Montréal-Mirabel, Québec – Frédéric Senay, Chief Executive Officer of ICAR (International Center of Advanced Racing) announced that Jean-Francois Veilleux has been appointed as Director of ICAR Academy, and Richard Spénard has been appointed as Chief Instructor.
Located at the state-of-the-art ICAR motorsport complex being developed on the site of the former Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, and set to open in May 2008, ICAR Academy will offer the general public and corporate entertainment guests a wide range of advanced driving courses. Leading this experience will be seasoned racing driver and instructor Jean-Francois Veilleux (35) in his new role as Director of ICAR Academy. A former member of the famed Player’s Driver Development Program, under the leadership of Spénard, Veilleux’s career includes title wins in the Jim Russell F2000 Championship, the Canadian F-1600 Championship and most recently in the 2006 Toyota Cup Series. The Boucherville-native will also utilize his vast experience as one of Canada’s leading on-track instructors having served amongst others as Senior Instructor at the Jim Russell Racing School at Mont-Tremblant and at the Driver’s Edge facility in Las Vegas.
ICAR Academy’s second high-profile signing is Chief Instructor Richard Spénard (54). The Montréal-born, Sainte-Adèle resident was one of Canada’s foremost racing drivers with over 25 years on-track experience. A former team-mate of the late Gilles Villeneuve in Formula Atlantic, prior to winning the Canadian Formula 2000 Championship and Player’s/GM Motorsport Series, Spénard’s race record also boasted starts at the Le Mans 24 Hours and multiple wins in Trans-Am and in some of North America’s leading endurance racing series. Richard has instructed at the Jim Russell Racing School in the U.S., established a racing school at Shannonville, Ontario and was recently the Director of Operations at the Skip Barber Racing School in Canada. In 2001 Spénard’s efforts in motorsport were honoured with his induction into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.
Details of ICAR Academy’s programs will be available online at www.circuiticar.com shortly.