In 2005, at the age of 18, Andrew Ranger became the youngest driver in the history of IndyCars to finish on the podium when he was second in the No. 27 Mi-Jack/Tide Bachelart Racing Ford Lola at Monterrey, Mexico.
He was being hailed then as the next big thing, heir apparent to Jacques Villeneuve, out of the province of Quebec in open-wheel racing.
Two seasons later Ranger, from Roxton Pond, Que., was all but out of the then Champ Car World Series, having run out of sponsorship money team owners were demanding to put him in a competitive car.
Rather than become one of the dozens of drivers who were paying to race in open-wheel racing, Ranger decided to give stock car racing a try.
In his first three seasons in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in the No. 27 Dave Jacombs Racing Ford, Ranger won two championships.
His racing future was once again looking rosy.