Jesse Lazare 11th at SuperNationals XIII Las Vegas proves challenging for first TAG drive MONTREAL, QUEBEC - 2009 Coupe de Montreal Rotax Junior champion Jesse Lazare traveled to Las Vegas last week to compete at the SuperNationals XIII. For...
Jesse Lazare 11th at SuperNationals XIII
Las Vegas proves challenging for first TAG drive
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - 2009 Coupe de Montreal Rotax Junior champion Jesse Lazare traveled to Las Vegas last week to compete at the SuperNationals XIII. For Lazare, it would be his first major event running TaG, rather than Rotax, but he was confident in his PSL CRG team.
"This is a huge event, and we knew we'd be a little behind to begin with," Lazare said. "It's always difficult to go and compete at this level with a new type of engine."
Lazare drove well in practice and qualifying, eventually slotting into the 16th out of the 66 drivers in TaG Jr. "We are down 1,000 rpm on the straight and we have to find out why," Lazare said of qualifying. "I think if we can find that little extra speed on the straight, we'll be good in the heats and final."
In Lazare's first heat, he powered his PSL CRG to a strong second place, and was one of only two drivers to break the 44 second lap barrier. "I felt good in this heat," Lazare said. "We are still having a few issues, but we're heading in the right direction. In Lazare's second heat, a solid sixth place was had, and you could see he was building momentum as the weekend went on.
In the third head, Lazare finished ninth after just being nipped at the line. The power situation on the straights was getting worse, and Lazare was worried. "We are definitely slow on the straight, and that is going to hurt us if we can't get the problem solved."
In the final, Lazare's day started off not to well. He was pushed onto the marbles and lost quite a few positions from his 8th starting spot. "It was bad out there, I think I went back to 17th or so, but I was able to get going and get some spots back," Lazare said.
Lazare was able to get back to 11th, a solid performance for his first major TaG Jr race, but he was left with thinking what might have been. "It really came down to straight line speed," Lazare said. "If we hadn't had that issue all weekend I think we would have challenged for the win. I have to really thank Mike and Miles Maroney for the use of their motor this weekend after our race motor seized. Thanks also to Pitts' Jon Nervoso, the entire PSL CRG team and to my dad, who for the first time in 5 years missed an on track session - he was that sick."
Lazare now will turn his attention back to Rotax as he will challenge for the Junior championship in the upcoming Florida Winter Tour.
Jesse Lazare Quick Facts: Jesse Lazare is a 12 year old kart racer from Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec. Lazare's meteoric rise up the karting ranks has been nothing short of amazing. In 2006, as a Cadet, he was second in the Coupe Vega. In 2007, as the youngest driver in Mini Max he was the Champion in both the Coupe Vega and Coupe de Montreal. Lazare set new records in 2008 by starting out as vice-champion in the Florida Winter Tour, then winning both Honda Jr and Mini Max in both the Coupe Vega and Coupe de Montreal. He was also Canadian National Champion in Honda Jr.