CHAMPCAR/CART: Strong commitment for Montreal event

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES AND PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS REAFFIRM STRONG COMMITMENT TO MOLSON INDY MONTREAL EVENT INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2005) -- The Champ Car World Series has joined with long-time sponsor partner Molson Breweries and event ...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES AND PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS REAFFIRM STRONG COMMITMENT TO MOLSON INDY MONTREAL EVENT

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2005) -- The Champ Car World Series has joined with long-time sponsor partner Molson Breweries and event promoter Normand Legault to hold extremely successful races at Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in the past three seasons, and today reaffirmed its commitment to race at the popular Canadian venue.

The current contract calls for Champ Car to race on the picturesque Ile. Notre-Dame circuit through the 2006 season, and event promoter Legault announced today that his organization has every intention of carrying out the agreement through its completion.

"A lot of things have been said in the press and by people that aren't necessarily the decision makers in this process," Legault said. "The most important thing to note is that we have a contract with Champ Car for two more years and after the 2006 race I will sit down with Champ Car and see what else we can do. We currently have Formula 1 and Champ Cars, and we are not looking hosting more than two race weekends per year."

"The race in Montreal has been very important for us since its inception in 2002 and we are fully committed to maintaining our presence not only in Montreal, but throughout Canada, as can be evidenced by our new race in Edmonton," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "The Montreal fans have given us great support and the track provides our teams and drivers with some of the best racing on our schedule. We look forward to a continued prosperous relationship with Mr. Legault and his fine organization through the 2006 season and beyond."

The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford has competed on the 2.709-mile Montreal road course since 2002, drawing crowds of over 133,000 in each of the three seasons, making it one of the most well-attended events on the Champ Car calendar. Like it has been in other successful Canadian Champ Car events, Molson Canada has played a key role in the success of the Montreal event, and intends to put its valuable expertise toward other successful Montreal races in 2005 and '06.

"Molson Canada and the Champ Car World Series have long enjoyed one of the best relationships in all of motorsports and we remain committed to our sponsorship of the Montreal event through the 2006 season," said Jo-Ann McArthur, President, Molson Sports & Entertainment. "Our long track record with Champ Car events in Canada gives us every confidence that our relationship will continue to be beneficial not only to Molson and to Champ Car, but to the hundreds of thousands of fans that attend our races every year."

This year's Molson Indy Montreal will take place over the weekend of August 26-28 when defending race winner Bruno Junqueira will head a star-studded lineup that includes four former Champ Car titlewinners including 2003 champ Paul Tracy and defending series champion Sebastien Bourdais.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy