Trois Rivieres, QC. (August 8, 2011) NASCAR driver Pierre Bourque returned to the historic Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres in the #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge and expected a fast race car to battle the tough competition. What he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expecting was to also battle the elements as the feature event was held during a rain shower.
With perfect conditions on Saturday for practice and qualifying Bourque set out to test the limits of the #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a little equipment problem and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get out right at the start of the session but the car felt really solid right awayÃ¢â‚¬Â said Bourque.
During the afternoon qualifying session Bourque once again showed well in the #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This car felt racy right from the start of the day said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I really felt in total control on this great trackÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
A twist in the equation came Sunday when rain showers soaked the track prior to the start of the race. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It certainly had everybody talkingÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Bourque. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But I knew that our #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge was really strong and it was up to me to do my job and try to bring it homeÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
Bourque was doing exactly what he needed to do looking to secure a solid finish. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was not only the slick track but visibility that we had to battleÃ¢â‚¬Â said Bourque. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our day was going really well though and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d moved the #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge up to eleventh spotÃ¢â‚¬Â he stated.
Unfortunately another driver wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as fortunate. The #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge was contacted by another competitorÃ¢â‚¬Â said Bourque. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The hit got us on the right front and broke some of the steering and brake partsÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver.
If not for that incident Bourque looked to be set for a top ten finish. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too bad we had that unfortunate incidentÃ¢â‚¬Â said Bourque. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were having a great run in the #00 Mahindra TractorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dodge here in front of all these amazing race fans that endured these tough conditions todayÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Pierre Bourque will be in action next during round nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series August 19-20 as part of the Nationwide weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Fans can watch all of the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events on TSN.