General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:
Ty Majeski continued a statement-making season in the ARCA Menards Series by winning his third race in five tries in last Thursday’s Bounty 150 from Chicagoland Speedway. The Chad Bryant Racing driver dominated the race by leading 72 of 100 laps, with Harrison Burton and Bret Holmes coming home second and third. Meanwhile, Derek Kraus won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Douglas County Speedway for the second straight year, this time leading flag to flag for the victory.
North of the border, Raphael Lessard took his first checkered flag of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season with a win at Autodrome Chaudiere in the Budweiser 300. Across the Atlantic, Loris Hezemans would have swept the inaugural NASCAR Whelen Euro Series event at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic if not for an engine failure in the first Elite 1 race of the weekend; Nicolo Rocca inherited that victory, while Hezemans bounced back to win the second race. Giorgio Maggi and Lasse Soerensen split the Elite 2 wins.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will send four cars to the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Elite 2 points leader Giorgio Maggi will pilot his Hendriks Motorsports Ford Mustang in the event, while the father-son team of David and Todd Gilliland will also be on hand to race a pair of Toyota Camrys patterned after Kyle Busch’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rides. In addition, series president Jerome Galpin will drive a General Tire-backed Chevrolet Camaro in the legendary hillclimb.
Other than that, it’s an off weekend for ARCA and NASCAR Home Tracks competition, but three series will return to action two weekends from now. The ARCA Menards Series returns to action from Elko Speedway, while the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be part of Honda Indy Toronto weekend and the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will visit El Dorado Speedway.
Driver Profile: Raphael Lessard
Part of Toyota’s driver development program for nearly half a decade, 17-year-old Raphael Lessard has already established himself as a name to watch for years to come. The Quebec native has made much of his mark in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, as in 2016 he became just the second non-American to win the series title with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
2019 has been a whirlwind for Lessard that has seen him make his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut alongside a scattered schedule of ARCA and NASCAR Home Tracks events. Across multiple series, Lessard has run for five different teams, picking up an ARCA top five for KBR Development at Pocono before winning his NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut for JF Dumoulin at Autodrome Chaudiere.