UPDATE: It is with a mixture of emotions that Raphaël Lessard Racing today announces the interruption of his participation in the NASCAR pickup truck series in 2021. The unfavorable conditions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic on the North American economy did not allow the team to deploy the strategy planned for the search for funding, particularly in 2020. Raphaël Lessard is now turning to preparation for the 2022 season, counting first of all on the major achievements since his rise to NASCAR, on the substantive work already accomplished this year and on the anticipated economic recovery on both sides of the border.
“We always believed in it and we still believe in it. Over the past few years, the team and I have focused our efforts on completing a full season in top NASCAR circles and we have succeeded. However, we are currently in a situation where we cannot continue this season and it’s hard to tell you that, all I want and always wanted is to be behind the wheel and win! »Raphaël Lessard explains with emotion.
“We are not putting an end to all auto racing. My dream is still to do the Daytona 500 in the Cup and see my parents sitting in the stands! We are open to opportunities and above all, we are working with GMS Racing to come back stronger in 2022, that’s the goal. Besides, I enjoyed every moment with them, from the preparation to the track, and I would like to especially thank Maurice J. Gallagher (Maury), Mike Beam, Josh Wise, Chevrolet, my agent Christopher Biby, my manager. team Chad Walter, my scout Tyler Monn and every teammate at GMS Racing, ”says the man who has written the history of motor racing on several occasions.
Original post: GMS Racing released a statement on Monday stating that Raphael Lessard will no longer drive the #24 for the team in the Camping World Truck Series.
Lessard finished eighth for the team Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. He is 13th in the driver point standings and has tallied one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
GMS Racing statement:
“Due to unfortunate circumstances, Raphael Lessard will no longer compete in the No. 24 for GMS Racing for the remainder of the 2021 season. Information on the No. 24 entry will be announced at a later date.”
AND: ( See the Crew Rosters)
Ryan Reed is listed in the NASCAR roster portal as the driver of the GMS No. 24 truck for Darlington.
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