Berthierville, QC — GM Paillé renews its commitment to motorsports and launches Paillé racing, which brings together renowned drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand and Andrew Ranger, who will run for the full 2022 season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
By partnering with not one, but two talented drivers in the most prestigious stock car series in Canada, the Paillé Racing Team launches a never-seen-before initiative in the series and aims for nothing less than the championship.
“I want to create a real synergy within the Paillé Racing Team and between our two drivers. I am convinced that our dealership, and the sport as well, can get a great deal of attention with this new team image. Our commitment to motorsports creates bonds among our employees, generates enthusiasm and encourages people to always be the best of themselves,” says Jean-Claude Paillé, CEO of GM Paillé.
Marc-Antoine Camirand, who began his association with the #1 GM dealer in Canada in 2016, will be back on track and wants to win his first NASCAR Pinty’s championship, with cars that he will prepare with his own team.
During the off-season, the Paillé Racing Team and Camirand put together a brand-new team, named Camirand Performance, which built its own chassis and will prepare the No. 96 cars for the next season. Camirand will have Robin McCluskey as his crew chief, with whom Camirand had success in the NASCAR Pinty’s series, between 2013 and 2015.
“We have put together a team and all the infrastructure to build and prepare ultra-competitive cars, and I think that I have everything in place to fight for wins, and possibly the championship. It was a dream for me to prepare my own cars, and it is a project that will grow over time, and which will be at the heart of the Paillé Racing Team in the future. I think that we can accomplish great things together,” said Camirand, who will be at the wheel of the No. 96 GM Paillé Chevrolet Camaro, a number that has a history for the driver from St-Léonard-d’Aston, Qc.
“I have been repeating it for several years, but I could not dream of a partner as passionate and involved as GM Paillé. The creation of Paillé Racing and the investments that have been made in our brand-new cars show this once again”, continues the driver.
In his quest for a first championship in the NASCAR Pinty’s series, Camirand will have competition, because his new teammate at Paillé Racing, Andrew Ranger, is also aiming for great honours. The three-time NASCAR Pinty’s champion will drive the GM Paillé Chevrolet Camaro with the famous number 27.
“I am blessed to be allowed to join what I consider the great Paillé family. We share common values, and I am convinced that I can honor the trust placed in me. I’m aiming for victories, and I would like to win a first NASCAR Pinty’s title behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Camaro,” said Ranger, who already has three titles in the Canadian NASCAR series, in 2007, 2009 and 2019.
For next season, Ranger will be back with a former crew chief with whom he has had great success over the past few years, David Wight, since his Camaro GM Paillé No. 27 will be prepared by the renowned team Wight Motorsports Inc. (WMI).
“I have blind faith in David, with whom I have won several victories since 2017 and the championship in 2019. I will also be able to count on the engineer – and 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s champion – Cayden Lapcevich as my crew chief. I am sure that we will accomplish great things and represent the colours of Paillé Racing well.”
The Paillé Racing Team also has the support of Chevrolet Canada for its two cars entered in the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Championship. “To see Chevrolet’s implication in our racing program, I see it as a recognition of how serious our organization is and of the professionalism in our sport. This demonstrates the potential that the Paillé Racing Team can have as a promotional vehicle and as a motor of passion for our entire organization and for the great Chevrolet Canada family,” commented Jean-Claude Paillé.
Marc-Antoine Camirand, Andrew Ranger and the Paillé Racing Team will begin the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season on May 14 at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario. The series features 13 races in five Canadian provinces, from Newfoundland to Alberta. Races are notably planned at the Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction (June 11), at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (August 6-7) and at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel (August 27).