The Quebec drivers and their spouses at the GP3R – 7th and final article of the series
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin & Sheila – Meeting 07/8/2014 – 08:00 p.m.
Since the beginning of this series of articles « The Quebec drivers and their spouses at the GP3R 2014 », 7 weeks ago, I had planned on keeping this one for the very end.
The reason was quite simple. At the time of our meeting at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières, this week’s featured driver, native of this region, got there, besides, as the championship leader. It would have been like selling the “puch” at the beginning of the story. And mostly, I had like… a little feeling…
Well… Time proved me right!!
For those of you who are less familiar with the NASCAR Canadian Tire NCATS season, you must know that, at the time of publishing this article, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has just (since Saturday September 20th) won his first Championship!
So this week, I have the chance, the privilege and the honor to present you with my interview with Louis-Philippe (LP) Dumoulin and his spouse Sheila.
Right from the start, an immense thank you to both of them for accepting this meeting with me at the GP3R. I talked about it in previous articles, but a Quebecer, in Trois-Rivières, a Dumoulin to top it off, is very, very requested. So, once again Thank You ! Gratitudes also, to Jessica Ménard for giving me the chance to materialize this meeting.
I met LP and Sheila in the VIP lounge of Dumoulin Compétition, which is located just near the Start-Finish line. They had just come back from a meeting with clients of theirs and I was able to sit down with them for around 45 minutes. A very pleasant meeting with a charming, and always smiling couple.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s pay honour to whom honour is due.
Meeting with a Champion !!
- Gentlemen, how long have you been driving?
« I have been racing for around 21 years » Louis-Philippe tells me. « In different series (Formula 1600, Porsche GT3 Cup series and American LeMans, among others) ».
- How long have you guys been together?
After an accomplice look: “We’re together since 18 months…No, 2 years… And we got married last May (2014) actually in our 5th year together” they told me.
- How did you meet? (Race weekend, related friends or other?)
They both answer laughing: « We met on December 25th, through mutual friends. As a matter of fact, it was at Marc-André Bergeron’s (former defenseman for the Montréal Canadiens and actual driver in the CTCC series)”.
- Where do you live?
“We are living in Trois-Rivières and also in Mont-Tremblant, where we share a house with my brother Jean-François” they said.
- Before the beginning of a race, do you have any ritual, routine, particular superstition? (i.e.: hand signs, gestures)
LP and Sheila confirmed: « Oh yes !! Before every race, we need 2 hours for ourselves, alone. No journalists, no interviews, no team member. Just the two of us”.
- Ladies, would you “risk” yourselves at giving advice to your man regarding a race?
Sheila says : « I give him basic advice, you know, like be careful, things like that. But it could also happen that I would give my opinion on certain points ».
- Gentlemen, if so, do you accept the advice?
Louis-Philippe answers affirmatively: « Yes, no problem at all. You see Pat, we’re on the same line of thinking. We often, if not always, have the same reactions to the same situations”.
Ladies, what do you do during a race?
(Watch it on tv? You’re always there to support? You take part in the race, timer in hands to follow the evolution? You’re unable to watch him race?)
Sheila bursts in laughters : « Ohh, me… I’m restless… For real !! Listen, I spend the whole race hitting people around me. I live the race and I make others live (or suffer!?!) it as well…” she says laughing. With a demonstration in support !!
Editor’s note : I can also add, to have witnessed it on many occasions, that, at the end of races, depending on Lp’s results, Sheila can be seen with him in the pits or on the podium.
- Gentlemen, do you race full time?
LP : « Yes. But I also give race driving lessons and I’m a race driving instructor and coach, among others, at the Mont-Tremblant Circuit (Ferrari Challenge, Jim Russell School, Porsche and others).
- Is conciliating family/race (+ other work, if so) difficult?
Sheila mentions it’s relatively easy: « I’m the owner of my dentist clinic. So it’s pretty easy for me to organize my schedule regarding race week-ends… »
On the Sunday race, Louis-Philippe, qualified for the start in 2nd place, took an early lead, at the wheel of the #47 Dodge of the « WeatherTech Canada/Groupe Bellemare » team, to finally earn the victory in front of his hometown fans. This result, combined to an excellent overall season, lead him to his first NASCAR Canadian Tire series Championship
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I’m also inviting you next week for the conclusion of this series of interviews, « The Quebec drivers and their spouses at the GP3R 2014 », as I will give you, not another interview, this one being the last of seven, but my personal comments and observations on these meetings, overall.
It’s an appointment, next Thursday !!