Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Bond Auto Parts, Inc. have expanded the recently announced New Champions program for the 2015 season. Among other changes, the Bond Auto Parts New Champions program will now be open to drivers in Série ACT, the Canadian division of ACT. The program will also include three awards for all eligible New Champion drivers in 2015.


The Bond Auto Breakthrough Award has now been added to the 2015 program. Under this award, any New Champion–eligible driver who wins an ACT U.S. or Série ACT event during the 2015 season will receive a $500 bonus. This bonus can be earned once per driver.


Phase two of the program for New Champion contenders is a $2,500 bonus at the 7th annual Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, set for Saturday, September 26. $500 will be awarded to each of the top-five finishing New Champion–­eligible drivers, regardless of finishing position. Drivers must have competed in a minimum of five ACT-sanctioned events in 2015 prior to the Invitational in order to receive this bonus.


The third phase of the Bond Auto Parts New Champions program will be the $5,000 season-ending point fund. The program will now award points to eligible drivers at both ACT U.S. and Série ACT events, as well as ACT non-point counting events which are open to all drivers. A single combined point standings will be kept. To be eligible for the point fund, which will award payouts to the top five positions, drivers must have attempted to qualify for 100% of the point-counting events on either series.


“The Bond Auto New Champion entitlement is indicative of a sponsor understanding the importance and need of supporting a program for all the racers,” American-Canadian Tour President Tom Curley said. “Bond Auto understands racing, and providing the majority of ACT teams and fans with this kind of program is certain to add an element of excitement to the upcoming season.”


Bond Auto Parts, Inc. is one of the largest auto parts dealers in the Northeast. The family-owned operation has been in business since 1956 and now has 45 locations throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York.


Bond Auto has a longtime association with ACT. In addition to their involvement with the Invitational, they are also the title sponsor for the Tiger Sportsman division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl.


“The ACT footprint really matches up well with our regional footprint of store locations,” Bond Auto Parts VP of Marketing Mark Mast stated. “It’s exciting to see the New Champions Program brought back from years ago. With a long history of supporting ACT, it felt like a natural fit for Bond Auto to jump on board with this program. Anytime we can sweeten the purses is a good thing, as these drivers and teams are working hard week in and week out to remain competitive.”


Eligibility requirements for the program remain unchanged. Any driver who has not won more than one ACT-sanctioned event prior to the 2015 season, and is approved by ACT, will be eligible. This includes ACT U.S., Série ACT, and special non-point ACT-sanctioned events.


The Bond Auto New Champions program is a revival of the old program from the former ACT Pro Stock Tour. Previous drivers who topped the New Champions standings include former NASCAR Champion Randy LaJoie, former ACT Tour Champion Brad Leighton, Northeast racing legends Joey Kourafas and Dale Shaw, and former ACT standout Derek Lynch.


Among others, drivers expected to compete for the 2015 Bond Auto Parts New Champions title include:

4NY Brandon Atkins
9ME Emily Packard
9NH Kyle Welch
10MA Tom Carey Jr.
13QC Patrick Boyer
15VT Bradley Babb
16ME Travis Stearns
28ME Rowland Robinson Jr.
29NH Aaron Fellows
31NH Luke Hinckley
34NH Todd Davis
41QC Jonathan Bouvrette
51QC Patrick Hamel
54VT Mike Ziter
78QC Daniel Descoste
83QC Martin Goulet Jr.


Full details of the entire program and complete updated point standings can be found at www.acttour.com in the New Champions section on the side menu of the ACT front page.


For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com.


-American-Canadian Tour Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com

ACT, Bond Auto Parts Expand New Champions Program