Aug 13

Tagliani dominates at Trois-Rivières

Quebec driver claims First Pinty’s Series victory of 2017

2017-08-13_1416It took Alex Tagliani just over a year, but he finally found his way back to Victory Lane by winning Le 50 Tours CanAm on Sunday.

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The Lachanaie, Quebec, driver took the lead on Lap 28 from Andrew Ranger and didn’t look back. Despite hard charges from Ranger and an overtime finish, Tagliani and his No.18 Lowe’s/EpiPen/St.Hubert Dodge captured the win for the first time since Edmonton last season. The GP3R victory also marked Tagliani’s first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win on the historic road course.

Polesitter Andrew Ranger finished second to extend his sucess at Trois-Rivières, he has finished no worse than second in his 11 attempts at GP3R. Marc-Antoine Camirand finished third to claim his second podium finish of 2017.

Local favourite and Trois-Rivières native, L.P Dumoulin finished fourth while points leader Alex Labbe rounded out the top five.

J.F Dumoulin and defending series champion Cayden Lapcevich came home sixth and seventh, respectively. D.J Kennington, Simon Dion-Viens and Larry Jackson completed the top ten.

Two-time defending GP3R winner Kevin Lacroix finished 18th after encountering mechanical issues with 12 laps to go.

Labbe now holds a 23 point lead over Lacroix in the championship standings while Lapcevich trails in third, 33 points back from the lead.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action Saturday, July 19th for the Bumper to Bumper 300 at Riverside International Speedway.


source: nascar.com


Alex Tagliani wins the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières

He might have been ill with bronchitis, but Alex Tagliani was able to put his ailment on hold on Sunday long enough to score his first win of the season and his first-ever NASCAR Pinty’s victory on the temporary street course of Circuit de Trois-Rivières. Starting second on the grid next to polesitter Andrew Ranger, the driver from Lachenaie, Quebec patiently waited for the opening on lap 28 to squeeze by Ranger and take command of the Can-Am Le 50 Tours until the overtime 54th and final lap.

Even though this is Tagliani’s first NASCAR win in Trois-Rivières, the EpiPen-Lowe’s-St Hubert driver had to work hard to score his fifth victory, all series included, at GP3R. After passing Ranger for the lead, he kept an eye on where he was especially following the last full course caution on lap 49 of 50 that sent the race into NASCAR overtime. Tagliani held on to cross the finish line 0.715 seconds ahead of Ranger. Marc-Antoine Camirand finished third

 “This is a nice win and it comes at the right time,” Tagliani said. “It was a good battle with Andrew (Ranger) today, His car had some advantages over our EpiPen-Lowe’s-St Hubert-Spectra Premium car in some sections of the track, and mine was better elsewhere. Early in the race, he was quick and able to maintain a certain gap. On the first restart, I started to put some pressure on him and when I made the pass for first place, I increased the charge and it worked.”

“We have been consistently fast in previous races this year, either in Toronto or at Circuit ICAR, but we had a lot of misfortunes that denied us any chances of winning until today where we closed the deal. Today’s result is a team victory. They deserve the win because they have been working very hard all year long. I must admit that on the last restart, I kept an eye on my mirrors to see where Andrew was.”

Twenty drivers started the race and 17 crossed the finish line with 13 on the lead lap. The race was under caution four times for 13 laps.

In Saturday afternoon’s sole practice session, Tagliani was quickest of 20 drivers registered for the event. Later that day in qualifying, he was second quickest behind Andrew Ranger.

With four races left on the 2017 schedule, Tagliani maintains sixth place in the standings with 325 points, but has closed the gap to 19 points on fifth place held by DJ Kennington, and to 23 points on fourth place LP Dumoulin. Alex Labbé is still first with 385 points followed by Kevin Lacroix with 362.

In 54 NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts, Tagliani has six wins, eight poles, 21 top-fives and 34 top-ten finishes. Telecast of the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières on TSN will air on Sunday, August 27, at 1:30 p.m. Next stop: Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia.

Next weekend: Nova Scotia
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series rolls into Antigonish, Nova Scotia for their annual visit to the high-banked oval at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday, August 19, round 10 of 13 championship events of the 2017 schedule, and the lone trip to the Atlantic provinces. The Bumper To Bumper 300, a 300 lap-race on the fast 0.333-mile speedway, is schedule to start at 8 p.m. ADT (7 p.m. EDT). The one-day affair will have two 30-minute practice sessions starting at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (ADT), with group qualifying at 3:00 p.m. (ADT).

