Saint-Eustache, QC, (June 25, 2017) – Kevin Lacroix had a difficult time during the NASCAR Pinty’s CRS Express 300 race at Autodrome Chaudière this Sunday. The Saint-Eustache native finished the 300-lap race in sixth place, an acceptable position considering the state of his car.
After an incident in the pits with a competitor during last race at the Delaware Speedway, the car #74 Bumper To Bumper/ Total/ Go Fast / PFC Brakes/ Gates Corporation prepared by team Bumper To Bumper was very hard to drive.
“The car was still hard to drive from that incident we had. It is a steering problem that caused us a difficult time on the track,” explains the Saint-Eustache driver. “Although I have to say that the Bumper To Bumper team did an excellent job fixing the car in a short amount of time.”
After a rather difficult practice session and a qualification session that wasn’t representative of Kevin’s talent, it is from the 11th place that he started this first race on Québec soil. Having trouble with the car on the track, Kevin was two laps down from the leaders when the series gave him two Lucky dogs to come back on the leader’s lap.
After a mandatory pit stop, the Bumper To Bumper team was able to work on the car set-up, giving Kevin a second chance for the end of the race. Being able to fight his way in the mid-pack, it is in sixth place that he takes the checkered flag.
“It was a hard race with no yellow flags during the first laps, so we were losing time compared to my competitors. During the pit stop, we made a few changes to the car that gave us more power to fight back. I was also lucky that my car didn’t degrade as quickly as the other drivers, which allowed me to fight with the leading pack. It was hard to pass on this short track, I had to wait for the good opportunities. In the end, I could have finished in the Top Five because I was as quick as the other drivers,” says Lacroix.
“I was lucky enough to receive the Lucky Dog twice during the race, so all in all I am happy with the result. It was not the best car on track today, but I am pleased to have scored points in the driver’s championship.” Kevin is now second in the championship, two points behind leader Alex Labbé.
Kevin’s next race will be held at ICAR, a track on the grounds of the Mirabel airport. He is no stranger to this track as he had won the race in 2015 and came in third for the 2016 race. Although for the past years, the NASCAR series have been using the long track, for this event they will be racing on the small track.
“As a driver, I would have preferred the long track as it is easier to pass, but it will be more exciting for the fans. We will be racing in a tight pack, so there will be more competition, which will be more interesting!”
Kevin wants to thank his sponsors Bumper to Bumper, Total, Go Fast, PFC Brakes and Gates Corporation, a partnership between growing companies that represent excellency, ambition and victory. “We will make sure to win the next races and regain the championship lead,” concludes Kevin Lacroix.
About Lacroix Motorsport: Lacroix Motorsport is a race team created in 2015 from Sylvain Lacroix and Serge Bourdeau’s idea. They wanted to race for pleasure on road tracks in the Canadian NASCAR series. After Kevin Lacroix’s first two wins, and seeing his son’s potential, Sylvain decided to participate full-time in the series. Lacroix Motorsport is not only a team in the NASCAR Pinty’s, in fact, Dany Lacroix, Kevin’s brother, also races in the STCH Cup Formula Tour 1600 in Kent Class.
Lacroix Motorsport stems from an idea and passion. By creating this team, world snowmobile champion, Sylvain Lacroix has made it a family affair.
About Bumper to Bumper : The BUMPER TO BUMPER store banner is a turnkey program for auto parts wholesalers looking for complete program support, a strong brand image and a very aggressive go-to-market approach. BUMPER TO BUMPER was introduced to the Canadian Automotive Aftermarket in 1977 and entered the Uni-Select fold in 2006. Today, over 120 auto parts stores operate in Canada under the BUMPER TO BUMPER banner.