Nascar Nationwide returns to Montreal August 17-18, 2012
NASCAR Returns to Montréal August 17-18, 2012 OCTANE MANAGEMENT is the promoter of the event
Montréal, Wednesday October 19, 2011 - François Dumontier, President of Octane Management, is pleased to announce that his company will become the new promoter of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge on August 17-18, 2012 at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal. NASCAR has confirmed today that Montréal has been included in the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule. From 2009 to 2011, Octane Management acted as the delegated promoter of the event under the mandate of Stock-Car Montreal. With SCM no longer involved with the event, Octane Management is taking over the sanctioning rights with the approval of NASCAR.
We cannot forget the fact that we owe our stock car fans the fine reputation that our event has acquired over the past five years. In the minds of series officials, team owners and members and the drivers, as well as the media attending our NASCAR event, Montréal is a major stop on the tour. We want to thank everyone for their support, and we want to assure them that we will be hard at work to make this event more interesting and more spectacular. We also want to mention that the support of our business partners, UAP-NAPA and Dodge, in this venture is of the utmost importance. It enables us to foresee with confidence a bright future," concluded the President of Octane Management.
"UAP and it NAPA brand are proud to have been the major sponsor of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge for the first five years of competition. Beside offering a unique window for our brand and our products, the event has attracted the best drivers in the series and thousands of motorsports fans to Montréal," said Robert Hattem, President, and Chief Operating Officer, UAP Inc. "We look forward to a new agreement with Octane Management, with whom we have been partners these past years. We are also proud to say that all together, we have been able to make the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge one of the most popular sporting events in Eastern Canada, and of course one of the best attended event here in Montréal."
In order to stage the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge on August 17 and 18, 2012, the new promoter of the event has also entered into an agreement with La Société du parc Jean-Drapeau for the rental of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
"As President of the Board of Administration of La Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, I have spent a lot of time and energy to ensure the presentation of a NASCAR race in Montréal for 2012. I am very happy that today's announcement guarantees the coming of a second international motorsports event on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve," commented Mr. Normand Legault.
Octane Management Inc, a Canadian company established in Montréal, is the new promoter of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge. Octane Racing Group Inc is the promoter of the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA by virtue of an agreement made with Formula One Administration Limited and Formula 1 World Championship Limited (together the holder of commercialization rights to F1), and Octane Motorsports Events Inc is the promoter of the Edmonton Indy. We are the only company in the world to promote events from FOM, NASCAR and IndyCar.
Ambrose wins the Napa Auto Parts 200
A fantastic win for Marcus Ambrose yesterday in Montreal. His late arrival à la "Bond" and starting in the back of the field, only made his accomplishment more incredible. Alex Tagliani finished 2nd. Good job Alex!
And, although Patrick Carpentier was 'taken out', his farewell to fans was classy... Until his Crew Chief decided Steve Wallace was to blame. Oh my, we'll be seeing a grown man pulling another man's hair around the WWW for awhile. I would have liked to see Jerry Baxter try that move on Boris! lol
There were a few drivers participating that really should not have been there in my non-humble opinion. I won't name names but Trevor Bayne did say it was his scariest moment on a racetrack. What was she thinking!!!
And of course, there's Jacques' performance. I think he's said enough himself - he screwed up. I'm glad he didn't run straight home and did come out of the trailer to speak to some media. If anything, that was something I really didn't expect. Maybe bossman is growing up.
The highlight of the race for me was seeing the Fuge in a red firesuit. The absolute funniest looking thing. And, at first glance I thought, this is NOT a good omen for JV. ;-)
There's only 1 thing missing in the house that Jack is trying to build again and his name is Craig!(wishful thinking).
As they say, it's not what happens that matters, it's how you react. Pick up your little britches JV, get yourself someone who truly cares about your career, and come back and show us what you've got!
Talent can take a person only so far.
Post-Qualifying Press Conference with Jacques Villeneuve
The Napa Auto Parts 200 post-qualifying press conference audio with Jacques Villeneuve, Alex Tagliani, and Jason Leffler.
Jacques Villeneuve takes the Pole during Napa 200 qualifying
Jacques Villeneuve, driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge, wins the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying with a fast lap speed of 101.800 mph (95.800 secs.) and will lead the field to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 19 in Montreal, Canada.
And of course, Go JV Go!
Napa 200 - Open House
There was a good show of fans of all ages yesterday at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Young and old were able to chat, get autographs, share stories, and take great pics of their hometown heros.
Go Quebec! Go Canada! Go JV!
Not sure what Dumontier was thinking but Go Daddy!
Napa 200 Montreal
In the four previous races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the 2.710-mile, 14-turn course set on the man-made Isle de Notre Dame just outside Montreal, bizarre and exciting finishes have become the norm.
Last year, Boris Said edged Max Papis in a photo finish for his first series victory. The .012 margin of victory is the sixth-closest in series history and was the third among four races there to have an MOV of under a half second. Said returns this year in the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.
