Sunday, February 04, 2018

"Happy Birthday" Richard Spenard

February 4, 1954
Richard Spenard
(Photo; cmhf.ca)
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Richard raced in many categories of cars and series, with numerous victories and championships. He has competed in Formula Atlantic, Formula 2000, Formula 3, Porsche Turbo Cup, Trans Am, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

He won the 1974 Jim Russell Racing School Championship at Circuit Mont-Tremblant. In 1977 he competed in Formula Atlantic. His teammate was none-other than Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame legend Gilles Villeneuve. Spenard also won the 1977 Quebec Ice Racing Championship. In 1986, he had 12 victories in 24 starts in three different series, Formula 2000, Porsche Turbo Cup and the Players GM Series, and won the 1986 Canadian Formula 2000 Championship. From 1986 to 1990, in 37 starts he won 18 races in the Canadian Porsche Turbo Cup series on way to Championships in 1987, 1989 and 1990.

Richard worked as an instructor at the Jim Russell Racing School at Riverside International Raceway and Laguna Seca in California, before founding his own Spenard-David Racing School in 1985 at Shannonville, Ontario. Among his students, the 1997 Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, the late Greg Moore, Patrick Carpentier and Ron Fellows.

Richard was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001 .
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