NASCAR to Trois-Rivieres?
By Steven Ellis
Canada may not have to wait long before a replacement for Montreal is found in NASCAR.
After a deal fell through between NASCAR and the organizers for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, there have been rumors that NASCAR wouldn't in fact be leaving the Quebec area in the near future. According to former racing journalist Dominic Fugere, he has already got the green light from financial partners and from the municipal, provincial and federal authorities in regards to having a race at the track where he currently is the General Manager of Circuit Trois-Rivieres.
For those unfamiliar with the Canadian based track, Trois-Rivieres is a street circuit located in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. The circuit has hosted American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, Trans-Am Series and Formula Atlantic races in the past, as well as currently hosting the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
"We don't put the money exactly the same amount of money in Trois Rivières. For now it's a secret deal because there's a lot of matters of accountability with the government and we want to make sure the federal government is going to put money as well," Junior Tourism minister Pascal Berubé said.
Along with Trois-Rivieres, Ron Fellows-owned Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Park) located north of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, is also in the running for a Nationwide event. With Fellows' involvement in the Nationwide series as a driver, CTMP looked like a favorite to become the second Canadian track on the Nationwide schedule for the 2013 season, however it's also likely that the Camping World Truck Series gets a chance to host a Canadian event. The circuit has held Formula One, USAC, World Sportscar Championship, Can-Am, Formula 5000, and many other sports car, open-wheel, and motorcycle series.