Tough End To Strong Speedfest Run For Theriault

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Accident Collects BKR Driver While Running Inside The Top-5


CORDELE, Ga. – Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, saw a promising run get collected in someone else's mess as he finished 13th in the ARCA/CRA Super Series Speedfest 200 at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga., on Sunday, Jan. 27.


Theriault was among the fastest cars in two days of practice on the .400-mile oval, qualified inside the Top-10 in the 32-car field and was leading with less than 70 laps remaining in the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford Fusion when troubles hit. A broken throttle spring left him with only a quarter-throttle before a timely caution flag flew, after which he marched back inside the Top-5 only to get turned from behind in Turn 3 and effectively take him out of contention.


“I was really encouraged with the way the weekend progressed,” said Theriault, who enters his second full season with BKR. “I thought we did a pretty decent job of staying on top of the track all weekend. We had a decent qualifying effort, and I thought we had a pretty good shot at (winning). Judging by how things went last year for us as a team, this was probably our best shot at winning a race.


“Even with the way it ended, it was encouraging to come out as strong as we were this weekend.”


Theriault paced himself over the first half of the two-segment race. He lined up to start the final 100-lap segment in fifth place on the grid after a two-tire pit stop. By Lap 135, he had taken over the lead.


That track position proved to be crucial on a day where it was notoriously tough to pass under green flag conditions. Even after fixing the throttle issue and staying on the lead lap, Theriault couldn't avoid the carnage that dotted the final third of the event.


“As much of a wreckfest as that race was, it was almost impossible to avoid all of them,” Theriault said. “We ended up getting collected and getting into someone else's (accident). It tore the fenders off it and wrecked the car, so we fixed it as best we could and just rode around, making circles. A Top-15 isn't horrible, but it's definitely not what we were capable of or deserved.


“All in all, it was a very productive weekend. We're building communication every week, every time (crew chief Gary Crooks) and I go to the track. That was one of the things we set as a goal for this year, and I feel like it was better than last year, and that was some of the reason I felt we had a chance to win this weekend. Everything was clicking pretty decent.”


Theriault returns to the seat of the BKR No. 29 Ford on March 15 for a PASS South Series race at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.


“I'm really encouraged,” he said. “We're capable of good things this year.”




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MIS Track President Roger Curtis will also be at the CME to chat with Canadian NASCAR fans


(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 28, 2013) The Sprint Cup trophy is the most coveted and prestigious award in North American motorsports. It will make its Canadian debut in the Michigan International Speedway booth during the Canadian Motorsports Expo powered by Inside Track News.


The show takes place February 8-10 at Toronto’s International Centre. MIS Track President Roger Curtis will also be in attendance at the CME, and is looking forward to connecting with Canadian racing fans.

“It’s been fun taking the trophy around to display for fans to see,” said Curtis. “I’m looking forward to bringing the trophy to Canada and talking with the fans at the Canadian Motorsports Expo. Each year thousands of fans come to Michigan International Speedway, from Canada, to watch the races and this is our way to bring NASCAR to Canada.”

This past November, Michigan native Brad Keselowski was presented the Sprint Cup trophy following the NASCAR season finale in Florida. His achievement permanently added his name to the list of NASCAR’s legendary champions.

“It was fun watching a Michigan native in Brad Keselowski win the 2012 NASCAR Championship,” continued Curtis. “I know how much it meant to him and his entire team. Seeing Roger Penske and Keselowski win this championship transcends sports and reflects on the pride we have in seeing the results of Michigan-style dedication, passion and hard work.”

The sterling silver trophy, which stands 24 inches (61 cm) tall and weighs in at 27 pounds (12 kg) was designed by artist Bruce Newman and created by legendary silversmiths Tiffany & Company. The trophy that will be on display at the Canadian Motorsports Expo travels around the country as part of the Sprint Experience and is one of three produced for NASCAR. The other two trophies remain on permanent display at Daytona and in NASCAR’s New York offices.

Fans at this year’s Canadian Motorsport Expo will be encouraged to have their photographs taken with the Sprint Cup trophy and will have the opportunity to speak with the man who made this opportunity possible, MIS Track President Roger Curtis.

