Away once again from competition after contracting a minor myocarditis viral infection – an inflammation of the muscle tissue of the heart – racecar driver Alex Tagliani will cede the seat of the number 18 Chevrolet EpiPen/RONA/St Hubert/Spectra Premium this weekend to Alex Guénette of Terrebonne, Quebec in Round 12 of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series scheduled to run Saturday on the 1.703-kilometre (1.058-mile) New Hampshire Motor Speedway oval track located in Loudon, New Hampshire.
The twenty-three years old Guénette will be making his 18th start in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The penultimate round of the 2019 season is another crucial one for the EpiPen/RONA number 18 entry, which is in hard-fought battle for fourth place in the car owner championship, with a third-place finish still a strong possibility.
Following his drive in the number 18 Chevrolet in Saint-Eustache two weeks ago, Team 22 Racing owner Scott Steckly has come to realized that they need to improve on the oval track set-ups for the team’s Chevrolets. For the past two weeks, they have been hard at work to fix the issue.
In the meantime, Tagliani hopes to be ready to return to competition for the final race of the 2019 NASCAR Pinty’s season which will be held the weekend of September 28 on the 5/8-mile Jukasa Motor Speedway oval track located in Hagersville, near Hamilton, Ontario. “I’m quickly getting back into racing shape,” said the Quebec driver, “but I must first pass a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test and then go through a treadmill workout next week. If everything goes according to plan, I hope to be cleared to run at Jukasa.”
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series is going south of the border for the second year in a row for their annual trek to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the “Visit New Hampshire 100” race on Saturday, September 21 at 12:05. Practice time is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 pm on Friday and qualifying will be held on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.