MEET: Patrick Laperle

Patrick with daughter Noemie in 2006

Driver: Patrick Laperle
Hometown: St-Denis, QC
Car #: 91
Division: ACT Late Model
Sponsors: JPN Racing/Patriote Auto
Began Racing: 1998, ACT Late Model division, Airborne Speedway

Quick Q&A…
What was the best race you were ever in?
Patrick Laperle: Winning the Milk Bowl in 2005 was one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me.  The race is 43 years old, all kinds of guys have won that race.  There is a lot of prestige in the Milk Bowl, it means so much just to be in the race, and then to win it… wow.  I tried to kiss the cow twice before she let me, though.  She must have thought I was ugly!

ACT: What is your favorite track to race at?
PL: I love Sanair.  I love the speed.  I like to get scared in the dogleg!

ACT: What was it like for you when you started racing?
PL: We started out in a Late Model at Plattsburgh, and I had never driven a race car before.  It took me a few races, but I followed the fast cars and figured it out.  We had a very good car and my brothers and my father knew how to set the car up well, so I did most of the learning.  We finished fourth in points that year, it went very well.

ACT: What does it mean for you to be a Canadian and have success in the United States?
PL: When you’re able to beat the US guys as a Canadian, people recognize that.  It seems like everywhere I’ve raced people know about me because of the Internet.  Somebody last year picked me to win the Oxford 250 and said I was one of the best Canadian racers ever.  I

Patrick at Autodrome St-Eustache in May

want to be a good driver, but I don’t know if I am one of the best yet.  It means a lot to represent my home in the States.

ACT: Who are your favorite drivers?
PL: That’s easy, Junior Hanley and Tony Stewart.

ACT: You seem to have made major strides from your illness recently.  How has it affected your racing season?
PL: Well, I never really planned to race the Tour this year, I just wanted to focus on the Castrol Series and stay closer to home in Quebec.  We planned on going to Oxford for the Tour race, but I had just gone into the hospital.  We didn’t know if we were going to Thunder Road for the first race, but we did want to go to Airborne.  I won the last two races I ran there, I love that track.  I’m feeling much better now, and I want to win the Castrol championship.  It’s nice to be able to race the car I have and still go home to my own bed at night, rather than sleep in a hotel or a camper like I did racing the ACT Tour and Pro Stocks.  We will race the Super Series races at Thunder Road and we really want to win the Oxford 250, but our plan is the Castrol Series.


• Tied for third place in ACT Late Model Tour career wins (9)
• Two career Pro Stock wins
• Finished 3rd at TOROMONT CAT 100, Capital City Speedway, Serie ACT Castrol 6/09/07
• Competed at Lakeland (FL) Speedfest, 2006-07
• Vermont Milk Bowl Champion, Thunder Road, 2005
• Fall Foliage 150 winner, Airborne Speedway, 2005
• Outlaw Late Model 100 winner, Airborne Speedway, 2005
• Unity 250 winner, Unity (ME) Raceway, 2005
• Competed at New Smyrna (FL) Speedweeks, 2005, 2003
• Autodrome Montmagny “Super Six” event winner, 2003
• Fall Foliage 200 winner, Airborne Int’l Raceway, 1999
• Airborne Int’l Raceway Late Model Rookie of the Year, 1998

1999 - Airborne Int'l Raceway

2000 - Airborne Int'l Raceway

2003 - Circuit Ste-Croix

2004 - Thunder Road

2005 - Vermont Milk Bowl win at Thunder Road

2006 - Sanair Super Speedway