“When we heard that Michigan International Speedway would be coming to the CME, we were very excited,” said show co-promoter David Weber. “And then when they told us that they were bringing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Trophy and Track President Roger Curtis, it blew us away. Roger Curtis is doing great things at MIS and we’re honoured to have him and members of his team at the show. And the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy is something that racing fans can only usually see on TV. Being able to see it up close and have a picture taken with it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to the MIS booth.”


ABOUT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, boasts a proud, 45-year history of hosting America's best racing action on its 1,400-plus acres in the scenic Irish Hills. With 18 degree banking and 73-foot wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway provides drivers with three and four grooves to run around the two-mile speedway. For more info, visit www.MISpeedway.com


ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans, including celebrity appearances by NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and Michael Waltrip. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.


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The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre


(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 28, 2013) The premise behind the Canadian Motorsports Expo powered by Inside Track Motorsports News is to provide a ‘one-stop’ show and marketplace, catering not only to the race fan, but also to the on-track competitor and their support teams.

That concept makes the CME the perfect platform for such operations as Ilker and Isabel Starck’s Toronto-based SportsCar Boutique.


We’ve been at the Canadian Motorsports Expo for the past several years, because these are the people we want to reach,” states Ilker Starck. “From the beginning racer to the pro, our business is directly related to their efforts.”

Founded in 2010, the SportsCar Boutique features a three-pronged automotive business plan.

As a service and repair centre, the licensed technicians at SportsCar Boutique focus on exotic marques such as Porsche, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari and Lamborghini. Alongside their service capabilities, this department also offers a Wheel and Tire Mounting Service, as well as Alignment and Corner Balancing for any high performance vehicles.

The retail branch of SportsCar Boutique has, in two short years, grown into a leading source for racing gear, helmets and HANS devices in Ontario. With regards to their race wear lines, SportsCar Boutique is the Canadian distributor for AlpineStars racing gear, and a factory authorized dealer for the top-of-the-line Stilo Helmets and Schroth Safety harness. They are also the Canadian distributors for PAGID RS, manufacturers of racing brake pads.

“Our product selection will be our primary focus at this year’s Canadian Motorsports Expo,” continues Starck. “We haven’t forgotten about the automotive enthusiast and their street machinery, but what we will have on display will be geared more towards the competitor. We plan a No Tax Event, and will be offering special deals all weekend long, on helmets and race wear.”

Although their full line of automotive accessories will not be on hand at the CME, SportsCar Boutique regularly stocks parts for a distinguished clientele from its Thornhill, Ont. base, handling such brands as BMC air filters, Brembo and Pagid brake pads, HRE wheels and Recaro seats.

The third aspect of the Starck’s business plan revolves around SCB Racing, providing race car preparation and trackside services for clients competing in events on the amateur CASC regional and PCA Club level, as well as on the semi-professional IMSA GT-3 Cup Challenge tour.

“The full staff of SCB Racing will be on hand at the CME show to answer any questions people might have regarding what we can offer them, in getting them to the track fully prepared, and then keeping them running successfully and safely once they get there.”

Concludes Starck, “The Canadian Motorsports Expo is a great opportunity for us to meet with our existing clients, as well as to introduce ourselves to potential new customers. The people who come to the Expo are the backbone of our business, and it is very important for us to have the opportunity to meet with them on a professional basis, against this motorsports backdrop.”


ABOUT SPORTSCAR BOUTIQUE: The store and service centre is located at 85 Glen Cameron Drive in Thornhill, Ontario, with store hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. SportsCar Boutique has recently added an online order system to their business, and full information can be found on their website, www.sportscarboutique.com. Telephone inquiries can be made, toll-free at (888) 389-8848.


ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.


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Le 3 février à l'Autodrome St-Eustache

La table est mise pour le CHALLENGE SUR NEIGE

Ce n’est pas la neige qui manque et la température semble s’adoucir un peu, les éléments sont donc en place pour que la 3e édition du Challenge sur neige connaisse un succès, tant au niveau participation qu’au niveau de l’assistance. Si on se rappelle bien, l’édition de 2012 s’était déroulée avec succès avec un froib sibérien qui n’avait pas empêché les amateurs de se présenter en grand nombre pour cet événement de courses de stock cars sur le circuit ovale enneigé et  modifié de l’Autodrome St-Eustache.


