In February, Canadian stock car driver DJ Kennington will be behind the wheel of an all-Canadian effort attempting to make history in the world’s biggest stock car race; the Daytona 500.
Kennington’s long-time sponsor Castrol (Wakefield Canada) and British Columbia-based Lordco Auto Parts will co-sponsor Kennington’s ride in the 59th running of the sport’s most iconic event, which is scheduled for Sunday, February, 26.
As mentioned, the co-sponsors for Kennington’s Cup entry are Canada’s distributor of Castrol lubricants; Wakefield Canada Inc., and Lordco Auto Parts ; the BC-based auto parts retailer and wholesaler. Kennington’s Toyota will be dedicated to the memory of Lordco founder, the late Ed Coates, a truly proud Canadian and NASCAR fan who considered the Daytona 500 to be his favourite motorsport event.
“As the Daytona 500 is called The Great American Race, our team will be considered the Great Canadian Invasion,” joked Kennington, while announcing the news. “While this will be my first outing in a Cup car at Daytona, I have a lot of experience racing and drafting there, so there shouldn’t be a big learning curve.”
“I’m definitely ready to take this on. I’m excited to be running the first race with Monster Energy as the series’ sponsor, and I love how the program came together with my partners Castrol, Lordco and the Gaunts.”
“This team is all-set to do well at Daytona,” predicts Kennington. “There hasn’t been a Canadian driver at the event in ages and we’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”
With the combined Canadian commitment, they might just impress a lot of NASCAR fans on both sides of the border.