Lacroix : A Promising First Race Wampun, Pennsylvania, May 12 - For his first race in the Star of Tomorrow Series, North America's most competitive series, Kevin Lacroix became best rookie at the BeaveRun track in Pennsylvania, this ...
Lacroix : A Promising First Race
Wampun, Pennsylvania, May 12 - For his first race in the Star of Tomorrow Series, North America's most competitive series, Kevin Lacroix became best rookie at the BeaveRun track in Pennsylvania, this past weekend. After an average run on Saturday, the 15-year-old from Saint-Eustache, Quebec, finished fourth, behind a podium of International-level seasoned racers. Learning the ropes of a new machine in the top kart category, Lacroix and his team are very happy with this first weekend.
"This is a very good weekend," says Kevin. "We still have adjustments to do to our machine, since our tires are different from those in Europe, and the track is smoother. The driver level is just as good as in Italy and I'm driving against people who come from all over America and even Europe! This series is getting more and more competitive. I really liked the second day because the settings were good and I could drive to my heart's content."
A field of more than 50
The ICC category is the most popular in America. With a 125 cc engine and a six-speed gearbox, the little kart runs over 100 mph. Saturday, during the first qualifying run, Kevin clocked in eleventh place, an honorable showing for a first contact with this track. But he had to abandon in the pre-final run, on mechanical failure. He finished 32nd in a field of 44. At one point, he was running in 12th place, recording some of the fastest laps.
There was a second race on Sunday. This time, Young Lacroix made the 8th place. For the pre-final, he started from the fourth line to finish fourth after the 15 regular laps. For the final run, regularity was his middle name, since he started and finished fourth, just short of the podium. "The three guys on the podium are pros (Speed, Branham and Wiegand). So I'll have to polish up on my driving and we'll have to find the very best settings for our CRG kart and Maxter engine, which is running its first season in this category. It's a very motivating challenge!"