One of six in North America Lacroix earns Formula BMW USA scholarship St-Eustache, Quebec, January 22nd. -- Formula BMW USA series officials announced yesterday that 15-year old driver from St-Eustache, Kevin Lacroix, will receive one of the...
One of six in North America
Lacroix earns Formula BMW USA scholarship
St-Eustache, Quebec, January 22nd. -- Formula BMW USA series officials announced yesterday that 15-year old driver from St-Eustache, Kevin Lacroix, will receive one of the $40 000 scholarship available for deserving drivers entering the 2005 North American championship. Following two extensive training sessions in Spain, Lacroix's name came out as one of the best talents along with another Canadian and four Americans. The next step for the talented young man who has raced karts for nine years will be to determine which team he will race with when the green flag drops for the first race at Laguna Seca on April 29.
"I'm very happy for this scholarship, declared Kevin. The five other guys are also 15 or 16 and we lived a tremendous experience with the people at BMW in Valencia (Spain). I love to drive the (BMW) FB2 because it is close to my kart driving style. I have tested other open wheel cars and this has to be the best step for the guys coming out of karting like me. I will make the best out of the testing days before we take to the track in California at the end of April."
Formula BMW : for the young wolves
Among the scholars, three are from California, one from Florida and one from British Columbia beside Lacroix. To become a scholar, Kevin had to convince the BMW instructors in December and January when two three-day training camps where held. His attitude on and off the track and his driving style surely made the difference. Lacroix and his team will now have to decide which team they will race with in 2005. "We are down to two teams, said Richard Galarneau, his new manager. We will be testing in the coming days and take our decision afterwards. Our goal is to find the team that can best put Kevin in a winning car."
2005 : more testing and 14 rounds
Formula BMW USA has issued the 2005 calendar. The teams will have eight testing days and the drivers will dispute 14 rounds consisting of seven doubleheaders. For Kevin, the most significant remains the June 11 and 12 weekend when Formula BMW visits the Gilles-Villeneuve racetrack in Montreal as part of the Canadian Grand Prix. Other programs will be run across the United States in conjunction with other major racing series. The 2005 schedule is shown below.
Kevin Lacroix is entering Formula BMW USA in 2005 as part of a long-term relationship with major sponsors such as Uni-Select aftermarket network, SKF MotorSports, Raybestos, Tenneco, Pennzoil, Alpine Star racing wear, Auto Parts Plus and Lacroix Auto Parts.