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Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières Preview and Entry List

Everything you need to know before the biggest Pinty’s Series race of the year

With the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s season officially underway, fans and drivers are waiting in anticipation for the return of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.

A staple on the circuit since the series’ inception, 2020 was the first year it didn’t visit the 1.53-mile street course. While the event’s festivities may be a little different due to the ongoing COVID-19-pandemic, the 60-lap race is set to be an all-out battle.
Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Hometown hero and reigning GP3R winner, L.P. Dumoulin currently sits second in the points standings. In 2019, the 50th edition of the event saw L.P and his brother JF make history, with both finishing on the podium together for the first time. Now, L.P. will look to go back-to-back to claim his third win at his home track and possibly take the lead for the championship.

Alex Tagliani came close to winning three in a row at GP3R in 2019. The 47-year-old came second to Dumoulin two years ago after the No. 02 car of T.J. Rinomato spun, causing the drivers to split and gave the No. 47 WeatherTech/Bellemare Dodge the lead. In search of his first championship, Tagliani already has a podium finish this year so expect the driver of the No. 18 RONA/Viagara/St-Hubert Chevrolet to fight hard for that third GP3R title.

The start to Kevin Lacroix’s 2021 season has been up and down. In race one at Sunset Speedway, he finished fourth and later retired from race two early due to a rear-gear issue, but the 32-year-old’s luck could change in Trois-Rivières. Lacroix has two wins at the track and after finishing runner-up in the Pinty’s FanCave Challenge last year, expect the No. 74 Bumper to Bumper Dodge to be upfront on Sunday.

While Raphael Lessard only has one race at GP3R under his belt, the Sunset Speedway winner has spent the last two years adding more road courses to his racing resume. His best finish came at Daytona in 2020 when he finished third and in 2019, Lessard finished seventh in Trois-Rivières.

The last time Andrew Ranger won at the famed street circuit was in 2012 and he still holds the record for most wins at the track. With his new team Rick Ware Racing, this could be the year that Ranger scores his fifth win at GP3R. Ranger sits seventh in the points standings after finishing second and 16th at Sunset.

Heading to Quebec, expect more series regulars to join us in Trois-Rivières, including Simon Dion-Viens and Jocelyn Fecteau. Ray Courtmanche Jr. will also be returning to the series with Ed Hakonson Racing for the first time since 2015 and Kyle Marcelli will be making his debut in No. 7 Ford with Dave Jacombs Racing.

RACE

Guardian Angels 60 Pres. by Dermathermes

PLACE

Trois-Rivières, Quebec

DATE

Sunday, August 15, 2021

TIME

2:18 p.m. ET

TELEVISION

Live Streaming –  TSN.ca & NBC TrackPass

TSN – Sunday, Aug. 22, at 1:00 p.m. ET

RDS2 – LIVE – Sunday, Aug. 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET

TRACK LAYOUT

1.53-mile Paved Street Course

2020 WINNER

 L.P. Dumoulin

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, Aug. 14Garage opens: 10:00 a.m. ET; Practice (with 10 minutes break): 11:50 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; Qualifying: 4:10 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.; Garage Closes: 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 15 — Garage Opens: 9:00 a.m.; Guardian Angels 60 Pres. by Dermathermes: 2:18 p.m. ET

TWITTER

@GP3R | @NASCARPintys

NASCAR’s Best Kept Secret Delivers at Sunset

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for this event will be established as follows: Starting Positions 1st through 21st will be determined from qualifying.

Until the completion of the third (3rd) event of the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season, the provisional starting positions 22nd and 23rd will be assigned based on the final 2019 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship car owner point standings.

After the completion of the third (3rd) event of the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season, the provisional starting positions 22nd and 23rd will be assigned based on the current 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Series Championship car owner point standings.

QUALIFYING: NASCAR Road Race style (group) qualifying. Qualifying order will be determined by each vehicle’s best overall lap time from the practice session(s).

Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle enters the track to begin the qualifying session. Unless directed to do so by a NASCAR Official or in the event of a full course caution, after entering the track, if a vehicle then returns to pit road, the vehicle may not return to the track, make any further qualifying laps and the vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete.

Once a vehicle’s qualifying attempt is complete the vehicle must proceed directly to the designated impound area once it enters pit road. In the event of a full course caution, all vehicles must exit the track. Vehicles that elect to continue must proceed directly to the re-entry area of pit road and stop at the outside of pit road. No adjustments or repairs may be made to any vehicle on pit road or at re-entry during a full-course caution. The time remaining in the qualifying session will be stopped and will resume once the green flag is displayed.

RACE PIT STOP: There will be a mandatory fuel stop during the Event. The fuel stop must be completed before lap 50. Teams must stop in their pit stall and engage the fuel filler can. The amount of fuel dispensed into the vehicle is at the discretion of the team. Teams that fail to complete the fuel stop will receive a one (1) lap penalty.

GP3R will be 60 laps (91.80 miles). In the event of rain or wet track conditions, practice, qualifying
and/or the race may start or continue under those conditions.

In wet conditions, competitors may be required to equip their cars with wet condition tires as specified by General Tire. All cars must be equipped at all times with a functional defogger and a rear window flashing light and should be equipped with a functional windshield wiper motor. The rear window flashing light must be illuminated during wet conditions.

All teams will be required to have one (1) set of four (4) mounted wet condition tires in their assigned pit stall.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice, four (4) tires for qualifying for a total of eight (8) tires.

*If purchasing additional tires for the race, there is a maximum of two (2) left and two (2) right-side tires allowed. *A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time. Tires from previous NASCAR Pinty’s Series events may be used for practice sessions only.

The Stars and Cars of the 2021 NASCAR Pinty’s Series

ENTRY LIST

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