MARK PLOURDE - TEAM OWNER
Mark Plourde started MP Racing in 2003 with the help of his father and long time good friend Pat Patrick (originally as a one car race team in 2003) and than expanding to a full time two car program from 2004 through current). Mark, is most known for his former open wheel racing career that has seen him win in Go Karts, midget cars, atlantic formula cars and Champ Cars. His knowledge of motorsports has helped him both on and off the track. Mark is a solid racing veteran. The Las Vegas, Nevada native has a passion for sports cars and auto racing that began in the early 90's. Mark's experience has spanned the spectrum of driver, race analyst and now business owner. His on track and off track excellence has made him a valuable asset to MP Racing's race team and to it's partners.
Mark Plourde is one of the most recognized names in all of Open Wheel Racing (Champ Car). The former Champ Car World Series Champion founded his own race team "MP Racing" in January of 2003 with the help of his long time friend and former team owner Pat Patrick along with his family and their deep racing roots. After the 2002 CART season, Patrick Racing closed it's doors and Mark's family purchased the assets from Pat Patrick and later that winter formed MP Racing. Mark comes from a deep racing family where his father (RJ) had worked as a business partner for many years with both General Motors and Bill Davis Racing in Nascar. Mark has since then built his team into a championship competitor that saw itself win the 2013 Champ Car series championship. However It did take some years for MP Racing to finally turn the corner and find success, but once that happened it was not long until they found the winners circle. Mark is a proven success both on the race track and in the business world. He brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience to the team. Mark, who drove open wheel cars for well over 14 seasons. Has been racing since he was 4 years old, he owns some of the finest credentials in U.S. open wheel racing today. In addition to his championships and business success, the native of Las Vegas has over sixty total victories in his racing career and currently sits third among active open wheel racing drivers in the USA. Through the years Mark and his family have expanded MP Racing's motorsport partnerships that now include IndyCar, Nascar and the IMSA Weather Tech Sports car championship.