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Canadian eMotorsports Series 2020 Season Preview

The drivers from the Canadian eMotorsports Series are set to start their engines to kick off the inaugural season for the new online virtual racing series formed by Holland College in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The season will begin on Sunday, May 24 when the drivers take the track to compete in The Clash at the Daytona International Speedway beginning at 8pm eastern.

Although The Clash does not count towards the regular season point standings, the top two finishers will make up the front row for the season opener on Tuesday, May 26, the Holland College 250, also held at Daytona.

Since April 14 the series has held weekly exhibition races to adjust race formats, improve live broadcasting practices and build the series driver roster.  Today we’ll review the pre-season as we preview the 2020 regular season.

Two drivers recorded multiple wins during the pre-season, the number 23 Chevrolet Camaro of Ryan Gibson and the number 64, Suck it Up Septic, Ford Mustang of Darcy Ford.

Ford, from Harrington, PEI, got on the board first by taking the checkered flag in our first pre-season race at Chicagoland Speedway, he then got back to victory lane in our fifth pre-season race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course. These wins were sandwiched between 20th (Talladega), 3rd (Bristol) and 20th (Homestead-Miami) place pre-season finishes, as well as a fourth place finish in the final pre-season race at Michigan International Speedway. Ford will look to improve his consistency when we begin the regular season at Daytona this weekend.

“I really think the pre-season was just a taste of what we are going to see once the green flag waves at Daytona,” said Ford. “The intensity and competition is going to be the highest we will have seen so far and I can’t wait to get the season started and show what the 64-team can do.”

Gibson, from Morgantown, West Virgina, has been perfect this spring and sits as the heavy favorite entering the regular season after winning both of his pre-season races; first at Talladega Superspeedway and again at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

The third driver to claim a pre-season victory was the number 17 Fix Auto Charlottetown/D. Alex MacDonald Ford Mustang of Corbin MacAulay, a member of the Hurricanes eMotorsports team.

MacAulay, from Charlottetown, PEI, was victorious in pre-season race number four at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.  After 30th and 21st place finishes at Talladega and Bristol it looks like MacAulay has found his groove, finishing in third at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and tenth at Michigan.

“This season should be an awesome one,” MacAulay exclaimed. “I hope to bring the Hurricanes eMotorsports team some wins and show the drivers in the series how racing is done here in PEI.”

The fourth driver to earn a pre-season victory was the number 41 Ford Mustang of Jose Mercado, from Kissimmee, Florida, winning the final race at Michigan International Speedway.

“I’m really excited about the start of the season. After some great battles throughout the pre-season I feel I’m ready to battle for wins in the inaugural season of the Canadian eMotorsports Series. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Daytona.”

Director of Athletics and Recreation at Holland College, Albert Roche, is glad to see Holland College take the lead on hosting this series and is excited to see where it goes in the coming months.

“It’s eSports and it’s a phenomenon that is occurring globally now, so we might as well attach ourselves to it. It’s a good gateway for us to take a look at it and see what interest is out there. I don't have all the answers, but there’s too much potential there not to try to own a little bit of it.”

Here is a full breakdown of the pre-season races with statistics for each of the drivers in the series, ranked by average pre-season finish.

#

Name

Home

Car

Avg. Finish

Chicagoland

Talladega

Bristol

Homestead

CTMP

Michigan

23

Ryan Gibson

West Virginia, USA

Chevrolet

1.0

 

1

1

 

 

 

21

Chad Hyder

Ohio, USA

Ford

2.7

 

 

 

2

4

2

41

Jose Mercado

Florida, USA

Ford

5.8

 

3

2

4

19

1

6

Trevor Kinsey

Michigan, USA

Ford

6.0

 

 

8

3

7

 

2

Daniel Cudmore

PEI, Canada

Ford

6.3

5

6

7

9

5

6

64

Darcy Ford

PEI, Canada

Ford

8.2

1

20

3

20

1

4

10

Jason Butler

Ontario, Canada

Ford

9.0

 

 

 

 

 

9

88

Shane Cannon

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

9.2

4

16

4

19

9

3

63

Bruce Webb

Nova Scotia, Canada

Toyota

10.0

 

2

19

11

2

16

77

Eric Greer

Kentucky, USA

Toyota

10.0

 

 

 

5

17

8

38

Jayce Swint

Alabama, USA

Toyota

10.2

6

 

22

10

8

5

60

Lee Campbell

New York, USA

Ford

10.5

10

25

9

6

6

7

8

Sterling Ford

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

12.8

17

8

6

23

10

13

17

Corbin MacAulay

PEI, Canada

Ford

13.0

 

30

21

1

3

10

47

Michael Robinson

PEI, Canada

Ford

13.3

 

 

12

12

11

18

44

Dalton Simpson

Illinois, USA

Chevrolet

13.6

 

27

10

7

12

12

87

Justin Deloach

Louisiana, USA

Ford

14.0

 

28

5

8

18

11

81

Kevin Fenech

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

14.0

 

 

 

 

 

14

19

Michael Dimitroff

PEI, Canada

Ford

14.5

 

 

11

17

13

17

66

Jason MacQuarrie

PEI, Canada

Chevrolet

15.2

 

11

13

16

21

15

43

Rafael Delossantos

Connecticut, USA

Ford

17.0

 

12

14

21

 

21

15

Joseph Squatriglia

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

17.3

8

24

 

 

 

20

09

Jason Laube

Minnesota, USA

Chevrolet

17.6

11

19

17

15

 

26

05

Rhon-Paul Lecky

PEI, Canada

Ford

18.0

 

17

18

22

15

 

55

Trent Neilson

Indiana, USA

Ford

18.5

 

14

16

 

20

24

98

Mark Cox

PEI, Canada

Ford

19.4

 

26

15

18

16

22

48

Drew Bernard

PEI, Canada

Ford

20.3

14

29

20

14

22

23

18

Blake Bernard

PEI, Canada

Toyota

20.5

22

32

23

13

14

19

42

Mike Marini

Ontario, Canada

Chevrolet

25.0

 

 

 

 

 

25

4

Scott Bailey

Michigan, USA

Ford

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

33

Jason Maluchnik

Pennsylvania, USA

Chevrolet

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss a minute of the action on May 24 and 26 from Daytona International Speedway by watching The Clash and the Holland College 250 live at www.facebook.com/eMotorsportsCAN with the broadcasts starting at 7:30pm eastern.

Here are some additional thoughts from drivers leading into the 2020 Canadian eMotorsports Series Opening Weekend.

Chad Hyder (#21 Ford Mustang, Daytona, Ohio)

“I’m excited to get racing with tremendous talents from across North America.  We’re thrilled to have Holland College and other partnerships supporting our efforts through this inaugural season and we’re ready to rock.”

 

Trevor Kinsey (#6 Ford Mustang, Midland, Michigan)

“The pre-season races in this series have been fantastic. If they’re any indication of the level of competition and professionalism going into the opener, we’re in for a great inaugural season.”

 

For more information on the Canadian eMotorsports Series visit www.hollandcollege.com/eSports, www.facebook.com/emotorsportsCAN, www.twitter.com/eMotorsportsCAN and www.instagram.com/eMotorsportsCAN.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020