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A TWIST-FILLED RACE FOR JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUMOULIN

july 30, 2017

At the wheel of the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car, Jean-François Dumoulin was expecting a completely different outcome yesterday, on the circuit of the Edmonton International Raceway (Alberta). During a pit stop made in the first third of the race due to a small incident, the team has made a change to the suspension settings, among other things. The results of this change have been positive, since Jean-François Dumoulin was able to cover the last 150 laps of the race at an interesting rhythm.

Following the practice session, Jean-François Dumoulin was hoping to benefit from improvements made to the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car (understeering on corner entry, and oversteering on exiting) for the qualification, while keeping efficient settings for the race (300 laps) and long relays. "We've made multiple changes for the qualifiers, though this didn't change the car's behavior."

Qualifying is done on new tires that the driver will also start the race on. On a short track (13- to 14-second laps) such as this one, drivers take one or two laps to get the tires up to operating temperature (and thus pressure) and then go all-out for one or two (The maximum allowed) timed laps to set their quickest time and get off the track. Qualified in sixteenth place, the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA team has chosen safer settings for the race (significant changes to tire pressures, weight distribution and stagger).

"Between Saskatoon and Edmonton, the team has proceeded with a general verification of the electrical system and fuel supply. However, problems occurred again during the race. We will relocate power lines and other modifications in order the ensure strong performance for the next oval track race (Antigonish, Nova-Scotia, 19 août 2017). It's encouraging, since the second half of the race allowed me to match the times of the leaders. Believe me, we'll be ready for Trois-Rivières", explains Jean-François Dumoulin.

Home sweet home: Trois-Rivières Grand Prix - The Can-Am 50 tours (Trois-Rivières, Québec)

Here we are! It is with great pride that the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA team will present themselves at the mythical event which is the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix, on the August 12-13 weekend. This race always holds special importance for the Dumoulin brothers, as it takes place in their native town, imprinted with memories and success.

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Photo : Matthew Murnaghan

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  • Full aluminum radiator, using optimal balanced material thickness to minimize weight.
  • Heavy gauge tubes for increased durability.
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  • The oil cooler, also made of aluminum, is incorporated in the radiator's tank, eliminating any additional weight, as well as extra hoses and connections, which frees up space under the hood of the car.
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  • Robust installation of the radiator on the shroud, using quick connectors as used in planes and high-performance race cars.
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  • A universal connection inlet port offering painless customization of the coolant hose circuit, based on each racing team's needs.
  • Radiator vent relocation to avoid damages in the event of a light frontal collision

ABOUT PARTNERS

Spectra Premium Industries is a privately held company headquartered in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada. Spectra Premium is a team of more than 1,300 dedicated employees that specializes in auto parts manufacturing and distribution. The Company owns and operates four manufacturing plants and 17 warehouses. With its international distribution networks and unparalleled customer and after sales service, Spectra Premium is the automobile manufacturers', auto technicians' and handymen's choice for reliable, quality parts and automotive systems. Trust your vehicle to Spectra Premium. spectrapremium.com

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FEATS AND HIGHLIGHTS - JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUMOULIN

  • First podium in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series on May 17, 2015 (3rd place - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park)
  • The first Quebec-born driver to win twice the Rolex 24 in Daytona; 2004 (SGS and 2007 (GT).
  • Caught the attention of the renowned Player's Driver Development Programscout (Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic), became one of the youngest drivers ever to be recruited, and was touted as a strong contender for the championship title in Formula Ford (1996 and 1997 seasons).
  • Champion of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS, USA in 2003 (9 podiums).
  • Champion of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge ST, USA in 2002 (5 podiums).
  • In Montreal's 2009 edition of Nascar Nationwide, he finished his first race in 7th position aboard a badly damaged car and won the hearts of numerous fans and reporters.
  • In 2000, he was the Motorola Cup Series Vice-Champion, during a season that included a 1st place podium finish after having begun the race in 52nd position at the Molson Indy event in Ontario, Canada.

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