Second place on Sunday Kevin Lacroix : still leading Formula BMW Indianapolis, June 19. -- Kevin Lacroix, of St-Eustache, earned a deserving second place for the second race in the double-header program of the Formula BMW series at famed ...
Second place on Sunday
Kevin Lacroix : still leading Formula BMW
Indianapolis, June 19. -- Kevin Lacroix, of St-Eustache, earned a deserving second place for the second race in the double-header program of the Formula BMW series at famed Indianapolis race track and by the same token retained the lead in this fiercely disputed beginner's professional series. The day before, the 16-year old, had to withdraw from the first race after a contact with another car he was trying to overtake for second place. With this podium, his fifth of the year, still leads the championship with a three-point margin. After two very busy weekends in Montreal and Indianapolis, Kevin will take a few days off before resuming action with upcoming testing in Indiana.
"I was so frustrated yesterday, said the young man. I tried to pass a slower guy for many laps but he braked so hard at the end of the front stretch that my front wing was broken. Besides not finishing, I get the blame from the officials after all. Today, my second place cheered me up because I stayed on top of the championship race. I know I will have to work hard to get some more speed out of my car, but I feel confident my UniSelect #22 car will be quicker in the next double headers. I know the title hunt will go right down to the wire."
Saturday : a nice comeback
In the qualifying session, the FB2 car was oversteering and Kevin had to settle with seventh best time. In the race, he reeled in a few competitors and was going for another podium when the incident happened. "It was obvious I was faster and the guy was blocking. I tried to go under him but he moved in front of me and I paid the price. I always drive hard but sometimes I come empty handed."
Sunday : the reward
Starting from third place, Kevin played safe in order to make some points. "I didn't want to take too many chances, he said. This time, the guy in front of me got disqualified. Anyway, he was here visiting the North-American series for only two weekends. It was the same with my encounter yesterday."
Lacroix continues to lead the standings by three points over rivals Philippe and Wickens after eight of fourteen rounds. He will take a few days off after the two busy F-1 meetings and will be back at Putnam Park for test days in a few weeks.
Teams will meet again at Barber Motorsport Park on July 29 to 31.