Alex Tagliani Leads Can-Am Le 50 Tours Practice

Photo Credit: Kreistina Blinova

Alex Tagliani may just be on the way to another victory this season.

The driver of the No. 18 EpiPen/Riobel/ComplexeJCP/Juste du Pin Chevrolet topped the practice chart with a lap of one minute and 7.3 seconds. Tagliani enters this weekend with momentum following a top-six finish in each of his series starts this year, including three wins. The Lachenaie, Quebec native has two poles (2009, `13) an average finish of 10th and a best result of third (2015) in six previous Trois-Rivieres appearances.

Kevin Lacroix was second quickest, 0.024 seconds behind Tagliani. The driver of the No. 74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/Go Fast Dodge is another favourite entering this weekend after becoming the first driver in the history of the series to win a caution-free race last season at ICAR in his first start at the track. He then backed it up with a win last year at Trois-Riveries, too. He enters this weekend with some momentum following an eighth place finish in Saskatoon.

Daniel Morad was third quickest, looking to back up his top-10 finish from the Honda Indy Toronto, followed by Alex Labbe. The driver of the No. 36 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ Dodge enters this weekend with momentum following a third place finish at Saskatoon, and has posted an average finish of 12th with a best result of fourth (2015) in four previous Trois-Rivieres races.

Current points leader Andrew Ranger rounded out the top-five. The driver of the No. 27 Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Line Dodge enters this weekend leading the points by a single point ahead of Cayden Lapcevich. Ranger is the master of the streets of Quebec, posting a finish of first or second in each of his nine starts.

D.J. Kennington was sixth, searching for third straight top-10 finish following a sixth at Saskatoon, followed by Marc-Antoine Camirand, L.P. Dumoulin, Jason Hathaway and Simon Dion-Viens.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series has one more practice, before qualifying later on this afternoon ahead of Sunday’s race.

 

Pos No. Name Sponsor Best Tm Best Speed In Lap Laps Diff
1 18 Alex Tagliani EpiPen/Riobel/ComplexeJCP/Juste du Pin 01:07.3 81.836 14 14
2 74 Kevin Lacroix * Bumper to Bumper/Total/Go Fast 01:07.3 81.807 17 18 0.024
3 6 Daniel Morad * Insync Healthcare Systems 01:07.8 81.269 15 16 0.47
4 32 Alex Labbe Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ 01:07.8 81.232 14 17 0.501
5 27 Andrew Ranger Mopar/Pennzoil/Mopar Express Lane 01:07.9 81.177 9 10 0.547
6 17 D.J. Kennington Castrol Edge 01:08.3 80.641 7 10 0.998
7 99 Marc-Antoine Camirand Paille GMC 01:08.5 80.41 8 15 1.194
8 47 L.P. Dumoulin WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare/Somavrac 01:08.5 80.374 10 19 1.225
9 3 Jason Hathaway Raybestos/Fasteddie/Choko/HGC 01:08.5 80.358 19 19 1.238
10 37 Simon Dion-Viens Wholesale Express/Bestbuy Pieces D’auto/ZoneGarage 01:08.8 80.078 11 21 1.478
11 4 J.F. Dumoulin Spectra Premium/Bernier Crepeau/Bellemare 01:09.0 79.85 12 17 1.674
12 2 Kerry Micks Johnsonville/Leland/BDI/Avenue Auto Parts 01:09.1 79.744 10 16 1.766
13 59 Gary Klutt Poolsupplies.ca/Bothwell Accurate/CTL 01:09.5 79.238 4 21 2.207
14 76 Cayden Lapcevich * Fastline Motorsports 01:09.6 79.132 15 20 2.3
15 71 Patrick Dussault * Hewitt Rentals/Dussault Const/Perry Auto/MultiPlis 01:09.7 79.077 13 15 2.349
16 95 Anthony Simone Innovative Plumbing/Ink You Ride 01:10.0 78.668 2 14 2.711
17 56 David Michaud * OMVIC/Excavation Mario Michaud 01:10.8 77.801 16 20 3.491
18 36 Jeffrey Earnhardt Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lous BBQ 01:11.5 77.057 5 17 4.175
19 20 Raymond Guay * Groupe Immobilier/Potvin 01:12.2 76.291 24 24 4.892
20 77 Jocelyn Fecteau * Metal Mulisha/Pieces d’Auto Super 01:13.3 75.143 3 21 5.995
21 11 Martin Cote * GO-VR.com 01:15.0 73.409 14 19 7.727
22 1 Larry Jackson Canada’s Best Racing Team/Piloti 0
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