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NASCAR | A bottomless pit, laments Andrew Ranger

When he was in his early twenties; Andrew Ranger was seen as a rising star in NASCAR. Fifteen years later; the American dream was extinguished. Or almost. He does not deny a certain bitterness. But the pilot feels good in the Canadian series. Interview.



Frederick Duchesneau

Frederick Duchesneau
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-When I watch TV and see the top 10 in the Cup Series; guys I raced against; who I passed… I won against them! This is what gets a bit frustrating. ”

The Roxton Pond pilot; just minutes from Granby; however; does not breathe resentment. Despite the robbery he and his wife suffered two weeks ago; Ranger even appears to be in a good mood on the phone.

At 34; the man who must now be called a veteran just had a great season finale at NASCAR Pinty’s; the Canadian track. After a solid weekend last weekend; he finished the schedule in second place; eight points behind Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. Small gap. In 2019; Andrew Ranger won the championship. Last year; he did not participate in the very short pandemic season.

Ranger has three Canadian NASCAR championships; including the first in series history; in 2007; and a record 30 wins. On this side of the border; he doesn’t have much to prove.

Originally; it was south of the border where his NASCAR career took shape; following his single-seater debut.

In 2009; the year of his second Canadian title; hejournaltimepeted in five races in the Nationwide Series; ancestor of today’s Xfinity; the second-largest in American NASCAR. The same in 2011.

But since 2013; aside from a few events scattered across the United States; his career has been Canadian NASCAR.


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Andrew Ranger on track at the 2021 Trois-Rivières Grand Prix

The example of Raphaël Lessard

Talent was never in doubt in the case of Andrew Ranger. But like many others before and after him; he hit the financial wall.

The phone has neverjournaltimepletely stopped ringing; he says. But the conditions; in his eyes; were unacceptable.

-When they called me to tell me that instead of costing me $ 100;000 for a career; they would pay me for $ 30;000; right there; for me; it was an insult. He told them: “If you want to have me; it is to win and I am not a paid driver; I am a driver who is paid to go.” I find it hard to believe that a large series in the United States often cannot pay its drivers. ”

At Pinty’s; you get paid to participate in tests; he explained. This sometimes surprised the neighbors to the south.

Bitter? ” Yes Yes… ”

As the years go by and a greater understanding of the environment and its threads; the disappointment gradually fades. Still.

It is very difficult financially to go there. The proof: Raphaël Lessard. He has an incredible talent; the young man. He speaks well; he looks good; he is a good pilot. But it has brought roughly 1.6 million worth of equipment into the United States and it can’t even stay. Has no sense. It’s frustrating.

Andrew Ranger

Xfinity; ARCA; K&N. The North American series; Ranger has practically everyone experienced them.

-And it is true that the Cup and the Xfinity are apart from the others; from the spectator’s side; from visibility. It sure is the top. But when you talk about the truck [Camping World Truck Series, celle où courait Lessard] and that you go down in the other series; that it costs millions and that there are hardly any people in the stands; that makes me fail –; he says.

So a recurring theme in motorsports; there is money; funds that the driver can drain.

But besides that aspect; was Ranger missing something else? Some aptitude for self-promotion; let’s say. We think here; for example; of the talk of Alex Tagliani who; at 48; still stands his ground in the world of NASCAR.

-Tag; he’s a very good driver; but he’s lucky to sell himself… He’s incredible. I look more like a Patrick Carpentier;journaltimepare. We are doing our job and it may be a bit more difficult to sell ourselves as drivers. On that side; maybe yes; which was something I missed. But he had an agent [Alan Labrosse] that he was really doing his job. Except at some point it’s hard for an agent to find millions of dollars. ”


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Andrew Ranger has a flight academy in the Sanairjournaltimeplex.

Happy

The American door does not have a double lock for Ranger; who has a pilot academy to his name; in the Sanairjournaltimepound. By wrapping up his first season with strong Rick Ware Racing; he may have scored bigger points than the standings.

The owner owns cars in each of the three major NASCAR series in the United States. So you never know.

-I think there are still possibilities. If Rick says he wants to have Andrew at Xfinity on the weekend; let’s go. It is not morejournaltimeplicated than that. ”

But; permanently; Ranger seems to doubt it a lot. In fact; there are more. Priorities change as you get older. He is the father of a boy who will soon be 10 years old.

-I am really targeting NASCAR Pinty’s; to be honest. I am super happy in that. I am concentrating there; my family is in Quebec. I am very happy where I am. You never know what can happen; but for now; I don’t think I’m going to do a full season in the United States; “he said.

His contract for next season has yet to be signed; but it bodes well; he says. The coach was “really satisfied” with his second place in the championship.

So; on his own; Andrew Ranger feels the need to emphasize the quality of the Pinty series. Name Tagliani; Marc-Antoine Camirand; the Dumoulin brothers; DJ Kennington.

“They are all the best drivers. So I don’t have to say I’m “just from Pinty.” No. Thejournaltimepetition is tough. It really is not easy and it is fun. ”

The challenge and the fun are there; and the ijournaltimee is good. The best make a good living in Canadian NASCAR; he says.

Unlike what you would experience in the United States; the money goes into your pocket rather than out of it.

“So sometime one plus one …”

Stolen house

The home of Andrew Ranger and his wife was attacked by burglars in Shawinigan two weeks ago when the couple decided to extend Thanksgiving weekend to the family home. At the time of the interview last Wednesday; he was still trying to gather the necessary information for insurance. -They have turned everything upside down. Nobody needs that; –he snapped. Beyond finances; there is the loss of items that had sentimental value. A championship ring; souvenirs donated by grandparents; wine magnums as trophies and bottles that he had stored for years; including some that he brought from western Canada; which are not found here; who; by his own admission; is particularly fond of came. “It’s disgusting to see peoplejournaltimee home like this.” ”



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