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Lea Croteau

Type of Racing: Sports Car

Race Series: 24 Hours of Le Mons

Introduction: In 1993, Lea Croteau (additionally known as Bartlett) was attending and instructing for most of the Audi Quattro Club events across the country. Her favorite Audis were the '83 Turbo Coupe Quattro and wagons. At the Summit Point Raceway Quattro Club event, she was introduced to the instructing staff there and began teaching for several of their schools, including the Terrorist Evasion Program. While helping others experience the limit of their vehicles, she got her SCCA competition license and began racing in 1995 in Showroom Stock C in a Mazda Proteg

In Lea's rookie year, she was runner up in the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Championship, with four podium finishes in six races. Eager to join the national ranks of competition in 1996, Lea got into a competitive Dodge Neon and achieved success over the next three years with over 20 top five finishes, with 10 on the podium. During the height of the Neon's success in SCCA National competition, the birth of the ESPN2 ProSCCA Neon Challenge gave Lea and many others the opportunity to race in a professional series with television coverage. Lea's best finish was at Lime Rock Raceway, after a tight battle with Jeff Altenburg with him taking 3rd and Lea in 4th place.

In addition to racing in the Neon Challenge, Lea continued to race nationally and earn her way into the annual SCCA Valvoline Championship Runoffs each year. 1997 was a banner year with Lea being awarded the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program Scholarship at the Runoffs.

Additionally, Lea was awarded an invitation to try out for the PPG Pace Car Team. Lea set out to Firebird Raceway in Arizona during the winter in 1998 to try out and was informed shortly afterwards that she made it!!

As one of the newest members of the PPG Pace Car Team, Lea travelled with the CART series across the country and continued racing. She raced in the Northeast Division of the SCCA, where fields comprise of 40 cars or more on track. She enjoyed the competition though, finishing annually in the top 10. In 1999, Lea finished 5th in the Championship--her best ever.

At the end of 1999, Lea and 5 other women drivers raced a Spec Racer Ford in the "The Longest Night" New Year's Eve 24 Hour Race at Moroso Motorsports Park in Florida. The all women team ran the SRF up to a third place in class at one point!

The year 2000 was one of change for Lea, as she packed up that summer and left the east coast and headed west to Colorado to follow-up on a longtime dream, to work at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School. Lea was additionally coaching nationally for Skip Barber Racing School and for the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience, while traveling extensively as a PPG Pace Car Driver.

2001 saw Lea getting back into a racecar with the KML and Motion Dynamics Team. Her car was a Spec Racer Ford, she campaigned in the northeast national SCCA. In her first year, she finished 11th in a division of 70 plus national drivers, with four top ten finishes (with one 4th place). The highlight of her season was a top ten finish in her first SCCA ProRacing SRF event. To finish up 2001, she and three other drivers competed in the 2000 "Longest Night" 24 Hour Race at Moroso, where they finished 5th in class and 13th overall.

Most of the time, Lea can be found driving and coaching. She has worked as an instructor for a variety of automotive event companies introducing new products and technology while coaching future racers, consumers, government personnel, sales professionals and the media. In her 7 years working at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, Lea is not a stranger to driving sideways on ice. With this specialized talent, she has also worked several years for the Marlboro Racing School, as one of their drivers, drifting modified '06 Mustang V-6s for the school's guests.

While traveling the country as a driver, in 2004, Lea set off to go back to school and get her BA in Industrial Design.

2007 sees Lea graduate with her BA and most importantly, get into a racecar again! In the fast growing race series, the 24 Hours of LeMons, Lea once again joined her KML Race Team to compete at Altamont Raceway in California. The KML team comprised of 6 drivers and one, slightly dilapidated Toyota Camry, that suffered several setbacks during the race. The KML team rallied though and finished the race in 60th place and completing 350+ laps.

Current Season: Currently Lea is looking for a team! She is eager to race, but in the meantime, is going back to school studying Industrial Design

Racing Goals: Lea's goals are to keep racing and driving. With endurance and road racing experience, Lea believes that she would benefit any team in any situation

Personal: Lea lives in Colorado near her parents. Her hobbies include skiing, biking, sailing--anything FAST!!

Special Thanks to: Lea would like to thank her dad, KML Racing, Motion Dynamics, Summit Point Raceway, Daimler-Chrysler, Kuhmo, the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, and many, many other friends and family that have given their support

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Lea Croteau

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Lea Croteau