"Today was just an awesome day," said Allgaier, who hadn't led a single race all afternoon until that final moment. "Winning in Montreal means so much because all the people in the series enjoy coming here. The atmosphere is great, the fans never disappoint here but the race played out perfectly for us."
As for his collision with Villeneuve on that final lap, Allgaier was apologetic - but not hugely so. "I am really sorry that I took him out, but from what I've heard because I couldn't see it, earlier in the day, that same car spun out the #30 car that just happened to be our teammate," he said, recalling Villeneuve's treatment of Tagliani just a few laps earlier.
"I knew I was closing in on Jacques, but he braked really early into corner 6 and I was certain he had ran out of gas," he explained. "He went really slow and I had too much of a head of steam and was sorry I got into him."
Villeneuve was furious with how he had been denied a home win at the circuit named after his late father, and pulled alongside Allgaier after the finish line to remonstrate with him. "I did not run out of fuel and my engine did not sputter," he said. "I was simply taken out by Allgaier, who used me to slow down in turn 6 on the last lap."
Villneueve's team mate for the day, Sam Hornish Jr., was lucky to have survived two late-race incidents and still walk away with second place, but still felt that they should have done more. "I should feel pretty content with finishing second but I feel that Penske Racing deserved more from this day, considering the two cars that they provided us," he said.
Hornish's second place does boost him up to joint second place with Stenhouse in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, 22pts behind current championship leader Elliott Sadler who finished in fourth place ahead of Ron Fellows (the only former Montreal race winner in the field this year) and Michael McDowell.
Further back, Patrick Carpentier's return to NASCAR road course action - racing this week for charity - had proved to be a frustrating one. An early penalty for overrunning a chicane was soon eclipsed by more serious technical issues with his brakes that sidelined him in the garage for 12 laps before he could resume. Even so, the Canadian was signalling that he'd love to be back again next year - or even a more regular engagement in the series - seemingly putting paid to his previously announced retirement from racing for the time being after all.
Full race results and championship standings