Statistical Advance: Analyzing The 100 At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2013) – The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 makes its last of three trips into Quebec on Aug. 9-11 for the 100 as part of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres (Que.). Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of selected drivers at Trois-Rivieres, as well as some other statistical trends:

Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Race Setup

·         Andrew Ranger has four Trois-Rivieres wins in six starts with consecutive victories from 2008 to 2010. His other two efforts at the Quebec event resulted in second-place finishes.
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·         J.R. Fitzpatrick has three top-five GP3R finishes in five tries to go along with two starts from the pole and has led a total of 50 laps on the 1.53-mile race course.

·         Jeff Lapcevich has never finished outside of the top 10 in five Trois-Rivieres starts including top-five finishes in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

·         Scott Steckly has won each of the last three NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events and is just the second driver in series history to win three straight races – D.J. Kennington scored a record five consecutive wins last season.

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series At Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

·         This is the series’ seventh time to participate in the historic Quebec event.

·         The 100 will be telecast live by RDS2 with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Aug. 11 and the race will premiere on TSN at 4:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 18.

·         In the previous six races at the track, there has been an average of 3.0 caution periods for 10.5 laps with earliest coming at Lap 1 last season and the latest at Lap 41 in 2008.

·         In Trois-Rivieres, the average finishing position for the polesitter is 6.33 and the average starting position for the race winner is 4.33.

·         There has been an average of 2.67 lead changes in six GP3R race and an average of 29.5 cars have started the race.

·         Dodge and Ford both have three wins while a Chevrolet has yet to reach Victory Lane.

·         The .012-second margin of victory for Kerry Micks over Andrew Ranger in 2007 is the closest finish in series history.


Circuit de Trois-Rivieres Data

Race: #8 of 12 (8/11/13)

Track Layout: 1.53-mile temporary street course

Race Length: 42 laps (64.26 miles/103.32 kilometers)



1-Lap Qualifying: Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 67.661 seconds, 81.406 mph, Aug. 7, 2011

42-Lap Race: Andrew Ranger, Dodge, 59 min., 24 sec., 64.909 mph, Aug. 15, 2010


Race Winners

Andrew Ranger…………………………….. 4

Robin Buck ………………………………… 1

Kerry Micks ………………………………… 1


Pole Winners

J.R. Fitzpatrick ……………………………. 2

Andrew Ranger…………………………….. 2

L.P. Dumoulin …………………………….. 1

Alex Tagliani ……………………………….. 1


Manufacturer Wins

Dodge ………………………………………. 3

Ford …………………………………………. 3


Laps Led

Andrew Ranger…………………………… 83

J.R. Fitzpatrick ………………………….. 50

Kerry Micks……………………………….. 43


Selected Driver Information:

Ron Beauchamp Jr. (No. 60 Mopar/Exide/Pennzoil Dodge)

·         Finished eighth last season at Trois-Rivieres.

·         Best track finish in six starts was fifth in 2009.

·         Has three straight top-10 finishes dating back to Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, B.C.

·         One of four drivers to start all 82 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


Patrice Brisebois (No. 71 Jiffy Lube Dodge)

·         Finished 22nd last season at Trois-Rivieres.

·         Best GP3R finish in four starts was 17th in 2009.

·         Played in 18 NHL seasons for the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.

·         Is a Player Development Coach for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens.


Jean-Francois Dumoulin (No. 04 Bellemare/Bernier Crepeau Dodge)

·         Scored a career track-best finish of sixth last season at Trois-Rivieres.

·         Has top 10s in four of his six GP3R starts.

·         Was GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST champion in 2002 and GS champ in 2003.

·         Won GT class at Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2007 and SGS class in 2004.


Louis-Philipe Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge)

·         Finished second a season ago in the 100 for his best finish in four starts in the GP3R.

·         Finished fifth in 2011 at Trois-Rivieres.

·         Registered his first Canadian Tire Series victory in the season opener on May 19 on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

·         Scored his first career pole win last season at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

·         Was the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Rookie of the Year.

·         Made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut on Aug. 20, 2012 at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.


J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet)

·         Finished third last year at the GP3R event to equal his track-best finish established in 2010.

·         Has top-10 finishes in four of his five series career starts on the 1.53-mile circuit.

·         Won 100 pole in 2007 and 2008.

·         Has led 50 laps on the Quebec street course.

