Now sixth in Star Mazda standings Kevin Lacroix: rewarding 4th place points at the Mile Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 4th. -- Kevin Lacroix completed his first ever oval race in fourth place at the famous Milwaukee Mile after fighting ...
Now sixth in Star Mazda standings
Kevin Lacroix: rewarding 4th place points at the Mile
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 4th. -- Kevin Lacroix completed his first ever oval race in fourth place at the famous Milwaukee Mile after fighting an understeering car that prevented him from passing the cars in front of him. Friday, he was obviously the man of the day when he reported second, third and first in the practice sessions and missed best time by a mere 0,002 second. He qualified in fifth place Saturday morning and finished in the same position after a 100 laps, but was awarded 4th place points since his teammate of a weekend Robbie Pecorari was not awarded any for his second place.
"The #74 UniSelect single seater developed some understeering in the race, said the 17 year-old Canadian driver from St-Eustache, Quebec. Whenever I buried my car behind another one to benefit from his slipstream, it became light and I had the rear end getting loose in the turns. I had to back off to prevent from going up to the wall. That happened a few times at speeds around 140 mph but I managed to recover the car. I try to team up with Robbie (Pecorari) to move up a few positions in the last laps, but again the car got under me and I had to settle for fifth. Since Robbie (vice-champion in 2005, now in Atlantic Champ Car) is not a regular in the series, he doesn't score points and I earn fourth place points.
I move up a few positions in the standings (to sixth) but I will have to beat the guys in front of me because they are usually in the top five. I hope this will be the case in Montreal, my home track where I won last year in Formula BMW USA."
Friday fast facts
Lacroix set pace all day Friday as he posted second best time (0.002 from Pethekhen) of the day but second in first practice, third behind Pecorari in practice 2 and first in practice 3. "We decided to use a set of new tires on Saturday, he added, but they seemed to be a bit slower then Friday. I got fifth places in practice 4 and qualifying before the car became too loose in the race. I'm still happy to get 4th place points in theses conditions for my first oval race, but I will obviously feel more comfortable in three weeks in Montreal."
Next stop: Montreal
Next round in the schedule is set for June 23- 24 when the Star Mazda series will be part of the Grand Prix du Canada on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. "It would be a dream come true to win a round on this track since June 24th is our National Holiday in Quebec!"