Toronto (ON) (July 16, 2018) – Kevin Lacroix was unlucky during the Pinty’s Grand Prix Toronto, held during the Toronto Indy weekend. The urban track was not meant to be for the Saint-Eustache native as he retires from the NASCAR Pinty’s race.
During qualifying, Lacroix scored great lap times, but a miscalculation from the driver resulted in a crash, destroying the #74 Bumper to Bumper/ Total, Gates/ Go Fast/ PFC Brakes car. Lacroix was taken to the track medical center but was released shortly after.
The Bumper to Bumper team didn’t lose their spirit and turned to Scott Steckly’s team who had a spare car. The team worked all night to get the Chevrolet ready for Saturday’s race. The car was not up to the team’s standard, but considering the turn of events, it was satisfying enough. Because of his crash during qualifying, Kevin started the race from the back of the field.During the first lap, Lacroix’s bad luck wasn’t over as he suffered a punctured tire, which caused him to pit early. A few laps later, it was a mechanical failure which was caused by a problem in a cylinder. With the car being less powerful than the other ones on the track, Lacroix stopped on pit road once again, but this time to fix the mechanical issue.
Back on the tack with a competitive car, Lacroix set the same time as the leaders. Hoping for a Top 5-finish rather than a podium, Lacroix was running in 7th place in the last few laps before a caution flag came out.
At the restart on the 30th lap, he suffered yet again another puncture, preventing him from finishing the race.
“It’s definitely a weekend to forget,” shared Kevin. “After Friday’s accident, we were lucky to find another car, but it wasn’t set to my liking. It is not easy to take an unknown car and to do a race with it without extensive work and testing. Back home we will do private testing to put the car up to my standards.”
Kevin is now 7th in the Driver’s Championship, 22 points behind the current leader.
The Pinty’s Grand Prix Toronto will air on TSN on Saturday, July 21st at 1:30 p.m., and on RDS on Tuesday, July 31st at 10:30 p.m.
“It’s a slow start to the 2018 season, but I do not doubt that from now on it will get better.”
2018 Calendar :
Clarington 200 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:May 20th 5th
Rankin 200 – Jukasa Motor Speedway June 16: 1st
Autodrome Chaudière: June 30th 16th (DNF)
Pinty’s Grand Prix Toronto – Exhibition Place: July 14 16th (DNF)
Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 125s – Wyant Group Raceway: July 25th
LUXXUR 300 presented by Bayer – Edmonton International Raceway: July 28
Les 50 Tours Can-Am – Circuit Trois-Rivières: August 12
Bumper to Bumper 300 – Riverside International Speedway: August 18
TOTAL Energy 200 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park: August 26
Lucas Oil 250- Autodrome St-Eustache: September 8 – –
New Hampshire Motor Speedway: September 22
Pinty’s Fall Brawl – Jukasa Motor Speedway: September 29
To follow Kevin Lacroix during the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s season
Photo Credit: Ryan Dupont
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.