‘Canada’s Best Racing Team’ signs female standout Erica Thiering


When you’re signed to race for a team that’s officially named “Canada’s Best Racing Team,” you have quite a bit to live up to.

Late model racer Erica Thiering will find out if she’s up to that task, as it was announced Wednesday that she’ll drive for the team in the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS).

“We are very proud to announce the addition of Erica to CBRT,” team owner Bud Morris said in a media release. “We continue to develop a winning team for our partners to help propel their brands both on and off the track and in a new and interactive manner.

“Erica is a great fit with her winning personality and drive to be a leader. She will be a welcome addition to our team of professionals.”

Thiering has been nothing but spectacular behind the wheel. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Thiering has won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series provincial championship five times at her home track of Edmonton International Raceway.

“I’m proud to join a team that is focused on their engagement with fans, and on building strong relationships with their partners,” Thiering said. “This is an opportunity for me to continue improving as a racer, while striving for new achievements, such as rookie of the year. The 2015 season is going to be a wild ride and I can’t wait to see all of my fans and supporters at the track!”

Thiering, who will be competing for the NCATS Rookie of the Year honors, will be teammates with team general manager Joey McColm, who finished eighth in the NCATS standings last season, the second year in business for the team.

“As a forward thinking team focused on creating awareness about important world issues such as sustainability in auto racing, introducing a female driver fit perfectly with our team’s core values,” McColm said. “There is no doubt that the fan base at racing events across Canada is diverse, and with an increasing number of female fans. CBRT is proud to support a racer and role model who isn’t afraid of breaking barriers and challenging old-fashioned stereotypes.

“The time for change in the industry is now, and we couldn’t be happier to be the catalyst for that change.”

The first race on the NCATS schedule is May 17 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario.

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