Hinchcliffe and Lacroix to sample A1GP power Montreal, Quebec (July 12, 2006) -- James Hinchcliffe and Kevin Lacroix, two of Canada's most exciting open-wheel racing prospects, have been invited by A1 Team Canada to sample the power of an A1...
Hinchcliffe and Lacroix to sample A1GP power
Montreal, Quebec (July 12, 2006) -- James Hinchcliffe and Kevin Lacroix, two of Canada's most exciting open-wheel racing prospects, have been invited by A1 Team Canada to sample the power of an A1 Grand Prix car at a test to be held at the Pembrey Circuit in the United Kingdom next week, Monday 17th -- Tuesday 18th July. The driver evaluation, hosted on the 1.456-mile track in South Wales, will allow Hinchcliffe (19) and Lacroix (17) to experience the power and performance of the 500bhp A1GP car, built by Lola and powered by a V8 Zytek engine, while working with A1 Team Canada.
Commenting ahead of the test, John Surtees, A1 Team Canada consultant and 1964 Ferrari F1 World Champion remarked: "This is not a shoot-out and there will be no pressure on the drivers to go out and set startling times. This is a getting to know you session. We have brought the drivers along based on their past experience and the ability shown in their racing to-date. We wanted to do an evaluation in preparation for the official test which takes place in August. We hope to continue this as a program dependent on A1GP and the availability of equipment."
James Hinchcliffe is currently impressing in the Champ Car Atlantic Series, racing as part of the four-car Forsythe Racing squad. He started the year with a podium performance on the streets of Long Beach and captured his first win last month at Portland International Raceway. James sits fifth in the title chase following last weekend's round in his native Toronto. Prior to stepping up into the Champ Car Atlantic Series James showcased his potential in both Formula BMW USA and the Star Mazda Championship. He claimed 'Rookie of the Year' honors on his way to second in the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship with three wins before a run to third overall in the 2005 Star Mazda Championship with three more victories.
Kevin Lacroix enjoyed similar success in the Formula BMW USA Championship, finishing second overall in last season's championship having been awarded a BMW scholarship to compete in the series. Kevin subsequently lived up to his potential by scoring four wins from a total of ten top-ten finishes. The Saint-Eustache teenager graduated to the Star Mazda Championship for 2006 and despite missing the opening round of the series he currently sits sixth in the standings after five starts. Competing for John Walko Racing, Lacroix made an immediate impression taking third place podium finishes in his first two races for the team. The second season of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations kicks off before a sell-out crowd on the 1st October with Round 1 hosted at the Zandvoort Circuit in Holland.