A solid start to the season for Kevin Lacroix, then a disappointment at Sunset Speedway

A solid start to the season for Kevin Lacroix, then a disappointment at Sunset Speedway


Innisfil (ON), August 2, 2021 – Kevin Lacroix competed in the first two events of the NASCAR Pinty’s season last Sunday at the 1/3-mile Sunset Speedway. The Bumper to Bumper team started strong with a 4th place finish in the Frontline Workers 125.

However, Lacroix suffered a mechanical issue around lap 30 of the night’s second event, the General Tire 125, which ended his race prematurely. The driver of the #74 Bumper to Bumper<https://www.bumpertobumper.ca/en/>  / Lacroix Tuning<https://www.lacroixtuning.com/home> car.
car had set the fastest time in practice earlier on Sunday and then the 5th place in the qualifying session.
“It was going very well in practice, but I missed my shot in qualifying, which explains my 5th place,” said Kevin Lacroix.

Frontline Workers 125 Race Recap

It was an action-packed 125-lap race at all levels. Kevin Lacroix fought hard with the drivers around him in the first half of the race, staying between 7th and 5th position. These battles slowed down his ascent as he was caught in traffic as the train of cars was very tight. However, after a mid-race restart, Lacroix worked his way to the top of the pack, narrowly avoiding a car that went off the track.

Lacroix battled with Andrew Ranger, Treyton Lapcevich and Peter Shepherd III, all of whom were hoping for the lead. He finished the race in 4th place as he battled with Alex Tagliani.

“The race went well, except that I was stuck in traffic, so it was hard to pass other drivers,” explained Lacroix. “When I was passing, there was often a caution, so I would lose the place I had gained. However, when I finally got to the front of the pack, everything was fine, and the speed was there,” he concluded.

General Tire 125 Race Recap

Kevin Lacroix started from the 7th place for the second and last race of the night. Once again, the St-Eustache native was caught in traffic but managed to pull away and move up the field.

The driver explains that “I was once again caught in traffic, but everything was going well. It took a few laps to pass Alex Tagliani; we were side by side for a while. However, when I was able to finalize my pass, I was able to go faster, and I was moving up on the top four. However, my race ended on lap 30 because of a mechanical failure. It was not our day!

Kevin Lacroix remains confident for the next race, which will be on August 15, in the streets of Trois-Rivières; “I have always been very comfortable at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, so I hope to finish on the podium, and even win the race. It will be nice to see the fans in the stands, and I’m especially looking forward to seeing all the guests wearing red Bumper to Bumper shirts to cheer on our team!

The Frontline Workers 125 will be broadcast on TSN on Sunday, August 8 at 1 pm, and on RDS2 on Friday, August 13 at 9:30 pm. The General Tire 125 will air on August 15 at 11 am on TSN and on Monday, August 23 at 7 pm on RDS 2.

Kevin Lacroix aims for the title and nothing less in NASCAR Pinty’s series.

Kevin Lacroix aims for the title and nothing less in NASCAR Pinty’s series.

 

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St-Eustache (QC), July 29, 2021 – Kevin Lacroix and the Bumper to Bumper crew are headed to Sunset Speedway, Ontario, for the first NASCAR Pinty’s event of the season this weekend!

Kevin Lacroix is looking forward to the first two events of the season on Sunday, August 1st, at Sunset Speedway, an oval located in Innisfil, just outside of Toronto.

Lacroix is familiar with the 1/3 mile track as he competed there for two races last year during the shortened NASCAR Pinty’s season. He tested at Sunset Speedway earlier this summer in preparation for the event, which will feature two races; the Frontline Workers 125 and the General Tire 125.

“The season started later than expected due to health measures in some provinces, which gave us more time to prepare,” said Kevin Lacroix, who will be driving the The #74 Bumper to Bumper  / Lacroix Tuning car.

 

“It also gave me time to practice on the simulator, I see it as a very good practice, and I’ve been doing a lot of that since the pandemic started.”

