SCC: Mont Tremblant: Drivers, fans eagerly await the race

6 heures du circuit Mont-Tremblant: an endurance race eagerly awaited by drivers and fans alike. The Rolex Sports Car series evokes the heyday of the Can-Am series. Mont-Tremblant, Québec, September 12, 2002 The Montreal Forum won't be the...

6 heures du circuit Mont-Tremblant: an endurance race eagerly awaited by drivers and fans alike.

The Rolex Sports Car series evokes the heyday of the Can-Am series.

Mont-Tremblant, Québec, September 12, 2002 The Montreal Forum won't be the only place where fans used to get the feeling that ghosts had been conjured up from the past. The Circuit Mont-Tremblant will have that same aura this weekend when it plays host to a race in the Rolex Sports Car series, an event sure to evoke memories of the defunct Can-Am series that featured some of the greatest names in motor-racing.

The faces may have changed but the quality of the racing is the same, with such well-known drivers as the Italian-born Mauro Baldi (36 F1 starts with Arrows, Alfa Romeo and Sprint/Hart) and Belgian Didier Theys (who currently leads the championship), as well as Chris Dyson (who has won four of the eight races in 2002) and Andy Wallace (who drove for Bentley at Le Mans) of the United States.

These ace drivers will be battling each other on Sunday during a six-hour endurance race in the SRP (SportsRacing Prototype) class, the premier category in the Rolex series, featuring exotic, open-cockpit cars capable of putting out between 650-700 horsepower.

Within this same race, spectators will also be able to track the progress of cars in the Grand Touring class, a field comprised mainly of Ferraris, Porsches, Saleens, Jaguars, BMWs, Corvettes (Chevrolet) and Mustangs (Ford).

The Grand-Am Cup, a satellite circuit of the Grand American championship, is also on the weekend schedule with a three-hour race on Saturday. A number of Quebec drivers are among the competitors, including Jean-François Dumoulin (driving a Lexus GS 400), Richard Spénard (Porsche 911 Twin Turbo), Benoit Theetge (Acura NSX) and Mark Craig (Hyundai Tiburon). They will be going up against such drivers as Ontario's David Empringham, Scott Maxwell, Devon Powell and Jeff Lapcevich

This weekend's activities are the third event of the summer at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, following the presentation of the Sommet des Légendes and Ferrari Festival. The 4.26-kilometre, 15-turn track has been completely renovated so that it can play host to major races, and the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, sponsored by Budweiser, is another hallmark event in the annals of the legendary circuit that was the site of two Canadian Grand Prix races (1968 and 1970).

Friday's schedule will feature practice sessions in the Rolex Sports Car and Grand Am Cup qualifying. The start of the Grand Am Cup race is set for 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, following qualifications in the Rolex series.

The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant race  which covers a distance of
1,000 kilometres  begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, fans will be able to walk in the paddocks to get a close-up view of the cars, spend some time with the drivers and watch the mechanics at work. Tickets for the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant may be obtained by calling (514) 849-4729 or by logging on to the web site at www.lecircuit.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Didier Theys , Mauro Baldi , Scott Maxwell , Devon Powell , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Richard Spénard , Jeff Lapcevich , Benoit Theetge , Chris Dyson , Mark Craig