Circuit Mont-Tremblant

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Circuit Mont-Tremblant
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Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Location Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Owner Lawrence Stroll
Opened September 1964
Architect Alan Wilson (2000 redesign)
Major events

FIA Formula One
Canadian Grand Prix
(1968, 1970)
Can-Am
Mont-Tremblant Can-Am
(1966, 1969-1971, 1977-1978)
Trans-Am
Trois Heures du Circuit
(1968-1971, 1977-1978)
USAC Championship Car
Mont-Tremblant Grand Prix
(1967-1968)
Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series
6 Hours of Mont-Tremblant
(2002-2005)

Champ Car World Series
Mont-Tremblant Champ Car Grand Prix
(2007)
2004 Road course
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.65 mi (4.26 km)
Turns 17
Lap record 1:16.776 (Tristan Gommendy, Panoz DP01, 2007, Champ Car)
2000 Road course
Surface Asphalt
Length 2.65 mi (4.26 km)
Turns 15
Lap record 1:22.961 (Didier Theys, Doran Lista Racing, Dallara LMP Judd, 2002, SRP1)

Circuit Mont-Tremblant is a 4.26 km (2.65 mi) race circuit about 13 km (8.1 mi) south of the village of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The name of the village of Saint-Jovite was often included in the name of the circuit, but the village was amalgamated in 2000 into Mont-Tremblant so it doesn't exist any more as an independent entity.

History[edit]

The first of two sections of the circuit was built in 1964 and extended by another mile by September 1965. The extension featured long straights and by virtue of the terrain, a small hill. Nicknamed "the Hump" it gained legendary status during the inaugural 1966 Can Am race.[1] Two drivers in practice found their cars, both near identical Lola T70s, launched themselves into the air. Both drivers emerged unhurt but were unable to compete in the race. The Canadian winters quickly rendered track surface very bumpy, however, and as a result the attrition rate was quite high in the two Canadian Grand Prix Formula One events staged here. Of the 40 cars entered in those two races (20 each, in 1968 and 1970), 21 reached the checkered flag (with only 16 classified – the rest finishing too far behind the race winners).

The Control Tower and start-finish straight, looking west against the flow of the circuit, towards the Namerow corner.

The track complex was purchased by Montreal-based fashion mogul Lawrence Stroll in 2000, who tapped track architect Alan Wilson to redesign the circuit, with the aim of modernizing its safety feature in accordance with current FIA regulations.[2] The resulting redevelopment forced the park to close for the entire 2000 and 2001 seasons.[3]

A major overhaul of the circuit in 2004 allowed more domestic and continental sportscar races to be held. Pit road was lengthened and widened featuring a new pit exit, while the pit straight was widened to 12 m (39.4 ft). A chicane was added in Turn 2, while Turns 6 and 10 were modified to create two separate circuits which could be run simultaneously. The signature hump was lowered 3.5 metres (11.5 ft) for safety, while Namerow corner was modified for runoff.[citation needed]

On July 1, 2007, Mont-Tremblant hosted a round of the Champ Car World Series, marking the series' first race at the circuit since Indy cars competed there in 1967 and 1968, when Mario Andretti won all four races.[2] The race featured many lead changes and ended in wet weather, with Robert Doornbos emerging victorious. In this race, French driver Tristan Gommendy set the track record, with a time of 1.16.776 in a Panoz DP01.

Current Series[edit]

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Former Series & Major Race Winners[edit]

FIA Formula One World Championship[edit]

Main article: Canadian Grand Prix
Year Race Driver Constructor Report
1968 Player's Canadian Grand Prix New Zealand Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Report
1970 Belgium Jacky Ickx Ferrari Report

Champ Car World Series[edit]

Year Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
2007 Mont-Tremblant Champ Car Grand Prix Netherlands Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA Panoz Cosworth

USAC Championship Car (IndyCar)[edit]

Year Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
1967 Labatt Indy United States Mario Andretti Dean Racing Enterprises Brawner Hawk Ford
1968 Saint-Jovite 200 United States Mario Andretti Andretti Racing Enterprises Brawner Hawk Ford

SCCA Can-Am Series[edit]

