Molson Indy Montreal: a debut that is shaping up as one of the highlights of the CART series season Montreal, Quebec, March 27, 2002 With driver Patrick Carpentier on hand, the organizers and title sponsor of one of this summer's most ...
Molson Indy Montreal: a debut that is shaping up as one of the highlights of the CART series season
Montreal, Quebec, March 27, 2002 With driver Patrick Carpentier on hand, the organizers and title sponsor of one of this summer's most eagerly awaited sporting events - Molson Indy Montreal announced today that tickets are now available for this first-ever CART series race on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, August 23-25.
Racing fans who would like to purchase reserved-seating or general admission tickets for the Montreal event the 13th race on the 2002 FedEx CART Championship schedule can do so by calling 1-800-361-4595.
"We are sure that motor-sport enthusiasts will be pleased by the ticket-pricing structure and the entertainment value they are getting for their money, as well as the ticket packages that can be purchased enabling people to see the drivers and their teams up close," remarked Jean-Paul Blais, the president and Chief Operating Officer of Molson Indy Montreal.
Mr. Blais added that parity among the teams and greater interaction between drivers and racing fans two of the major assets of the CART series should help to make the inaugural Molson Indy Montreal a resounding success. The first edition of Molson Indy Montreal is expected to attract 180,000 spectators and inject some $50 million into the economy of the Montreal region.
In adding a Montreal race to its schedule, the CART series is coming to a city that has played host to many marquee sporting events over the years. The setting for Molson Indy Montreal on a road course in the middle of an island bordered by the St. Lawrence River is one of the most dazzling on the CART circuit.
Combined with the city's European charm, its unique cultural and linguistic diversity and its vibrancy as a major urban centre, Montreal is destined to quickly become one of the favorite stops, for fans and drivers alike, in the CART series.
Molson DRY, the event's title sponsor, is currently preparing a series of promotional activities in conjunction with Molson INDY. These activities will enable fans of the CART series, who come from far and wide, to enjoy a memorable experience in sports and entertainment.
For history buffs, the August race in Montreal is the first time a race track will be playing host to a Formula One world championship race and a CART series event in the same year. At least seven CART series drivers have experienced racing on the Île Notre-Dame circuit (either in F1 or as part of a development series), including Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy, veteran Michael Andretti with Motorola and the Team Player's duo of Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani.
"One of the biggest thrills in my racing career came in Montreal when I won the Atlantic series race in 1996, and I'm going to try to do everything I can for a repeat performance when I'm back there this August," said Carpentier, who is competing in his sixth season in the CART series. "But regardless of the result, I'm sure that racing fans are going to get their money's worth and the show, both from a racing standpoint and in the various activities surrounding the event, will be up to people's expectations."
Adding Molson Indy Montreal to the CART schedule will provide racing fans in the northeastern sector of North America with the opportunity to experience one of the most hotly contested championships in the world, a competive balance borne out by the fact there were 11 different winners in last year's 20-race schedule. With Nazareth, Pennsylvania, no longer on the CART schedule, Molson Indy Montreal is now geographically the closest northeastern venue.
The ticket-price scale for a reserved seat for all three days of racing weekend is as follows: $245 for GOLD tickets, $195 for SILVER and $110 for BRONZE. Access to the paddocks (where the tow-trucks and garages are located) is available for an additional cost of $45, while for the same price, GOLD ticket-holders are entitled to pit-row access. However, the number of passes for paddock and pit-area access is limited.
A bleachers section has been set up, with tickets available at a cost of $75 for the weekend. As for general admission tickets, racing fans have the option of buying a single-day pass ($20 for the Friday session, $35 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday) or a three-day pass ($75).
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at: 1-800 361-4595 or online at: www.molsonindy.com