Parmis les pilotes inscrits, les gagnants des deux finales de l’an passé en traction 4 cylindres, MAXIME PELLETIER de Mascouche et  DAVE TAYLOR de Candiac sur la rive-sud ont déjà condirmé leurs présences ce week-end, ainsi que le gagnant de la catégorie « 4 roues motrices » STÉPHANE LANGEVIN. Également parmi les pilotes confirmés,  le gagnant de la première édition en 2011 MARTIN LACOMBE et d’autres favoris, des réguliers des courses estivales Jason Morand et Patrick Boucher, ainsi que plusieurs autres dans les catégories Traction 4 cylindres, Propulsion et 4 roues motrices.




Photos ci-dessus : les gagnants 2012 des finales de la classe principale, Dave Taylor  et Maxime Pelletier

Une présence qui ne passera pas innaperçue, le promoteur Charest a eu la confirmation de la présence réputée et populaire pilote NASCAR Isabelle Tremblay qui, incidemment sera des nôtres lors de la course NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE qui aura lieu le 27 juillet prochain à l’Autodrome St-Eustache.


«C’est avec joie que j’ai accepté l’invitation de Dave de participer à son événement du 3 février et de venir m’amuser avec mes anciens compétiteurs à cet endroit où j’ai connu mes première heures de gloire avec ma première victoire en carrière lors de l’Enduro 200 et mon premier championnat de division. Bien que j’y sois par plaisir, je n’y vais pas pour parader et mes concurrents n’auront qu’à se tenir durant la course »…de préciser la sympathique pilote de la région de St-Jérôme dans les Laurentides.

Une cinquantaine de pilotes sont attendus pour cet événement hivernal. Les puits ouvriront à dix heures, des sessions de pratiques sont au programme durant l’avant-midi et c’est sur le coup de 13h00 que les épreuves de qualifications débuteront et seront suivies des finales de chaque division qui se termineront vers 16h30. Les coûts d’inscription sont de 30$ pour les voitures, tandis que le public aura droit d’accès au site pour 15$, les enfants de 12 ans et moins,  qui auront droit à de la délicieuse  tire sur la neige  de la Famille Constantin seront admis gratuitement. Une cafeteria pouvant contenir 200 personnes est également disponible pour ceux qui veulent regarder les compétitions bien au chaud.


Pour informations on appelle au 450-472-6222 ou au 514-885-8194 et pour les réservations de numéros on contacte Yves Ladouceur au 450-735-4444. La règlementation est également disponible sur le site www.anca-qc.com .


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Rolex 24 Daytona – 24 au 27 janvier 2013


Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, 27 janvier 2013 – Jean-François Dumoulin et ses coéquipiers de Park Place Motorsports ont franchi la ligne d’arrivée du circuit Daytona International Speedway en 14e position dans la classe GT cet après-midi. Le Québécois raconte avec enthousiasme son week-end. La piste de Daytona et l’évènement en lui-même ne revêtent pas une nouveauté pour lui, toutefois, c’est toujours avec une certaine frénésie qu’il pilote sur ce prestigieux et mythique circuit qui lui a souri à plusieurs reprises.


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Rolex 24 Daytona – January 24th to 27th, 2013


Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, January 27th, 2013 – Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Park Place Motorsports teammates crossed the Daytona International Speedway finish line in 14th place this afternoon, in the GT class. The Quebecer retells his weekend with enthusiasm. The Daytona circuit and event itself are not new to him, but every return to this prestigious and mythical circuit brings excitement.  


 C’est d’ailleurs avec conviction et ténacité que Jean-François Dumoulin s’est élancé de la trentième place au départ de la 51e édition des 24 Heures de Daytona hier (26 janvier), au volant de la Porsche GT3 Cup n°72 Vess Energy Services. Dès les premiers tours, le Québécois gagne des positions, toutefois, un arrêt aux puits est nécessaire lorsque la roue avant droite commence à se dévisser.


« Le boulon de la roue était coincé et il a fallu un certain temps pour le changer. Je suis retourné en piste, mais l’équipe a eu une pénalité et j’ai dû entrer de nouveau aux puits. Les six tours de retard ne nous ont pas permis de remonter davantage », explique Jean-François Dumoulin.