Kevin Lacroix is approaching this season wisely; he will focus on consistency rather than wins to get his first title in the Canadian NASCAR series. “The important thing this season will be to have a consistent pace to make sure we get points. Last year I was very close to the title, but a mistake in the first race decided my fate in the championship.”

Indeed, the level of drivers in this series is extremely strong, which will provide an additional challenge this season. However, Lacroix is confident in his team and his cars; “we made some good changes to the car we use on the road courses which gave us some speed, so I have all the elements to fight at the front of the field.”

Once again, Bumper to Bumper will be Kevin Lacroix’s main partner this year, in addition to Lacroix Tuning; “this season especially, I want to thank Bumper to Bumper for supporting me even though the economic situation is less than ideal. I am also thrilled to announce that we will have a new sponsor for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Stay tuned as we will be making the announcement very soon!”

Sunday’s first event, the Frontline Workers 125, will be presented at 4:50 pm, and the General Tire 125 will be at 6:30 pm. Live timing and highlights can be found at nascar.ca/race-center/ and on the series’ social media channels. Both races will be broadcast on RDS and TSN.

A 4th Place Finish and Valuable Points for Justin Di Benedetto at Circuit Mont-Tremblant

A 4th Place Finish and Valuable Points for Justin Di Benedetto at Circuit Mont-Tremblant

A 4th Place Finish and Valuable Points for Justin Di Benedetto at Circuit Mont-Tremblant

 

Mont-Tremblant (QC), July 26, 2021 – Di Benedetto Racing travelled to the Laurentians region in the province of Québec for the second round of the Sentra Cup. Circuit Mont-Tremblant was the host of two action-packed races that saw driver Justin Di Benedetto finish 6th and 4th.

 

Justin Di Benedetto was no stranger to Circuit Mont-Tremblant as he had raced on this track last season in the Micra Cup. He didn’t lose time getting used to the track again, setting flying laps during the practice sessions. When it came time to qualify, Justin set the 4th fastest lap time on Saturday and Sunday morning, putting the #4 Wondr Gaming Nissan Sentra on the second row for both races.

 

Saturday’s race was full of action as the field proved to be highly competitive once more. “Race 1 started pretty well,” explains Justin Di Benedetto. “I qualified 4th, which set us to start on the outside row. When the green flag came down, I lost a little bit of ground compared to cars on the inside row. I was running in 5th place trying to pass a few cars, so I lost time there, and I also lost the opportunity to catch up with the lead pack.”

 

“The pace was very strong throughout the race; the crew gave me an excellent car that I feel I could have put on the podium if it wasn’t for the time lost fighting my way back up. In the end, I finished 6th, which is a strong result for points towards the championship.”

 

Sunday’s race was slightly different for Justin as competitors were more eager to get a spot on the podium. “I started 4th, on the outside row once again. I had a good initial getaway, but I had to deal with a few drivers who started from the back of the field that were charging their way through, and I ended up 5th or 6th. Everything went well until a driver made an over-ambitious move in Turn 12, resulting in pretty heavy contact in the left rear side of the car. I lost quite a few positions from that but the contact ended up causing an ABS issue for the remainder of the race, which made the car extremely hard to drive.”

 

Although Justin crossed the line in 6th place, penalties were applied after the race, putting Justin in 4th place. “It was unfortunate. I feel Sunday’s race could have gone a lot better. The pace was there, but I had to manage the ABS issue, causing me a lot of time. However, I am happy with the points scored this weekend. Now it’s a matter of recovering and keep going forward.”

 

Justin is now 7th in the Championship standings, with 121 points, only 5 points away from 5th place. The Sentra Cup is headed to the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in three weeks, on August 13,14 and 15. At one time or another, some of the best drivers raced at this mythical event in the streets of Trois-Rivières. Like Formula 1 Champion James Hunt, who raced there in 1976 in the Formula Atlantic series, he came in 2nd, beat by future star Gilles Villeneuve who got a shot in Formula 1 after James Hunt praised his driving skills to McLaren Cosworth.

