For the first time in the 27-year history of the division, ACT Late Models will be making right turns in 2018. Serie ACT, the Canadian affiliate of the American-Canadian Tour, is introducing a road course race this year that will take place Sunday, August 12 at Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The 1.53-mile (2.46-kilometer) temporary road course circuit will consist of 10 total turns, two being right hand turns.
In 1985, 1986, and 1987, the now defunct ACT Coors Tour (Pro Stocks) held races at Bryar Motorsports Park (now known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway). Claude Leclerc, Jamie Aube and Robbie Crouch won those three races and are currently the only drivers to win an ACT-sanctioned road course race.
While the series lacks road course experience over the last 27 years, the same thing can’t be said about their drivers. A handful of Serie ACT drivers have competed on road courses in other divisions.
“We want to showcase our drivers and their talent as well as our cars. I ran down the list of all of our drivers, very close to 50-percent of our drivers have all had successful road racing experience, or have at least raced on the road racing circuits,” said Serie ACT Manager Mark Patrick Roy.
Although Serie ACT is not looking to become a road course series, as their roots are in oval racing, they do believe this is a positive addition to their schedule.
Roy took over the Canadian operations for Serie ACT in February 2017 and has since worked to rebuild a series that at one point was nearing extinction.
“We still wanted to make sure the franchise had races going on in Canada in 2017,” Roy stated. “We were working on a 2018 schedule and the general manager from Trois-Rivieres approached me and had asked if I had an interest in going there.”
The deal was discussed, negotiated and agreed upon during Florida Speedweeks.
Serie ACT will be sharing the weekend at Trois-Rivieres with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, the premier racing division in Canada.
Not only will the Serie ACT drivers be sharing their playground with Canadian’s premier series, but they are inviting everyone from both north and south of the border to try out the Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres road course.
“We’re going to line up our ACT Late Models at this event and anyone is more than welcome to be racing in the event, as well as our companion series in the United States is also invited to come and join us.”
The addition of the road course event will bring the 2018 Serie ACT schedule to 10 races. The series will make four visits to Autodrome St-Eustache, four visits to Autodrome Montmagny and will return to Autodrome Chaudiere after a one-year absence.
-By Kendra Adams, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @2KendraAdams
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