USAR: Lakeland: Chris Fontaine debut preview

Lakeland's Chris Fontaine will be in the starting lineup for Saturday's Lucas Oil 250 USAR Hooters' Pro Cup race at Lakeland's USA International Speedway. This will be Fontaine's first race in the series. Fontaine is just coming off a win last...

Lakeland's Chris Fontaine will be in the starting lineup for Saturday's Lucas Oil 250 USAR Hooters' Pro Cup race at Lakeland's USA International Speedway.

This will be Fontaine's first race in the series.

Fontaine is just coming off a win last Sunday in the Hoosier AACS series season opener at Desoto Superspeedway.

This is Fontaine's second year running at Desoto Superspeedway. He finished out the 2003 AACS season in the top 10 in points, even after missing a double points race at the beginning of the year.

Chris came from a very competitive family. His father, Denis Fontaine was a champion sailor in Hobie Cat sailing, and had been a racer and announcer at Lakeland Dragway in his youth.

At the early age of 6, Chris' dad gave him a go-cart with a corvette body that Chris would race around his neighborhood. Chris also was very mechanically inclined, figuring out ways to put engines on bicycles and other things with wheels.

Chris started playing ice hockey on the Lakeland Ice Warriors youth hockey team at the age of 12, and honed his team and competitive skills.

"I have wanted to race ever since the beginning," Chris said.

Chris proved himself as a driver when he started racing Mini-Cups at the age of 16, winning the 1999 MMRA North Florida Region Championship and the 1999 MMRA National Indoor Championship.

"It was a good starting point. I learned the basics in that," Chris said.

In late 1999, Chris moved up to Late Model race cars, running tracks at New Symrna, Lakeland, Orlando and others in the FASCAR and SARA series.

In March of 2000, Chris got his first win in a Late Model at Orlando Speedworld.

The experience wet his appetite for racing the larger cars.

"We ran NASCAR All Pro for two years in 2001 and 2002, then we got our new Crewchief Kevin Ingram," Chris said.

In 2003, Kevin helped Chris bring out his natural abilities as a driver, ending the 2003 season with 16 top 10's and 11 top 5's out of 35 races. In the AACS series, Chris ended the season 9th in points, and he finished 13th in the FASCAR Sunbelt Series.

Go to chrisfontaine.com for the latest news and photos, and schedule updates as they become available.

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