Team press release
June 5, 2011. Isabelle Tremblay of St. Hippolyte, Quebec competed in round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past weekend at Circuit ICAR north of Montreal, Quebec. While her race day ended prematurely because of a drive shaft problem as the result of contact from another competitor, Tremblay showed wonderful progress in the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford throughout the weekend.
The challenging 2.11 mile road course with fifteen turns presents an incredible challenge to the drivers of these heavy and powerful race cars. Tremblay worked tirelessly throughout the weekend improving her laps times in the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I got so much information from my team that helped me a great dealÃ¢â‚¬Â said Tremblay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very pleased with the progress we made this weekend and our team continues to grow togetherÃ¢â‚¬Â she added.
During the race Sunday afternoon Tremblay had just posted her best lap time of the weekend when she was hit by another competitor. While Isabelle did her best to maintain control of the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford the damage underneath was already done and she was forced to pull of course. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too bad we were hit by the #85 carÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Tremblay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had just done a faster lap time than even in qualifying and we were holding our own with the other cars on track. Unfortunately there was nothing we could do and our day was finishedÃ¢â‚¬Â she added.
In addition to competing in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event, Tremblay also raced Saturday evening in the ANCA Sportsman Series at the Autodrome St. Eustache. This also proved to be a difficult race for Tremblay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were trying a new set up and it really was very uncomfortableÃ¢â‚¬Â she stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was working hard in the car and I started sixth and was looking to move up but it all kind of went away. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to go back and look at the lap times and see what we need to improveÃ¢â‚¬Â she added.
Coming up this weekend Tremblay embarks on the third chapter of her 2011 racing program as she competes in the Formula 1600 Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as part of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to trying this kind of car and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re hoping to have a test session this week at Shannonville prior to the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â she stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Formula 1600 is a good series to learn in and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m excited to be part of the Grand Prix weekend. It will hopefully also help me when we return to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve later in the year in the NASCAR raceÃ¢â‚¬Â she added.
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
Photo and text by Todd Lewis