Unbuckled: Getting to Know Jonathan Bouvrette
Driver of the #41QC DLGL Software Toyota Camry
Hometown: Blainville, QC
2015: Finished 3rd in Série ACT points and 1st in Bond Auto New Champions points
What are your favorite off-season hobbies?
Snowmobiling. I ride an Artic Cat ZR8000.
What do you do for work?
I’m an electrician for Electrique Alain Bouvrette. It’s my dad’s business, and I work in partnership with him.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
My family. I am happily married to a beautiful wife and father of two very intelligent girls.
Can you tell me more about your family?
My wife, Julie is a make-up artist. We got married in 2013, but have lived in sin for the last 19 years. My daughter Cassandra (14 years old) crews on the team helping where she can, and Noémie (9 years old) can’t wait to start. Actually, she wants me to step down from the driver role so she can step in.
What are your racing plans for 2016?
Run for the Série ACT Championship along with some select ACT Tour events on the USA side.
What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
Returning to the winner’s circle and having a crack at the Championship.
What was the highlight of the 2015 season for you?
I thought I had many in the making, but bad luck, on-track incidents, and mechanical failures made most of them vanish before the checkered flag. I did finally get a good finish at Loudon, and finished 7th, after I wrecked coming to the green in 2014.
How did you get started in racing?
With my dad. He raced when I was a kid – I was too young to go in the pits, so I would climb the turn one fence and watch him on track and in the pits.
Do you have anyone that you consider a hero or try to emulate?
Since the Fall Martinsville race, Matt Kenseth for his move on Joey Logano.
Who is your biggest supporter at the track?
Daniel Labelle, my family and crew.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your racing career?
My dad, Alain Bouvrette. He quit racing to get me started in the Autodrome St-Eustache Pro Truck class.
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
Before I started racing, I played hockey until I was 14. Racing began taking up all my "free" time, so I stopped, but I enjoy watching the Montreal Canadians in the off-season – especially when they play and win against the Boston Bruins.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To be patient. I don’t necessarily follow it, but it’s still the best advice I’ve ever gotten.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In an old-age home. Seriously, I’d like to say I won a Série ACT Championship and that I was a contender for an ACT Tour title award.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Pay my bills. And live racing.
Note: ACT would like to thank Marc-Patrick Roy for his assistance with this and other Série ACT Unbuckled profiles.