Born in Oka (Quebec, Canada) on August 24, 2004, Thomas Nepveu showed his great interest in extreme sports at a very early age, starting at age 6 with small motorcycles on dirt tracks. He quickly moved on to karting in 2012 at the age of 7, first in Quebec and in Ontario, then on to provincial and national championships across Canada. From there, he quickly moved to high-level series in the United States as well as to major events in Europe and Asia.
Thomas Nepveu keeps up with his education through a tailored Sport-and-School program for elite athletes in the province of Quebec.
The young driver has competed in more than 300 races around the world, amassing along the way a multitude of podium finishes, with more than 20 victories in high-level races and eight (8) championships, as he climbed the ladder in increasingly competitive kart classes and professional series.
For the 2021 season, Thomas Nepveu will race in his rookie season in USF2000 single seater cars, the first step in the 'Road to Indy' program offered by IndyCar promoters to help young drivers on their way to a professional career in the NTT IndyCar series, the quickest cars in American racing. He will also compete at the highest levels of kart racing in the USA (SKUSA and ROK Cup USA) in the X30 S and Shifter ROK classes respectively.
Along with his racing, Thomas Nepveu has also worked as a driving instructor since the spring of 2019, working with the BCR (Ben Cooper Racing) team when time permits. In late 2020, he went so far as to help young drivers on the PSL Karting team at major races by walking the track and analyzing their performance after on-track sessions, all in addition to participating in his own races.
Career to date
Despite the worldwide health crisis, Thomas launched his car racing career by participating in two events of the Mexican FIA NACAM Formula 4 championship, at the Autodromo de Querétaro and Autódromo Monterrey (Achieving one victory and two podium finishes in three races).
On the karting side, Thomas won a round of the ROK Fest East and finished sixth in the ROK Cup series in the ROK Senior class, won one pole position in three races at the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour, finished sixth (with one podium) in the SKUSA Winter Series, and grabbed two pole positions and finished eighth in the SKUSA Pro Tour series.
The young driver moved up to the Senior class and continued to make his presence felt everywhere he competed in this quickest class: Canadian champion, Canadian Shifter Open champion, two top-5 finishes in the SKUSA Pro-Tour, and qualifying for the Final race in the WSK Euro Series (Sarno, Italy).
Thomas Nepveu's results exploded on the international scene: US Open series champion, 3rd in the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour series, 4th in the Grand Finals of the Rotax Max Challenge, held in Brazil, 15th in the CIK-FIA World Championship OKJ (Sweden), and 5th in ROK the Rio (Las Vegas).
Thomas Nepveu moved to the Junior class (12-16) where he was immediately competitive, winning the second round of the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour, and placing second in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship.
This season marked an important step for the rest of Thomas's karting career as he joined PSL Karting, the professional-level team, in a partnership that ensures the best possible preparation of his kart, as well as pro-level trackside and technical assistance. In addition, Coy Arbour joined Thomas Nepveu's team as his Sporting Manager.
Thanks to his new infrastructure, the driver from Oka continued his ascent with convincing results: the youngest driver (11 years old) on the Canadian karting team, the dominant champion and series record holder of the Eastern Canadian Championship with 7 victories in 7 races (a first on this series), winner of the Mini Swift Super Nationals, runner-up in the Mini-Max class at the World Championship, a member of the Canadian kart team that won the World Team Championship (A first since 2007) and where Thomas Nepveu was the top Canadian driver in Mini-Max class, competing against drivers from 54 countries.
Thomas Nepveu moved on to the Mini Max class for 11 to 13-year-olds as he continued to accumulate technical knowledge and experience along the way. The young driver was competitive right from the start in this quicker and more competitive class: second in the Coupe Québec, fourth in the Eastern Canadian Championship and third in the Canadian Championship.
Thomas continued to gain experience in Rotax Micro Max class, winning the Coupe Quebec and the Eastern Canadian Championship titles for a second time. He also earned two 3rd place finishes, at the Canadian Championships and then on the ROK Cup USA Florida Winter Tour (his first podium in the United States).
The ambitious young driver moved to national-level events in Canada, as well as venturing into the United States, still in the Micro-Max class.
His results for the season included winning every major Canadian series: Coupe Québec, as well as the Western Canada and Eastern Canada Championships. Thomas also finished sixth (6) in the Rotax Micro Max class at the Rotax Grand Finals World Championship, held that year in New Orleans (Louisiana).
Thomas Nepveu started racing on kart tracks in Quebec and Ontario in the Micro-Max class, machines equipped with a 125 cc Rotax engine developed especially for racers between the ages of 8 and 11. Thomas finished his first season in fifth place in the Coupe Quebec series, running against drivers with more experience than him.