The NASCAR Pinty’s Series returns to it second street course event after a wet and wild western swing.
L.P. Dumoulin returned to victory lane and the championship hunt in a rain-shortened first race in Saskatoon at Wyant Group Raceway, while points rival Andrew Ranger emerged with two wins and the championship lead over Kevin Lacroix with triumphs at Saskatoon and Edmonton International Raceway.
The series now transitions to one of its most historic races, Les 50 Tours Hotel Le Concorde at Trois-Rivières. The 2019 season marks a special milestone for the event, as GP3R will celebrate its 50th year of racing and 12th with NASCAR.
One year ago, Alex Tagliani edged out LP Dumoulin and Alex Labbe to successfully defend his 2017 GP3R triumph. He also has won the most recent street course race on the Streets of Toronto and looks to go three in a row at GP3R for the first time since Ranger accomplished the feat from 2008-2010.
The drivers know that whoever wins the 50th anniversary race, will be in for a massive post-race celebration.
NASCAR Pinty’s Series at Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres:
What to Watch For:
When talking about who has been dominant at GP3R, Andrew Ranger comes to mind. Coming into last season, Ranger had four wins and an average finish of 1.64, having finished no worse than second in his 11 previous attempts. His streak came to an end last year following contact with pole sitter Marc-Antoine Camirand while racing for the lead. Ranger will surely have redemption on his mind this weekend.
Kevin Lacroix has two wins at GP3R and needs a good showing at one of his favourite tracks. He currently sits 18 points behind Ranger with six races remaining in the season.
With the trip to Quebec the series also welcomes some returning Quebecois drivers. David Michaud, Raymond Guay and Jocelyn Fecteau will return to the series alongside Simon Dion-Viens. Dumoulin Competition will field four cars as LP and brother JF Dumoulin will be joined by JF Laberge and rookie phenom Raphael Lessard.
The return of street course racing gives a few different drivers a chance to pick up points. Marc-Antoine Camirand is in search of a GP3R win in front of his hometown fans and sponsors, while teammate Donald Theetge will celebrate his final trip to the historic street circuit. Alex Labbe finished third last year in a one-off appearance after starting last.
The race will take place on Sunday at 2:18 ET and will air live on FansChoice.TV in the United States and on the TSN app in Canada.
1. Andrew Ranger Ldr.
2. Kevin Lacroix -18
3. L.P. Dumoulin -30
4. Alex Tagliani -44
5. Alex Labbe -61
6. D.J. Kennington -65
7. Donald Theetge -65
8. Jason Hathaway -70
9. Mark Dilley -77
10. Marc-Antoine Camirand -78
PARTIAL ENTRY LIST (MORE TO BE ADDED)
- Anthony Simone, CBRT
- Jason Hathaway, Ed Hakonson Racing
- Raphael Lessard, Dumoulin Competition
- D.J. Kennington, DJK Racing
- Alex Tagliani, 22 Racing
- Marc-Antoine Camirand, 22 Racing
- Donald Theetge, 22 Racing
- Andrew Ranger, DJK Racing
- Alex Labbe, Labbe Racing
- Peter Klutt, Klutt Racing
- Brett Taylor, Ed Hakonson Racing
- L.P. Dumoulin, Dumoulin Competition
- Gary Klutt, Klutt Racing
- Mark Dilley, Dilley Racing
- Kevin Lacroix, Lacroix Racing