Alex recalls how a race he dominated in 2016 in Nova Scotia turned out to be disastrous when he was the victim of misfortune after leading a race-high 161 laps. He suffered damage while leading after getting hit by the spinning car of a lapped driver, losing nine positions in the process at the finish line.

“Last year, my first-ever NASCAR race at Riverside did not end the way I had hoped,” Tagliani said. “I was running away with the race and I had led a race-high 161 laps, but got hit by the spinning car of a driver I was about to lap on lap 230. He had just tangled with another driver when the incident occurred. It was a very disappointing incident, but on the other hand, I discovered a very fast high-banked oval track after missing the previous two years due other commitments. I hope for a better finish this year. With a large points gap to the championship leader, we are going for wins until the end of the year.”

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source: Max d’Orsonnens, Tagliani Autosport


Ranger wins pole, finishes runner up at Trois-Rivieres

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team continued their incredible record of performance at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres in round number nine of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past Sunday.  Ranger claimed his fourth pole position at the event and finished runner up to maintain an amazing string of success on the street circuit.

The #27 Mopar Parts wasn’t the quickest during practice so the team went to work and made several changes and then Ranger did his part piloting the car and posting the quickest time of the day to earn pole position for the fourth time at Trois-Rivieres and the 22nd time in his career.  “The team did a great job, we had a little problem and they gave me a great car,” said Ranger.

When the green flag waved for the 50-lap event Sunday afternoon Ranger launched his #27 Mopar Parts Dodge into the lead and set a comfortable pace while maintaining his spot out front.  Ranger would lead the first 27 of the 50 scheduled laps.

On lap 28 Ranger would drop back one position but maintain touch with the leader.  “The #18 had a fast car and he made a good move to get by me,” said Ranger.  “So I stayed close to look for an opportunity to get back in front,” he added.

The race would slow four times for caution and the final yellow flag would send the race into overtime.  Ranger pushed for an opportunity to get his #27 Mopar Parts Dodge back in front but when the checkered flag waved would settle for second spot.  “The brakes were getting a little soft and I was a bit concerned,” said the driver.  “And on the green, white checker I spun the tires and didn’t get a good start” he said after.  “Second again.  I really wanted to win but it’s a good second place and a good day for the team.  Great job by the #27 Mopar team”.

Andrew Ranger and the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team will be back in action this coming Saturday August 19th at Riverside International Raceway

Race fans can get more information and follow the #27 Mopar Parts Dodge team news during the off-season by going to www.mopar.ca and clicking on Motorsports.


source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com


A top-6 for Jean-François Dumoulin in Trois-Rivières

The #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau/ Groupe Bellemare/ MIA / Trois-Rivières Mitsubishi car was performing well, and everything was in place for Jean-François Dumoulin to finish strong on the circuit of the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix yesterday.

In eighth place on the starting grid, Jean-François Dumoulin defended his place with determination to cross the finish line in sixth place.

Jean-François Dumoulin was more than satisfied with what his #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau/ Groupe Bellemare / MIA team accomplished on August 12, the day of testing and qualifying at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres. As the driver of the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare/ MIA car told us, “We have consistently finished our races with a strong push that improved our finishing position virtually every time out. Today’s objective was to find suspension setting that would keep our car quick late in the races, but would also allow us to be quick in the short two-paps burst in qualifying. Starting closer to the front would leave me with fewer cars to pass on my way to the front, and thus waste less time, tires and brakes while working my way to the front. And we did it!”

By way of explanation, Jean-François Dumoulin added that “At the shop as well as on the track, our improvement program over the past weeks has made a huge difference in on-track performance. The car is more agile and quicker than at Toronto a few weeks ago, where we qualified 2.273 sec from pole position. In Trois-Rivières, we qualified 0.890 sec from pole position – a great improvement! »

Jean-François Dumoulin’s goal was close to being realized, as he was decisively making his way to a brilliant sixth place after multiple duels with the leaders. The driver of the #04 Spectra Premium/ Bernier Crépeau / Groupe Bellemare / MIA is satisfied with his race: “The car is powerful and we could fight for the top-5. We now know how to optimize our settings for the next races.”


source: dumoulincompetition.com


Disappointing race for Kevin Lacroix at the GP3R

It was a disappointing 48th Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières for Saint-Eustache native Kevin Lacroix in the NASCAR Pinty’s series as he abandoned the race due to an accident. He still managed to finish the race 16th, which allowed him to score a few valuable points in the Driver’s Championship.

