The Canadian Motorsport Hall Of Fame (CMHF) inaugural Rising Star Award recipient is Montreal teenager and 2016 Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) European Formula 3 champion Lance Stroll.
The 17-year-old from Montreal had a banner year, running away with the Formula 3 title and spending the season as a development driver for the Formula One Williams Racing team.
“With his incredible performance in F3 this year, Lance has continued to show why he is Canada’s best chance to have a Canadian driver back in F1,” said CMHF chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.
“Already named as part of the famed Williams team, there’s no doubt that Lance has the right stuff to compete and excel in the pinnacle of motorsport.”
The CMHF’s Rising Star Award was created this year and goes to the individual who by their high level of performance displays the skills and abilities to rise to a premier level in their chosen field of motorsport.
The award will be officially recognized on October 22 during the CMHF in the 2016 Canadian Motorsport Hall Fame Induction Ceremony presented by MAV TV and Lucas Oil at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Due to team commitments Lance will not be attending the inductions but tribute will be acknowledged through a video.
“I’m honoured to be the first recipient of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Rising Star Award,” said Stroll whose F3 championship delivered the FIA Superlicence he needs to race in F1.
“I believe it’s a wonderful tribute to developing Canadian motorsport participants. Hopefully some day I will reach a pinnacle where I may be considered as an inductee into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.”
Stroll’s meteoric rise in racing began in Canadian karting in 2003, a discipline that soon brought accolades and titles to the young Quebecker. After scoring numerous wins and championships in Canadian kart racing, Stroll moved to European karting before advancing to car racing in the Italian Formula 4 Championship where he took the 2014 crown as a rookie. He added the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series championship hardware to his trophy case in early 2015 before moving to the Euro F3 series that summer.
In his first year in F3, Stroll scored one win and six podiums on his way to fifth overall and third in the rookie standings.
This year, Stroll was the undisputed class of the field, running away with the F3 title and wrapping the champion up this past weekend with a remarkable three wins at the famed Hockenheim Circuit in Germany.