The new configuration at Circuit ICAR would bring more sparks and hotter battles at the Quebec track, giving fans an unprecedented fight for the win.
With two laps to go J.F. Dumoulin and Elie Arseneau each had separate issues that caused them to fall off the pace and bring out the caution.
Heading into NASCAR overtime, Marc-Antoine Camirand led the field with Alex Tagliani on his outside. Major contact among the top five in the hairpin – right past the start/finish line would shake up the leader board and let Kevin Lacroix and Andrew Ranger move to the front.
Coming into Turns 6 and 7 on the final lap, Ranger gave multiple attempts at a bump-and-run but could not dislodge Lacroix from the lead. He would pilot the No. 74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/Gates/Go Fast Dodge to the win in the 2017 Ecko Unlimited 75 with a gap of .114 seconds.
"Just give me one more good lap"
– NASCAR Pinty’s Series (@NASCARPintys) April 28, 2020
"It was quite a tough battle, I’d say. I had some braking issues," explained Lacroix. "I know I didn’t get any more friends today but you still need to celebrate when you win."
"But it’s good for our fans and good for the show and I’m happy for the points."
Ranger mirrored Lacroix’s thoughts on the finish.
"We had a bing bang with the 74, but I think it was good for the show," said Ranger. "People like it and we have a pretty good second position."
Marc Antoine Camirand would finish in third, rounding out the podium after leading 13 laps, in his first start of the 2017 season.
Pole sitter Alex Tagliani finished fourth after leading 61 laps and enduring multiple battles for position with Alex Labbé, who finish behind him in fifth.
Despite a decent starting position, defending series champion, Cayden Lapcevich’s day hadn’t gone as planned. The No. 76 Fastline Motorsports Dodge would be forced to retire due to suspension issues and finish in 16th.
RACING-REFERENCE: 2017 Ecko Unlimited 75 at ICAR Results
Lacroix would come close to sweeping the road courses in 2017. He would go back-to-back, winning the next race on the street course in Toronto and taking the checkered flag at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park again.
Tagliani was the only other driver to win on a road course that season, claiming his first win at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Labbé would win a total of five times in 2017, putting him in a solid position for his first championship with Lacroix following closely behind.
A major turning point in the season would come between the two drivers at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway.
Lacroix would be penalized for a post-race incident with Labbé after he was bumped out of the lead in the final turn. Labbé would go on to claim the 2017 NASCAR Pinty’s Series championship at Jukasa Motor Speedway by 16 points over Lacroix.
The 2017 would be the only full season that Ranger went winless. While he took home multiple top-five finishes including a podium at CTMP and a runner-up finish at GP3R, he still finished the season seventh in points.
Lapcevich would pick up two more wins that season at Saskatoon and the season finale at Jukasa, finishing third in the standings.
Circuit ICAR would leave the schedule for the 2018 and 2019 seasons but would appear on the schedule again for 2020. The venue is also developing an oval track at its facilities for future seasons.