Lacroix Dominates for First Toronto Victory
Celebrates Third Pinty’s Road Course Win of 2017
By Alex Gallacher (NASCARHomeTracks.com) –Toronto, Ont — It only took Kevin Lacroix seven laps to get the lead, once he got there he didn’t look back.
The 28-year-old driver from Saint- Eustache, Quebec, held off hard charges from Marc- Antoine Camirand, LP Dumoulin and Adam Andretti to win the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto Sunday at Exhibition Place.
This race win was Lacroix’s second consecutive win following his win at Quebec’s Circuit ICAR last week. This marked the championship points leader’s third win of the season, extending his points lead over Alex Labbe by 13 points. Lacroix nearly lost his lead to Camirand with six laps to go when the St. Leonard d’Aston, Quebec, native hit the wall forcing a late race yellow. Lacroix then continued his dominating performance holding off LP Dumoulin and Andretti to claim his first victory in Toronto.
LP Dumoulin picked up his best finish of 2017 finishing second. Adam Andretti finished third and became the first American to sit on the podium since Jason Bowles in 2010.
Alex Labbe finished in fourth, while JF Dumoulin ended up fifth notching his first top five since CTMP in 2015. DJ Kennington came home sixth followed by Cayden Lapcevich in seventh.
Anthony Simone brought his car home eighth while the father/son duo of Gary and Peter Klutt rounded out the top ten finishers.
Polesitter Andrew Ranger limped home in 15th after an early run in with Alex Tagliani. Tagliani went on to finish 14th.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series heads west to Wyant Group Raceway for the Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin 100s presented by Bayer on July 26th.