2nd in Stars of Karting standings Lacroix: Impressive Win in North Carolina Concord, North Carolina, August 2, 2004. - Kevin Lacroix, the 15 year-old driver from Saint-Eustache won his first race of the season in the third round, that was...
2nd in Stars of Karting standings
Lacroix: Impressive Win in North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina, August 2, 2004. - Kevin Lacroix, the 15 year-old driver from Saint-Eustache won his first race of the season in the third round, that was held in Concord, North Carolina, on Sunday afternoon. The 2003 champion of the 80cc class, dominated an impressive group this weekend by leading all the heats and the qualifying s, but one where he finished second. Thus, Kevin now holds second place in the Stars of Karting standings and is in position to win the championship in the last round.
"Kevin was fabulous, says agent Sébastien Blin. He completely dominated all races this weekend, leading experienced competitors who started chasing him, only to go off-road in doing so. Youngest in class, Kevin is about to become one of the most seasoned drivers in America. Racing in Europe gave him enough experience to let his talent emerge and let him realize he is as good as older drivers. We can't help but think that he is now in a position to finish at the top if he does it again in three weeks in Wisconsin and in Florida in September."
First every time
Kevin Lacroix managed to put to good use what he learned in the Open Masters Series in Italy. "I'm not impressed anymore by these top guys and their custom-made machines", proudly boasts Lacroix. "In Europe, I learned to defend each foot of track and how to resist being pushed off road. Here, guys like Speed, Branhan and Schreiber have to respect me."
Lacroix scored the best times in both qualifying heats, he won the two pre-finals, and finished second on Saturday and grand winner on Sunday, picking up enough points to move in to second place overall in this season's standings. His progression resembles that of last year, where he had remained calm in the beginning, and finished on a strong note by winning the grand North-American finale.
"My kart was very well prepared, said Lacroix, and we haven't had any carburetion problems since our last tests. I was in shape and focused as ever. The track was hard but very sticky because of the rubber that had buildt up. I had to fight the track continuously."