THOMPSON, CT – For nearly 25 years, Eric Bourgeois has been on the local motorsports scene. Beginning in 1994, behind the wheel of a go-kart, the veteran driver has recorded 20 wins and earned two titles at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, one in 2004 and the second nine years later in 2013. Bourgeois finished his 2016 season with a win at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing, and hopes to carry that momentum into his home track’s Icebreaker on April 7-9.
2016 “ was not one of the best years. We had motor problems, then got wrecked in the first race followed by getting wrecked in the practice of the second race. The only good thing about last year was winning the World Series, and placing 4th overall. Hopefully, that win can carry over into the 2017 season,” the driver of the No. 87 Mini Stock explained.
Bourgeois has worked all winter to get ready for the 2017 season, preparing two cars for the seven race championship campaign. “We are absolutely prepared for the Icebreaker. Both of the cars are ready to go. We just got the valves done in the primary car, also the backup car was finished last Thursday for the Test and Tune, which didn’t happen, but that’s alright.”
Like so many Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park drivers who have been profiled this winter, racing is a family affair for the East Haddam, CT-driver. His 14-year-old son, Evan, who has been racing since he was a young boy, has driven both the Tiger Sprints, and more recently, the Outlaws in Wild Thing Karts at Stafford Motor Speedway. Eric is planning to move him up to a full body car, as his teammate in the Mini Stock Division at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. This will have to wait a bit, though, as Divisional Rules require drivers to be at least 15 years of age.
So for now, Eric will focus on his own efforts. He optimistically reported, “The race car was fast last year, and sticking with that fast pace with some fine-tuning, we should be in contention for the championship if no problems arise.” Bourgeois’ pursuit of his third Mini Stock Division Championship begins at the Icebreaker on Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9.
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Sources: Jeffrey Price/Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park PR