Three- time Canadian national karting champion Jesse Lazare is going stock car racing.
The 15-year-old phenom from Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., has just signed a contract with Micks Motorsports to race in three, possibly four, road course races in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this season.
Lazare had been thought of as a successor to Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Tagliani as the next Quebecer to move up the open wheel ladder, but those plans are on hold while he attempts a stock car career.
Team owner Kerry Micks said Wednesday that Lazare will begin testing the heavier, higher horsepower stock cars as soon as possible.
“We will get him in a Late Model for some testing at Sunset Speedway,” Micks said. “And then we want to test at (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park).”
Lazare will be tutored by Micks, considered one of Canada’s top road course stock car drivers, having won at both the NAPA 100 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres.
Micks, who will share racing duties with teammate Mark Dilley in the No. 02 Ford Fusion, will build a second team car for Lazare.
Sponsorship for Lazare will come from DoorDoctor.com.