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ECKO Unlimited 100 At ICAR De Mirabel
Frustrating 2ND Place For Alex Labbé in NASCAR Pinty's Race
Mirabel, QC, July 3, 2016 - Alex Labbé finished the 30-lap ECKO Unlimited 100 race a close second, just 0.883 sec adrift of the winner, aboard the No 32 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's Barbeque Ford. After starting from pole position and dropping to second place on the second lap, then stalking the eventual winner, an untimely late-race yellow flag period scuttled his efforts to regain the lead and win the race.
After setting a new track record in qualifying, Alex Labbé was looking for a win in the 30-lap sprint race on the 3.3 km road course. The young driver from St-Albert (QC) spent the next 20 laps managing his tires and planning his pass for the lead as the leader gradually weakened. Alex knew his plan would work: "My No 32 Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's Barbeque Ford was perfect throughout the race, so I could manage my tires and make sure it was still the quickest car on the track late in the race."
The Can-AM team's race strategy was working perfectly until a yellow flag came out on lap 22, just as Alex was within two car lengths of the leader and setting up for the pass. The frustration was visible on Alex's face after the race: "I was within a lap or two of passing Andrew, so all that work to set up the pass went for naught. I was then bumped around on the lap-29 restart, protecting my second place but losing two seconds to the leader in the process. My car was still great, but with only 11 laps to go, I ran out of time to catch Andrew and get by him for the win. Second place was good for season points but not what the Can-Am team was looking for after Team Boss Dave Jacombs and his crew had given me the best car on the track."
Alex Labbé and his Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear/Lou's Barbeque No. 32 Ford will be back on track on July 16 as part of the Honda Indy Toronto event, held on the urban circuit at Toronto Exhibition Place.
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