Red Deer’s Parker Thompson checks in with his race team after a mechanical issue brought his second round of qaulifying to an abrupt end on Friday. (Parker Thompson Twitter Photo)

Red Deer’s Parker Thompson has up and down day in qualifying at Toronto race

Red Deer’s Parker Thompson was strong in the early morning qualifying but suffered a setback in the afternoon session at the Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Toronto Friday.

Thompson will start third in round one on Saturday morning after a solid qualifying time of 1:10.3951. In the second round of qualifying, the Red Deer product suffered a mechanical malfunction and will start at the back of the pack in Sunday’s race.

The 20-year-old leads the Pro Mazda Championships series heading into the races this weekend in Toronto. The two races in Toronto are rounds 10 and 11 of the 16-round championships series. Currently, Thompson leads the circuit by 46 points with seven races left on the schedule.

In his rookie season on the Pro Mazda Championship series, Thompson rolled to victory in Race One in Alabama before adding a second-place finish in Race Two to take over the points lead early in the year. He also won at the Indianapolis Grand Prix and at the Lucas Oil Raceway.

Thompson has a history of performing well in Toronto, winning three times in the past two years on the USF2000 circuit.

For more information on the races this weekend head to www.promazdachampionship.com/schedule/2018-season/rounds-10-11.



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Child’s play at Westerner Days

Balloons bring out the child in everyone

‘Do Indians have property rights?’ Former Alberta chief’s land dispute in court

STANDOFF, Alta. — A dispute between two families over land on Canada’s… Continue reading

Missing female found near Sundre

Local rancher finds missing female

Buyers turn to letters to snag homes in Canada’s hot real estate markets

TORONTO — Monica Martins and her husband had been looking for a… Continue reading

WATCH: Gazebo groundbreaking in Waskasoo

Fifty per cent of the $100,000 project is funded by a provincial government grant

Second World War Two-era B-29 Superfortress named ‘Fifi’ lands for first-ever Canadian tour

MONTREAL — A rare Second World War-era bomber named “Fifi” has touched… Continue reading

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins Stage 15 of Tour de France

CARCASSONNE, France — Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark sprinted away from two… Continue reading

Ryan Reynolds teases ‘Deadpool 2’ extended cut at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Ryan Reynolds has made a triumphant return to San… Continue reading

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Shazam!” thrill Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Warner Bros. brought out all the stops Saturday at… Continue reading

All shell, no shock: Lobster prices strong, season picks up

PORTLAND, Maine — New England’s lobster industry faces big new challenges in… Continue reading

Woman killed in collision near Olds

A woman is dead after a collision west of Olds Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Officials in British Columbia’s Okanagan region hope that fire… Continue reading

Survivors recount deadly Missouri duck boat sinking

BRANSON, Mo. — “Grab the baby!” Those were the last words Tia… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month