 10, 2011 for the Wild Wing 300 presented by Independent Electric, the race starts at 8pm. The 300 laps figures close to 100 miles of hard driving action as the powerful stock cars tear up the track. A new driver named Chris Raabe driving car number 01 (his old winning dirt track car number), will join the circuit and he will team with one of my favourite race car drivers - Scott Steckly of the 22 Canadian Tire car.
Here is what Canadian Tire has to say about the newcomer; This weekend, Chris Raabe of Napanee, Ontario, will make his NASCAR Canadian Tire series debut at the Barrie Speedway. The 20 year-old will be driving for Canadian Tire/MotoMaster and Sylvania Lighting as his primary sponsors and he will be racing alongside mentor and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series champion and 2011 points leader Scott Steckly and the 22 Racing Team.
Scott Steckly, left, joins other NCTS drivers at an autograph session.

“I am excited for the chance I have been given to drive in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the opportunity to share the track with mentors like Scott Steckly and his 22 crew,” said Chris Raabe. “Our testing went very well - we have had a lot of success on dirt, now it’s time to test our ability on the black top.”
Chris Raabe's 01 race car, photo courtesy of Canadian Tire.

“I am fortunate to have the same team by my side for my entire career and with the success we have had together in the past I see no reason for it to change now. Together we have won 11 championships including two National Mr. Dirt titles over the past few years so I know this team will be able to adjust with me in this next step of my career.”

Raabe, a third year mechanical engineer student at Queen’s University, got an early start to his career and has won 99 dirt car races. Since the age of 14 he has broken dirt car records – last year he broke the record for the number of wins in one season with 31 checker flags in just 52 races. The original record was only 24.

“My goal for these three races is to get all the experience I can and finish each of the races. Scott Steckly and his crew are giving us tremendous support and I can’t think of a better team to start this series with.”
NCTS drivers spray champagne on each other after a race.

After this weekend at Barrie Speedway the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series continues to the far east of Canada with a Nova Scotia race on the 17th and a race in Peterborough on the 24th.

This post supported by Conestoga's Mechanical Engineering Program Ontario.

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