Les coéquipiers de Park Place Motorsports, Mike Vess, Mike Skeen, Chuck Cole, Grant Phipps et Jean-François Dumoulin ont effectué une remontée de 16 positions (30e à la 14e place). Suivant la stratégie de l’équipe, la Porsche GT3 Cup n°72 Vess Energy Services s’est comportée de façon optimale pour leur permettre de terminer l’épreuve. « Nous avions une bonne voiture, des pilotes performants. Tout était coordonné, le rythme en piste, les temps, la rotation des pilotes. Malgré tout, nous étions compétitifs », ajoute l’instructeur de pilotage qui comptabilise environ sept heures de piste.


Jean-François Dumoulin a particulièrement apprécié la collaboration avec l’ensemble des membres de Park Place Motorsports, une équipe des plus professionnelles. « Ils ont beaucoup d’expérience, c’est une très bonne équipe, composée de pilotes et de mécanos talentueux provenant de partout à travers le monde. Je suis très content d’avoir compétitionné avec eux », précise le Québécois.


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It is with conviction and tenacity that Jean-Francois Dumoulin started from the thirtieth position in the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona yesterday (January 26th), at the wheel of the n°72 Vess Energy Services Porsche GT3 Cup. From the very first laps, the Quebecer gained positions but a pit stop was necessary when the front wheel started to loosen.


« The wheel nut was jammed and required a certain amount of time to be changed. After being able to return to the track the team received a penalty and was required to return to the pits. The six laps lost did not permit us to return on the lead lap », explains Jean-Francois Dumoulin.


The Park Place Motorsports teammates, Mike Vess, Mike Skeen, Chuck Cole, Grant Phipps and Jean-Francois Dumoulin were able to gain 16 positions (from 30th to 14th place). Following the teams’ strategy, the n°72 Vess Energy Services Porsche GT3 Cup behaved optimally allowing the team to cross the finish line. « We had a great car with performing drivers. Everything was coordinated, the track rhythm, the timing and driver rotations. Even with everything that occurred we were competitive », adds the International Driving Instructor, totalling seven hours of track time.


Jean-Francois Dumoulin most appreciated the collaboration with the professional Park Place Motorsports team. « A great team with a lot of experience, talented drivers and mechanics from all around the world. I am very pleased to have competed with them », states the Quebecer.


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Rolex 24 Daytona – 24 au 27 janvier 2013


Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada, 27 janvier 2013 - Habitué des circuits routiers et fort de son expérience en épreuve d'endurance ce week-end, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin se retrouvait pour la première fois à bord d'une Daytona Prototype et il se dit prêt à renouveler l'expérience. L'écurie BTE Sport, supportée par DAC Aviation, a été confrontée à plusieurs embûches survenues depuis le début des activités de la 51e édition des 24h de Daytona. Après plus de 14 heures de compétition, les ennuis mécaniques ont forcé l'équipe à retirer de l'épreuve la Ford Riley n°27.


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Rolex 24 at Daytona – January 24th to 27th, 2013


Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, January 27th, 2013 – Specialized in road circuits, with unyielding experiences in endurance races, this weekend was the first time Louis-Philippe Dumoulin found himself aboard a Daytona Prototype and already wishes to renew this experience. BTE Sport team, sponsored by DAC Aviation, faced several complications in the early onset of the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona. After more than 14 hours of racing the mechanical issues resulted in the team's decision to withdraw the # 27 Ford Riley from the race.


Louis-Philippe Dumoulin a pris le relais, 3h30 après le départ de l'épreuve (quatre heures en piste au total de jour et de nuit) et ce, avec très peu de tours effectués lors des séances d'essais (jeudi 24 et vendredi 25). « J'ai dû m'adapter très très rapidement et je me suis senti dans mon élément presque instantanément, c'est comme si j'avais déjà conduit ce genre de bolide. Les meilleurs pilotes au monde participent aux 24h et c'était un honneur d'être en piste avec eux », partage-t-il.


Le travail incessant des mécaniciens de l'équipe BTE Sport doit être souligné. Ils ont tout mis en œuvre pour que la Ford Riley puisse poursuivre la course. L'écurie montréalaise et les pilotes Emmanuel Anassis (Montréal, Québec), propriétaire de DAC Aviation, Anthony Massari (Tampa, Florida), Doug Peterson (Bonita Springs, Florida) se disent satisfaits du professionnalisme, de la constance de Louis-Philippe Dumoulin et de leur collaboration.


