Road Atlanta: Kevin Lacroix race notes

Kevin Lacroix takes another podium at Road Atlanta Clinches 2006 Best Rookie title Braselton, Georgia, October 1st, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix earned his fifth podium of the year this weekend in the ...

Kevin Lacroix takes another podium at Road Atlanta
Clinches 2006 Best Rookie title

Braselton, Georgia, October 1st, 2006. -- Kevin Lacroix earned his fifth podium of the year this weekend in the #74 UniSelect car in the eleventh round of the Star Mazda series held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Even if the charts put the 17-year old French Canadian in third place, he earned the second place points since the driver in front of him (Wilkins) is not registered in the championship. Starting from fifth place, Lacroix quickly moved into third within on the first lap and stayed there for the remainder of the race, finishing less than a second from his first checkered flag. In the process, Lacroix becomes the 2006 Best Rookie with a margin of 50 points over second place (Bonilla).

"I'm satisfied with the end result but still a bit bitter, claimed the St-Eustache, Quebec resident. We came here early this week and conducted many testing sessions. I was always in the Top Five over the last days but could never find that edge to get to the top of the chart. We found out from the engine data after the qualifying session that the engine was weak and I lost almost a full second of the back stretch. We swapped the engine for the race and, although it was still tight, it was much more powerful.

I overtook two positions on the first lap and was looking to take the lead but could not find any room. It is so important to start ahead in this series. I wonder what could have happened at Road America, Mosport or here in Road Atlanta if we had changed the engine earlier. Now that we have a found new power, I remain optimistic going into Laguna Seca in October."

Best Rookie

With his second place points, Lacroix closes the gap to 35 points behind first place in the standings while increasing to 38 his lead over third place. O 26th place or best will earn him second place in the standings. He holds a 50-point lead over second rookie and is mathematically assured of the title. He had five podiums, four 4th places and one 6th position (in Montreal where he was second with two laps to go but made a slight contact with a wall.

"That was my season, staying out of trouble and carving my way up in the standings instead of taking chances. I still have one left in Laguna, the track where I was most successful last year in BMW. With a healthy car, I will give my best shot to finish my season with a flash.''

Laguna Seca last

Last round of the Star Mazda 2006 series will take place October 21st on the Mazda Raceway.

-credit: www.kevinlacroix.com .

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