The NASCAR Pinty’s Series season is that much closer.
Eighteen cars were on track at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming season opener on May 19. The annual preseason test session allowed teams the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season and show off some new colors.
New General Tires Hit the Track
The test session offered the first chance for teams to get on-track laps with the new General Tires. Over the offseason, NASCAR announced General Tire as the exclusive tire supplier for its regional and international divisions, including the Pinty’s Series. The news excited the drivers, who had to wait with anticipation to see how different these tires would feel under the car. Teams got ample laps over the course of the two-hour session, with the consensus among drivers that the new tires provide more speed.
“The tire builds up grip a lot faster (than in the past),” said three-time CTMP winner Kevin Lacroix. “As soon as we’re in the third corner, the grip is there. We already beat the lap record.”
General Tire got their first taste of NASCAR action in February at New Smyrna Speedway for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series drivers, however, will get the opportunity to take these tires into uncharted territory. While they have been tested on road courses, super speedways and ovals, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series will get the chance to showcase them on street courses.
Drivers Hit the Track After a Long Winter
With the NASCAR Pinty’s Series off-season winding to a close, the drivers finally got a chance to get on track for the first time in 2019. A wide range of teams took to the track to figure out their setups and test work they’ve done to the cars in the off-season. Kevin Lacroix, LP Dumoulin, Alex Tagliani and Mark Dilley were among the drivers that attended the testing session.
Jason Hathaway and Mark Dilley got their first chance to test at CTMP since the two announced their returns to full-time racing.
Some teams still have a long way to go to dial in their cars for May 19, but others may have already found a potential race-winning formula. Fans are on the edge of their seats eagerly awaiting the start of a brand new year.
New Colors Unveiled
A new season brings new paint schemes. Several cars displayed new looks on Tuesday afternoon. Here is a quick recap of a few drivers with a new look come May.
Anthony Simone traded in his usual No.95 Dodge for a brand-new No.1 Serviceline Tools / MOPAR Dodge prepared by CBRT.
Donald Theetge’s No. 24 Chevy added a bit more green to the car. With green trim donning the roof and side trim of the car, look for the No.24 to stand out a bit more in 2019.
Rookie T.J Rinomato will make his Pinty’s Series debut at CTMP and his paint scheme did not disappoint. Sporting a new look red and white scheme, the No.02 looks to be fast on track this season and compete for wins.
Reigning champion LP Dumoulin will rock a new look for the first time. His usual white and black WeatherTech Canada Dodge will now sport a black and red paint scheme with the number on the quarter panels.
Kevin Poitras, Mark Dilley, Alex Tagliani and Jason Hathaway also will debut new schemes.
Other Stories of Interest
2019 will mark the 50th year of racing for the Dumoulin family. The legacy started all the way back in 1969 and is carried on by Pinty’s Series brothers JF and LP. This season will see a year of celebration as Dumoulin Competition remembers their roots and honor their history.
Dumoulin Competition will also be starting their annual fund-raising campaign for the Quebec Cancer Foundation to help those affected by the disease.
- Alex Labbe returns to full-time Pinty’s competition
- Jason White marches towards 100 starts
- Jason Hathaway returns to full-time status