St-Eustache, May 8. -- Sylvain Lacroix, a former canadian snowmobile champion, announces a three-year deal between his son Kevin and a group of investors representing Auto Parts Plus, Valvoline, Raybestos, Tenneco Automotive and Delphi. This ...
St-Eustache, May 8. -- Sylvain Lacroix, a former canadian snowmobile champion, announces a three-year deal between his son Kevin and a group of investors representing Auto Parts Plus, Valvoline, Raybestos, Tenneco Automotive and Delphi. This select sponsor group was put together by Uni-Select, Canada's largest independant auto parts distributor. This agreement will enable young Kevin to compete on the karting international scene.
A three-year agreement
Michel Maheux, Uni-Select vice-president, is very excited about the deal. "We were looking to support a young talent on the international scene. This association is only possible through our long-time business partners Auto Parts Plus, Valvoline, Raybestos, Tenneco Automotive and Delphi, all world leaders in the automotive field. We offered ourselves the opportunity to support a gifted driver and give him the chance to reach the highest rungs of the motorsports ladder. "
An impressive curriculum
Kevin Lacroix, who just turned 14, was a winner from the beginning : 41 podiums and 22 outright victories in just 50 races in the Junior class. In 2001, he claimed Eastern Quebec title and was 2nd in the ICA championship. He earned three championships last year, one of them being the Quebec overall title. Finally, he competed in Las Vegas at the SKUSA year-end final, finishing 8th overall against tough competition. He was only 13 then!
A busy schedule for 2003
Kevin will be part of the north-american " Stars of Tomorrow " championship with PSL Karting Racing Team, one of the best in the country. He will race a CRG shifted Jr 80 cc machine while he returns to his ICA little banger in the Quebec championship. He will also travel to Italy to compete in the European championship in order to tackle international competition. " Our agreement with major sponsors makes me very proud and I fell I have to step up to their expectations, said young Lacroix. "
"We did some serious testing in Florida last winter. Kevin has a busy schedule in 2003 and our budget is locked for the next three years, added his father Sylvain. So, let's get busy ! "
First result in 2003 : 2nd
The first outing was scheduled at the new CIK approuved BeabeRun facility just north of Pittsgurgh in Pennsylvania last weekend. On the first day, he suffered a broken gear that sidelined him. Then he had an encounter with Kyle Rahal, nephew of the famous Bobby. When eveything looked grey, he started from last place and flew by 22 competitors, only to fall short from victory and finish in 2nd place, an impressive result in such a tight series.
He was also credited with fastest lap time by half a second. In the Sunday race, he started and finished second behind Kyle Rahal. An excellent weekend. " I'll be looking for Kyle when we meet again in Wisconsin in June ", laughed an excited Kevin.
Kevin Lacroix, star driver of the Lacroix Racing Team, is entering the international championship " Stars of Tomorrow " as well as the Quebec ICA championship. He will also race in Italy in the European championship. He is sponsored by Delphi International, Raybestos, Tenneco, Valvoline, Auto Parts Plus, Uni-Select network and Lacroix Auto Parts. His web site can we reached at www.kevinlacroix.com where more pictures are available.