Marc-Antoine Camirand set to return to Pinty’s Series in 2019
Marc-Antoine confirms return to compete full-time this year along with sponsor GM Paillé in NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
After enjoying his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win and most successful season to date last year Marc-Antoine Camirand has decided to return this year. In addition to his first win, he also scored the most top-five and top-10 finishes in a season in his Pinty’s career with six and 11, respectively.
The 39 year-old driver from Saint-Léonard d'Aston, Quebec, will once again drive the No. 22 car and have support from the top General Motors dealer in Canada GM Paillé.
The combination proved to be successful last season with Camirand picking up his first win at Autodrome St. Eustache in September.
Camirand and Jean-Claude Paillé, CEO of GM Paillé, confirmed the renewal of the sponsorship agreement last weekend while they were both in Florida for the Daytona 500.
Camirand will also drive the No. 22 car prepared by the 22 Racing team, owned by four-time series champion Scott Steckly.
“I’m so happy to carry this winning association with GM Paillé,” said Camirand. “In motorsports, nothing is more valuable than a sponsor who shares our passion and who cheers on us always to go further. GM Paillé’s team is passionate and professional, and it’s an honor for me to wear its colors.”
The partnership between the veteran driver and GM Paillé dates back to 2016 when Camirand raced at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Then, thanks to GM Paillé, Camirand competed in four NASCAR Pinty’s races in 2017, before engaging full time for 2018, when he finally won his first series’ victory.
“I got my first win last year at Autodrome St-Eustache, and through the season, I proved that I could be very fast, both on ovals and road courses,” added Camirand, who will have a new crew chief Warren Jones and two car chiefs with Brian MacDonald on oval tracks, and Yvan Turcotte on road courses.
“Now, the ultimate goal is to win the NASCAR Pinty’s championship, and I think that everything is in place to achieve it.”
“We have put in place a highly exciting association with Marc-Antoine, and we wish to continue this winning partnership with him and 22 Racing team,” said Paillé. “It’s also important for us to support local athletes to enable them to show their talent at a national level, such as Marc-Antoine in the NASCAR Pinty’s series.”
Steckly looks forward to having the Quebec driver back piloting one of his cars.
“We are very excited to have Marc-Antoine and GM Paillé back with us for 2019,” said Steckly. “Marc has continued to improve each time on the track and is a threat to win on both road courses and ovals.
“We predict he will have even more wins and podiums in 2019.”
The 2019 season kicks off at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ON, on May 19th.
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