2nd round of the Italian Open Master Kevin Lacroix, racing with wolves! Lonato, Italy, April 1. -- The second round of the Italian Open Master championship turned into a very competitive training camp for Saint-Eustache, Quebec, 15 year-old...
2nd round of the Italian Open Master
Kevin Lacroix, racing with wolves!
Lonato, Italy, April 1. -- The second round of the Italian Open Master championship turned into a very competitive training camp for Saint-Eustache, Quebec, 15 year-old kart driver, Kevin Lacroix. After extensive testing in Florida and Italy, Lacroix started his season in Northern Italy racing in the highly competitive ICA 100cc class in the second round of the Open Master series. He was denied participation in the final race but nevertheless came out satisfied from his season first outing, an indication of what is to be expected this season in Europe as well as the American Stars of Tomorrow series.
"It's too bad I couldn't race in the final, claimed Kevin, but in the end I would have raced only fifteen more laps. My goal in this first round in Italy was to spend as much time on the track with this wolf pack. I had to get familiar with my new material and race among much experimented drivers. For those reasons, I'm quite happy with my weekend."
Back to work
After landing in Milan, Lacroix visited Alpine Star, a racing suit manufacturer that sponsors him in 2004. He then moved on to Lonato to meet the CRG European crew from Holland, the manufacturer that provides his racing chassis. The new machine gets a Maxter engine and Vega tires with very soft compound. "We spent many hours at the track working on different setups said Lacroix. I learned a lot about this new machine and that's what counts. We have a long season ahead and I want to become familiar now with the hardware instead of later in the season."
Out of the Master finale
In the qualifying session, Kevin earned the 34th time out of 70 entries, although he was only 1,2 second away from the pole. His time was quick enough to enable him to race in the final, but a tie with another driver moved him back to the last chance race. "The other driver had entered the first round which was not my case. I started the last chance race on the pole and had to deal with another driver for the lead. At one point, he braked too early in a corner; I hit him and lost my nose cone. The ruling says one must have a new nose to resume racing. So, at that point, my race was over. But we'll be back for the next round in June. "
The driver and the team
Official driver for PSL Racing team, Kevin Lacroix enters the 2004 international Stars of Tomorrow series as a defending champion. He will enter occasionally the Coupe du Quebec series and the Canadian Championships if the date does not conflict with the Stars series. He is currently under contract with SKF Motorsports, Raybestos, Tenneco, Pennzoil, Auto Parts Plus, Uni-Select national network and Lacroix Auto Parts. He is supported by CRG chassis, Maxter engines, Vega tires and Alpine Star. His web site can be visited at www.kevinlacroix.com where more pictures are available.