Unbuckled: Getting to know Dany Trepanier

Thursday, February 21 2013 @ 07:33 AM EST

Contributed by: ACT Staff

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Dany Trepanier
Driver of the #19 Trepanier Motorsports Ford
Hometown: St- Edouard, QC
2012: Finished 5th Overall on ACT Série Castrol
What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?
Without any doubt, it is hunting. I am a very big fan of moose and deer hunting. For me it is a passion that is almost as important as racing. 
What do you do for work?
For 10 years I have been working with different race tracks, but I am also a co-owner of a restaurant in Iqaliut, Nunavut in the North of Canada.

What is your biggest life accomplishment?
I am much younger than my brother and sister and, really, I am only 10-15 years older than my nieces and nephews. I helped many of them go through their teenage years when they were living through difficult times. I am very proud of that. 
Big Plans for 2013?
My plans for 2013 are to go for the ACT Série Castrol Championship. I would really like to finish within the top three. That would be very satisfying for me. 
What is the state of your car currently?
My car is a Race Basic car built by Crazy Horse Racing. The Green family are very good people, and if I perform well it is because of them.
What race are you looking forward to the most in 2013?
I think the International 500. I am very anxious to participate in that race! 
What was the highlight of the 2012 season for you?
I think everybody knows the answer to this one. I got my first ACT victory at the “Showdown at Chaudiere” this year. That was certainly the highlight!
Do you have a hero? Someone you idolize as a racecar driver or try to emulate?
Michael Schumacher, to me, one of the greatest race car drivers ever. I am a kart-racer, so a lot of my racing experience comes from kart tracks. I think that is the best way to learn. 
Who is your biggest fan at the track?
My two brothers are without question my biggest fans. They always work hard on my car during the week. 
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
Probably that my 2 biggest fans that I would have had today are deceased. My father and my brother are the ones who introduced me to racing. There is no race that I don’t think about them when I sit in my car. 
How did you start racing?
I started to race on ice when I was only 12-years old. I would take my brother’s old racecars that were not usable to him anymore and I would win with them. 
Tell me about your family?
We are a big family and we are very united. Without them I couldn’t participate in ACT. They help me so much when I do my benefit events to help earn money for my race team. 
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
I just got engaged, so probably I will be busy being a Daddy! If possible I would like to continue racing. Professionally, I have a couple of projects that I am analyzing.