Tuesday, September 27, 2022 by Marie-Lyse Tremblay
Marc-Antoine Camirand officially became the 2022 NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion on Sunday, as the final race of the season was held at Delaware Speedway, near London, Ontario. For this last race of the season, Camirand only needed to hang the start to be assured of the title. Although he passed the course without any problems, he was involved in an incident at the end of the race to finish ninth. His teammate Andrew Ranger was less fortunate, being involved in a major accident which ended his race 25 laps from the scheduled end.
Camirand, who arrived at the final race of the season with a solid lead in the standings, won his first NASCAR Pinty’s title in the first year of the new Paillé Course//Racing team, and driving cars that were built at its own Camirand Performance workshop. “I still can’t believe it. From building these cars to that first title, we’ve been through a lot, we’ve worked so hard! I couldn’t thank my team and the entire GM Paillé family enough. They made this dream possible,” said Marc-Antoine.
On Sunday, he completed the 250 lap race, but only had to take the green to claim the title. After avoiding a major multi-vehicle accident towards the end of the race, he was involved in another collision with just a few laps to go. With a badly damaged rear axle, he lost several places on the restart with four laps to go, but stayed on the lead lap. He eventually finished in 9th place.
Andrew Ranger also showed he could be very fast on the half-mile oval in southern Ontario. Sixth in practice and seventh on the starting grid, he knew his car could be fast on long runs. Ranger had good pace during the race, rolling in the Top 10 and having some great battles during the race. However, his run came to an abrupt end when he got involved in the « Big One », late in the race.
After other cars in front of him collided, Ranger, who was having brake trouble, couldn’t avoid the crash and crashed into Alex Tagliani’s car in front of him before going into the air. This incident ended his 2022 season. Fortunately, he was not injured, as was Tagliani. “This is one of the biggest accidents of my career. It’s not the way we wanted to end the season, but there was nothing I could do to avoid it. It’s part of the races. And I’m very happy for Marc-Antoine and the entire Paillé Course//Racing team for this first title,” concluded Ranger.