NASCAR Ventures to Canada

NASCAR management expressed an in interest in running a road course race at Montreal's Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, the venue for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix

NASCAR Ventures to Canada

Officials from the series have previously visited the Canadian Grand Prix and the Toronto Champ Car race, however comments from NASCAR CEO George Pyne have made a race in Montreal seem more likely.

According to SHNS, NASCAR is likely to run a Busch race at the venue from 2007, on an open weekend for the premier Nextel Cup, so some of its star drivers were available to appear in the race.

"I think it's more of an 2007 option than '06," Pyne said. "It's a great facility. It's something we'll take a good hard look at but it wouldn't be for the Nextel Cup series."

The Busch series held a championship event outside of the United States for the first time in March this year, in Mexico City.

Pyne added: "Mexico City was a big success, and we feel we can replicate that in Montreal. Canada is a great market, and we've got a strategic alliance with the Canadian Association for Stock Car Racing and we need to have an event up there if that's a market we want to grow in.

"I think we're making a lot of progress. There is a lot of interest among some of the major Canadian corporations to support a NASCAR endeavour. We're working on that and cautiously confident good things will happen.

"But certainly Montreal has a lot to offer."

The venue also hosts a round of the Champ Car World Series. However, the contract expires at the end of 2006.

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