Norman Legault purchases Canadian GP rights

MONTREAL, May 22, 1996 - Normand Legault, race director of the Canadian Grand Prix, announced today he will purchase rights to promote the Formula One race beginning next year. Legault said he had an agreement in principle with ...

MONTREAL, May 22, 1996 - Normand Legault, race director of the Canadian Grand Prix, announced today he will purchase rights to promote the Formula One race beginning next year. Legault said he had an agreement in principle with Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone on a five-year contract to promote the race. ``It should be finalized over the course of the summer," said Legault. ``I feel confident that I know this business pretty well. Molson-O'Keefe Brewery, which has promoted the race for the past decade, announced in late March it would give up its rights after this year's June 16th race June 16. A Molson spokesman said the brewery balked when Ecclestone raised the rights fee to $10 million per year. Seating capacity at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been dou- bled to about 60,000 for this year's race in anticipation of local favorite Jacques Villeneuve's first Canadian Grand Prix. Legault said tickets were nearly sold out. Including standing room, up to 90,000 spectators are expected for race day. Organizers also announced that a Ferrari Challenge race has been added to the three-day race weekend, joining the F-1600, Toyota Atlantic, and Enduroseries events on the undercard to the Formula One race.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Gilles Villeneuve , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Ferrari