2007 inaugural event in Montreal announced

Rolex Series Returns to Canada in 2007 with Inaugural Event in Montreal MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (October 2, 2006) -- A major piece of the 2007 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve schedule was ...

Rolex Series Returns to Canada in 2007 with Inaugural Event in Montreal

MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (October 2, 2006) -- A major piece of the 2007 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve schedule was unveiled today as series officials announced that the Rolex Series will make its first appearance at Montreal's famed Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Friday, August 3, 2007.

Daytona Prototypes and GT machines will take on the same 2.709-mile, 15-turn permanent road course that has hosted a round of the Formula 1 World Championship every year since 1978. The Rolex Series will partner with the NASCAR Busch Series at Montreal, which is the second major North American city to host a Rolex Series/Busch Series event weekend. The Rolex Series also competed in Mexico City alongside the Busch Series for the first time in 2006.

"With the tremendous racing history and passionate race fans in Montreal, it is truly an honor for the Rolex Series to race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve," said Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson. "Canada is an extremely important market for the Rolex Series, and this event reinforces our position as the premier road racing organization in North America. We are thrilled to partner once again with the NASCAR Busch Series as we have done in Mexico City, and we feel strongly that the fans in Montreal will be treated to a unique and exciting weekend of racing next August."

The Montreal event will mark the return of the Rolex Series to Quebec after a one-year absence. From 2002 through 2005, the Rolex Series contested six-hour events at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, 90 miles northwest of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. The scheduled distance for the inaugural Rolex Series event in Montreal will be 400 km.

"I think it is great that we're going to Montreal," said Canadian racing star Patrick Carpentier, who made two Rolex Series starts in 2006 and plans to compete in the full 2007 campaign. "I haven't been back there in a while, but it's a very tough track with a lot of action. These cars have very good brakes, which will suit the track very well. Since it's a home race for me, it will be extra special. I think the fans are really going to like the racing."

The addition of Montreal means that the Rolex Series will once again contest events in all three North American nations. Mexico City has hosted a Rolex Series round since 2005, and 12 of the 14 events on the 2007 calendar will be held in the United States.

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is the second new addition to the 2007 schedule. Montreal joins the new Iowa Speedway, which announced in July that it will host the Rolex Series and the MOTO-ST motorcycle endurance racing series on July 13-14. The complete 2007 Rolex Series schedule will be announced on Tuesday, October 3.

The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The recently-concluded 15-race 2006 Rolex Series schedule and the 10-race Grand-Am Cup calendar delivered professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Special Reserve, the Rolex Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.

-credit: garra

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