EURO NASCAR FINALS – NASCAR GP BELGIUM 2018
Jean-François Dumoulin: “Doing my first race in NASCAR Whelen Euro is very exciting!”
The Canadian driver is ready for his Euro NASCAR debut in the Circuit Zolder Finals
After welcoming Frederic Gabillon at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in August, Canadian driver/owner and Spectra Premium ambassador Jean-Francois Dumoulin is about to cross the Atlantic and make his Euro NASCAR debut this weekend at the historic Circuit Zolder, in Belgium.
Dumoulin will drive the #04 Spectra Premium Toyota Camry fielded by RDV Competition to complete the first ever driver exchange between International NASCAR series that Euro NASCAR created with Dumoulin Competition and Spectra Premium to provide yet another opportunity for NWES drivers and promote Spectra Premium’s hi-performance radiators on the European market.
“Doing my first race in NASCAR Whelen Euro is very exciting! My expectations are to perform really well, learn the track and do well with the car,” said Dumoulin, who will make his debut in the Euro NASCAR Finals, the event that will crown the European NASCAR Champion on October 20-21. “Obviously I don’t want to interfere too much with the championship battle, but for sure I want to compete and also have fun. The level really high as in our NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The main goal is to perform and do a great appearance with Spectra Premium.”
At RDV Competition, Dumoulin will drive both the ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 Division and complete a stellar lineup for the French team together with Frederic Gabillon and NASCAR legend Bobby Labonte.
“I was very happy to have Fred with us during the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières and meet Franck, Team Owner of RDV Competition. To be part of that team, with Fred Gabillon and Bobby Labonte, is an honor for me. Franck has been a really good help to put a good program for me and he knows that I will do everything I can to perform well on track,” said Dumoulin.
Zolder will not be the first race outside North America for Dumoulin, who can count on a vast experience in Touring Cars and Endurance Racing alongside NASCAR. The 42-year old Trois-Rivières native won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2004 and 2007 in two different categories and is among the veterans of the Canadian NASCAR Series having competed in it since its inception in 2007.
“I have raced in Monza before, also in England with a scholarship and practiced in Spain. I have been a little bit all over the place, but never been to Belgium, neither to France where I am looking forward to visiting the RDV shop and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series office,” said Jean-François. “Zolder is something very special to me as Gilles Villeneuve is one of my idols, as for many Quebecers and racing fans.”
Dumoulin is coming to Zolder after his brother Louis Philippe won the first Canadian NASCAR title for Dumoulin Competition, the team they co-own since two years. L.P.’s title was the second of his NASCAR career.
“We had a great season, I had really good road course races, few issues with the oval races which we are working hard on for next year,” said Jean François, who finished the season with 3 top-5s and 5 top-10s in 10 starts. “My brother L.P. won the championship. He obviously did an amazing job as a driver and with myself as Team Owners. It is a team effort with everybody involved around us. We are pretty excited with this first championship of Dumoulin Competition!”
The European campaign for Jean François Dumoulin will start with a visit to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series headquarters at Blois and RDV Competition’s shop at Chartres in France at the beginning of the week. The team will the move to Belgium, where Dumoulin will take part in the traditional parade in downtown Zolder on Thursday. The Trois-Rivières native will get down to business on Friday with practice, followed by four exciting 16-lap races during the weekend.
“I think that with the amount of track time that the European Series have compared to ours, I should be able to get up to the speed quickly and learn the car and feel the difference with what I’m used to. Obviously, we will see all of that pretty soon!” concluded Dumoulin.
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series weekend from Circuit Zolder will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv, the EuroNASCAR Facebook page and Youtube Channel, the EuroNASCAR Twitter account, Motorsport.tv and a vast network of websites and social media profiles.
Photo Credits: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard
Date – October 20-21
Type – Road Course
Turns – 10
ABOUT NASCAR WHELEN EURO SERIES
The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series was founded in 2008 and established the NASCAR official European Series in January 2012 thanks to a long-term partnership signed with NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), Team FJ, a Motorsports company located in Blois, France, and Whelen Engineering as title sponsor of the Series.The season is made up of 24 races, equally split among ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 divisions, on the best European tracks. Euro NASCAR introduced a stunning innovation on July 7-8, 2012 by organizing the first ever NASCAR race on an oval track in Europe on a half-mile speedway built in the downtown of Tours (France). With four races in two days, these 400 HP V8 monsters provide pure racing action and thrilling bumper-to-bumper battles as well as a lot of family fun around the track! In the pure NASCAR tradition, race fans can get closer to the action than ever and feel the unique in Europe paddock atmosphere thanks to drivers, teams and cars always available for the spectators.The series attracts drivers from all over the world, all willing to fight on track for the win and take the first step towards becoming a NASCAR star in the U.S