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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 22, 2007) -- The special relationship shared between the military and NASCAR is strong in the United States. With the help of Pierre Bourque (No. 29 driving.ca Dodge) that bond is strengthening north of the border in Canada, as well.
Also like the U.S., Canada has troops abroad fighting the war on terrorism. Most deployed Canadian troops are based in Afghanistan in search of exiled Taliban and active members of the al Qaeda militia.
At the Subway 200 presented by Sicards Holiday Campers on September 1 at Cayuga Speedway Park near Hagersville, Ontario many of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio drivers and officials signed a banner to send their well wishes and support to the many brave men and women serving their country.
The banner is permanently stationed at Base Camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Also permanently stationed is a complete DVD set of 2007 race telecasts to bring home a little closer to this far away land.
At the same race, Bourque wore a specially designed and hand-painted helmet honoring the military. This helmet was auctioned at a black tie dinner in early November at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. It fetched $5,000 with proceeds going to a charity that aids the families of serving military members. The helmet was donated back to General Rick Hillier, Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff. He promised the nearly 1,000 people in attendance at the special event that the helmet would find an appropriate home at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
"I can't tell you how proud I was at the auction for our series, my team and our sport," said Bourque.
Bourque's interests are many and varied. In addition to piloting cars in the Canadian Tire Series and NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series in 2007, he also competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Bourque is an accomplished artist and author. In fact, he is currently working on a script about life on the NASCAR circuit.
While not racing, painting or writing, he occupies the bulk of his time by having a finger on the pulse of Canadian politics. He is the man behind Bourque Newswatch (www.bourque.org) a website that goes deep behind the scenes of Canadian politics. It is dubbed as "Canada's Online News Authority" and the movers and shakers of the country's political process are known to check out the website multiple times throughout the day.
As a result of his political involvement supporting Canada's deployed troops has become a pet project.
"Just like the American troops serving overseas, there are mixed feelings throughout the country with regard to Canadian involvement in this effort," said Bourque. "However, regardless of your views, these brave men and women have been asked to do a job, and as a countryman, I think it is of paramount importance to support them."
Bourque just recently secured a ride with Eddie Sharp Racing for the season-opening ARCA RE/MAX Series race to be held at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on February 9.
"I just went down to Daytona and tested. It went very well," he stated. "The hard part, now, is going to be the waiting."