As Jacques Villeneuve celebrated his 1993 Toyota Atlantic title success and plotted his ascent to Indycar, a fellow Canadian, who was once thought to possess just as much talent and who shared the same ample backing from the Player's tobacco firm as the future world champion, was in a Montreal hospital bed dying from an AIDS related illness.
On November 21 1993 he tragically succumbed. His name was Stephane Proulx and he was just 27 years of age.
Only a few years earlier Proulx had been touted as the next big Canadian hope, the Player's budget he had sourced and lobbied for (including phone calls from a prison cell - more on this later) was nailed on and he had moved to the UK for a crack at Formula 3000.
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