Raphaël Lessard

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Raphaël Lessard
Raphael Lessard at Martinsville Speedway 2019.jpeg
Lessard at Martinsville Speedway in 2019
NationalityCanada Canadian
Born (2001-07-05) July 5, 2001 (age 18)
St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada
CARS Super Late Model Tour career
Debut season2016
Current teamKyle Busch Motorsports
Car number51
EngineToyota
Former teamsDavid Gilliland Racing
Starts15
Championships2016
Wins5
Podiums7
Poles2
Best finish1st in 2016
Finished last season10th (2017)
Previous series
2017, 2019ARCA Menards Series
Championship titles
2016CARS Super Late Model
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
5 races run over 1 year
Truck no., teamNo. 46 (Kyle Busch Motorsports)
No. 17 (DGR-Crosley)
First race2019 TruNorth Global 250 (Martinsville)
Last race2019 Chevrolet Silverado 250 (Mosport)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of August 25, 2019.

Raphaël Lessard (born July 5, 2001)[1] is a Canadian professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 46 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He has driven for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series.

Racing career[edit]

Lessard started racing in an old Honda Civic, winning his first race on the day of his twelfth birthday. He then ran Quebec sportsmans and super late models in Canada before moving to America.[2]

His first American racing experience came in the CARS Super Late Model Tour, driving the 2015 season for Toyota Racing Development and David Gilliland Racing.[3] In 2016, at age 15, and in grade 10, he became the second non-American to win the CARS Super Late Model series championship,[4] the other being Mario Gosselin, also a Canadian from Quebec, who accomplished the feat in 1997.[5] It was Lessard's first championship.[4] He won four of ten races during the season, including the season finale at Southern National Motorsports Park.[4] Lessard continued with Toyota and David Gilliland Racing to run late model racing in large events like the Winchester 400, Snowball Derby and various PASS Late Model, CRA Racing Series and ARCA Racing Series events.[6] He was disqualified from an April 2017 PASS race for intentionally wrecking other drivers, illegally passing under yellow, and inappropriate actions by his crew.[7]

He debuted in the ARCA Racing Series in 2017 driving for Venturini Motorsports.[8] He made the top ten in his second start at Winchester Speedway.[9]

On February 15, 2019, it was announced that Lessard will drive three races in the No. 46 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.[10] Lessard started 7th and finished 14th in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville.[11] In June, he joined DGR-Crosley's No. 17 truck for the Iowa Speedway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park races.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Lessard's father was a race car driver but sold his cars to help move Raphaël's racing career.[13]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NGOTC Pts Ref
2019 Kyle Busch Motorsports 46 Toyota DAY ATL LVS MAR
14
TEX DOV
11
KAN CLT TEX BRI
12
-* -* [14]
DGR-Crosley 17 Toyota IOW
9
GTW CHI KEN POC ELD MCH
54 MSP
10
LVS TAL MAR PHO HOM

K&N Pro Series East[edit]

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 NKNPSEC Pts Ref
2019 Bill McAnally Racing 50 Toyota NSM BRI
9
SBO SBO MEM NHA IOW GLN BRI GTW NHA DOV 34th 35 [15]

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Menards Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 AMSC Pts Ref
2017 Venturini Motorsports 25 Toyota DAY NSH
33
SLM
13
TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP POC WIN
10
ISF ROA DSF SLM CHI KEN KAN 51st 370 [16]
2019 KBR Development 19 Chevy DAY FIF
8
SLM TAL NSH TOL CLT -* -* [17]
28 POC
4
MCH MAD GTW CHI ELK IOW POC
5
ISF DSF SLM IRP KAN

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raphael Lessard summary". Racing Reference. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  2. ^ McDonald, Norris (2017-08-19). "Raphael Lessard, 16, is taking the stock-car racing world by storm". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  3. ^ "Raphael Lessard – NASCAR Talk". nascar.nbcsports.com. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  4. ^ a b c "SLM: A Canadian Goes South and Claims CARS SLM Title". Speed51.com. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Raphaël Lessard crowned champion of the 2016 CARS Super Late Model Tour". Edmonton Journal. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Raphael Lessard 2017 DGR Race Schedule". David Gilliland Racing. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  7. ^ "PASS Statement Regarding Raphael Lessard Disqualification At Hickory – race22.com". race22.online. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  8. ^ "Quebec's Raphael Lessard returns...race-ready for Winchester". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  9. ^ "Driver Raphael Lessard 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  10. ^ "Lessard Returns To KBM For Three Truck Races". Speed Sport. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "An afternoon to remember for Raphael Lessard". Motorsport.com. March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "Lessard Picks Up Two Gander Trucks Races with DGR-Crosley". DGR-Crosley. June 6, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  13. ^ Mio, Kevin (2016-12-06). "Raphael Lessard doesn't have a licence, but boy can he drive". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  14. ^ "Raphael Lessard – 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Raphael Lessard – 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Raphael Lessard – 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Raphael Lessard – 2019 ARCA Menards Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 10, 2019.

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