International Club Academy Racing (ICAR)

International Club Academy Racing (ICAR)

September 08, 2008 14:16 ET

ICAR Academy Confirms its Partnership With Auto Sport Academy

MIRABEL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2008) - Mirabel's International Centre of Advanced Racing (ICAR) is delighted to announce that a partnership agreement with Auto Sport Academy, the training center of the FFSA (the French Motorsport Federation), has been concluded. The ICAR Auto Sport Academy North America (ASA NA) will be operational on the Mirabel site in the fall of 2009. Its primary goal will be to recruit, train, and promote young Quebec racing talents while welcoming drivers from the rest of Canada and America.

The French Auto Sport Academy, renowned world-wide, offers a full range of racing courses for young, aspiring drivers of all nationalities from its base in the history-rich town of Le Mans, France.

"Our growth at international level is on the rise," said Nicolas Deschaux, President of the FFSA. "This exciting partnership with ICAR, which boasts a state-of-the-art motorsport facility, will become an extraordinary platform allowing us to export our expertise in motorsport training."

The Auto Sport Academy North America has one mission: to redefine motorsport training with a unique program for up and coming drivers. "We want to create learning opportunities for young drivers, prepare mechanically-minded young people for a trade in the world of motorsports and develop driving instructors," stated Richard Bouchard, Managing Director of ASA NA. "Furthermore, we want to provide a safe social environment for the young trainees, who will ultimately come from all over North America, by surrounding them with proper schooling, sporting and cultural activities with accommodation at the Laurentian Academy."

In order to give young drivers, aged 14 to 23, the opportunity to enroll for the 2009 European FFSA Auto Sport Academy program, the ICAR Academy will hold an evaluation session on October 12th 2008 on the ICAR site at Mirabel.

Elie Arseneau is the first ICAR representative competing in Europe. A graduate of Quebec Karting, the 17-year old is in his first year of open-wheel competition. Racing successfully in the FORMUL'ACADEMY Euro Series, operated by the French Auto Sport Academy, Elie sits eighth overall after six races of the 2008 season.

Louis-Philippe Gelinas, Director of Operations of ICAR, is happy with the launch of the new division of the ICAR Academy, directed by Jean-Francois Veilleux. "Our goal is to promote the growth of motorsport and to make it more accessible. With quality partners such as the FFSA Auto Sport Academy and the Laurentian Academy, we are convinced that one day, we will see some of our future graduates compete at the highest levels of the sport," remarked Gelinas.

About Auto Sport Academy

Based in Le Mans, the Auto Sport Academy has schooled drivers and mechanics for the past 15 years. In 1993, French petroleum giant Elf decided to get actively involved by creating a driver development program called "la Filiere Elf". In 2001, the French Motorsport Federation took over the program and renamed it "la Filiere FFSA". Its mission: to remain a world-class training center and reinforce its standing on the international stage. The center was renamed the Auto Sport Academy in 2007.

About ICAR

The International Club Academy Racing (ICAR), an ultramodern car racing complex located on the landing strip of Mirabel Airport, aims to become a leader in the high performance car racing industry. The ICAR complex, which officially opened in mid-may 2008, offers a configurable, high-end/high-tech circuit with very innovative security norms. The management of the ICAR Academy offers to corporations and the general public a large variety of advance, controlled environment driving and racing programs where participants experience high speeds in the ICAR Mustang driven by a professional driver or register to an ICAR Mustang GT high performance package. ICAR expects that its unique complex will serve as a showcase for the automotive industry to hold events such as launches of new car models, private testing or to introduce customer loyalty programs. The private ICAR Club offers its members unlimited track time and several exclusive high-end services, such as a lounge in an exclusive pavilion. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

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    Sandra Pare
    Richard Bouchard
    Managing Director ASA NA