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JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUMOULIN CONCLUDES HIS 2016 SEASON

september 10, 2016

Spectra Premium was present in great numbers to support their driver

Jean-François Dumoulin was participating in his first oval circuit event yesterday at Autodrome St-Eustache, and he was more determined than ever to conclude his season on a positive note. In eighth place on the starting grid, the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA / Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi has suffered some damage right from the first lap. Stuck between two cars, Jean-François Dumoulin wasn't able to avoid a skirmish caused by competitors in front of him. This incident has caused a string of mechanical issues throughout the race which haven't allowed him to deploy all of his skills on track.

"#59 and 25 drivers were too aggressive in the first lap and I did everything in my power to avoid Hathaway's skid in front of me, without success. The impact was not major, but the front bumper was bent in such a way that braking always caused it to hit the ground, destabilizing the car every time. On top of that, the back left shock absorber came undone and was lacking some parts. We made multiple pit stops to attempt a repair, but the car was under-steering in corner exits, which didn't allow me to remain competitive," explains the driver of the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA/ Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi car.

Uncertain weather forced the series officials to cancel the qualifiers session and bring the start of the event forward by 30 minutes. The starting grid was determined by the results of the first practice session. Furthermore, at lap 63, heavy rain paralyzed all on-track action. Fans were treated to a complete stop for 53 minutes and 18 seconds.

Nearly 160 people from Spectra Premium joined up in St-Eustache to encourage their driver, Jean-François Dumoulin. They lined the bleachers in the second corner with blue and white, all wearing their company clothes. Despite the results, all the fans more than enjoyed their experience and the action brought by eight neutralisations. "It was very cool to meet all of the Spectra Premium employees who came to encourage me, and it was great to hear them in the attendance," shares an enthused Jean-François Dumoulin.

This event marks the end of Jean-François Dumoulin's 2016 season in the NASCAR Pinty's series. Discussions are already underway for next season. "This winter, we'll do our homework and come back strong next season." Be among us in 2017 for the return of the driver of the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA/ Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi car.

EXCITEMENT IS STILL PRESENT
Save the date: September 19 - Happy hour- waiter for a night

The Dumoulin Compétition Great Romp fundraiser for the Quebec Cancer Foundation has continued successfully. The amount of $520 is now added to the previous $6,620 amount to bring the total to $7,140 to date. Only one more occasion left to come put your signature on the Dumoulin Brothers' cars, join us this upcoming September 17 on the circuit of Kawartha Speedway (Peterborough, Ontario) which will conclude the 2016 season of the NASCAR Pinty's series.

Save the date: On September 19, the waiter for one night only happy hour event will take place at "La Maison de débauche par le Carlito", at which the two trunks of the Dumoulin brothers' cars will be put up for auction, all going to the fundraiser for the Foundation. Come join us, many surprises are planned! Link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639824726307854

“Passion – Performance – Partnerships”

Photo: Matthew Manor CSCG

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 Program scout (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 theMolson Indy event in Ontario, Canada.

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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. www.spectrapremium.com

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Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi is proud to be one of the first Mitsubishi dealers in Canada (opening in 2002). The commitment from Mitsubishi is defined by the quality, reliability and durability of its vehicles, notably with their 10-year warranty, the best in the industry! Pride, integrity and respect are the values of the Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi team. www.troisrivieresmitsubishi.com

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