Stock-Car Montreal, a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, has confirmed the signing of a three-year lease with the Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal that will keep NASCAR's Nationwide Series active on the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
With the Formula One grand prix struck from its calendar this season, Champ Car already been and gone and rumours of a possible A1GP date being treated with scepticism, Normand Legault - who facilitated the agreement between Parc Jean-Drapeau and ISC - is glad to see the NASCAR event continue in the Montreal market.
"This is the best thing that could happen for Montreal's racing future," he claimed, "I've promoted races with ISC for a few years - they have an excellent reputation and sincerely wish to develop a long-lasting relationship with Montreal and its thousands of race fans."
The Nationwide Series has ventured 'north of the border' since 2007, and has proven to be an exciting draw for race fans brought up on F1.
"We are thrilled with today's announcement, and our team looks forward to hosting this unique motorsports event for years to come," said Stock-Car Montreal's François Dumontier, "With the experience we've gained over the last two years, the on-track performances of Canadian drivers such as Ron Fellows and Patrick Carpentier and the growing popularity of NASCAR in our province, we are confident this third edition will be a resounding success.
"Furthermore, with this year's race occurring on an off weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, we plan to attract some of the biggest names in racing to challenge the tight turns and fast straightaways of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve."
Accompanied by the burgeoning Grand-Am sportscar series, NASCAR will return to Montreal for the third consecutive year over the weekend of 29-30 August.