Top-10 finish for Jean-François Dumoulin at Antigonish

august 19, 2018

NASCAR Pinty's Series: Ninth race - Oval track - Riverside International Speedway - August 19th, 2018

Fighting unpredictable handling from his #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA race car, Jean-François Dumoulin tried everything his experience made him think of to compensate for an unusual failure in the right front suspension. His determination carried him to a Top-10 today at the Riverside International Speedway. Jean-Francois Dumoulin's continued efforts to try in every way he could think to compensate for his car's erratic behaviour is testimony to how seriously he treats his responsibilities within the #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA team. Jean-Francois Dumoulin now turns to preparation for one of his favourite tracks, the high-speed road course at CTMP (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 25 and 26).

Slowed by an apparently unfixable understeer in the short practice session, the #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA team started 12th with untested fixes and a hope that the problem was cleared by the hard work of the team after the test session. Several changes applied during pit stops did not produce the desired results either. Late in the race, as explained by Jean-Francois Dumoulin, "The problem declared itself when the right front spring collapsed, and the right front of the car started dragging excessively on the ground. From mid-race, I did my best to protect my position and make the most of the difficult situation. We were certainly looking for a better result after doing well at our previous oval race at Autodrome Chaudière, but the season is not over yet. I will be back on full attack mode next weekend on the road course at Mosport [Canadian Tire Motorsport Park]" added Jean-François Dumoulin, driver of the #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA car.

Race rescheduled

NASCAR officials announced on Saturday (August 18th) morning that the race would be run on Sunday because of persistent rain expected to last all day. Qualifying has been cancelled for Sunday in order to reduce the "dry track" period required to run the practice session and the entire 300-lap race distance. Grid positions are set as per each driver's ranking in the Series Championship.

Next event: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (August 25 and 26, 2018)

With only four races left the season, the #04 Spectra Premium | Bernier Crépeau Chrysler Fiat | Groupe Bellemare | MIA team is fully committed to putting the best possible car on track for each event based on the excellent set-ups from earlier in the season plus what they have learned at ever more competitive outings as the season went on.

Jean-François Dumoulin will be on track at the quick Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course on August 26th, then on to the short oval at Autodrome St-Eustache on September 8th. The teams then go on the very quick mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (September 22nd), the first race outside of Canada for the Pinty's Series, then close out the season at the Jukasa Motor Speedway oval on September 29th.

The race against cancer

The great Dumoulin Challenge to raise money for the Quebec Cancer Foundation continues this coming weekend. Each act of generosity on our part is another step towards our "Podium." Join us next weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 25th and 26th. To make a donation online:

The Dumoulin Corner: 49 years of history for you to relive

Historic moment #6 was posted on the team Facebook page on August 16th.

Back in 2008 shows a picture of « Mother Love », Denise Caissie, with both her sons at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The Acadian National Holiday was celebrated on August 15th, and did you know that the Dumoulin brothers have maternal ancestors from New Brunswick (Richibouctou-Village). Visit the team's Facebook site for the full story:

"Passion - Performance - Partnerships"

Photo: Gilles Tremblay

About partners

Spectra Premium Industries is a privately held company headquartered in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada. Spectra PremiumTM is a team of more than 1,300 dedicated employees that specializes in automotive parts design, manufacturing and distribution for heating & cooling, fuel delivery, ignition and engine management, climate control and undercar. The Company owns and operates four manufacturing plants and 18 warehouses. With its distribution networks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe, and its unparalleled customer and after sales service, Spectra PremiumTM is the automobile manufacturers', auto technicians' and handymen's choice for reliable, quality parts and automotive systems. Trust your vehicle to Spectra PremiumTM (

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 (

Groupe 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 syears 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 (

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Summary - Highlights in Jean-François Dumoulin's career

  • First podium in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series on May 17, 2015 (3rd place - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park);
  • NASCAR Pinty's Series Championship since 2015;
  • 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 the Molson Indy event in Ontario, Canada.