Jean-Philippe Bergeron from Saint-Donat, Quebec, will be driving the No. 1 for Jacombs Racing in 2022.
After doing several seasons in Late Model on the tracks of Quebec and experiencing some Pro Late Model and ARCA series in the US, a NASCAR Pinty’s Series season is naturally included in the P development plan Happiness.
“Bergeron is ready for another step in his career. He has demonstrated his unquestionable talent and demonstrated seriousness and great discipline. We have considered several avenues for the future and everything guides us towards the NASCAR Pinty’s 2022 series,” says Martin D’Anjou, CEO of Festidrag development and agent of Jean-Philippe Bergeron.
A deal has been reached in New Smyrna between the driver, his representatives and Jacombs Racing, the team that led Alex Labbé to the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Championship. “I had the chance to see Jean-Philippe perform this week as part of the World Series of Asphalt in New Smyrna and I was very impressed,” emphasizes team owner Dave Jacombs. “This is the kind of driver every team dreams of having. We plan to put in all the effort necessary to deliver him the best car at every race.”
In addition to oval racing, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series also offers 5 road course events and a dirt race in its 2022 calendar. “My biggest challenge will definitely be road racing, I’ve already started working on my right turns on iRacing,” said Bergeron. “As soon as the weather permits, I will take all the possible track time to gain experience and improve the question of being competitive.”
Since 2016, Bergeron has climbed the stairs of the large v-speed stock car and has always demonstrated a great adaptation capacity, no matter the type of car or circuit.
Bergeron and Jacombs Racing can count on Mario Gosselin’s help throughout the season. The owner of the DGM Racing team in which Alex Labbé is racing in the NASCAR Xfinity series in the U.S., will lend a strong hand to Jacombs for car prep. He will also be on location for part of the season, on race weekends when there is no NASCAR Xfinity on schedule.
“One year ago, I had the opportunity to give Jean-Philippe a helping hand by having him try out my Super Late Model car. I Loved his attitude on and off the track. He has the flame of the winner and he is talented,” said Gosselin. “In 2017 when Alex Labbé won the NASCAR Pinty’s Championship with Jacombs Racing, I was the team leader. I think we might be surprised by what awaits us in 2022 with Jean-Philippe.”