June 26, 2011. Isabelle Tremblay from St. Hippolyte, Quebec took an enormous step in her development during round four of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series at Mosport International Raceway near Bowmanville, Ontario. With only a handful of practice laps and the qualifying session cancelled due to rain. Tremblay put all those distractions aside to score her best ever finish in the series, her first top-ten finish, as she claimed an eighth place result in the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford.
Tremblay and the Dave Jacombs team worked hard to prepare the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford despite the limited track time this past weekend. Even with the difficult circumstances Tremblay was determined to show progress at this event. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I said to the team, this is the weekend IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to show I can raceÃ¢â‚¬Â said Tremblay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have learned so much in the first few events of the season that I wanted to show the team and everyone that I am learning and give us a sense of what we can accomplishÃ¢â‚¬Â she added.
With qualifying rained out Tremblay would start the 200km feature vent from the fifteenth position. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford felt very good right from the beginning of the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was feeling comfortable in the car right away and I could race and pass other carsÃ¢â‚¬Â she added.
The Jacombs team had planned a strategy for the race that worked extremely well. Following an early stop for race fuel the team would later make a second stop to put fresh tires on the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford. With the way the race played out the strategy worked very well for Tremblay and the team.
As the race progressed Tremblay passed many cars and continued to push the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford toward the front of the field. Tremblay also had to take a few lumps in the process and would lose a few positions at times, but was always able to battle back. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had a little problem with another car and I just kept working hard all dayÃ¢â‚¬Â said Tremblay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was very good the driver came and apologized afterwards that he made a mistake and I understood. We all do sometimesÃ¢â‚¬Â she stated.
By the late stages of the race Tremblay had moved the 07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford into the top-ten. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As the race kept going I just kept working hard to get the best finish I couldÃ¢â‚¬Â said Tremblay. When the checkered flag waved Tremblay would claim an eighth place overall finish.
Tremblay sees this accomplishment as a significant step forward in her development and growth with the team and in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so happy of what we did todayÃ¢â‚¬Â she stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have to thank everyone who worked so hard at Dave Jacombs racing and all of my sponsors who support us in this racing program. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re very happy with how well we did today, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s made us even more determined to keep doing better as the year goes onÃ¢â‚¬Â she concluded.
Isabelle Tremblay will be back racing again soon. Tremblay will compete next in the ANCA Sportsman Series at the Autodrome St. Eustache on Saturday July 2nd. Her next event in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be during the Toronto Indy weekend July 8 & 9 on the streets at Exhibition Place Toronto.
During the 2011 racing season Isabelle Tremblay will compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the ANCA Sportsman Series at the Autodrome St. Eustache and the F1600 Series. This kind of large-scale racing program schedule would not be possible without the impressive support of many partners for which Isabelle is extremely grateful. Isabelle TremblayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ANCA Sportsman Series efforts are backed by Insulation Ippersiel, Canadian Tire St. Jerome, La Pizzeria Etc and DB Imaging. The NASCAR Canadian Tire series program is made possible with support from Group Beton Brunet and ADF Diesel. Her Formula 1600 Tour receives backing from Furniture World Salotti.
More information about Isabelle Tremblay and her 2011 racing program can be found by going to her website, www.isaracingteam.com