Montreal looks for IRL and NASCAR races

NASCAR and the IRL IndyCar Series could become the keynote events at Canada's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve if it loses its Formula 1 and Champ Car race meetings

Montreal looks for IRL and NASCAR races

In an exclusive interview in this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, Montreal circuit boss Normand Legault vowed to find other attractions to ensure the track's survival if the grand prix is lost.

The Canadian Grand Prix seems almost certain to be axed given the Ottawa government's unwillingness to compromise on anti-tobacco advertising laws. The legislation is also expected to affect the circuit's Champ Car race.

Legault said: "There are various alternatives. We could look at bikes or maybe the IRL - should it decide to do road courses. We could even try to convince NASCAR to come here. They have road races on their calendar, so who knows?"

Canada's justice minister Martin Cauchon will lead a government delegation to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix in a last-ditch attempt to save the Canadian F1 race.

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