DAYTONA BEACH | Jean-Philippe Bergeron is the first to admit his rookie year in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series didn’t satisfy him.
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The good news is that he will have a chance to redeem himself in 2023, as he confirmed in an interview with Le Journal that he will be embarking on a second full-time year in the world’s most competitive stock car championship. Country.
“I admit that my adjustment didn’t go as I had hoped. It was tough training, as was familiarizing myself with the racetracks I attended [dont la plupart lui étaient inconnus] and the drivers I had to face,” he notes.
“But I’m ready to take it to another level, ready to fight with the best. I did my homework by training with a racing simulator during the winter. »
The season begins May 13 at the Oval Circuit in Sunset, Ontario. The calendar includes a record 14 events, although only three will be held in Quebec, in Vallée-Jonction [10 juin]Three Rivers [6 août] and in Mirabel [26 août].
Bergeron regrets some bad luck over the past year that ruined courses that looked promising.
“We had mechanical problems or inevitable accidents. Wrong time… wrong place. But hey, that’s part of motorsport. We hope to erase everything and start over on the right foot. What is certain is that I am going into the new season with much more confidence. »
The 23-year-old driver from Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm was able to perfect his knowledge of the street circuit, having mainly heard about stock car oval circuits in his youth.
“It’s not easy taking on big names on the show who are impressive on the road, but I’ve learned a lot over the past year. So much so that I’m aiming for the top five in the championship while hoping to get a few podiums,” explained the man who renewed his contract with Team Jacobs.
Curiously, in 2022 he signed two top-ten finishes at the intimidating Mosport circuit in Ontario. However, his best result of the season came at the final stop of the season when he finished seventh at the Delaware complex, also in Ontario.
His name appears in tenth place in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series final standings. Besides him, 12 drivers competed in the 13 races of the season.
Bergeron would like to highlight the contribution of many of the partners who have given it its presence in Stock Cars, including Prolon. He can also count on the valuable collaboration of Martin D’Anjou, President of Festidrag Development, who oversees the smooth running of his career.
In the United States in the ACT series
While waiting for the curtain to rise on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Bergeron will head to Hickory Oval Circuit in North Carolina on March 17 to compete in the first stop of the year in the ACT Stock-Car Series.
“It’s good preparation for me. The ACT is a strong championship with excellent drivers. By measuring ourselves against the best, we manage to improve. My expectations are the same as for NASCAR Pinty,” he concludes.