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Mission accomplished for JP ” Bergy ” Bergeron in New Smyrna

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Jean-Philippe Bergeron

Mission accomplished for JP ” Bergy ” Bergeron in New Smyrna

By: Martin D’Anjou

NEW SMYRNA, Fla., February 14, 2021  — The 55th World Series of Asphalt was held on February 5–13 at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida where Jean-Philippe Bergeron completed 7 races in 9 days. The driver from Saint-Donat in Quebec, Canada had retained the services of Race Car Solutions, a well-established team in Florida that handles, among other things, the preparation of race cars and driver development. Jean-Philippe, now known as “Bergy” (easier to pronounce for English speakers), started the week aboard the Pro Late Model #51. Bergeron first qualified 15th and 17th respectively in the first two races. He literally fought with the car to finish 14th both times. It was clear that the car had some mechanical problems that prevented Jean-Philippe from getting more speed and stability out of it. A change of car was necessary. Bergeron then took the wheel of the #15 of the same team for the following races. “That’s when the races really started. I had a good race car, and I was now equipped to drive forward,” said the driver who finished at the front of the field in the championship. At the time of writing, we are still waiting for the official results, but before the last race, Bergeron was in fifth place out of 36 drivers entered.

A Fierce Competition
World Series of Asphalt races are known to be fierce. Most of the registered drivers are among the best in their class in the United States. “There was no way I was going to be intimidated. I took my place, I took the best passing opportunities, and I brought the car back almost intact in every race … except the last night,” said the driver. Indeed, the competition was tough for the drivers who were fighting for championship points. # 26 Cody Swanson and #14 Conner Jones were battling for first place and they drove a race as if there was no tomorrow, at the expense of the other competitors. Jean-Philippe was one of the victims of this fight and unfortunately was caught with 17 laps to go when he was on a roll in 7th place, climbing from 23rd after a pit stop.

Jean-Philippe Bergeron

World Series of Asphalt 2021—Jean-Philippe Bergeron’s results

 Date Start Finish Laps
 February 5, 2021 15 14 35/35
 February 6, 2021 17 14 35/35
 February 7, 2021 1 10 35/35
 February 8, 2021 10 6 35/35
 February 10, 2021 10 5 35/35
 February 11, 2021 5 5 35/35
 February 12, 2021 19 16 83/100

Bergeron impressed
During this intensive week, Jean-Philippe Bergeron impressed by his maturity, talent and great ability to adapt. “I’m amazed to see how much experience he gained in one week! We had several cars on the track during this championship, and Jean-Philippe represented us well. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the American tracks in the near future,” said Jamie Skinner, owner of Race Car Solution. Indeed, the 22-year-old driver has traded with team owners who have cars in all spheres of American stock car racing, from Pro Late Models to the NASCAR Cup. “Without us really realizing it, this week’s competition has opened doors for us. Jean-Philippe got noticed,” says Marc Bergeron, Jean-Philippe’s father. Without naming them by name, he says he had discussions with owners of different teams. “We don’t close doors. We’ll see where it all goes once we get past COVID,” he adds.

Reconciling Racing and Studies
Bergeron is currently in his last year of university studies for his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the École des technology supérieures de Montréal. Although it would be easy to immerse oneself 100% in racing, Jean-Philippe is aware that there are few drivers who make a living in this field. This is why he wants to finish his studies and get involved in the family business Prolon Controls, which specializes in commercial HVAC controls. The fact remains that racing is his primary passion, and he intends to pursue it as far as possible. “Jean-Philippe is extremely disciplined. Every morning he went jogging and studied until noon, then he left for the drivers’ meeting and make his race day,” said his mother proudly. “His father and I wish to accompany him to the end of his passion,” she adds.

Jean-Philippe Bergeron

Next step
The Prolon Racing team is currently working on the preparation of the #18 car that will take part in the LMS championships at Autodrome Montmagny and Autodrome Chaudière de Vallée-Jonction starting May 15 and 22 respectively.

About Jean-Philippe Bergeron
Jean-Philippe Bergeron made his first laps in a kart at the age of 13. In 2015, he participated for the first time in the Cup Lite series on the ICar road circuit where he was crowned Rookie of the Year. This began a promising career for the Quebec native. In 2017, he will experience an LMS car in the ACT series with the support of Mr. Claude Leclerc. That’s all it would take to convince the driver to purchase his own LMS car to race in the CSCC series one year later. Once again, Bergeron finished with the title of Rookie of the Year. In 2019, Marc Bergeron (Jean-Philippe’s father) and Martin Perreault founded Prolon Racing Team. Surrounded by enthusiasts such as Denis Valiquette, Alain Fortier, Michel Patry, and Richard Forget as team leader, Jean-Philippe started the 2020 season with an all-new car entirely rebuilt with a chassis updated by renowned manufacturer Dale Shaw. Despite the shortened season due to the COVID-19 events, Bergeron still accumulated three podium finishes, including one on the top step to end the season on a high note at Autodrome Montmagny. The 2020 season has just started, and Jean-Philippe got a 5th position at the Red Eye 50/50 in New Smyrna.

Thanks to the partners
The team would like to thank its valued partners who, through their loyal support, made this 2021 season possible: JCPerreault, Technoflex, Prolon, NeuroVision, CTSR, Hamel Honda, Rousseau Metal, Silverwax, Hipertech, VP Racing Fuels / DL Performance, Groupe GBI, Globocam, Permatex and Festidrag.TV.

Fans can follow Jean-Philippe Bergeron throughout the 2021 season on Festidrag.TV at www.facebook.com/festidrag, on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/FestidragTV and on TéléMag. You can also follow the activities of Jean-Philippe and the Prolon Racing team on Facebook www.facebook.com/JPBRacing18, on Instagram @jpbergeron18 as well as on the website www.prolonracing.com

By Martin D’Anjou |Festidrag Development

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