Montreal to get CART race in 2002?

The future of the Vancouver round of the CART FedEx World series is in doubt, and 2001 is expected to be the last time the championship visits

Montreal to get CART race in 2002?

Despite being one of the most successful races on the CART calendar it's believed the race will be moved to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for 2002.

In Vancouver in September temporary CART CEO Bobby Rahal said there was only room for two CART rounds in Canada in the schedule, and that Montreal had a strong pitch.

Vancouver has problems with the landlord of the site, Molstar, as ongoing development of the area threatens the race track. The circuit has already been moved once to accommodate developers.

"We've met with Molstar and discussed the future of the Vancouver race with them," said Rahal. "I will say that this site is problematic. The landlord here is trying to complete a complex, and the track gets in the way. He has plans for it, and I don't know how we fit in those plans."

The two races CART has in Canada at Toronto and Vancouver are in the top five of the most successful in the series.

However, one aspect that hasn't been broached yet is the subject of CART cars running on the same circuit as Formula 1, which would be the case at Montreal. So far they have never run the same configuration of track, to avoid any chance of a comparison.

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