Inspired by rally driver Michéle Mouton, drag racer Shirley Muldowney, Indy car racer Lyn St. James and stunt driver Debbie Evans, Lea always wondered, "What If?" The question led her to the track in 1993, where since 1995, Lea has been a top competitor in several genres of racing. Early on, it was racing production sports cars in the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Championship, SCCA National Competition and Valvoline Championship Runoffs, the ESPN2 PPG Neon Challenge ProRacing Series, and the Longest Night 24 Hour Endurance Race. More recently, she's been racing sports cars in endurance natured race events including the Tire Rack One Lap of America, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Rally America, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, World Racing League and NASA Enduro Races.
Year round you can find Lea working for premiere automotive and motorsports companies around the country sharing her driving skills, inspiring men and women alike through instruction, demonstration driving and public speaking. Croteau's name is on the staff list of several elite driving and racing businesses including: Bridgestone Winter Driving School, Skip Barber Racing School, BMW Performance Center, Ford Performance Racing School, and Porsche Sport Driving School. She was also a select member of the PPG Pace Car Team for the PPG CART/Indy Car Series, and the Marlboro Mustang Hot Laps Drift Team. On top of all that Lea has two decades of experience at The Bridgestone Winter Driving School, most as lead instructor. Her outstanding skill? It's as a low friction and ice-driving specialist–Dirt, Wet Pavement, Snow or Ice...or just ask her to drift a car on dry pavement.
In recent years, Lea's driving can be seen on-camera as a stunt driver, double, and actor for film, television, and commercials. You've probably seen her in the movie Need For Speed; the television series NCIS New Orleans; and numerous television commercials for Audi, BMW, Cadillac, DodgeRam, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Mazda, and Sprint. You can also view her driving in four editions of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School The Fastest Ride on Ice videos. She also has been lucky enough to share her passion for all things driving in a wide array of media outlets including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Outdoor Channel, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, GoRacingTV (reporter), USAToday, WSJ, SpeedNews, Grassroots Motorsports, MoparNews, Automobile, and AutoWeek.
In a daily act of gratitude to those who helped along the way and continue to inspire Lea, her mission in life is to share what's she's learned behind the wheel, to keep learning, and inspire anyone who thinks "they can't" into someone "who can."
SCCA Series Regional / National / Pro Racer
Valvoline National Championship Runoffs Competitor
Scholarship winner of Lyn St. James Driver Development Program
PPG IndyCar/CART Pace Car Team Driver
Several time 24+ Hour Endurance Podium Race Driver
Five time Podium Finisher Tire Rack One Lap of America
Rally America Championship and Podium Co-Driver
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Competitor
Taurus World Stunt Awards Nominee