The other major race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is in danger of being scrapped.

Montreal fans
Montreal fans

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In addition to hosting the grand prix, Montreal is the only Canadian stop on the NASCAR schedule.

But AP reports that the Quebec government turned down a request for $1 million in support to offset the event's expected $1.6m loss.

"Efforts were made," Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay said. "It's unfortunate, but maybe there will be other events in the future."

Promoter Francois Dumontier is quoted by CTV Montreal: "We were shocked when we learned about it (the decision)."