The last time the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series raced at Autodrome St. Eustache, Que., the star attraction was 1997 Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve. The place was packed (as you can imagine) and JV was literally mobbed during a pre-race autograph session.
when they dropped the green flag, Jacques’ race lasted about 50 feet. He hit
the spinning Don Thomson Jr. and his Dave Jacombs-prepared car was too heavily
damaged to continue. Poor Jacques was trapped in the infield for the duration
of the race. There’s no tunnel or bridge at
In any event, JV is not entered at St. Eustache this weekend but the rest of the stars of the NASCAR Canada series are and the race in Quebec Saturday night should be spectacular because it will probably feature a rematch of the rivalry between J.R. Fitzpatrick of Cambridge and Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Que.
the defending national champion, is racing primarily in the
note the use of the word “probably,” because Ranger will be racing at
“If it all goes well, it will work,” he said, “but it’s going to be tight.”
This event is the third of 13 races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire schedule and the second of eight oval-track events. It’s the fourth visit to the track for the series.
Tire Series was at
The second visit in July was pushed back a day due to rain, but the highlight of the event Villeneuve’s series debut. It was 2008 champion Scott Steckly, however, who took the checkered flag, holding off D.J. Kennington and John Gaunt.
The Canadian Tire Series then heads to the Streets of Toronto for the Jumpstart 100 on Sat., July 17. It will be the second of five road-course events on the 2010 schedule.
This will be the first time that the NASCAR series has participated in the Honda Indy Toronto, although the former CASCAR Super Series raced at what was the Molson Indy years ago. Expected entries for the race include Ranger, Fitzpatrick, Micks and Jason Bowles — all accomplished road racers and winners of NASCAR road-course events.
Tire Series will also be on the Honda Indy Edmonton program the week after