Unbuckled: Getting to Know Dany Trepanier
Driver of the #19QC Construction JC-7 Ford Fusion
Hometown: St-Edouard, QC
2015 Season: Won first Série ACT Championship (1 race win)
What are your favorite off-season hobbies?
One of my favorite hobbies is hunting. It's like the same feeling for me to win a race as when you catch a moose or a deer.
What do you do for work?
I'm the owner of a restaurant up north in Iqaluit Nunavut. During the summer I work on doing setups for other drivers’ race cars, and I also sell parts. In recent years I've been building apartments for my retirement.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
Without any doubt, my daughter Kassia.
What are your racing plans for 2016? Do you have any goals?
My plan for 2016 is to start racing in the United States in April and to run for the Série ACT championship in Quebec. My goal is to win the championship again, but in more dominating fashion.
What race(s) are you most looking forward to in 2016?
The Bond Auto ACT Invitational at Loudon, because I was disappointed with my result in 2015. We had an excellent car, but I broke down. After working on my car during the winter, I found out that my motor wasn't strong enough.
What was the highlight of the 2015 season for you?
The beginning of the season in Quebec, with 6 podium finishes in 6 races with a new car that I had never driven before. Those performances got me to the top.
How did you get started in racing?
I started racing on ice with old cars in demolition and contact races, and after that I raced with everything that had a motor. But, without any doubt, all of my Karting years helped me learn a lot.
Do you have anyone that you consider a hero or try to emulate?
My dad. He was the most authentic and true person that I’ve ever known and that I'm trying to be like. I would like for him to still be with me physically, to live my past year’s accomplishments with me and those to come.
Tell me about your family?
I have a big family and a very united family with my brothers, sister, and my 82-year-old Mom! Now I have my own family with my wife Cynthia and baby Kassia.
Who is your biggest supporter at the track?
For me, my biggest supporter is not only the people that come to see me and that are happy for me when I'm doing well. My biggest supporter is the person that, when I get home and I feel like letting everything go, and when I’m in a bad mood because a race didn't go well, or if my car is in pieces and I have to work in the garage every night, she is there and supports me with positivity. That person is my wife Cynthia.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your racing career?
My DETERMINATION. And a part of last year’s success comes from my good friends and car builders Mitch, Judy, and Mickey from Crazy Horse Racing. Throughout the year they became good friends, and I can consider them part of my family.
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
If you don’t know, it's because you don’t need to know! (Laughs)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Nothing will be easy!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Wherever life will want me to be.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Racing, hunting, racing, hunting, beach in Mexico , racing, hunting, racing, hunting, beach in Mexico…again and again and again, and all of that with my wife and my daughter.