Déjà lors des essais de jeudi dernier (24 janvier), BTE Sport avait fait face à des complications toutefois, ils avaient réussi à stabiliser la voiture pour le départ de la course. Plusieurs avaries mécaniques (transmission, devant de la voiture, freins) en piste ont obligé la Ford Riley n° 27 à retraiter aux puits régulièrement.


« C'était la première participation de BTE Sport aux 24h en Daytona Prototype, le tout s'est décidé avant les Fêtes pour eux. L'équipe mécanique a travaillé très fort pour assurer la continuité de la course toutefois, les aller-retour au garage se sont multipliés et ils ont décidé de se retirer définitivement de l'épreuve vers 5h ce matin. Sans les ennuis mécaniques nous aurions pu terminer dans le top-8 », explique Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.


Saison 2013 – Série NASCAR Canadian Tire

Depuis la fin de la saison dernière, des discussions positives se poursuivent avec WeatherTech Canada concernant le renouvellement d'une entente pour l'ensemble de la saison 2013 en Série NASCAR Canadian Tire. Les détails devraient être communiqués dans les prochaines semaines.


DAC Aviation est un fournisseur de services d'affrètement aérien depuis plus de 16 ans, opérant dans des domaines tels que le Soudan, la République démocratique du Congo, la Somalie, la Zambie, l'Angola, l'Ethiopie et récemment en Afghanistan. [...] DAC a toujours adapté ses activités pour répondre aux exigences des missions humanitaires et de maintien de la paix et pour s'assurer que le plus haut niveau de sécurité est constamment maintenu. Comme la plupart des histoires à succès, celle de DAC a commencé avec une idée et une détermination inébranlable de faire une différence. […] Au début des années 1990, Emmanuel Anassis, Président et fondateur de DAC Aviation, identifia un manque dans le marché du transport aérien de l'aide humanitaire en Afrique. Travaillant alors comme pilote de brousse en Afrique de l'Est, il remarqua que les organisations d'aide humanitaire internationales n'avaient pas accès à un fournisseur de transport aérien stable, fiable et sécuritaire. En réponse à ce besoin du marché, DAC commence ses opérations en 1991 avec un seul avion DHC-5 Buffalo, un contrat avec le Programme Alimentaire Mondial et une poignée d'ingénieurs dédiés à répondre aux demandes d'entretien.

Source : http://www.dacaviation.com


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Rencontrez Louis-Philippe Dumoulin sur www.weatherTech.ca.


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Three and a half hours after the start Louis-Philippe Dumoulin took the wheel (completing a total track time of four hours, day and night) and this with very few practice laps completed (Thursday 24th and Friday 25th).  « I had to adapt myself very, very quickly and I felt at ease almost instantly. It was as if I had previously driven in this type of car. The world's best drivers participate in the 24 Hours at Daytona and it was an honor to race amongst them », shares Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.


The BTE Sport mechanical teams' relentless efforts must be underlined. They did everything possible to enable the Ford Riley to continue the race. The Montreal based team and their drivers Emmanuel Anassis (Montreal, Quebec), owner of DAC Aviation, Anthony Massari (Tampa, Florida), and Doug Peterson (Bonita Springs, Florida) are satisfied with Louis-Philippe Dumoulins' professionalism, consistency and overall collaboration.


During Thursday's practice session (January 24th), the team had already faced complications but they were able to stabilize the Daytona Prototype prior to race start. The numerous mechanical problems (Transmission, brakes and front-end) forced the # 27 Ford Riley to make regular pit stops. 


« It was BTE Sport's first 24 Hours participation in a Daytona Prototype. For them, everything had been decided before the holidays. The mechanics worked extremely hard to keep up with the car's maintenance during the race, but as the pit stops multiplied they decided to officially withdraw around 5 am this morning. If it were not for the mechanical issues we could have completed in the top-8 », explains Louis-Philippe Dumoulin.


2013 Season – NASCAR Canadian Tire Series

Since the end of last years' season, discussions have been underway with WeatherTech Canada regarding a renewal agreement for the 2013 season in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. More details to follow in upcoming weeks.


