Andrew Ranger Survives Green-White-Checkered to win at Circuit ICAR

By Ashley McCubbin On Sun, Jun. 03, 2012

Two-time series champion Andrew Ranger held off J.R. Fitzpatrick and Scott Steckly in a green-white-checkered finish to win the ICAR Lucas Oil Grand Prix presented by Budweiser Sunday at Circuit ICAR. It marked his first win of the season and 17th Canadian Tire Series win overall. It marks his 12th road course win.

“Really proud to win here at Mirabel,” Ranger says. “It’s been an awesome weekend.”

Ranger took the lead from D.J. Kennington on lap seven and led the rest of the way in his home province of Quebec.

“I really surprised to be at the front on the sixth lap at the beginning,” Ranger adds. “The car was really, really good, really fast. I was able to go everywhere on the track.”

A caution would come out on lap 27 to set-up a green-white-checkered finish, which resulted in a side-by-side battle between Ranger and Fitzpatrick.

“On the final lap, when Fitzpatrick was trying to pass me, he had a really good car,” Ranger says. “I knew I was a little bit better than him on the long run. He tried hard, he pushed me a little bit in the hairpin, but this is racing. I was able to keep my car inside and pass him after.”

This year, Ranger made the choice to come back to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series full-time after spending some years in the states. The last time he ran the series full-time was in 2009 when he won his second championship.

“What we wanna do is win another championship,” Ranger says. “It’s fun to win definately, but we need to think about the championship. We don’t want to have mistakes. We’re here to finish in the top five every weekend and this is our goal. I think we have the team and the car to do it.”

Fitzpatrick, who won last week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, finished second, 0.507 seconds behind Ranger. Defending series champion Scott Steckly came back to finish third after a early penalty for rough driving. Louis-Philipee Dumoulin and Kennington rounded out the top five.

Alex Labbe finished sixth in his series debut, followed by Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Jeff Lapcevich, Ron Beauchamp Jr. and rookie Martin Roy.

The race was slowed due to caution four times for 10 laps.

The first caution came out on lap three for Isabelle Tremblay being stopped in turn 10. She would fail to finish the race due to a broken rear end.

The second caution came out on lap nine for Dexter Stacy being stopped in turn six. He would also fail to finish the race.

The third caution came out on lap 24 for Kerry Micks making contact with the wall in turn two. He would get the lucky dog under the final caution and finish 21st.

The final caution came out on lap 27 for Mike Scholz being stopped in turn two.

Fitzpatrick remains the points leader, now one point over Ranger. Kennington and Steckly both sit seven points back heading to the first oval race of 2012 on June 16 at the Speedway at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

 

NCATS 6/3/12 ICAR Unofficial Results

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Points B/Points Status
1 16 27 Andrew Ranger Dodge/GC Motorsports Dodge 31 48 5 Running
2 3 84 JR Fitzpatrick Equipment Express Chevrolet 31 42 Running
3 1 22 Scott Steckly Canadian Tire Dodge 31 41 Running
4 12 47 Louis-Philippe Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge 31 40 Running
5 2 17 DJ Kennington Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge 31 40 1 Running
6 25 36 Alex Labbe * VR Victoriaville Dodge 31 38 Running
7 26 4 J.F. Dumoulin ACASS/Bellemare/Marac Dodge 31 37 Running
8 9 23 Jeff Lapcevich Tim Hortons Dodge 31 36 Running
9 5 60 Ron Beauchamp, Jr. Mopar/Mobil 1 Dodge 31 35 Running
10 21 90 Martin Roy * Veloce/Gamache Truck Center Dodge 31 34 Running
11 13 99 Steve Cote * White Motorsports Chevrolet 31 33 Running
12 20 81 Larry Jackson * B&B Decals/Speedy Auto Service Dodge 31 32 Running
13 6 21 Jason White A&W/Bower&Wilkins Dodge 31 31 Running
14 19 94 Dave Coursol * Carquest Canada Dodge 31 30 Running
15 24 29 Ray Courtemanche Jr. * Construction Danam Bonzai Dodge 31 29 Running
16 17 56 Howie Scannell Jr. Trailers by Jim Bray Dodge 31 28 Running
17 14 97 Hugo Vannini VTI Motorsports Ford 31 27 Running
18 10 5 Noel Dowler EMCO-Kohler/Rheem Dodge 31 26 Running
19 29 85 Michel Pilon Aquacoupe Technologie Chevrolet 31 25 Running
20 22 44 Jarrad Whissell SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford 31 24 Running
21 4 2 Kerry Micks Leland/BDI/PartSource Ford 30 23 Running
22 23 11 Mike Scholz * Jiffy Car Wash/Watchfinder.ca Chevrolet 29 22 Off Track
23 7 3 Jason Hathaway Snap-on Tools/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge 24 21 Running
24 18 10 Derek White Burger Barn Chevrolet 23 20 Off Track
25 11 7 Isabelle Tremblay Frank Lyman Design Dodge 15 19 Rear End
26 15 66 Robin Buck Quaker State Dodge 6 18 Off Track
27 8 55 Dexter Stacey WJS Motorsports Dodge 5 17 Off Track
28 27 3 Elie Arseneau * Prime Racing/Circuit ICAR Chevrolet 4 16 Suspension
29 28 82 Dave Connelly Schneider’s/Metro Dodge 1 15 Suspension
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