·         Is the series’ all-time leader in poles with 14.

·         Seven of his eight career series wins have come on road courses – CTMP (3), Edmonton (2) and Montreal (2); his oval track win came in July 2007 at Motoplex Speedway.


Alex Guenette (No. 39 Motos Illimitées/DLGL Dodge)

·         Making track debut this season.

·         Scored a season-best finish of second in last start on July 27 at St. Eustache, Que.

·         Tied with Ryley Seibert atop the series’ rookie-of-the-year standings.


Jason Hathaway (No. 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge)

·         Finished 15th in last year’s GP3R event.

·         Best track finish was third in 2008 edition of the 100.

·         Has top-10 finishes in three of his six Trois-Rivieres starts.

·         One of four drivers to start all 82 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


D.J. Kennington (No. 17 Castrol Edge/Mahindra Tractors Dodge)

·         Scored a fifth-place finish last season in Trois-Rivieres.

·         Best Trois-Rivieres finish was third in 2009.

·         Has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in six GP3R starts.

·         Tops the all-time Canadian Tire Series wins list with 18.

·         Won 2010 and 2012 series championships.

·         Scored a single-season series record of seven wins in 2012.

·         One of four drivers to start all 82 NCATS races.


Jeff Lapcevich (No. 76 Tim Hortons Dodge)

·         Finished ninth in last year’s 100.

·         Scored a GP3R-best finish of fourth in 2007 and 2011.

·         Has a top-10 finish in all five of his Trois-Rivieres starts.

·         Has posted a top-10 finish in four of his last five series starts dating back to last season.

·         Changed car number to 76 from 23 to honor the passing of his father, Joe, earlier this year.


Kerry Micks (No. 02 Leland/Beyond Digital Imaging/Dickies Ford)

·         Placed 12th a year ago on the Quebec street course.

·         Won the series’ inaugural Trois-Rivieres event in 2007.

·         Has top-10 finishes in four of his six GP3R starts.

·         Has led a total of 43 laps on the 1.53-mile Trois-Rivieres course.


Andrew Ranger (No. 27 La Cité de Mirabel Dodge)

·         Won last year’s 100; also won in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

·         Made starts from the GP3R pole in 2010 and 2011.

·         Has led a series-best 83 laps on the 1.53-mile circuit in Trois-Rivieres.

·         Has 14 series career road-course win with nine of those coming in Quebec.

·         His 17 series career wins rank second on series’ all-time list.

·         Won 2007 and 2009 series titles.


Martin Roy (No. 90 Batteries Expert/Gamache Dodge)

·         Finished 24th in last year’s Trois-Rivieres event.

·         Scored a 13th-place finish in his 2011 track debut.

·         Won 2012 series Rookie-of-the-Year honors.


Ryley Seibert (No. 09 Lake Excavating/Emco Waterworks Dodge)

·         Making track debut in this year’s 100.

·         Scored a season-best finish of eighth on July 20 at his home track – Motoplex Speedway.

·         Tied with Alex Guenette in series’ Rookie-of-the-Year standings this season.


Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge)

·         Finished seventh a season ago in the 100.

·         Best track finish was second in 2008.

·         Has top-10 finishes in five of his six Trois-Rivieres starts.

·         Has won each of the last three Canadian Tire Series events.

·         His 14 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series victories rank third on the all-time list.

·         Won 2008 and 2011 series championships.

·         One of four drivers to start all 82 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series races.


Alex Tagliani (No. 28 Dicom Express/EPIPEN/Sennheiser Dodge)

·         Finished 22nd in last GP3R start (2009) with engine problems after starting on the pole.

·         Won Canadian Tire Series race in July 2008 at Edmonton, Alberta.

·         Currently ranks 23rd in IZOD IndyCar Series point standings.

·         Was pole sitter for 2011 Indianapolis 500.

·         Has one win, three poles, three top fives and five top-10 finishes in 15 career NCATS starts.


Jacques Villenueve (No. 24 Dodge Dealers of Quebec Dodge)

·         Scored a fourth-place finish in the 2009 100.

·         Won 1997 Formula One championship.

·         Won 1995 IZOD IndyCar Series (CART) championship.

·         Won 1995 Indianapolis 500.

·         Has 11 career F1 wins to his credit.

·         Has made 20 career NASCAR national series – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (4), NASCAR Nationwide Series (9) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (7) – starts.

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