DAC Aviation has been a provider of air charter services for over 16 years, operating in areas such as Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Zambia, Angola, Ethiopia and recently Afghanistan. […] DAC has always tailored all its operations to meet the demands of humanitarian and peacekeeping missions and to ensure that the highest level of safety is constantly upheld. Having worked with numerous international organizations expecting the highest level of quality from its flight operator, The DAC Aviation Group has placed much emphasis on providing a value added service that is both safe and reliable. The Wilson Airport headquarters in Nairobi Kenya house our management, support and maintenance staff. The 300 plus employees make up a team of highly qualified professionals trained to work in the most challenging of environments. […]As most success stories, DAC's began with an idea and an unwavering determination to make a difference. In the early 1990's Emmanuel Anassis, DAC Aviation's chairman and founder, identified a gap in the African humanitarian air transportation market. Working as a bush pilot in east Africa he noticed that what international humanitarian aid organizations were lacking was access to a stable, reliable and safe air service provider. In response to this identified market need, DAC began operations in 1991 with a single DHC-5 Buffalo aircraft, a contract with the World Food Programme and a handful of dedicated engineers to support the maintenance requirements.

Source: http://www.dacaviation.com


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The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre


(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 25, 2013) On Sunday, February 10, NASCAR star Kyle Busch will be the headline star at the Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News, signing autographs for fans and participating in an on-stage Q&A session. The CME takes place February 8-10 at Toronto’s International Centre.



Known for his talent and intensity as a driver, Busch is one of NASCAR’s most popular and prominent competitors. And with a combined 105 career victories in NASCAR’s three top touring series – which puts him third behind Hall of Fame legends Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (106) – Kyle Busch is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport.


One week after his appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, Busch will be at Daytona International Speedway to take part in qualifying in advance of the season-opening Daytona 500. Compared to his lofty standards, Busch had a relatively difficult season in 2012 and he’s looking forward to returning to his winning ways in 2013, and that includes challenging for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Prior to signing autographs for the fans, at the CME, Busch will be on stage to discuss his career and the upcoming NASCAR season. The 27 year old has raced in Canada several times and appreciates how passionate Canadian racing fans are.


“Every time that I’ve raced north of the border – whether it be Late Models at Delaware Speedway or in the Nationwide Series at Montreal – I’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm of the Canadian fans, so I’m looking forward to being a part of the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Toronto next month,” said Busch, who is a five-time qualifier for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. “Although the Sprint Cup Series doesn’t have an event in Canada, most weekends you see Canadian flags flying in the camping areas, especially at the Northern tracks – Michigan, Watkins Glen, New Hampshire – where they draw a lot of Canadian fans, so this will be a good chance to meet those folks and let them know that we appreciate their support.”


Discussing Kyle Busch’s appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, show co-promoter David Weber said, “We are extremely excited to announce that Kyle Busch will be our headline star on Sunday, February 10 at the CME. Over the years, the show has presented some of racing’s biggest personalities and having Kyle Busch as this year’s featured guest continues that tradition. We’re very pleased with the way that the 7th annual CME is coming together and we’re confident that with the support of the fans and the racing community, it will be the best CME yet.”

Details surrounding Kyle Busch’s appearance at the CME will be announced shortly. For updates on this and other CME news, visit the website at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.


ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including news, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com.


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Trois-Rivières, le 25 janvier 2013 – C’est avec enthousiasme que Louis-Philippe Dumoulin se joint à l’équipe BTE Sport, supportée par DAC Aviation, pour la 51e édition du Rolex24 de Daytona. Le Québécois sera au volant de la Ford Riley n°27 pour le départ de ce prestigieux évènement ce samedi 26 janvier à 15h30.



Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, January 25th, 2013 – It is with enthusiasm that Louis-Philippe Dumoulin joins the BTE Sport team supported by DAC Aviation for 51st Rolex24 at Daytona edition. The Quebecer will drive the n°27 Ford Riley for the start of this prestigious event this Saturday, January 26th at 3:30 pm.



Louis-Philippe Dumoulin n’en est pas à ses premières armes en épreuves d’endurance. Il est d’ailleurs le seul Canadien en 2012 à être monté sur le podium lors de la légendaire épreuve d’endurance des 12h de Sebring. Dumoulin et ses coéquipiers de l’équipe Alex Job Racing/WeatherTech avaient signé la deuxième position dans leur catégorie. Le Québécois a également foulé par le passé le mythique tracé du Daytona International Speedway notamment en 2008 (Porsche GT3 - Série Sports Car), en Formule Renault (2004) et en Formule Atlantique (2003), toutefois, ce sera sa première participation aux 24h en Daytona Prototype.