 

Joining Wondr Gaming on Di Benedetto Racing’s Nissan Sentra; Drone Delivery Canada, Danavation Technologies, Nugen Medical Devices, Launch Capital, Irwin Lowy LLP, Hybrid Financial, Canaccord Genuity – The Polonoski Team, Whitecap Canada, Rentex Realty, KJ Harrison Investors, Air Canada Cargo, First Canadian Capital, Buzbuzian Capital Corp., Cormark Securities, Lynwood Capital, D&B Accountants, Humphries Planning Group, Channel 13, Sussex Strategy, Marrelli Support Services, Ventresca Travel and Grazie Ristorante.  

 

Technical Partners include; SPI Racing, Ultraray Motorsports, Wrap Werks and Kevin Glover Racing.

 

Follow Justin Di Benedetto and Di Benedetto Racing on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or through their website: https://www.dibenedettoracing.com/

 

Nissan Sentra Cup Calendar

June 25- 27 : Races 1 & 2 – Shannonville

July 23 – 25 : Races 2 & 3 – Circuit Mont-Tremblant

August 13 – 15: Races 4 & 5 – Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

August 27 – 29: Races 6 & 7 – Circuit ICAR

September 3 – 5 : Races 8 & 9 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Septembre 23 – 26: Races 11 & 12 – Circuit Mont-Tremblant

Kyle Marcelli to Race Road Courses for Jacombs Racing

Kyle Marcelli to Race Road Courses for Jacombs Racing

Hamilton, ON — Canadian sports car ace Kyle Marcelli will make his NASCAR Pinty’s Series debut with Jacombs Racing. Marcelli is confirmed for the four (4) road course events on the schedule beginning with the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on August 15, followed by Circuit ICAR on August 28 and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park double-header September 4-5.

The reigning IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GT4 Champion and 2019 SRO GT World Challenge GT3 Champion is eager to make his stock car debut.

“This has been a long time coming”, says Marcelli. “I’ve been looking to try my hand at stock car racing for a few years, specifically the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, but my full-time sports car programs have always had too many schedule conflicts.”

“On top of that, finding sponsorship is a difficult task. However, I know that the talent and determination in teaming up with Jacombs Racing has the potential to produce big results. We are continuing our search for sponsors while preparing for a first-class run. I’m grateful to Dave Jacombs for having confidence in me and for providing the opportunity to show what we can do,”Marcelli continued.

Jacombs Racing, a three-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship winning team, has campaigned cars for many open-wheel and sports car drivers as they transitioned to stock car racing including; former series champions Andrew Ranger and Alex Labbe, as well as others including, Patrick Carpentier and Jacques Villeneuve.

“I am very excited to have a driver the calibre of Kyle in our car, we are looking forward to this being the start of a long-term relationship and working towards competing for a championship in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.” Said Dave Jacombs.

“We have every confidence that we can offer additional sponsors a dynamic and successful program.” Jacombs continued.

Race Recap from The #6hrsoftheglen Weekend at @WGI 2021

Race Recap from The #6hrsoftheglen Weekend at @WGI 2021

Race round up from the weekend at Watkins Glen International.
Positions shown are for in class only.
 
IMSA LMP2
4th #8 John Farano Tower Motorsport
IMSA GTLM
2nd #24 Bruno Spengler BMW Team RLL
IMSA GTD
7th #9 Zacharie Robichon Pfaff Motorsports
3rd #23 Roman De Angelis Heart of Racing
5th #28 Daniel Morad Alegra Motorsports
14th #75 Mikael Grenier Sun Energy 1
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS
14th #13 Kuno Wittmer/Orey Fidani AWA
23rd #83 James Vance FASTMD RACING
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR
10th #33 – 10th Mark Wilkins Bryan Herta Autosport
13th # 88 – 13th Karl Wittmer VGMC Racing,LLC
Porsche Carrera Cup
7th/6th #9 Parker Thompson JDX Racing
7th/7th #69 Thomas Collingwood BGB Motorsports