Year Date Race Driver Team
1966 Sept 11 Player's 200 United Kingdom John Surtees United Kingdom #3 Team Surtees
1969 June 15 Labatt's 50 New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom #5 McLaren Cars
1970 June 28 Mont-Tremblant 50 United States Dan Gurney United Kingdom #48 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
1971 June 27 Mont-Tremblant 50 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United States #1 Carl Haas Racing
1977 June 12 United States Tom Klausler United States Schkee Cars
1978 June 25 United States George Follmer United States U.S. Racing

SCCA Trans-Am Series[edit]

Year Date Race Drivers Car Distance/Duration
1968 July 21 Les Trois Heures du Circuit United States Mark Donohue Chevrolet Camaro 3 Hours / 96 Laps
254.4 mi (409.4 km)
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1969 Aug 3 Les Trois Heures du Circuit United States Mark Donohue Chevrolet Camaro 3 Hours / 97 Laps
257 mi (414 km)
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1970 Aug 2 Le Circuit Trans-Am United States Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 70 Laps
185.5 mi (298.5 km)
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1970 Aug 2 Le Circuit Trans-Am United States Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 70 Laps
185.5 mi (298.5 km)
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1971 Aug 1 Player’s Quebec Trans-Am United States Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 70 Laps
185.5 mi (298.5 km)
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1977 Sept 11 Molson Trans-Am United States Peter Gregg Porsche 934 38 Laps
100.7 mi (162.1 km)
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1978 June 25 Molson Trans-Am United States Monte Sheldon Porsche 935 38 Laps
100.7 mi (162.1 km)
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SCCAUnited States Road Racing Championship[edit]

Year Date Race Over 2.0 Winning Driver Over 2.0 Winning Team Under 2.0 Winning Driver Under 2.0 Winning Team
1968 June 2 Championnat Nord-Americain United States Mark Donohue #6 Roger Penske Racing Canada Horst Kroll #37 Altona Motors [11]

SCCA Formula 5000[edit]

Year Date Race Driver Chassis Engine
1967 Sept 17 St Jovite Grand Prix United States Fred Ashplant Brabham BT21 Ford [12]
1969 Sept 7 Le Circuit Continental United Kingdom David Hobbs Surtees TS5 Chevrolet [13]
1970 Aug 1 Le Circuit Continental United States George Follmer Lotus 70 Ford [14]

Atlantic Championship[edit]

Year Date Driver
1975 July 6 United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson [15]
1976 July 11 Canada Gilles Villeneuve [16]
2007 July 1 France Franck Perera [17]
2008 June 29 Netherlands Junior Strous [18]

Grand American Road Racing Championship[edit]

Year Date Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
2002 Sept 15 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant Belgium Didier Theys
Switzerland Fredy Lienhard, Sr.
Switzerland Fredy Lienhard, Jr.
United States #27 Doran Lista Racing Dallara LMP Judd [19]
2003 Sept 21 United States David Donohue
United States Mike Borkowski
GermanySascha Maassen
United States #58 Brumos Racing Fabcar FDSC/03 Porsche [20]
2004 May 23 United States Scott Pruett
Italy Max Papis
United States #01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Riley Mk XI Lexus [21]
2005 May 21 Venezuela Milka Duno
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United States #2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Crawford DP03 Pontiac [22]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://wsrp.ic.cz/canam1966.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/cir-048.html Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CAN/QUE/MontTremblant.html Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Circuit Mont-Tremblant Events". Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  5. ^ "1968 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  6. ^ "1969 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  7. ^ a b "1970 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  8. ^ "1971 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  9. ^ "1977 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  10. ^ "1978 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  11. ^ "SCCA US Road Racing Championship race". ultimateracinghistory.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  12. ^ "St Jovite Grand Prix". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  13. ^ "Le Circuit Continental". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  14. ^ "Le Circuit Continental". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  15. ^ "1975 CASC Player's Challenge Series". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  16. ^ "1976 CASC Player's Challenge Series". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  17. ^ "2007 Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  18. ^ "2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  19. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  20. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  21. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  22. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  23. ^ "Circuit Mont-Tremblant". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°11′16″N 74°36′36″W / 46.187707°N 74.609936°W / 46.187707; -74.609936