For the second road course event of the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season drivers headed back to Quebec for a new configuration at Circuit ICAR.
ICAR had been on the series’ schedule since 2011 but for 2017 edition, the series was slated to run the track with a new, counter-clockwise flow and a shorter layout. It would set the stage for an exciting battle for provincial and road course bragging rights.
In the first three events, the series had seen three different winners.
Kevin Lacroix started his season off with a win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Lacroix had seen victory at ICAR once before in 2015 and was looking to claim back-to-back road-course victories.
Alex Labbé won the first oval race of the year, at Ontario’s Delaware Speedway, in only his second full-time season. He also had a strong history at ICAR after finishing runner-up the season before.
Labbé came into round four atop the standing, a mere two points ahead of Lacroix.
Reigning series champion Cayden Lapcevich was the most recent winner of the season, having captured the checkered flag at Quebec’s Autodrome Chaudiere.
Another popular driver heading to Mirabel was defending race winner Andrew Ranger. He held the most wins at ICAR visiting Victory Lane there a total of four times: 2012-2014 and again in 2016.
While he had yet to take home a checkered flag, Ranger’s season had still been a strong one. After an intense battle in the rain at CTMP with Lacroix, Ranger settled for a runner-up finish.
Another Quebec driver, Alex Tagliani, got 2017 off to a rough start at CTMP but a runner-up finish at Delaware and a top 10 at Chaudiere gave him strong momentum heading into the fourth round.
RACING-REFERENCE: NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Circuit ICAR