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Carl Gauthier to Realize NASCAR Dream

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After expressing interest and having a dream to go NASCAR racing, it’s coming true for Carl Gauthier.

As reported first by The Daily Observer, Gauthier has signed a two-race deal with Avion Motorsports to run both events at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this season in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

Earlier this year, Gauthier announced he would be trying to raise $40,000 through fan donations and corporate sponsorship in an effort to run a pair of events this year.

“If you want to do something really badly you’ll make it happen – that’s the attitude we took and we’re going to make it happen,” said Gauthier. “And donations of any amount are all equally appreciated. So that $20 means as much to us as a guy who gives $500 because they both show the person’s support and that they want to be a part of this.”

So far, he has raised $18,900.

“We’ve received significant support from 10 large sponsors and individual donations from over 25 local residents so far,” said Gauthier. “Some of these individual donors have made contributions of $350 or $500 but they don’t even want their names publicized, they just want to make the donations.”

Gauthier plans to continue to raise money, including spending time at the Pembroke Mall on March 18 (from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.) and again on March 19 (from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.) to continue to collect donations. Notably, five dollars from every donation will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

“We want to raise more funds for the races but we also want to make a donation to CHEO,” said Gauthier. “My grandnephew just spent a month at the CHEO hospital. He was a very sick little boy and they saved his life and they brought him back. So I’ve been in discussion with people down at CHEO and they’re going to send up a banner and buttons and stickers to this mall event. Whatever money people donate, five dollars from each donation will go to CHEO. My grandnephew will also be there for a little bit and he’ll have a photo-op with his parents.”

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.