TAMPA – Vincent Lecavalier
grew up watching and loving Formula One racing. On a recent off-day, the Tampa Bay Lightning team captain and NHL All-Star got to fulfill his lifelong dream when he got behind the wheel of a Formula 2000 race car for the very first time.
Sun Sports will present a two-part feature on his unique experience during pre-game and second intermission during Tuesday’s (Thrashers @ Lightning, 7pm pre-game) and Thursday’s (Maple Leafs @ Lightning, 7pm pre-game) telecasts this week.
Skip Barber Racing School hosted Lecavalier at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL, for a special course. Based on that one-day course and his prior driver’s school experience with his Ferrari, he became a graduate of the school and became eligible to apply for a SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) regional racing license.
Sun Sports’ cameras were there the entire time producing the two-part feature to share with fans this week. Part one will show Vinny arriving and getting acquainted with the race car and the track. Viewers will see his classroom and in-car instruction with his first chance to drive the car in an enclosed, coned-in autocross track. Part two will show Vinny’s chance to take the car onto the Sebring race track where he first follows an instructor and then gets to open it up for a thrilling experience he says he’ll never forget. The second part ends with a typical Skip Barber graduation ceremony.
The car Vinny drove was an RT Formula 2000 from Skip Barber - a Dodge 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine with 140hp, weighing less than 1000 lbs.