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February 22, 2012
Driver News: Jesse Lazare Victorious at Homestead
 

Jesse Lazare earned his first Senior Max win in Homestead (Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)
Jesse Lazare earned his first Senior Max win in Homestead
(Photo: Cody Schindel - Autosports Media Group)

Canadian Jesse Lazare was back in action last weekend at Homestead Karting for the third Rotax Max Challenge event of the 2012 Formula Kart Production's Florida Winter Tour, presented by SPORTALITY. Lazare backed up his impressive pace of the first two rounds by taking a win in Saturday's round three - it was the first Rotax Max Senior win of his career.

"I am really happy that all the hard work that Steve [Chapman] and I have put in over the winter is starting to pay off," and excited Lazare said after the win. "We made just a small change from the pre-final and that made all the difference in the final."

Lazare only had a short time to celebrate the win as he was back in action on Sunday's round four. Again, Lazare qualified third and set about moving up as soon as the pre-final got underway.

"I just got clipped and knocked the chain off and I was done," Lazare said of the pre-final finish that would place him 34th on the starting grid for the final.

At the start of the final, Lazare started to move up before being involved in an accident that caused a red flag stoppage of the race. Chapman moved quickly to replace the bent axle so Lazare to take his place in the complete restart of the final. What followed was is now becoming a classic Lazare drive as he carved his way through the field to finish a solid ninth, and recorded the fastest race lap.

"There was some confusion during the stoppage as to whether we could work on the kart or not," Lazare said. "Steve did a great job to get it ready, but at the end, the officials took our points away for working on the kart before the restart. It was frustrating, but that is racing sometimes," Lazare added.

The disappointment of Sunday didn't overshadow the win on Saturday according to Chapman. "Jesse did a brilliant job against very, very tough competition. I think he earned a lot of respect this weekend, and that will take him far as we progress deeper into the season. He drove very well this weekend and we are both looking forward to the next race."
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