Grand Prix of Montreal

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This article is about the Champ Car race. For the Formula One race at Montreal, see Canadian Grand Prix.
Grand Prix of Montreal
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IndyCar / CART / Champ Car
Venue Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
First race 1984
Last race 2006
Distance 181.503 mi
Laps 67 laps
Previous names Molson Indy 300 (1984-1986)
Molson Indy Montreal (2002-2005)
Most wins (driver) no repeat winners
Most wins (team) Newman/Haas Racing (3)
Most wins (manufacturer) Lola (6)

The Grand Prix of Montreal was an annual auto race in Montreal, Quebec on the Champ Car World Series circuit.

History[edit]

Originally known as the Molson Indy Montreal, it was first held at Sanair Super Speedway, an oval track, from 1984 through 1986. The Champ Car series revived the race in 2002, and it has been held in late August each year until 2006 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a permanent road course most famous as the home of the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

In 2006, the name of the race was changed to the Grand Prix of Montreal after its sale by Molson Sports & Entertainment. This mirrored the name change of the Toronto Champ Car race from the Molson Indy Toronto to the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto after its sale by Molson.

Future prospects[edit]

After the 2006 race, the future of the Grand Prix of Montreal became shrouded in doubt. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is allowed to be used for one race weekend outside of the Canadian Grand Prix, and it was heavily speculated that from 2007 onwards, Canadian Grand Prix promoter Normand Legault (who promotes all races at CGV) would replace the Grand Prix of Montreal with a NASCAR Busch Series race.[1] Champ Car announced in September 2006 that it would indeed not be returning to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and would be replacing the event with one at Circuit Mont-Tremblant (2007 Mont-Tremblant Champ Car Grand Prix, previously held 1968-1970). Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve replaced the race with the NASCAR NAPA Auto Parts 200 race.

Results[edit]

Sanair (1984–1986)[edit]

Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
1984 United States Danny Sullivan Lola Cosworth Doug Shierson Racing report
1985 United States Johnny Rutherford March Cosworth Alex Morales Autosports report
1986 United States Bobby Rahal March Cosworth Truesports report

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (2002–2006)[edit]

Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
2002 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Lola Honda Team Green report
2003 Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr. Lola Ford-Cosworth Team Rahal report
2004 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing report
2005 Spain Oriol Servia Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing report
2006 France Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing report

Formula Atlantic winners[edit]

These races were held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Season Winning Driver
1978 United States Jeff Wood
1979 United States Howdy Holmes
1980 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
1981 United States Kevin Cogan
1982 United States Tim Coconis
1983 Brazil Roberto Moreno
1986 Canada Scott Goodyear
1988 United States Scott Harrington
1989 Canada Scott Goodyear
1990 United States Jocko Cunningham
1991 United States Jimmy Vasser
1992 United States Chris Smith
1993 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
1994 United States Richie Hearn
1995 Canada David Empringham
1996 Canada Patrick Carpentier
1997 Canada Bertrand Godin
1998 Canada Lee Bentham
1999 Canada Alex Tagliani
2000 Canada David Rutledge
2001 Canada David Rutledge
2002 United States Rocky Moran, Jr.
2003 United States A.J. Allmendinger
2004 United States Jon Fogarty
2005 Canada Antoine Bessette
2006 United States Graham Rahal

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