David Thorndyke put his auto racing savvy on display in the first race of 2013 NASCAR Canadian Tire season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
After some testing that provided valuable insight, Thorndyke and his crew were hopeful for a solid opening contest at the Vortex Brake Pads 200 on Sunday. However, qualifying didn’t quite go their way, causing the #67 Lubesource/ Thorsons EVT Chevrolet to line up at the back of the field.
“With the cautions during the qualifying period we just didn’t get our tires up to temperature so we wound up at the back,” Thorndyke explained later.
Once the race kicked off, Thorndyke put the less than desirable qualifying time behind him and focused on his strategy for the main event. #67 made an interesting decision to conserve his tires for the entire race, utilizing his skill to carefully make passes for position while not abusing the vehicle’s tires.
“We knew to make this work I had to be patient and manage the tires,” he said.
Action was plentiful in the early going. #67 made significant gains in the field and pitted early on with the rest of the front-runners for fuel. Thorndyke continued to expertly navigate the Chevrolet through the pack, eventually gaining an admirable 14 positions and crossing the finish line in 14th place.
“There isn’t a mark on the race car, we were competitive, I made some passes and had a good day, we’re thrilled” said the driver David Thorndyke.
“The team worked really hard and it took us a while to fine tune the car but I knew when we got it right we’d be really good – and we were” said Crew Chief Adam Thorndyke
David Thorndyke and the #67 LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will return to action Labour Day weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. For more NASCAR Canadian Tire Series information log ontohttp://hometracks.nascar.com and to learn more about the #67 LubeSource Chevy team go towww.promotiveracing.com
LubeSource is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Original Parts Warehouse, Inc. (OPW). OPW has been a Shell oil reseller since 1999 and created LubeSource to focus exclusively on the oil distribution marketplace. In 2010, LubeSource was appointed the Alliance Distributor for Shell lubricants in the province of Ontario and opened the current 60,000 ft.² distribution centre in Vaughan, ON.