Lacroix had qualified 4th during Saturday’s qualification session. Confident about winning the race, or at least gaining a podium finish, it is with deep regret that he had to give up all chances of scoring a hat trick by winning a third consecutive Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.

Now second in the Driver’s Championship, this 16th place did not make him lose his 2nd place in the quest for the title, but it created a significant gap between him and Alex Labbé. “Unless a bad luck happens to Labbé, I don’t think I can win the title for our team this year,” explains the driver.

Since the beginning of the weekend, the car #74 Bumper to Bumper/Total/Go Fast/PFC Brakes/Gates Corporation was not performing as expected, but the race was not lost in advance. Keeping a close eye on the leader’s front battle, Kevin Lacroix was patiently waiting in 4th place for a good opportunity to take a spot in the Top 3. But an incident on the track with the car #32 shut down all hopes of success.

It is no secret that Lacroix and Alex Labbé are not best friends on the track, Kevin even confessed to slightly hitting the car #32 during the Circuit ICAR race, which Kevin won. Alex Labbé gave it back to him harder than expected when Kevin went flying into the wall this Sunday.

“Labbé tried to take me out at the second to last corner of the track but it didn’t work, he then tried again in corner #2 and it worked, he didn’t spare me,” says a visibly distraught Kevin. “It damaged the wheel and the gear box, I came in the pits to see what could be done to save the race, but the car was falling apart.”

Something that cheered Kevin up was to see the Bumper to Bumper family along with guests from Total, Go Fast, PFC Brakes, Gates Corporation and Lacroix Tuning at the race track for the GP3R. With over 200 invitees on site, proudly wearing their red, black and white team t-shirt, those fans were hard to miss!

Kevin wants to thank his sponsors Bumper to Bumper, Total, Go Fast, PFC Brakes and Gates Corporation, a partnership between growing companies that represent excellency, ambition and victory.


Tracks Results
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 1st
Delaware Speedway 5th
Autodrome Chaudière 6th
Circuit ICAR 1st
Toronto Indy 1st
Wyant Group Raceway 8th
Wyant Group Raceway 4th
Edmonton International Speedway 9th
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières 16th


source: Service Presse, poleposition.ca


Kennington posts top-ten in Castrol Edge Dodge

DJ Kennington and the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team returned to road racing action in round number nine of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres this past Sunday.  Kennington posted a solid top-ten result at North America’s oldest road racing event.

During the Saturday practice session Kennington didn’t show the speed that the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge was capable of and the crew quickly went to work to make adjustments.  “We just weren’t as quick as I expected,” said Kennington.  “Credit to the guys they did a good job and the car was better in qualifying” he added.

Kennington posted the seventh quickest time and would line up on the inside of row four in the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge for the 50-lap race Sunday afternoon.  His approach to this event is always the same. “Take it easy and be there at the end” he said when asked prior to the race.

His strategy once again paid off as Kennington kept the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge in position for a solid result.  “I always try to not work the brakes too hard and make sure that we can pick up some spots near the end of the race” he stated.

In the late stages Kennington maintained his consistent pace and brought the #17 Castrol Edge Dodge across the finish line in eighth position.  “Overall not a bad day” he said afterwards.  “We came up with a decent finish, our eighth top-ten of the year and the car is in great shape.  We’ll load up and head to Nova Scotia and get ready for next week”.

The #17 Castrol Edge Dodge team are back in action this coming Saturday August 17th at Riverside International Speedway

Race fans are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest team news during the off-season in several ways.  Race fans should bookmark the team website www.djkracing.ca and follow them on twitter, @djkracing and Instagram.  Fans should also “like” the DJK Racing Fan Page on Facebook.  Also follow @CastrolCanada on twitter and Facebook.


source: TL Sports & Entertainment, tlsportsent.com