Rookie-of-the-year and 2nd in final standings Kevin Lacroix claims 4th in Laguna Seca Laguna Seca, October 22nd, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix ran at the same pace all weekend and completed his season with another Top Five, finishing in fourth place...
Rookie-of-the-year and 2nd in final standings
Kevin Lacroix claims 4th in Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca, October 22nd, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix ran at the same pace all weekend and completed his season with another Top Five, finishing in fourth place and completing a very successful string of 11 races in the top six positions. Along the way, the 17-year old French Canadian clinched Rookie-of-the-year title and enough championship points to earn second place in the final standings. Looking for a win in California, Lacroix used a different setup in qualifying that relegated him back in 8th place at the start but worked his way up four positions and missed a sixth podium by just half a second.
"I was always a few tenths from best time on Thursday and Friday, explained Lacroix. We tried many changes on the UniSelect car setup in the five practice sessions to be that bit faster. For the qualifying session on Saturday morning, we tried a different approach and that set me back into 8th. So, I had to work my way up four positions in the 22-lap race to be where I was most of the weekend. I ended up half a second from (Adrian) Carrio. I'm obviously disappointed because I came to Laguna to win but I admit I'm also happy with ten top four finishes in the eleven races I entered."
Thanks to John Walko
Lacroix will remember this season for the consistency he kept all along and the very strong car he always got from his crew. The Trafford, Pennsylvania team earned Best team award and Lacroix ran every lap of his 11 races, collecting five podiums, five fourth places and a sixth, his worse result coming in Montreal when he finished with an ailing car after clipping a wall as he was challenging for the lead. "Thanks to JWR, I adapted quickly to the rotary engine and the bias slicks, added Lacroix. They deserved to be the best team this year because they always had a good machine for me. To be the best in such a competitive championship means a lot for the drivers that will look for a good team in 2007.''
Next step : Champ Car Atlantic
As mentioned before, with the Star Mazda now behind him, Lacroix will get into Champ Car Atlantic mode, considering testing with a few teams and elbowing his way into the most competitive ladder series in America. "It's like starting over again, concludes Kevin. We will consider all offers, prepare testing in the coming weeks and reach a final decision afterwards.''