DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 9, 2002) -- Several racers from Quebec will not have to travel very far this weekend to compete in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series event, September 13-15. As the series prepares for its inaugural race at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, many drivers are looking forward to racing in their homeland for the first time this season.
One of the busier drivers during the Mont-Tremblant 250 will be Jean-Francois Dumoulin, of Trois-Rivières. He is slated to run in two race cars during the 250-mile race. Dumoulin will race the Team Lexus #0 Lexus IS300 in the Sport Touring I class, in which he currently leads the driver points. The 26-year-old racer is also entered to drive the Fiorano Racing #119 Porsche 993 TT in the Grand Sport I class.
"It feels really good to be racing close to home," said Dumoulin. "Mont-Tremblant is where I started racing. It's close to where I work and live. It's really a fun track. I'm sure it's going to draw a lot of people, because it's a nice area with a lot of things to do and places to stay."
Dumoulin will share driving duties in the Porsche with fellow-French Canadian Richard Spenard, of Sainte-Adèle, and Toronto's Robert Julien. Spenard finished second at the last Grand-Am Cup race at Virginia International Raceway, where he raced with Doncaster Racing.
Quebec-based Hyundai Motorsports will field two Hyundai Tiburons in the Sport Touring I class. Mark Craig, of Weir, will pilot the #6 Hyundai with Rhode Island's Steven Gorriaran. Pierre Mandeville, of Montreal, will contest the Sport Touring II class, racing in the DTM Engineering #5 Mazda Miata with Floridian Scooter Gable.
Team owner Benoit Theetge, of Beauport, will team up with Kenny Wilden, of Oakville, Ontario, in the Theetge Motorsports #73 Acura NSX. The duo will run in the Grand Sport II class.
Also running in the GS II class will be Quebec-native Sylvain Tremblay in the SpeedSource #63 Porsche 911. Tremblay, who now resides in Florida, will pull double duty by also racing in the GS I class in his team's #70 Porsche GT3 Cup.
Several Canadians from Ontario are also scheduled to race in the Mont-Tremblant 250, including Dave Lacey (Toronto), Greg Wilkins (Toronto), Devon Powell (Port Perry), Jeff Lapcevich (Caister Centre), David Shep (Toronto), Scott Maxwell (Toronto), David Empringham (Toronto), Ted Martin (Ottawa) and Michael Mori (Toronto).
The racing excitement will get underway at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant this Friday with practice and qualifying sessions for the Mont-Tremblant 250. Saturday will feature Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying for the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, followed by the running of the Grand-Am Cup Mont-Tremblant 250 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale for the event and may be purchased online at www.lecircuit.com.
For additional information on the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series, visit www.grandamcup.com