Mid-race oil leak forces Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to retire from the Trans Am race in Sonoma

may 1, 2022


Trans Am Championship - TA2® Class


Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, CA, United States - 2.52 Miles)

Strat | Finish

Start 20th | Finish DNF


Louis-Philippe Dumoulin was delighted to be back with the Peterson Racing team at Sonoma this weekend to participate in a second round of the Trans Am series (TA2® class). The team and the series had to deal with a tyre supply problem that complicated, among other things, the Friday practice sessions (tires were delivered on Friday from Turkey), which were run on used tires. The new tires fitted on Saturday morning improved the handling of the #89 Ford Mustang, which was oversteering. Louis-Philippe Dumoulin started in 20th position (out of 44 cars), made a few overtakes and was fighting for 15th position when a mechanical problem ruined his run to the leaders.

"Starting from the middle of the grid, our race strategy was to get to the top-10 before a first caution period, fight my way up to the top-5 at the restart and save my tires to still have some good speed for the last few laps of the race. However, on lap 21, an oil leak forced me to pull off the track and retire from the race. I would like to thank the whole team for their hard work and congratulate my teammate Rafa Matos who took the victory," explained the driver of the #89 3Dimensional Services Group car.

Weekend Summary
"Track time was limited this weekend and I was learning every time out. A few years ago, I only did a few laps as a riding instructor, but this is my first time on track for a race. Sonoma is a fun track to ride with big rises and drops and a mix of slow and very fast corners. It is an old track, and the pavement has lost some abrasiveness. On Friday and Saturday, we focused primarily on setting up for the end of the race so that the car would still perform well while the competitors were slowed by used-up tires on the slippery track in the final laps."

NASCAR Pinty's Series
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin will be back on track for the NASCAR Pinty's Series season opener on May 14 at Sunset Speedway (Innisfil, Ontario), at the wheel of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car.

"Passion - Performance - Partnerships"

Photos Credit: Bruce B Miller Photo Historian

Additional Information

Trans Am Series
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is America's Road Racing Series and dates back to 1966. Throughout the years, some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in the Trans Am Series, like Dan Guney, Parnelli Jones, Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Peter Gregg, Bob Tullius and Wally Dallenbach Jr. who have all won championships under the Trans Am name.

The TA2® class brings back the "Muscle Car Wars" of the 60's and 70's, when revered brands like Chevrolet, Dodge, American Motors and Ford released souped-up versions of their Camaro, Challenger and Mustang to try to demonstrate who made the best American high performance road cars. The competition today is incredibly close, thanks to rules that keep an equal eye on the bottom line as well as the finish line.

Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma Raceway is a combination road course and drag strip located 48 km north of San Francisco. The high-speed road course features 12 turns on a hilly layout with a total vertical variation of 49 meters. The technical track also hosts NASCAR, IndyCar and motorcycle races.

Dumoulin Competition.
Jean-François and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin founded the Dumoulin Competition Race Team in 2009. Working with financial, marketing, logistics and sports management experts, they built up a solid business structure. Dumoulin Competition prepares its own and rental race cars in-house since 2016. Their motto: "Passion - Performance - Partnerships" expresses their will to perform on the track and offer their partners maximum visibility and profitability in return for their commitment. Their vision: To become Canada's leader in motorsports through track performance as well as entrepreneurial and human values.

Summary - Highlights in Louis-Philippe Dumoulin's Career

NASCAR Pinty's Series

  • 2021: Pinty's Series Champion (1 victory, 3 podiums, 4 top-5 et 9 top-10 finishes in 10 events). Second championship with cars entirely prepared by Dumoulin Competition. Saw his name added for the third time to the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte, NC) / Wins "Driver of the Year" and "Best Performing Driver" awards.
  • Inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame(2020) for his outstanding contribution.
  • In 2020, the sanitary situation forced the NASCAR Pinty's Series to present only 6 races in the "Pinty's FanCave Challenge". Louis-Philippe Dumoulin scored 1 win and 3 top-5 finishes.
  • 2019: Third in driver and owner championships (2 wins, 4 podium, and eight top-5 finishes from 13 events).
  • 2018: Pinty's Series Champion (3 victories, 7 podiums, 2 poles, eight top-5 in 13 events). Saw his name added for the second time to the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte, NC) / Wins "Driver of the Year" and "Best Performing Driver" awards.
  • 2017: Fourth in the driver championship (3 podiums, nine top-5 and eleven top-10 finishes from 13 events).
  • 2016: Joint fourth in the driver championship (4 podiums, six top-5 and seven top-10 finishes from 12 events).
  • 2015: Fourth in the driver championship (2 podiums, six top-5 and nine top-10 finishes from 11 events).
  • 2014: Pinty's Series Champion (2 victories, 5 podiums and nine top-5 finish from 11 events). Saw his name added to the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte, NC) / Awarded the "Driver Of the Year", "Best Performing Driver" and "Gilles-Villeneuve" awards.
  • 2013: Fifth in the driver championship (2 victories, 3 podiums, four top-5s, six top-10s and five-time top-3 grid positions from 12 events).
  • 2012: Sixth in the driver championship (1 pole, three top-5 and seven top-10 finishes from 12 events).
  • 2011: Pinty's Series Rookie of the year.

Rallycross and Road Racing

  • 2015: Participated in FIA World Rallycross Championship round in Canada (Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières).
  • 2012: Second in class in the 12 Hours of Sebring (American Le Mans Series - GT3 Cup). The only Canadian driver on the podium.
  • 2004 to today: Front runner in the Grand-Am and Rolex Sports Car series, in Porsche, Ferrari and Daytona Prototype cars - Races in the 12 Hours of Sebring / and the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA events.
  • 2002: Champion in the Canadian Formula Ford Championship.
  • 2001: Awarded the ''Gilles-Villeneuve'' and ''Quartz'' trophies.
  • Records: Holder since 2002 of Formula Ford Series records for most victories (6) and most pole positions (7) in a single season.