Trois-Rivieres (Quebec, Canada), August 11, 2020 – Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and Team #47 WeatherTech Canada Groupe Bellemare will be racing for the first time this season at Sunset Speedway (Innisfil, Ontario) on Saturday, August 15, for two races of 125 laps each. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series visited the one-third mile oval in 2015 and 2016, a track much appreciated by oval track specialists for its high-banked turns.
The starting grid for the first race will be determined based on the 2019 Owner’s Championship season standings, and the starting grid for the second race will be based on the results of the first 125-lap race.
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is ready to tackle the track, both physically and mentally
“I’m so happy to be back on the track, I’m ready. Given the shortened season, it is most important for our team to maximize the exposure for our partners by doing our usual great job but also by finding new ways to increase their visibility over the shortened season. The support of WeatherTech Canada and Groupe Bellemare is more important than ever this year. During the downtime, the support of Karting Trois-Rivieres and PSL Karting, one of the most important kart preparation businesses in America, located 12 minutes from my home, allowed me to practise on the track using high performance karts. This was particularly effective training for my visual acuity and reflexes, as well as physical fitness. We work with their team every year and I want to thank them for helping me prepare for my return to racing.”
The driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare car has his roots on road courses but, is now just as effective on oval courses as a driver and for set-ups and race management. He explained the peculiarities of the Sunset Speedway track:
“I like to race on this type of track. When we went there in 2015-2016, Dumoulin Competition was starting as a preparer and we did not have the experience we have today. The suspension geometry and settings were very different from what we use today. We did some testing at Autodrome Chaudiere recently and we will go back there next week because the track layout is very similar to Sunset Speedway. We have good cars and we continued to improve our equipment over this past winter. Staring with our best setup from pre-race practice, we will have to determine and install the best settings we found during the testing period before the race, then do it again given what we learned in the first 125 lapper during the 45-minute break, in time for the second race. The whole day will be very intense for every member of the team, but that is what it takes when you are going for wins and championships. Over the last few seasons, we have raced under similar conditions and came away with wins and podium finishes on short tracks like this one, so we are more than up for the challenge.”
Shortened 2020 Season, Without Spectators
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series announced on August 4 a three-event series, each comprised to two 125-lap races, to be held respectively at Sunset Speedway (Innisfil, Ontario – August 15), Flamboro Speedway (Millgrove, Ontario – August 29) and Jukasa (Hagersville, Ontario – September 12). Special circumstances and public health standards require the promoters hold the events behind closed doors and limit the number of crew members on site. “Our fans are an integral part of the events and without them, the atmosphere will not be the same. It’s fun to have people around all day. I love the autograph sessions, where we have the time to talk to everyone, especially to parents who are passing on their passion to their children. I’m going to miss that a lot,” concluded the driver of the #47 WeatherTech Canada | Groupe Bellemare.
Dumoulin Competition Continues Commitment to Driver Development Program
On May 4, 2019, Dumoulin Competition confirmed its commitment to the next generation of motorsport participants with the “Dumoulin Competition Partner of the Next Generation” annual trophy, to be awarded to the champion of the Mini Sportsman Quebec Series, as well as its partnership with Festidrag Development, a new talent development program initiated by Karine Albert and Martin D’Anjou.
“The Race Against Cancer” Continues On-line
Since 2016, many individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have teamed up with the Dumoulin Competition “Race Against Cancer” initiative. In today’s unprecedented context, cancer victims need our support more than ever. To make an online donation, go to : lacoursecontrelecancer.ca
“The Dumoulin Corner” at the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum
On May 8, 2018, brothers Jean-Francois and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin proudly unveiled “The Dumoulin Corner” at the Gilles-Villeneuve Museum. Racing fans who have not been able to discover “The Dumoulin Corner” to date will have the opportunity to do so as the exhibit continues at the museum for another year. You will also have the opportunity to see Luc Pilon’s creation that inspired the logo of the Dumoulin family’s “50 years at the wheel”.
“Passion – Performance – Partnerships”
WeatherTech is committed to designing, engineering and manufacturing the finest products possible for your vehicle, home and your pet. From the industry leading FloorLiner to the 100% non-toxic Pet Feeding System, WeatherTech has dedicated itself to exceed customer expectations of quality, craftsmanship and environmental sustainability for over 30 years. To see the full line of automotive, home and pet products that are guaranteed for life, visit weathertech.ca.
Groupe Bellemare is a third generation family business that has been serving clients since 1959. Today, the company has more than 500 employees and provides them with an innovative work environment facilitating work-family balance and a healthy and safe quality of life. With over a half century of experience and its sustained R&D efforts, the Company offers high-quality products and services in areas as diverse as concrete, abrasives and minerals, dimensional load transportation, and recycling. Groupe Bellemare is also very involved in its industry and attaches great importance to its social and environmental role as a member of the business community. Groupe Bellemare makes a positive contribution to the quality of life of citizens in the communities it serves by supporting numerous social causes and promoting local purchasing through its responsible procurement practices. groupebellemare.com
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 on 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, entrepreneurial and human values dumoulincompetition.com