L.P. Dumoulin set to chase third NASCAR Pinty’s Series title

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L.P. Dumoulin set to chase third NASCAR Pinty’s Series title
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May 23, 2019, 4:40 PM

Two-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series Champion L.P. Dumoulin finished the opening race of the 2019 season in fourth place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last weekend.

L.P. Dumoulin qualified his No. 47 Weathertech/Canada/Bellemare/Eibach Dodge in seventh place and claimed fourth place at the end of the hotly disputed 51-lap race held on CTMP’s grueling road course. Motorsport.com spent some time with L.P. during the weekend.

Louis-Philippe, can we suppose that you intend to be in the hunt for a third NASCAR Pinty’s Series title in 2019?

Dumoulin: “Of course, we’d love to clinch another championship this year because taking two consecutive titles in the Pinty’s series is a feat that has never been done before. However, we are fully aware that the series will be extremely competitive this year. I see any of the top-12 guys as a potential title winner.”

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Photo by: Olivier Delorme

Has it been a busy winter at your race shop?

“Yes, very busy. We won the title last fall, and we partied and celebrated but a few days after I talked to my guys at the race shop and told them that we needed to get ready early for 2019. There was a lot of work to be done and we needed to start being busy right then. We did several things well last year, but we knew that we had to improve in some areas, such as the management of the race weekend, some mechanical aspects, and how to be able to better anticipate certain things and events. We also needed to work on my road racing car. It’s a recent chassis from 2016. We completely stripped the car, cut the frame at certain places, welded it together to basically build a brand-new race car. We’re still having some brake problems, but we shall solve that. It’s also a tight calendar with 13 races in just a few months’ time. We need to plan things and work at the race shop a little more efficiently.”

The big change for this year, and this is for all the driver, is the Series' switch from Goodyear to General Tire as official tire supplier. How are you adapting to these new boots?

“Yes, it’s a big change. I’m starting to understand its behavior. The General Tire is a bit faster, but I think it is also a little trickier in the way your scrub it, manage it during the course of the race, and about air pressure prior to taking it to the track. Everybody is working hard to understand how it works. The company is suppling us with information about the tires and air pressures, but you know, a tire company must always remain careful and guaranty safety to all competitors. It’s up to us to do our homework and find the efficient and safe setup.

“Compared to the previous Goodyear, the sidewalls of the tire are softer, and the compound is a bit stickier. We have to play with toe, camber and even caster of the suspension, as well as the shock absorbers and coil springs to get to work at their best. Should we go softer with the suspension, or harder? The same goes with the type of asphalt of the track we’ll race on, as well as the weather. There’s still a lot of things to be learned.”

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Photo by: Olivier Delorme

You just finished the opening race of the year in fourth place. Are you happy with that result?

“Our two-stop strategy did not work exactly as we had planned. However, the car was fast and consistent, which is good news. Consistency is the key. The two times we clinched the title, I finished several times on the podium and I also won races. When races didn’t go our way, we finished in the top 5 or near the top 5 to score valuable points. You have to understand that if it’s not your day, well wrap it up and bring the car home in one piece. Getting excited doesn’t serve the purpose. Crashing a car that doesn’t handle well will just give more work to the guys, for nothing. You go back home with no points and a damaged race car. So, I think it’s a good start, our set-up worked well and I look forward to the next races.”

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin

Photo by: Olivier Delorme

 

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