July 10, 2011. Isabelle Tremblay from St. Hippolyte, Quebec was still riding high from her career best finish in the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford during the previous event in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series as she came to Toronto for round number five of the series. On the streets of Exhibition Place as part of the Toronto Indy weekend Tremblay was looking forward to return to the sight of her first ever race in the series just one year ago and she attracted an enormous crowd and plenty of attention from race fans over the weekend.
[media-credit name=”Photo Credit: Gary Grant www.thegarageblog.com” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]The excitement quickly turned to frustration for Tremblay and the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford team during practice. “The team had made some changes to the car that was a bit uncomfortable for my driving style” said Tremblay. The car appeared not to be running at peak performance.
Gremlins persisted during the qualifying session and Tremblay was only able to manage a twenty first qualifying position in the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford. “I could still feel that we were having troubles with the carburetor so my Crew Chief Randy Smith and the team went to work to change it out and make the car better” said Tremblay.
The #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford team worked hard making improvements to the car and their efforts showed. “From the start of the race the car felt much better and more comfortable to my driving style” said Tremblay. “Randy and the whole team did a great job with the changes” she added.
Knowing she had a lot of traffic to negotiate Tremblay looked to be consistent in the early going of the race and patiently improve her position throughout the race. With a much improved #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford, her plan worked in the early going and Tremblay moved up quickly to fourteenth position. “I really felt like I had a good handling race car like I did at the Mosport race” said Tremblay.
As Tremblay gained confidence in the improved handling race car and continued to look for more opportunities to gain positions her fortunes changed near the midpoint of the race. While negotiating her way down the long Lakeshore straightaway Tremblay’s #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford was hit from behind and sent hard into the wall. “It was a mistake by the #55 driver” explained Tremblay. “I know he’s young and he made a mistake and I talked with him about it after the race. It’s frustrating to have the day end like that, but we just have to move on” she added.
The positive that Tremblay and the #07 ADF Diesel/Group Beton Brunet Ford will take from the race is how they worked together to improve the car after early difficulties. “The communication that I have with the team is very good. They listen to me and know that I can feel if something is not quite right in the car and we can address it” said Tremblay.
Isabelle Tremblay will next race during the western swing of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on July 23rd at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC.
During the 2011 racing season Isabelle Tremblay will compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the ANCA Sportsman Series at the Autodrome St. Eustache and the F1600 Series. This kind of large-scale racing program schedule would not be possible without the impressive support of many partners for which Isabelle is extremely grateful. Isabelle Tremblay’s ANCA Sportsman Series efforts are backed by Insulation Ippersiel, Canadian Tire St. Jerome, La Pizzeria Etc and DB Imaging. The NASCAR Canadian Tire series program is made possible with support from Group Beton Brunet and ADF Diesel. Her Formula 1600 Tour receives backing from Furniture World Salotti.