« L’entente s’est conclue à la dernière minute, c’est un contact professionnel de mon frère [Jean-François Dumoulin]. C’est le rush ici. Nous avons eu des complications avec la voiture hier, elle était très survireuse, des soucis avec l’arrière de la voiture et au freinage. Mais l’équipe a réussi à stabiliser le tout », partage Louis-Philippe Dumoulin ce matin, dans la voiture juste avant le départ pour la dernière séance d’essais.


Louis-Philippe Dumoulin et ses coéquipiers, Emmanuel Anassis (Montréal, Québec), Anthony Massari (Tampa, Florida), Doug Peterson (Bonita Springs, Florida) sont impatients d’être en piste demain. Le Québécois est modéré dans ses propos face aux attentes pour la course.

« Je suis leur quatrième pilote, on suit le rythme, une étape à la fois et j’ai hâte de pouvoir faire plus de cinq tours. Lors des essais d’hier, ils étaient satisfaits de mes performances. L’objectif est de terminer la course, être stratégique pour franchir la ligne d’arrivée », conclut l’instructeur de pilotage à l’international.


Départ du Rolex24 : samedi 26 janvier à 15h30 (HNE). Les faits saillants de la course seront diffusés sur Facebook, Twitter et par courriel tout au long du week-end.

Pour suivre la course en direct - Live Timing - http://www.grand-am.com/Home.aspx


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This will not be Louis-Philippe Dumoulin’s endurance debut. The only Canadian to have climbed on the podium at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring in 2012. Dumoulin and his teammates from Alex Job Racing/ WeatherTech finished the event with a strong second place in their category.

This will not be the Quebecers first laps on the Daytona International Speedway, with performances notably in 2008 (Porsche GT3 - Sports Car Series), Formula Renault (2004) and Formula Atlantic (2003) however, this will be his first participation in a Daytona Prototype.

"This last minute agreement was a professional contact of my brother [Jean-Francois Dumoulin]. Here everything is rushed. Yesterday we experienced complications, the n°27 Ford Riley was over steering, we also had issues with the rear-end and the brakes, but the team was able to stabilize everything", shared Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in the car prior to participating in the last test session.

Louis-Philippe Dumoulin and his teammates, Emmanuel Anassis (Montreal, Quebec), Anthony Massari (Tampa, Florida), Doug Peterson (Bonita Springs, Florida) are eager to be on track tomorrow. The Quebecer remains with moderate expectations for the race.

"They were satisfied with my performances during yesterday’s practice session and I am the team’s fourth driver. We are keeping with the pace, one step at a time and I look forward to completing more than five laps. The objective is to be strategic and cross the finish line", states the International Driving Instructor.


Rolex24 Event: Saturday, January 26th at 3:30 pm (ET). Highlights of the race will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail throughout the weekend.

Follow the race live - Live Timing - http://www.grand-am.com/Home.aspx



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The Canadian Racing Season Begins February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre


(TORONTO, ON // JANUARY 25, 2013) In recent years, Bruce Biegler’s DragRaceCanada has presented the Quarter-Mile Corral at the Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. The 7th annual CME takes place February 8-10 at Toronto’s International Centre and will feature a significantly expanded drag racing presence thanks to the support of new Corral sponsor Wiseco Performance Parts and the efforts of the drag community’s top promoters and racers.

Drag racing enthusiasts will have more to see than ever before, at the Wiseco Performance Products – DragRaceCanada.com Quarter-Mile Corral at the CME. The Corral will feature a wide variety of straight-line machines representing several series and classes.


Some NHRA Pro cars, as well as machinery from the Pro Modified Racing Association (PMRA), the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products will be on display in the Corral. Also included will be race teams from various Canadian tours including the Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series, the DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series, the Ontario Street Car Association, the Outlaw 10.5 Association, the TNT Super Series, and the Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers.

“I’m very pleased for the expanded recognition and support to the sport of drag racing by our partners at Wiseco Performance Products and Inside Track Motorsport News,” said Bruce Biegler the founder and editor of www.DragRaceCanada.com. “We expect to feature some 15 vehicles at this year’s show, offering racing fans a terrific, broad band vision of innovative cars as well as some sneak previews for the coming season.”

