In the ...
In the #74 UniSelect car
Kevin Lacroix, last hurrah in Laguna Seca
St-Eustache, October 17th, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix will use his last opportunity in the #74 UniSelect car this weekend to earn his first victory as the last round of the Star Mazda series takes place on a track where he had a lot of success last year, Mazda Raceway, also known as Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 17-year old French Canadian had a win and a second place in the first double header of the F-BMW USA and he admits this is one of the best facilities he's raced before. Over the last eleven years his karting and racing career spans, Lacroix has won in each and every one of them and he doesn't want to be blanked in 2006.
"I'm going to Laguna for sheer pleasure, admits the French-Canadian. I had a great season so far, quite different from last year, and I'm quite satisfied with the end result. I was regular all season long, had no DNF and stayed out of trouble in every round. I think we have all the elements this time to climb on the first step of the podium. So, look out for the UniSelect 74 car this weekend."
Champ Car testing ahead
Lacroix will not remain idle for long. As soon as the season is over, he will consider testing with a few Champ Car Atlantic teams. "Any rookie coming in this series can test for six days from now until mid-January 2007, says Richard Galarneau, Lacroix's agent. We are talking to many teams but we will have to settle for three with two-day testing each time. But, for the time being, we want Kevin to stay focused on the Star Mazda series until the season is done with.''
A1GP, an opening
After testing with Team Canada A1GP this summer in England, Lacroix admits there is a possibility getting an invitation for a round or two this winter as a guest driver, according to the openings in the calendar. "There are many possibilities, continues Galarneau. A1GP is a Nations Cup series and not a drivers' series. The roster comprises drivers all walks of racing: from Formula One to entry-level BMW. I think Kevin could hold his ground in this series. We will wait for any opening in the coming months.''
Laguna Seca schedule
Laguna schedule will be similar to Road Atlanta with three practice sessions on Thursday (9:30, 11:55 and 3:10 pm); the race program will get underway Friday with two more official sessions (8:00 and 12:45 pm). Saturday will have qualifying session early morning at 8:00 pm while the last round of the season will go green at 11:35 for a 45-minute race.