RSPORTS Ready to "Feel the Excitement, Share the Thrill" at the inaugural event in Mont-Tremblant EAST LANSING, Michigan (June 27, 2007) -- After testing at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in May, RSPORTS drivers Alex Tagliani and Justin Wilson are ready...
RSPORTS Ready to "Feel the Excitement, Share the Thrill" at the inaugural event in Mont-Tremblant
EAST LANSING, Michigan (June 27, 2007) -- After testing at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in May, RSPORTS drivers Alex Tagliani and Justin Wilson are ready to "Feel the Excitement, Share the Thrill" with the French-Canadian Champ Car fans as they head to the famed Quebec circuit for Round 6 of the 2007 Champ Car World Series.
Last weekend the RSPORTS team was in Cleveland, Ohio, which marked the first of five races in six weeks. The team was disappointed with their qualifying results that had Wilson start on the grid in the eighth spot in the #9 CDW Champ Car, followed by teammate Tagliani in ninth behind the wheel of the #8 Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Champ Car, but the duo was able to round out another top-six effort for RSPORTS when they took the checkered flag fourth and sixth, respectively.
It took 39 years, but the Champ Cars are finally returning to the Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Mont-Tremblant, meaning "trembling mountain" in French, will be doing just that when the Champ Cars take to the track this weekend for the inaugural Grand Prix of Mont-Tremblant, June 29 -- July 1. With all the anticipation by the fans of Quebec and the Champ Car World Series, the "Feel the Excitement, Share the Thrill" theme created by the promoter is a perfect fit.
Circuit Mont-Tremblant is located in the picturesque Laurentian Mountain. The track is a twisty 15-corner design which utilizes the natural topography of the land and is considered one of the finest and most demanding circuits in the world. The hillsides around the track provide natural grandstands affording spectators with magnificent elevated vantage points. The first event was held on August 3, 1964, on the short 12-turn, 1.5-mile circuit (north loop). In 1965, the circuit was expanded to its current 2.65-mile layout. The Champ Car World Series returns to the famed circuit after almost four decades since their first-ever race in the Province of Quebec.
"It is a spectacular track," said Wilson after turning laps for the first time at the Mont-Tremblant circuit during a test in May. "It is fast, it is fun, it is flowing and this place is not for the faint hearted!"
"I am very excited for this race because it is going to be a lot of fun," added the Quebec native Tagliani. "There is a lot of tradition in Tremblant, there have been very big races held at this venue with Formula One and the Atlantic Series. Circuit Mont-Tremblant is a unique track with many features that are interesting for the driver, and the scenery is just magnificent for fans. It is great that Champ Car has the opportunity to showcase such a wonderful product on a track like this. It is just amazing; everyone will really be able to appreciate the power, speed, and performance of a Champ Car."
In addition to the spectacular scenery and awesome racing action, Champ Car Mont-Tremblant has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to present K'ABA, a unique celebration to cap off the weekend. K'ABA will feature awe-inspiring acrobatics, incredible electronic music, exotic foods and a light show that will amaze on Sunday night after the race is over.
"We are very privileged that Lawrence Stroll is willing to open up his wonderful track for such a big event like Champ Car," stated Tagliani. "We really appreciate it, and it is going to be very exciting with the association with Cirque du Soleil. That is going to be something very exclusive and it should be great for everyone who comes out for the race weekend because it is going to be a true festival of speed. Cirque du Soleil will provide the festival atmosphere, while Lawrence and Champ Car provide the speed."
Tagliani took the opportunity to kick off the Tremblant race weekend early and give the RSPORTS crew a little time to play as he hosted a go-karting event at SRA Karting International Inc. in the northern suburbs of Montreal, Canada on Wednesday, June 27. Wilson joined the entire RSPORTS crew and it was a great chance for the two teams to have a chance to hang out away from the track.
The on-track activities will get underway at Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Friday morning when the Champ Cars take to the track for their first practice session of the weekend. Provisional qualifying will take place that afternoon at 2:15 p.m. ET. On Saturday the Champ Cars will head out for another practice session, before participating in the final round of qualifying at 2:00 p.m. The green flag for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mont-Tremblant will drop at 2:00 p.m. The race can be seen live on ESPN with coverage beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.