WINDSOR, Ontario – Mopar, Chrysler Canada’s service, parts and customer-care brand, has named Quebec-born Andrew Ranger the driver of the No. 28 Mopar entry for the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season.
Ranger is no stranger to the Canadian Tire Series circuit. At 27 years of age, he’s already won the series championship twice (2007 and 2009), run a total of 58 races with 12 poles, 53 top-10 finishes, 37 top fives and 17 wins. The Roxton Pond, Quebec native’s new No. 28 Mopar machine will be built by a championship-winning organization – DJK Racing – home to two-time Canadian Tire Series champion D.J. Kennington.
“This is a great opportunity for me to race a full season and compete to win a third championship,” said Ranger. “I’m really looking forward to working with Mopar and DJK Racing to put the 28 ahead of the competition.”
“I’m very excited to be part of this new partnership and having an even larger relationship with Mopar,” said Kennington. “Our DJK Racing team has won two championships with Mopar power and we take great pride in what we’ve accomplished. It’s terrific news for the series to have Andrew Ranger back full-time and I’m looking forward to competing against him every weekend.”
Mopar is synonymous with racing and the storied brand has been ingrained in Canada’s motorsports scene for decades. It has been a major part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series since its inception and the CASCAR Series which preceded it. In 2013, a Dodge won all 12 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races. Of the 60 total competitors throughout the season, 42 were Dodge-bodied and Scott Steckly – in the Canadian Tire Dodge – won his third series title.
“Mopar is extremely excited to announce that Andrew Ranger will be the new driver of the Mopar-sponsored Dodge Challenger in the (NASCAR Canadian Tire) Series,” said Jim Kiritsis, Senior Manager, National Service & Parts for Mopar Canada. “Having Andrew as our wheel-man in the car embossed with the Omega ‘M’ will give us a presence at the track that is sure to be nothing short of epic. Additionally, we are thrilled to be teaming up with DJK Racing, a winning car and Mopar engine builder. These proven winners embody the Mopar adage, ‘Authentic Performance.’”
In 2009 Andrew Ranger was voted the Most Popular NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver which coincided with a third-place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Last season Ranger competed in three Canadian Tire Series events, which included a win at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec and two other top-three finishes.