Moving up to third in standings Kevin Lacroix, clean second place in Portland Portland, Oregon, July 23rd. -- Kevin Lacroix kept clear from a first lap scuffle and motored to second place in his ...
Moving up to third in standings
Kevin Lacroix, clean second place in Portland
Portland, Oregon, July 23rd. -- Kevin Lacroix kept clear from a first lap scuffle and motored to second place in his #74 UniSelect car in the seventh round of the Star Mazda championship on Portland, Oregon 1.93 mile 13-turn race track. The 17-year old St-Eustache native started from second row and got by race leader Carrio who had spun in front of him in corner 4 and stayed behind the remaining 26 laps behind eventual winner Potekhen. Although he nursed his tires for a last lap pass, Lacroix was not able to get his first win in this series. He completes his Western swing with a pair of second places while traveling to United Kingdom for a two-day test with Team A1 Canada in between each round. He now sits in third place and becomes top rookie in the standings.
"I just got away from trouble again on lap one, declared Lacroix. This is the third race in a row there is an incident before we complete a single lap. Carrio spun in front of me and I had to brake and avoid him. I saw in my mirrors other cars all over the track. It took forever before the restart and I saved my tires for a pass for the lead. But by the end of the race, I didn't have a better grip. I settled for second again. My first win could be at the coming Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, just an hour drive from home. "
Sticking to the Top 3
In practice or qualifying sessions, Lacroix posted Top 3 times all along the weekend. "Starting in front rows is very important here, he added. I get the feeling I'm karting in Europe with all those contacts. I'm still paying for missing the first race. I have the best point average per race but in this series, everybody gets points even if they don't complete a lap. I move up to third in the standings and I only look forward. Working with Johnny (Walko) and the JWR crew is so exciting."
Testing A1GP and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
Lacroix only had good words for Team A1 Canada: "Driving a machine with more than 500 horsepower and handling like a Champ Car is a thrilling experience. I think mister (John) Surtees was happy because he asked about my agenda after the end of the season."
Lacroix and his team will take a short break before they drive to Trois-Rivières for the eight round of the season, a feature race at the famous street circuit, the oldest in North America. Lacroix was named Best Future Driver last year by GP3R but could not enter the event because of Formula BMW USA assignments. He added with a smile: "I've been waiting for this one for a long time!"