StÃ©phane Proulx was a Canadian racing driver. He won the Canadian Formula Ford 2000 Championship in 1987 before moving into F3000. A driver with potential, he died from an HIV-related illness.
Stéphane Proulx was born in Quebec, Canada. His mother Monique was a Formula Atlantic driver in the 1970s and was one of the first women to be sponsored by a cigarette company. She gave up racing to support the career of her son, who inherited her looks and her love of speed.
Stéphane won the 1987 Canadian Formula Ford 2000 Championship driving a Reynard 87SF for the Spenard-David Racing School. In 9 races he won 6, took 3 pole positions and finished on the podium in every race.
In 1989 he made the step up to F3000, joining GA Motorsport bringing his Player's Ltd sponsorship with him. He drove a Lola T89/50 Cosworth DFV but had a difficult season adjusting to the power and to the new circuits. He finished 5th at Le Mans and finished the season 17th in the Championship with 2 points.
In 1990 he stayed in F3000 but switched to Pacific Racing. Pacific had lost their sponsorship from Philip Morris and so Stéphane's Player's Ltd funding was a welcome addition. Proulx was competitive but he failed to capitalise on it. A 12th at Donington was followed by accidens at Silverstone, Pau, Jerez, Monza and Enna-Pergusa. 10th at Hockenheim in a rare finish was followed by gearbox failure at Brands Hatch. After two more accidents at Birmingham and Le Mans, he finished 7th at Nogaro in the final round.
In 1991 he drove in the Canadian rounds of the Formula Atlantic series. He took a second in Toronto and a win in the final round in Vancouver to secure the Canadian Formula Atlantic Championship.
In 1992 he competed in five rounds of the French F3 Championship driving a Dallara F392 Alfa Romeo for Formula Project Racing.
Stéphane Proulx died in late 1993 of an HIV-related illness.