Perfect weekend for Kevin Lacroix St-Eustache, June 2. -- Although he felt pretty confident heading for his home track at Pointe du Lac near Trois-RiviÃ¨res, Kevin Lacroix knew that no race is ever won before you're waved the checkered flag.
Perfect weekend for Kevin Lacroix
St-Eustache, June 2. -- Although he felt pretty confident heading for his home track at Pointe du Lac near Trois-Rivières, Kevin Lacroix knew that no race is ever won before you're waved the checkered flag. But confidence translated into happiness when he was awarded that flag every time he took the track. He first got the pole on Saturday, then won the pre-final on a soaked tarmac before he completed his own podium weekend with a decisive win in the final. He thus takes the lead in the ICA class in the Coupe du Quebec.
Pole and victories
Under clear skies, Kevin had a productive practice session Saturday morning but his workday would not be complete before the qualifying session in the afternoon. His result, a time of 53,730, over two hot laps put in on top of the list by a 0,200 over Maxime Longtin. "It took a few laps in the morning to get reacquainted with this very technical track but I was very comfortable by the qualifying session. I knew I would have fun on Sunday."
Work it was first when he headed the pre-final ICA pack on a rain-soaked track. He stayed within his limits and ran from start to finish ahead of Robert Foteas, a seasoned veteran who chairs the Quebec karting commission.
Fun it was by Sunday afternoon when he took another first place in the final. "The track was finally dry but temperature was so darn cold, added Lacroix. I played safe for the first laps while my tires were getting warm. Then I really stepped on it and at one point I was told I had close to an eight second lead. For the last laps, I just relaxed and enjoyed the ride. A good weekend but races that felt more like late October !"
Auto Parts Plus to patron karting summer camps
If Kevin Lacroix represents Gilles-Villeneuve museum, one of his sponsors just got involved a little more by supporting the museum's karting summer camps. Three sessions will be staged in July and August in Pointe du Lac. Young drivers-to-be can register for the three-day sessions at the museum (1-800-639 -- 0103): returning instructor is Jacques Villeneuve, Gilles's brother. "If I'm around and available, I'll be glad to drop in and meet gain with mister Villeneuve, said Lacroix."
Three weeks before Road America
Wisconsin is the next stop for PSL Karting and Kevin Lacroix as the next venue on the Stars of Tomorrow schedule will be Road America. Lacroix was second in the Junior Cadet class in the maiden race in May and looks forward to this next meet where the most promising kart drivers take part in the Bobby Rahal sponsored development program.
The team behind the driver
Full-time driver for PSL racing team, Kevin Lacroix is entered in the 2003 international championship " Stars of Tomorrow ", the Coupe du Quebec series and will head for Europe in the Italian Karting championship. He is currently under contract with Delphi International, Raybestos, Tenneco, Pennzoil, Auto Parts Plus, Uni-Select national network and Lacroix Auto Parts.