Canadian Raphaël Lessard voted “2016 Late Model Most Popular Driver in North America”
Canadian race car driver Raphaël Lessard was voted “2016 Late Model Most Popular Driver in North America” by web site Speed51.com.
Late Model fans from throughout North America placed their votes for the 2016 ARBodies Late Model Most Popular Driver Award. Hundreds of racers from touring series and local short tracks received votes, and after tabulating thousands of votes it was a driver from the province of Quebec winning the award for the first time.
Fifteen-year-old Raphaël Lessard, a Late Model driver from St-Joseph de Beauce, Québec and 2016 CARS Tour Super Late Model champion has been declared the winner of the 2016 ARBodies Late Model Most Popular Driver Award on Speed51.com.
“That’s very cool. Guys like me from Canada, I never thought I would be the most popular Late Model driver,” Lessard declared.
From the editor, also read:
“There are so many drivers on the U.S. side that I never thought I’d be named the most popular driver this year. It’s been a great year; I can’t thank everyone enough that voted for me. At first my support was all from Canada, now it’s good to have the support of fans in the U.S. I’m very excited, it’s great news. It shows how good we were this year with David Gilliland Racing and Toyota.”
The young driver continued: “I’m doing my best just trying to be a good guy and say hi to everyone, thank you to everyone. I just try to represent my sponsors, my team and Toyota well. I’m doing my best every time I go to the race track to race, I treat it like it’s my last race.”
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