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Andre Lafond is an African American racing driver, racing with Low Dempsey Racing in the 2021 BRSCC Formula Ford Championship.

Starting in 2018, the New Jersey native has not slowed down. Lafond is 100% focused on progressing his racing. An all around athlete, Lafond is currently active in martial arts and leverages his discipline / focus while competing on the track. Lafond’s approach to racing is analytical making him a fierce and fair competitor. He is at home on the track and aspires to progress to the highest levels of motorsports.  

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Andre Lafond is an African American racing driver, racing with Low Dempsey Racing in the 2021 BRSCC Formula Ford Championship.

Starting in 2018, the New Jersey native has not slowed down. Lafond is 100% focused on progressing his racing. An all around athlete, Lafond is currently active in martial arts and leverages his discipline / focus while competing on the track. Lafond’s approach to racing is analytical making him a fierce and fair competitor. He is at home on the track and aspires to progress to the highest levels of motorsports.  

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Career

2020

Due to Covid-19, the prior half of the racing season was cut off. But Andre used this new surplus of time to better prepare himself for the upcoming races. This season contained his first ever national races. Despite the step up in competition and the inexperience in the new class, after driving through the field Andre earned a top ten finish, (6th), at WKA grand nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The following national event was the Rotax Stars and Stripes race at Lafayette Motorsports Park. In his first time ever at that track, Andre was on the road to a podium finish in an extremely competitive field, when a mechanical failure ended his weekend early. The following race was at United Karting at BWI. Andre spent the entire weekend in the top 5 and avoided the early lap contact and stayed consistent to hold position. The final round of the Rotax Stars and Stripes series was at Oakland Valley Race Park, a track with a very strong local scene. Despite it being Andre’s first time at the track, he qualified third place in an extremely close field, with the difference between third place and eleventh place being less than 3 tenths of a second. Ultimately finishing in fourth place, separated from third by 3 tenths at the line. The following race at New Jersey Motorsports park, Andre was consistently posting some of the fastest times of the day all throughout Saturday practice. On Sunday the track conditions changed drastically as it started raining heavily throughout the day. Andre Qualified on pole by 7 tenths and led every lap as he drove to victory with an eleven second gap to second place, lapping every driver below 5th place. The final race of the season was at Raceway Park, Englishtown, where Andre qualified fourth and finished third after battling for second place despite a chassis that was on its last legs. Andre also ran several races in the NJ State Championship when not competing in other series, placing 3rd overall at the end of the season.

2019

The following year, Andre moved up into TAG senior. Despite the larger challenges that came with the senior division, his first race win came after a dominant performance in the rain, winning with a 10 second gap to second place. Later in the season he won his second race, qualifying on pole and leading every lap of the pre-final and final. Despite fighting against an underperforming engine for the season, Andre was the highest placed Rotax only kart in the championship, securing top five.

2018

Andre started racing in 2018, at the age of 16, driving TAG junior karts in the New Jersey state championship. During the first season he finished on the podium in every race with the exception of two. He succeeded in securing third place in the championship. 

2021

This past January Andre concluded a very successful test with Team Pelfrey in a F1600 car. Despite missing 2 sessions due to engine issues, Andre managed to clock in over 200 laps in two days, more than any other driver in the test. Given that this was his first time in a F1600 car, Andre was pleasantly surprised when Geoff Bushor (Team Manager) expressed his confidence that he could run at the front and compete for podiums straight away. Unfortunately the final seat on the team was taken shortly after the test. So Geoff Bushor of Team Pelfrey recommended Andre to Andy Low of Low Dempsey Racing in the U.K. A Formula Ford team competing in the British Nationals. Andre was accepted by the team shortly thereafter. But in order to race in the U.K. Andre needed to do five FIA-ACCUS sanctioned races to get the FIA license necessary to compete overseas. The best way forward was to race Spec Miata at the SCCA Majors. Despite learning how to drive stick on the practice day before the race, Andre was top 20 in his first race weekend. The second race weekend, taking place at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Texas, Andre finished 14th in a 41 car Field. Thus completing all the needed races as he ran 2 classes in the first weekend. After completing the mandatory quarantine in the U.K. Andre completed a very successful test at Donington Park with Low Dempsey Racing. Showing strong pace in the test, despite it being Andre’s first time driving the car in the dry.

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2020

Due to Covid-19, the prior half of the racing season was cut off. But Andre used this new surplus of time to better prepare himself for the upcoming races. This season contained his first ever national races. Despite the step up in competition and the inexperience in the new class, after driving through the field Andre earned a top ten finish, (6th), at WKA grand nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The following national event was the Rotax Stars and Stripes race at Lafayette Motorsports Park. In his first time ever at that track, Andre was on the road to a podium finish in an extremely competitive field, when a mechanical failure ended his weekend early. The following race was at United Karting at BWI. Andre spent the entire weekend in the top 5 and avoided the early lap contact and stayed consistent to hold position. The final round of the Rotax Stars and Stripes series was at Oakland Valley Race Park, a track with a very strong local scene. Despite it being Andre’s first time at the track, he qualified third place in an extremely close field, with the difference between third place and eleventh place being less than 3 tenths of a second. Ultimately finishing in fourth place, separated from third by 3 tenths at the line. The following race at New Jersey Motorsports park, Andre was consistently posting some of the fastest times of the day all throughout Saturday practice. On Sunday the track conditions changed drastically as it started raining heavily throughout the day. Andre Qualified on pole by 7 tenths and led every lap as he drove to victory with an eleven second gap to second place, lapping every driver below 5th place. The final race of the season was at Raceway Park ,Englishtown, where Andre qualified fourth and finished third after battling for second place despite a chassis that was on its last legs. Andre also ran several races in the NJ State Championship when not competing in other series, placing 3rd overall at the end of the season.

2019

The following year, Andre moved up into TAG senior. Despite the larger challenges that came with the senior division, his first race win came after a dominant performance in the rain, winning with a 10 second gap to second place. Later in the season he won his second race, qualifying on pole and leading every lap of the pre-final and final. Despite fighting against an underperforming engine for the season, Andre was the highest placed Rotax only kart in the championship, securing top five.

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