René Fagnan

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Mercedes joins Netflix show that Wolff "didn't like" at first

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has confirmed his team will take part in the next series of Netflix's Formula 1 documentary, despite admitting he initially "didn't like" the inaugural show.

Alex Labbe returns to NASCAR Pinty’s and Xfinity Series

Canadian Alex Labbe decided to return full-time in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in 2019 with the clear objective of taking a second title.

New Canadian Grand Prix pit building revealed in Montreal

Formula 1 officials and organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix today unveiled the new paddock building at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal.

Jacques Villeneuve: Zolder track debut will be “important to me”

Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says that his first-ever race later this year at the Zolder track in Belgium, where his father Gilles was killed in 1982, will be “quite important to me”.

Retro: The 6-wheeled Williams F1 car that never raced

A few days after he won the Las Vegas Grand Prix on October 17, 1981, for Williams, the previous year’s world champion Alan Jones flew back to Europe to shakedown a strange-looking Formula 1 car that had six wheels.

Frédéric Gabillon - A Frenchman in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series

Frenchman Frédéric Gabillon will compete in this weekend’s round of the Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s Series to be held on the streets of Trois-Rivières, Québec.

Jacques Villeneuve stumbles in ARX rallycross semi-final at GP3R

After a four-year absence, Jacques Villeneuve was back behind the wheel of a rallycross car as he took part in the ARX (Americas Rallycross Championship) event at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières last weekend.

New Canadian Stock Car Championship in action at GP3R

Next weekend, the long standing Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières will stage a road racing round of a new stock car series, the Canadian Stock Car Championship.

Jacques Villeneuve tests his ARX Rallycross Subaru

Former Formula 1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve tested the Subaru WRX STI he will be driving this weekend at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières rallycross event.

Alex Labbe welcomes new partner for Watkins Glen Xfinity race

Canadian Alex Labbe will get the support of a new partner this weekend competing in the NASCAR Xfinity race on the Watkins Glen road course.

Frenchman Frédéric Gabillon to contest GP3R NASCAR Pinty’s race

NASCAR Whelen Euro regular competitor, Frenchman Frédéric Gabillon will contest the NASCAR Pinty’s Series race held at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R).

L.P. Dumoulin wins NASCAR Pinty’s Series opening race at CTMP

Trois-Rivières, Québec’s L.-P. Dumoulin captured victory at the opening race of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in beautiful weather on Sunday.

Paul Tracy to race again in one-off Trans Am event

Paul Tracy, the 2003 CART IndyCar series’ champion will contest a Trans Am race at the end of March.

A hard pill to swallow for Alex Labbe in NASCAR Xfinity race

Pinty’s Series champion Alex Labbe’s brilliant run in the NASCAR Xfinity’s race at Daytona ended abruptly when the gas tank ran empty just a few miles before the chequered flag.

NASCAR Pinty’s champion Alex Labbe to race full Xfinity season

Reigning NASCAR Pinty’s Series’ champion Alex Labbe will graduate to the NASCAR Xfinity series this season.

When Ron Dennis took over the McLaren F1 team

At the end of the 1980 season, a young and ambitious owner of a Formula 2 team made the news by taking control of the prestigious McLaren Formula 1 team.

Why Montreal’s Formula E future swung on an election result

This week, the new mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, declared that her new administration would not stage the FIA Formula E race this season. Here is the local view of why that happened…

Montreal mayor cancels planned FE season finale

The Montreal double-header that was due to be the 2017/18 Formula E season finale will be cancelled as the city is no longer willing to host the race as planned.

Renderings of new pit building for Montreal F1 track revealed

The Société du parc Jean‑Drapeau of Montréal has released the first renders of what will be the new paddock building of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, home of the Canadian Grand Prix.

American Canadian Tour stock car series sold

American Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car series has found new ownership.

Alex Tagliani to be back with 22 Racing in 2018

Former IndyCar racer, Alex Tagliani will be back racing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series in 2018, driving a car for 22 Racing.

Gilles Villeneuve’s very first driving course

Every aspiring race car driver must follow a driving course, a high-speed driving training programme course should we say, to obtain a racing licence. Gilles Villeneuve, the great Ferrari driver, was no exception.

Tales of a former Formula 1 Chief Mechanic

After having spent 20 years working on Formula 1 cars, Briton Greg Baker left his position of Chief Mechanic with Renault last year to spend time with his family in Montreal.

CTCC - Attrell picks up three straight victories at CTMP

The Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Pirelli returned to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for a tripleheader appearance over the Labour Day weekend.

Alex Tagliani conquers Trois-Rivières in NASCAR Pinty’s Series

Alex Tagliani scored his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win in the race held on the streets of Trois-Rivières, the feature event of the GP3R.

Andrew Ranger paces field in Pinty's Series qualifying at GP3R

Andrew Ranger emerges quickest in the sole qualifying session for Sunday's NASCAR Pinty's Series Le 50 Tours CanAm at Circuit Trois-Rivières.

Wolff wouldn't be surprised if Rosberg returns with Ferrari

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he would not be surprised if world champion Nico Rosberg eventually makes a Formula 1 comeback with Ferrari.

Brandon Semenuk scores maiden Canadian rally victory

Brandon Semenuk and John Hall drove their Subaru Crosstrek to first place in round 2 of the Canadian Rally Championship, the Rocky Mountain Rally held in British Columbia.

Devlin DeFrancesco scores double podium at Spa-Francorchamps

Canadian racer Devlin DeFrancesco climbed twice on the podium of the Euroformula Open as the series hosted its second round of the season at Spa-Francorchamps.

1995 Canadian GP - The day Alesi scored his maiden F1 win

Rene Fagnan looks back on the day when Jean Alesi captured his first and only Formula 1 victory in Montreal, on the day of the Frenchman's 31st birthday.

