About Drive to Stay Alive
As a young and upcoming world-class professional race car driver, Parker Thompson knows full attention is critical whenever he is behind the wheel at any race track. The 18-year-old also knows a split-second mistake because of inattentiveness can turn tragic on a public roadway, and that is what motivated him to initiate Drive to Stay Alive in 2015.
“In racing, I know that taking my attention off the track for even a second can have serious consequences, and it’s no different when driving on our roads and highways. By educating a new generation of North Americans about the dangers of distracted driving, we can prevent a lot of collisions before they happen.”
Drive to Stay Alive’s pursuit is to put an end to distracting driving for North America, and support the victims that have already been affected by this tragic epidemic. The Drive to Stay Alive campaign targets students looking to acquire their license and young adults with only a few years of driving experience. The campaign presents the dangers of distracted driving, incorporating all aspects of distracted driving including texting.
The goal of the Drive to Stay Alive campaign is to diminish the amount of distracted driving currently taking place on roads across North America. Our main focus point of the campaign is targeting Canadian communities, but the campaign also has an International presence with our USA Tour aligned with Parker Thompson’s race schedule. In the 2016-2017 school year our goal is to reach 100 schools across Canada and the USA and impact over 100,000 students and staff along the way.
Our solution to putting an end to distracted driving is by educating the teens that have just received their license and those within a few years of receiving their driving license. We are going to tackle a new generation of drivers with an effective and engaging one-hour presentation. We will be educating the youth with some practical ideas on how to avoid distractions while driving. This is an age group that will be taught the repercussions of distracted driving before they even get behind the wheel and develop bad habits. Through our age specific presentations, and Parker Thompson’s speaking skills and background in Motorsport, we are very optimistic that distracted driving will be juristically reduced.
“With my recent experience in high school graduating in 2016, I know what kind of other presentations are out there delivering messages to schools. I promised myself when I started Drive to Stay Alive that I would make this presentation something that could actually keep me interested. I knew that if it could keep my own attention, it would have a great chance of keeping high schools across the nation engaged for an hour. Not only do teens learn about the dangers of distracted driving in an interactive environment, they also have fun in the process.”
In partnership with our sponsor All Service Insurance, we are offering the Parent/Teen Driving Contract. This is a simple form that you and your parent or teen can simply complete as a promise to each other to practice safe driving habits.
Parker Thompson was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta and got behind the wheel of his first kart at the age of eight. Thompson’s decorated career started out as a pass time he shared with his father racing out of the back of the family half ton truck in Calgary. No one knew that Parker’s extreme passion for all things loud and fast would turn him into a championship-winning fixture in many of the world’s top racing events.
In 2012, Parker was the first ever North American to make it to the podium in the Junior Rotax category at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal where he was awarded 3rd ranking in the world.
At the age of 14, Thompson went on to live in Italy, leaving family and friends behind to pursue racing in Europe full time with the Energy Corse Factory team. This move helped accelerate his dream of becoming a professional racecar driver. He had a record-breaking season for a Canadian, producing results yet to be seen by a North American competing at the world stage in Europe.
In 2014, Parker founded the Drive to Stay Alive campaign. In just three years of dedicating himself to distracted driving, he has grown the campaign from a few school presentations in Central Alberta, to a full North America wide tour. Thompson has presented to over 100 high schools across Canada and the USA, and has influenced hundreds of thousands of students to stay alive – don’t text and drive.
For the 2015 racing season Parker made the move from competing at the highest level of karting in the world, to racing Formula Cars professionally. Thompson signed with JDC MotorSports to compete in the USF2000 Championship, the first step to the Mazda Road to Indy ladder to Indycar. Thompson ended the season with 8 top fives to his name, and 5th Overall in the USF2000 Championship standings out of nearly 30 drivers from all around the world.
The accomplished 18 year-old has continually proven on and off the track he deserves to advance his career within motorsport. For the 2016 season, Thompson has signed a deal with Championship winning Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in USF2000. Currently in the 2016 Championship Parker has won four races, qualified on pole 3 times, and has lead most of the championship.
With all of these accolades combined, it makes Thompson one of the most successful up and coming racecar drivers Canada has ever produced.
In the Community
Drive to Stay Alive serves Central Alberta with daily public announcements on Kraze 101.3 warning listeners on the dangers of distracted driving. This aggressive marketing strategy is in an effort to make Central Alberta public roadways as safe as possible. These public announcements would not be possible without the help of Kraze 101.3 and our other valued partners. Listen for our ads on Kraze 101.3 live, or click on the play button (to the right) to get a sample.
Parker Thompson, international race car driver and multiple race winner in the USF2000 Mazda Road to Indy series, was presented with the Mayor’s Award for Community Building in Red Deer, Alberta on June 9, 2016. The well-deserved award was given to Parker from Mayor Tara Veer and the City of Red Deer for his dedication in helping young drivers in Canada understand the dangers of distracted driving through his Drive to Stay Alive educational campaign.
Parker has made it his mission to travel all over Canada and the U.S. speaking to students about the dangers of distracted driving. Parker speaks proudly of his connections with Central Alberta bringing his enthusiasm and concern for teen drivers to all of his presentations. If you know of a high school or conference that would like to have Parker speak about the dangers of distracted driving, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.