The #74 UniSelect now in 2nd place
Kevin Lacroix looking for first win in Mosport
St-Eustache, August 31st, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix will not have to travel far to enter the next round of the Star Mazda championship on the challenging Mosport race track in Ontario. The 17-year old French Canadian now sits second in the standings with the #74 UniSelect car but he is still looking for his first victory this season. With three rounds remaining, Lacroix will try to bridge the 44-point gap to first place with victories and podiums. Mosport is a fast 10-turn, 2.659 mile facility all drivers appreciate and the kind of test Lacroix likes to face.
"I can do nothing about the points first-place Carrio nets, notices Lacroix, but I know I must be very good in the last rounds if I want to finish on top. Still, I'm happy with my season so far and I want to keep up the good work with JWR. If this turns into first place, that will be great. What I have learned with them this season will be useful for the rest of my career."
Long awaited Mosport
"Mosport is another track I will have to learn, claims Lacroix, but what I hear from other drivers makes it a unique track. We will have a testing day on Thursday with three sessions to setup our car. It should be like this for everybody when we come to a new facility. I long to take to this track.''
After the Thursday testing sessions, the Star Mazda schedule will be limited to Friday and Saturday. The first day will be assessed for two 45-minute practice sessions at 9:10 AM and 4:35 PM. The Saturday, qualifying session will be at the same early time, 8:00 AM while the green will be waved in the afternoon at 1:05 for a 45-minute race.
Best rookie in the standings
After his fourth place points in Wisconsin, Lacroix now holds second place in the standings with 286 points, 44 out of first place, but 31 ahead of the second rookie. "Consistency is the word, he said in closing. There are three events left in the calendar (Mosport, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway) and I want to make sure I complete each one of them."
Named the Rising Star among kart drivers in 2004, Kevin Lacroix was a multiple kart champion and a 2005 Formula BMW USA scholar where he finished second in the 14-round championship.