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Parker Thompson

Parker Thompson

#8 Abel Motorsports


Birthdate: March 2, 1998
Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Residence: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Website: parkerthompsonracing.com
Instagram: @parkertracing
Twitter: @parkertracing
Facebook: Parker Thompson Racing
YouTube: Parker Thompson Racing
Website: ExclusiveAutosport.ca




Nationality: Canadian

Languages spoken: English

Height/weight:  5’8” / 145 lbs.

Education: High school graduate

Hobbies and interests: Autocross and grassroots racing back home, fitness and spartan races, and graphic design and videography

Local hero: Toronto Indy is my country's home race

Charity work:  Drive to Stay Alive – a texting and driving campaign I started to educate teenagers across North America about the dangers of distracted driving. In 2019, I will have spoken to over 100,00 High School Students over the past three years about the dangers of distracted driving. 

Talent I wish I had: I wish I knew how to read, write and speak Japanese (working on it.)

Fears or pet peeves: I hate being late

Unusual routines/habits: I have a whiteboard in my shower at home, because for some reason most of my good ideas happen while I shower!

The one person I would most like to meet: Greg Moore – because he was Canada’s national racing idol

Racing goal: To be the NTT IndyCar Series Champion

Racing hero: Doug "Duggy" Thompson

Career results:


  • Finished second in a hard-fought Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires campaign

  • Earned three victories and six podium finishes, and two Tilton Hard Charger awards


  • A second-half charge garnered him third place in the final Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda standings
  • Claimed three victories and four podium finishes in the final five races with Saskatchewan-based Exclusive Autosport
  • Earned the season-ending Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Kids on Track Spirit Award


  • Finished second to teammate Anthony Martin in a hard-fought Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title fight
  • Claimed four victories, three pole positions and a total of 12 podium finishes in 16 races
  • Earned the season-ending Royal Purple “Slickest Pass” award for his pass of his teammate for the lead at his home race in Toronto


  • Finished fifth in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, with seven top-five finishes
  • Earned three Tilton Hard Charger awards (the GP of Indy, Mid-Ohio and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) and four Replay XD Moves of the Race (the GP of Indy, Toronto and two of the three races at Mid-Ohio)
  • Finished seventh in  the Cooper Tires USF2000 Winterfest preseason mini-series with a best finish of fifth
  • Created the “Drive to Stay Alive” initiative in Canada to educate high school students about the dangers of distracted driving


  • Earned eight top-five finishes, four podiums, two Superpoles and one victory (German DKM Series) racing for the Energy Corse Factory Team in karting events across Europe 
  • Finished third in the WSK Euro in Belgium and the WSK Masters in La Conca, Italy
  • Earned a fourth-place finish in the European Championship in Spain


  • Finished third in the Rotax World Championships in Portugal, the first North American Junior driver to finish on the podium
  • Claimed the Rotax Western Canadian Junior Championship title with five wins in six races
  • Took the Rotax Junior runner-up position in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship with two wins, four podiums and five top-five finishes in six races
  • Finished third in the Rotax Junior Championship Florida Winter Tour with four podiums and five top fives
  • Finished third in the Rotax Junior Championship of the Gatorz Challenge of Americas with three victories


  • Earned the Rotax Junior Championship at the Rotax Western Canadian Championship with four wins and six podium finishes in six races
  • Finished third at the 2011 Pan America Championship (Rotax Junior)
  • Member of Team Canada and the youngest driver at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in the UAE
  • Earned the Rotax Junior championship at the Gatorz Challenge of Americas with three wins, five podiums and six top-five finishes
  • Earned two wins and three podium finishes in four TaG Junior SKUSA Pro-Kart events


  • Earned three victories and four podium finishes at the Rotax MiniMax Challenge of the Americas
  • Took three wins and four podiums in six CIK International events
  • Finished second overall in the SKUSA championship with two wins and four podium finishes
  • Was the TaG Cadet runner-up position at the SuperNationals
  • IKF Region 7 Winter Series KPV, Corner and KPV1 Champion with seven wins and 16 podiums
  • Won the Rotax Mini-Max and Corner Cadet events at the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix


  • Earned five victories in the IKF Region 7 Series


  • Claimed the Calgary Kart Club Championship with six wins