Meet NASCAR Pinty’s latest race winner, Kevin Lacroix

Kevin Lacroix is one of the many Canadian road-racers-turned-into-stock-car-competitors. The former open wheel challenger has become a force to be reckoned with in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

CTCC - Guérin and Daniel win a race each at CTMP

The first two races of the 2017 season of the Canadian Touring Car Championship were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario this past weekend.

Canada Post honours five Formula 1 legends

Canada Post has produced a series of five special stamps to honour five legendary drivers who together have won 17 Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada races.

CTCC - Meet Chris Sahakian, Grand Touring Class Champion

Twenty-four-year-old Chris Sahakian captured the title in the Grand Touring Class of the Canadian Touring Car Championship. He’s back in the series this season to defend his crown.

1981 Canadian Grand Prix - Gilles Villeneuve never surrenders

The 1981 Canadian Grand Prix saluted what was to be Jacques Laffite’s sixth and final win in Formula 1, but the race will always be remembered for Gilles Villeneuve’s heroic drive.

Nissan Micra owners can attend Micra Cup races for free

The Canadian-based Nissan Micra Cup is about to enter its third season of activities, and the owners of Micras are invited to attend races for free.

Canadian weekly notebook - Martin Roy’s race ends rudely at Talledega

For the first time in his career, Martin Roy ran on Talladega’s intimidating superspeedway this past weekend during the NASCAR Xfinity race.

1978 Canadian GP - Stunning home victory for Gilles Villeneuve

On a freezing day of October 1978, Canadian Gilles Villeneuve scored his maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix victory in front of his home crowd in Montréal.

Retro 1991: How the Jordan F1 team was born

Twenty-six years ago, Irishman Eddie Jordan created his Formula 1 team and produced one of Grand Prix racing's most iconic cars, the stunning 191. Rene Fagnan looks back with the team's marketing director Mark Gallagher.

Daniel Morad to contest Pirelli World Challenge SprintX races

Canadian Daniel Morad has been contracted by CRP Racing to contest races of this year’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship.

Montreal circuit undergoes changes for Canadian GP

The Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 circuit is undergoing upgrades in preparation for this year's Canadian Grand Prix.

Key upgrades for Montreal Formula 1 track

The Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 circuit in Montreal is currently undergoing key upgrades in preparation for the June 11 race.

Spectra Premium becomes a partner with Alex Tagliani

Tagliani’s NASCAR Pinty’s car will carry the logo of Spectra Premium Industries this season.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada unveils 2017 schedule

The Canadian Porsche single-make series has released its 12-round, 2017 calendar, which includes races in Montréal and Toronto.

Mikaël Grenier to contest Blancpain endurance GT series

A former Indy Lights competitor, Canadian Mikaël Grenier will contest the full 2017 season of the Blancpain endurance series for exotic GT machinery.

Former NASCAR star Mark Martin to race stock cars in Canada

NASCAR legend Mark Martin will compete in this summer’s IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia.

Raphaël Lessard scores Top 10 finish at SpeedFest

Young Canadian stock car driver Raphaël Lessard captured a Top 10 finish in his maiden event of the 2017 season.

Interview: How F1 winter testing was performed 40 years ago

With winter testing for the 2017 Formula 1 season just under a month away, Rene Fagnan spoke to renowned designer Frank Dernie to see how pre-season preparations were done 40 years ago.

Penske “is a real factory team,” says Pagenaud

2016 IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud says that driving for Team Penske reminds him of how it felt to race for Peugeot’s works sportscar effort, and how he perceives Scuderia Ferrari in F1.

A perfect score for Trenton Estep in Formula 1600

American teenager Trenton Estep concluded the 2016 season of the Quebec-based Formula Tour 1600 Series with a perfect sweep.

Track layout revealed for Montreal Formula E race

The city of Montreal will be the stage of the final two rounds of the 2016/17 season of the FIA Formula E Championship.

Xavier Coupal wins 2016 Nissan Micra Cup title

The second season of the Canadian Nissan Micra Cup came to a conclusion this past weekend at the picturesque Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Xavier Coupal won both races to earn the first title of his career.

Coupal wins penultimate race at Mont-Tremblant

Xavier Coupal won the penultimate race of the Nissan Micra Cup Saturday at the picturesque Mont-Tremblant circuit in the Quebec Laurentians.

Being part of an IndyCar pit stop crew's René Fagnan had the chance to be part of the pit crew of an IndyCar team during the recent IndyCar race on the streets of Toronto.

Jack Brabham won the first Canadian GP on this day in 1967

The first edition of the Canadian Grand Prix was held on this day, August 27, back in 1967. Sir Jack Brabham, driving one of his cars powered by a Repco engine, captured victory.

Andrew Ranger claims pole position for NASCAR Pinty’s race in Saskatoon

Andrew Ranger won the pole Wednesday afternoon for the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 held on the 0.333-mile Wyant Group Raceway.

Alex Tagliani wins the NASCAR Pinty’s race at Toronto Indy

Alex Tagliani won today the Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto, round 5 of the 2016 Canadian NASCAR Pinty’s series.

The past winners of the Toronto Indy

Driving a March-Cosworth entered by Truesports, Bobby Rahal became the first winner of the Toronto Indy race back in 1986. Let’s review all the winners of this exciting race.

Olivier Bédard wins race 2 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

The Canadian Nissan Micra Cup held its seventh and eighth races of the 2016 season this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the gruelling road course located near Bowmanville, Ontario.

Kevin King wins in dramatic fashion at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Sherbrooke (Québec) native Kevin King snatched a dramatic win, Saturday morning, in the first of two Nissan Micra Cup races held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).