On Sunday, Jarrad Whissell made his first ever start at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec for the second race of the 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season. At the end of the day, Whissell drove his No. 44 SMS Equipment/Komatsu Ford to a 20th place finish.
Whissell didn't get much practice behind the real of his racecarbefore the race due to the weather, however made up for it with laps around the track in a golf cart.
Qualifying for the race was canceled, handing Whissell a 22nd starting position based on the rules. However due to a wiring malfunction and a last minute repair, he would start the race from the back.
The plan was to be conservative at the beginning to get used to the track and see how everything played out.
"It was absolute chaos out there," Whissell says. "I had a mostly successful day laying low and keeping the car out of trouble."
On a late green-white-checkered, Whissell decided to be agressive and made up numerous spots, before being spun in the hairpin by another competitor.
Beyond running the first two races this year, Whissell plans to run the five road course events this year, plus two western Canada oval stops at Motoplex Speedway and Auto Clearing Speedway.
Meanwhile, Jason White is running the full 2012 schedule and came into Circuit ICAR with lots of confidence following a strong car at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month.
He would start the race from sixth position due to the rainout, while running a limited number of practice laps. However, that didn't hinder the confidence of the driver of the No. 21 A&W Dodge.
“I wasn’t worried at all” White says. “I knew the team would make some handling changes, but knew they’d be on top of it."
In the beginning of the race, White ran consistantly with the top six cars.
"Early on in the race, I felt like I had a super fast car," White says. "I found my stride running with the leaders and was hovering around 6th place."
However, as the race went on, White adds that he could see that everyone was pushing the limit and he knew it'd be hairy near the end. A green-white-checkered finish would only add to that.
“Once the green came out though it got a bit wild, we were at least three-wide through corner one and beyond," the British, Columbia native says.
White would get bumped around on the final run to the checkered, falling back to 13th.
“I was having the ride of my life for a bunch of the race, and it’s too bad we got collected at the end. I hate how it’s going to make a lot of work for the team to put the car back together,” he says.
Next on the schedule is the first oval race of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park June 16th.