“We are very thankful to AIA Canada for working with us to have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledge DJ Kennington’s achievement of being the first Canadian in 29 years to race in the Daytona 500.” – Dave Fifield, President of Wakefield Canada and Chairman of the Board of AIA Canada
AIA Canada is excited to announce Wakefield Canada’s recognition to DJ Kennington for his achievement of being the first Canadian in 29 years to race in the Daytona 500. Kennington has been sponsored by Castrol since the age of 16, and has been a fixture at racetracks ever since then. His partnership with Castrol began at the same time and is one of the longest and most successful collaborations in Canadian racing history.
Kennington has built an impressive racing resume winning events from coast to coast, track championships and is a two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion winning the title in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted the Most Popular Driver in 2008.
DJ Kennington grew up in the family business of racing. He learned to build engines and was taught an extraordinary work ethic from his father, Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member Doug Kennington, who is still a fixture at DJ’s race shop working on engines and running day-to-day operations. All the while Kennington was honing his on track skills. That talent has also taken him to the United States to compete with some of NASCAR’s best.
In past seasons DJ has run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide series and still competes in several K & N series events each year. This past February he realized a lifelong dream and became just the eighth Canadian to race in the Daytona 500. He’s grown the DJK Racing business significantly into team ownership and providing race ready cars for others. All the while his hunger for victory on the track in the NASCAR Canadian Pinty’s Series continues to grow.
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