Highlighting the Wiseco Performance Products – DragRaceCanada.com Quarter-Mile Corral will be Canada’s only NHRA Pro Stock car, and Canada’s newest Top Fuel Dragster.

The father and son team of Tony and Mark Martino (from Stoney Creek, Ontario) will bring their Charter Communications GXP to Canada for the first time. Last year, driver Mark Martino made a big impact racing in select NHRA Full Throttle Series national events, following the team’s strategic alignment with North Carolina’s Victor Cagnazzi.

Cagnazzi, one of drag racing’s most respected engine builders, played a critical role in the impressive fourth-place NHRA Full Throttle Series Pro Stock points run by racer Erica Enders.

Racing fans at the CME will also be among the first to see Paton Racing’s all-new Top Fuel dragster. Owned by the father-and-son team of Barry and Todd Paton (from Paris, Ontario), the Patons have significantly updated their Tim Horton’s sponsored operation.

For 2013, they’ve acquired a proven chassis from DSR (Don Schumacher Racing) which competed in 2012 as the U.S. Army Dragster driven by multi-time NHRA Full Throttle World Champion Tony Schumacher.

The Paton Racing display at the CME will also include an expanded Top Fuel experience for fans, offering an up-close look at various components and technologies that go into producing 8,000 horsepower.

In all, the 4,000 square-foot Wiseco – DragRaceCanada Quarter-Mile Corral will give fans a rare and personal opportunity to view a wide range of drag cars and interact with drivers, in a more relaxed environment than exists during hectic race weekends.

“Wiseco Performance Products is very pleased to partner with DragRaceCanada and Inside Track Motorsport News to present the enhanced Quarter-Mile Corral at this year’s CME,” said Wiseco Canada GM Harvey Silverthorn. “We are dedicated to providing top quality products and services to our customers, including drag race competitors across Canada.”

Speaking on behalf of the CME, show co-promoter David Weber said, “We are very grateful for the efforts of Drag Race Canada’s Bruce Biegler and series promoter Bruce Mehlenbacher, and for the support of Wiseco’s Harvey Silverthorn in making drag racing a more prominent part of this year’s CME. The drag racing community is really coming through and we look forward to showcasing some of the top racing machines in the country, and the series they compete in.”

Additional details on the Wiseco – DragRaceCanada Quarter-Mile Corral will be released prior to show time.


ABOUT WISECO PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS: Wiseco Performance Products has been servicing the Canadian racing community from its Woodstock, Ontario location for 30 years. With on-site support at a wide array of racing events, Wiseco has helped many racers to remain in competition, while improving their engines to run at peak performance levels. At this year’s CME, Wiseco Performance Products will be displaying the full line of Wiseco Pistons, K1 Connecting Rods and Crankshafts, and Innovate Fuel Management Systems. The Wiseco booth will be located directly across from the Wiseco Performance Products – Drag Race Canada Quarter-Mile Corral. For more information, visit www.Wiseco.com or call (519) 537-6281.


ABOUT THE PARTICIPATING SERIES: Pro Mod Racing Association (PMRA): www.PMRA.ca; Wiseco Pro Bike & Sled Series (PBSS): www.PBSS.ca; Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts: www.Quick32.ca; Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series: www.SmithPerformance.com/can_am.html; DSE Automotive Sportsman Racing Series: www.DSEautomotive.ca/sportsman-racing-series; Ontario Street Car Association (OSCA): www.RaceOSCA.com; Outlaw 10.5 Association: www.facebook.com/Outlaw10.5Association; Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series: www.TNTsuperseries.com; and the Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers (ONDR): www.FastPass.ca.


ABOUT DRAGRACECANADA.COM: First founded in 1999 by veteran motorsports journalist Bruce Biegler, DragRaceCanada.com is undisputed as Canada’s most visited straight-line racing website featuring coast-to-coast Canadian coverage as well as features from the U.S. and international drag racing scenes. Visit: www.DragRaceCanada.com.


ABOUT THE CME: The 7th Annual Canadian Motorsports Expo Powered by Inside Track Motorsport News takes place February 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at Toronto’s International Centre, adjacent to Pearson International Airport. The show features motorsports content geared to racers and fans. For information about the show, including exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, call (416) 962-7223, or email info@CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. The CME’s website is located at www.CanadianMotorsportsExpo.com. Photos by Bruce Biegler. With files from Tim Miller.


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