Excitement is beginning to build in the Canadian province of Quebec for the Aug. 25, 2001, debut of the American Le Mans Series at historic le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Motorsports enters a new era as the venerable track, which has embodied the history and spirit of Canadian racing for 36 years, applies the finishing touches to an extensive renovation project that will be completed by next summer.
"We are extremely pleased that we have been able to rebuilt and upgrade le Circuit Mont-Tremblant to current FIA safety standards while retaining the traditional charisma and ambience of the old circuit," said Circuit President Alan Wilson, who designed the track's modifications.
Among the renovations to Canada's second-oldest existing road course are an enlarged paved paddock, a much-improved pit lane, the addition of a new chicane which can be used as an alternate to the old approach to turn two by high-speed cars, and a crossover link between turns six and 10 that permits the running of two separate race track activities.
The circuit has also been widened to 11 meters and fully repaved for the first time since it opened in 1964. Run-off areas all around the track have been widened, most notably in the track's signature Namerow Turn.
Nestled northwest of Montreal in the splendor of the Laurentian Mountains and in the shadow of the majestic Mont-Tremblant, the circuit, which was the site of Formula One events in 1968 and 1970, has played host to events in a number of North American racing series.