After several years spent in single-seater racing in series such as Formula BMW, Formula Mazda, Indy Lights, and more recently in the Verizon Indycar series with KV Racing Technology as reserve driver, Mikael Grenier is returning to his roots for the beginning of 2015 and will participate in the biggest winter karting champinship, the Florida Winter Tour. Mikael still retains the objective of a full time seat in IndyCar series but the budget restrictions prevents him from taking part in as much track time as he would like. Karting was a very natural choice.
Mikael Grenier will use this winter to store more track time to continue to develop his driving skills while his game plan remains the Indycar series. Having spent most of his career in karting with Alexandre Louet instructor, mentor and trainer, he is going to find his team he has had the most career success. Mikael will be driving a CRG DD2-Rotax with his mechanic Steve Pinet. He will benefit from the structure overseen by Alexandre Louet as crew chief with the young driver of Saint Raymond (Quebec) Christophe Paquet as his team mate. Vice Champion of Eastern Canada, 2014, freshly income Rotax World Championship 2014 held in Valencia Spain.
Mikael is more than happy to work again with his former team.
“I started my career in karting and i always took great pleasure at the wheel of a kart. Even during the last few season racing Formula Car, I always kept driving karts at KCR karting close to my home in Quebec city. To have the opportunity to participate in the Florida Winter Tour championship in 2015 with Steve Pinet my mechanic and Alex Louet is a nice Christmas gift. I hope that together we can achieve good performance. One thing is certain, I am totally confident with the people who are around me and I am looking forward to work with Christophe as well.”
Alexandre Louet, director of KCR Karting, is delighted with this new project.
“I always liked working with Mikael at karting track, we had a very good relationship when we worked together and he always showed me his willingness to perform. Following the Dubai World Championship in 2007, our paths have separated but I always followed his career and stayed in touch with him. When he told me about his project for the 2015 winter, i did not hesitate to accpet working at his side again, I’m excited to return to the track with him. Furthermore his experience in Formula Car allowed him to evolve and develop new forces. Having Mikael in the team will also be an asset to Christophe Paquet, who will benefit from the experience of Mikael either physically, mentally or on track.”