Circuit Mont-Tremblant 2002 program announced

Largest F1 grid in history at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Ferrari Festival and Grand-Am series also featured on action-packed summer program. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, June 26, 2002 The new Circuit Mont-Tremblant, site of legendary racing over...

Largest F1 grid in history at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

Ferrari Festival and Grand-Am series also featured on action-packed summer program.

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, June 26, 2002 The new Circuit Mont-Tremblant, site of legendary racing over the years, will be the setting for three spectacular racing events this summer, starting with the retrospective "Sommet des Legendes", on July 12-14. The picturesque Circuit, which has undergone extensive renovations in recent years, will also be hosting a week-long Ferrari Festival, July 23-28, as well as a race in the Grand American Road Racing series, September 13-15.

In what promises to be a nostalgic trip through time for racing fans, the "Sommet des Legendes" will have the largest starting grid of past-era Formula 1 cars in North American history, with a field of at least 32 cars. In addition to the historic F1 cars, there will be four other classes in race competition Can-Am, GT/production cars, sports cars from the '50s and pre-war models. The idea of bringing these cars of yesteryear together for such an event stems from similar competitions that are held annually in Monterey (U.S.) and Goodwood (Great Britain).

This Circuit Mont-Tremblant event, which is unique in Canada, will have close to 125 cars from other eras, including Gilles Villeneuve's (1980) Ferrari 312T5 and Tazio Nuvolari's (1935) Alfa Romeo Tipo C. All of the great constructors of the past and current era will be represented, including McLaren, Lotus, Cooper, Maserati, Bentley, Aston Martin, Shadow, March and Bugatti.

Practice sessions will be run on Friday, July 12, while qualifying on Saturday and Sunday will see five races capped by the historic F1.

"We want to create and nurture a motor-sports program that will provide a great deal of pleasure for all those who enjoy racing and sports cars of all eras, whether as participants or spectators," said Michael Ney, President of le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. "Some of these cars have run here before, since Circuit Mont-Tremblant was the site of the Canadian Grand Prix on two occasions (1968 and 1970) and I'm sure that racing fans will be thrilled to see these cars on the track again, with the accomplishments of internationally known drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jack Brabham still fresh in their minds."

Festival Ferrari QJust two weeks later, July 23-28, those who are partial to the "Prancing Horse" will be in their glory with the staging of the Festival Ferrari, an event that pays tribute to the Italian constructor with expositions at the Mont-Tremblant village, a "concours d'elegance" - a display of classic cars - and three races (Ferrari Challenge, the Shell Historics disc brake class and the Shell Historics drum brake class).

Ferrari-car owners throughout North America will be bringing their vintage vehicles to Circuit Mont-Tremblant in a celebration of the Ferrari heritage and in an attempt to be the best car in show at the "concours d'elegance". Ferrari cars will be much in evidence in the village of Mont-Tremblant, where many of the vintage vehicles will be on display as part of Ferrari-themed activities.

"The entire village will be decorated in Ferrari colours," said Guy Primeau, Program Director for the Tremblant Resort Association. "The ambiance is definitely going to add to this festive occasion and it should be an incredible experience, whether you are an avid Ferrari fan or you have a casual appreciation of fine cars."

The 6 Hours of Circuit Mont-Tremblant presented by Budweiser
The 6 Hours of Circuit Mont-Tremblant presented by Budweiser a 1,000-kilometre race featuring cars (prototypes and touring) from the Grand American Road Racing series will complete the summer program. The cars will be racing on the 4.26-kilometre, 15-turn track on the weekend of September 13-15.

Mark Rathoff, Director of Competition of the Grand American Road Racing series, said that drivers are looking forward to competing on the challenging Mont-Tremblant track.

"They have done a wonderful job bringing this track up to FIA standard," he declared. "Everything about Circuit Mont-Tremblant is what road-racing is all about. In my view, Mont-Tremblant is the best permanent road course in North America."

Speaking on behalf of the event sponsor, Sophie Henault, Brand Director for Budweiser, said: "La Brasserie Labatt is immensely proud to be associated with this event. On a quality circuit such as the one at Mont-Tremblant the cars will really be able to draw on their horsepower. The 6 Hours of Circuit Mont-Tremblant presented by Budweiser will be a great way to end the racing season."

Tickets for the events on the Mont-Tremblant summer motor-sports program may be obtained by calling 514-849-4729.

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