As the Mazda Road to Indy made its annual pilgrimage north of the border to Ontario and the streets of Toronto, no driver or team combination did so with more national pride than Canadian Parker Thompson and Exclusive Autosport.
Thompson is from Red Deer, Alberta, while his team, Exclusive Autosport is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Together, they have created a formidable pairing, first in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Presented by Mazda and now in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tire. The ability to race ‘at home’ has had a great impact on Thompson’s ability to raise the necessary funding required to compete on the Mazda Road to Indy.
“Half of my sponsorship for the whole year comes from this one weekend alone on the calendar,” commented Thompson, who currently leads the Pro Mazda Championship standings despite a tough double-header weekend in Toronto. “It doesn’t get any better than racing in front of Canadian fans, especially being a Canadian. I love the track layout and that has been proven with three wins in the last two years.”
After narrowly missing out on the 2016 USF2000 Championship to Anthony Martin, Parker Thompson joined Exclusive Autosport for their inaugural Mazda Road to Indy Campaign in 2017. The Canadian pairing scored three wins en route to a third-place finish in the USF2000 Championship last year and has already matched that feat half way through 2018 with three wins so far in Pro Mazda.
“At the end of the day, the goal is to provide fantastic equipment that is professionally prepped, team personnel that are professional, passionate and motivated,” said Michael Duncalfe, founder of Exclusive Autosport and a former Pro Mazda racer himself. “I want to provide opportunities for young drivers to come into our program and showcase their talent on the world stage and enable them to move up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system and one day become Verizon IndyCar Series drivers.”