An unexpected race ending for JF Dumoulin

september 4, 2017

NASCAR Pinty's Series: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Jean-François Dumoulin had a storming start aboard the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car yesterday at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course. In fact, Jean-François shot past no fewer than six cars on the first lap on his way to a Top-5 position after taking the green flag from eleventh place on the grid. Unfortunately, gearbox problems late in the race slowed the car and forced him down the order by the end of the race.

The changes applied to the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car's suspension during and just after the Saturday practice session (September 2) worked out. According to crew chief Robin McCluskey, "We changed all four shock absorbers, the trackbar height and the front ride height, all of which transformed the car's handling for the better. We now have a car ready to run the 125,4 miles race."

The proof came during the qualifying session, as driver of the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau/ Groupe Bellemare / MIA car reported that the car was much more balanced and easier to drive at the limit in the high-speed corners, allowing the team to devise a more effective race strategy. The start of the race on a wet track meant using « rain » tires, which started to overheat as the track dried out, given Jean-François's furious early pace. Rear grip went away, an essential factor when accelerating hard out of corners, as any lack of traction slows the car down all along the long straightaways, of which there are many at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

"We were quick in the rain at the start of the race, passing six cars almost easily on the first lap. We then lost traction as the track dried out during the first part of the race, and our pit stops to change back to "drys" went well and the car was quick again in the dry. Things went awry late in the race as I started to get smoke in the cockpit, then the transmission started to malfunction and I lost some power, slowing the car on the straightaways. Now we are turning towards the next race, on the Autodrome St-Eustache oval and our car is ready for the race next Saturday" explained the driver of the #04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA car.

The NASCAR Pinty's Series now returns to the province of Quebec for the penultimate race of the season, on September 9, at the short Autodrome St-Eustache oval.

Once again, your generosity helped an important cause!
Septembre 16: "The Downhill Soapbox Challenge"

"Le Grand Défoulement Dumoulin Compétition" in aid of the Quebec Cancer Foundation keeps growing from race to race. You can still add your contribution, with two races left this season, by signing your name on the Dumoulin brother's cars on 9 September at St-Eustache, and 23 September at Jukasa Motor Speedway (Hagersville, Ontario).

In addition, the "La descente : Downhill Soapbox Challenge", also in profit of the Quebec Cancer Foundation, will take place on 16 September. Teams will compete on the Père-Marquette (Trois-Rivières, Quebec) hill. Organized by the Young Chamber of Commerce of the Mauricie, the event will feature Honorary Presidents Jean-François and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin. Come and see us and enjoy the many surprises we have in store for you.

"Passion - Performance - Partnerships"

Photo: Matthew Manor CSCG


  • Full aluminum radiator, using optimal balanced material thickness to minimize weight.
  • Heavy gauge tubes for increased durability.
  • Reinforced first rows of tubes to increase mechanical resistance without compromising coolant flow.
  • 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.
  • The design includes anchor points, which allow for installation and removal of the radiator in a faster and more efficient way (special tools are no longer necessary) all while allowing inclination of the radiator in the desired angle for optimized air flow.
  • Robust installation of the radiator on the shroud, using quick connectors as used in planes and high-performance race cars.
  • Integrated lightweight fan brackets allowing a secure and robust installation of a wide range of electric fans with minimal airflow restriction.
  • A standard threaded insert system for quick and reliable fan installation.
  • 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


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.

Bernier Crepeau Chrysler Fiat: With 25 years of experience, the family business has built an enviable reputation in the field of vehicle acquisition. If the future of this company is linked to the loyalty of its customers, it is also held by the reliability and strong communication of its team. This team is at your disposal, ready to listen to you, to hear you. Passion, care, and determination. A team willing to go the extra mile, with its ears wide open.

Group Bellemare: Competitive and dynamic, Thomas Bellemare's innovative and growing family team is ready to take on any challenge. With support from senior members and a qualified team of managers, the third-generation Bellemares are reaching new heights. Built upon a solid past, the company moves forward with an exceptional team of experts and seeks a select group of clients. Our clients continue to benefit from our wide variety of services that target a large number of sectors. As a result, our visibility is constantly on the rise. Working with the Bellemare team has become a measure of success. Start off right by choosing a winning team!

MIA - Motorsports In Action: With over 50 years of combined Motorsport experience, MIA is making a name for itself in the industry in "La Belle Province". Being trackside, situated at Autodrome St-Eustache, gives our clients "real time" results, testing their vehicles. One stop shopping is our strength, from high-end mechanics, exotic automotive maintenance, complete race car building and design to prestige paint and meticulous detailing. "Leave it, then enjoy it!"

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.


  • 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.