Carl Edwards’ win in 2009 came after a race started in dry conditions, then a switch to rain equipment before a finish on a dry track that featured Edwards clearing Marcos Ambrose on the final turn of the last lap. Edwards returns, as does Ambrose, who leads all drivers with two poles and 149 laps led at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Ambrose, driving the No. 9 for Richard Petty Motorsports, has vowed to compete at Montreal until he wins this race.
Canadian Ron Fellows won on his home soil in the rain-shortened event in 2008. History was made when teams bolted on rain tires, donned a windshield wiper or Rain-X and a brake light strip – the first NASCAR national series points race run in the rain – but deep puddles due to the driving rain forced the finish to end under caution.
Drivers Love the Napa 200 in Montreal
Both drivers talk about their fondness for the Montréal event...
While Marcos Ambrose is planning his flights to and from Michigan, Robbie Gordon announces his return to the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge
Montréal, August 12, 2011 - The event promoter learned today that fan favourite Robbie Gordon will enter the upcoming NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge which will be held August 19-20 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The American veteran will be driving the #77 Speed Energy Dodge Charger especially prepared for the Watkins Glen and Montréal events. While Gordon was confirming his third presence in the five years of the event, Australian Marcos Ambrose was committing to the event he swore he would compete in until he won it. In four Montréal starts, the Tasmanian driver has earned two poles and collected three Top-10 finishes, two of them in the Top-5.
"Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of my favourite tracks, and I really enjoy going to Montreal. I like the city, and it has some of the best fans around," said Ambrose who will be driving the Richard Petty Motorsport #9 Ford Mustang. "It's going to be a tough weekend doing double duty, racing in Montreal Saturday and then flying back to Michigan to race Sunday afternoon." Ambrose then talked about the times he dominated the races in Montréal since 2007. "I've come close to winning several times. I know how to get around the track and I really want to bring home the win this year. I've got a great sponsor in Stanley, and I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to race in Montreal." Ambrose also explained that he would be racing for a worthy cause, as Stanley is donating $100,000 on his behalf to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program that helps kids achieve their goals in sports programs across Canada.
As for Robbie Gordon, who has had more than his share of troubles with Ambrose in the inaugural 2007 NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge, he was glad to be returning to Montréal. "Robby Gordon Motorsports has been to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve twice and we've been in a position to win both times. It's definitely a bittersweet situation for us. I love the racetrack and the people in Montreal. The track reminds me of street circuits. It's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to going back," said Gordon who at 42, is a day older than the great Michael Schumacher.
Unlike the German champion however, the California native has competed in all types of motorsports series. He has entered a combined 441 NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races, 118 IndyCar-type races where he collected two Indy 500 fifth-place finishes and a fourth. He also came very close to winning the Big Event in 1999. An avid off-road enthusiast - he won the 1987 and the 1988 Baja 1000 and finished third in the 2009 Dakar Rally. Robbie came close to winning the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, two of the great American classics. He was also selected to compete in the former IROC Championship Series in 1996 and 1997.
Thirty-seven, a record number of entries for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Since 2007, Montréal has greeted an ever increasing number of competitors
Thirty-seven, a record number of entries for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at the next NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge
Montréal, August 3, 2011 - The increasing popularity of the Montreal stop on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule, the NAPA Autopro 100 the weekend of August 19 & 20 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, has reached unprecedented heights this year. The promoters of the event that also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the Canadian Touring Car Championship, received this week from officials of the Canadian NASCAR Series, an entry list of 37 drivers who should make the grid for Saturday morning's race in Montréal. The record number of entries will produce the series' largest-ever field since its inception in 2007, which incidentally, has always been a part of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. Over the years, the Montreal stop has seen its number of entries increase with 31, 33 and 34 drivers registered over the last three years. The Montréal event lists Kerry Micks as the inaugural winner, Andrew Ranger in 2008, JR Fitzpatrick the following season and Ranger as a repeat winner last season.
"This is great news for our organization. It proves once again that drivers from Québec and outside the province want to win fame in front of the Montréal crowd and challenge a legendary track," said François Dumontier, President of Octane Management and delegated promoter of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. "We are happy to offer race fans fields of 25 and up to 43 cars in the four series scheduled that weekend. As for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, since 2007 it has produced very exciting races, and I have no doubts that it will once again be spectacular."
Since its creation in 2007, the Canadian Tire Series has fielded 30 cars or more only seven times, with four of them in Montréal, two in Toronto and one in Edmonton. Earlier in July, 33 drivers registered for the Toronto Indy race weekend. According to the latest entry list, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will, in just over two weeks, welcome one California driver, two each from British Columbia and Alberta, 17 from Ontario and 15 from Québec.
Following round seven of the 2011, 12-race schedule in Saskatoon, 2008 series champion Scott Steckly of Milverton ON, was leading the standings ahead of defending series champion D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas, ON sat in second place, twenty points back of the leader. Third place belongs to Don Thompson, Jr. of Hamilton. Steckly, Kennington and Thompson will lead the Ontario contingent. Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani, Isabelle Tremblay, Louis-Philippe and Jean-François Dumoulin, veteran driver Donald Theetge, who is sporting the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge logo on the hood of his car, and former Montréal Canadien's defenseman Patrice Brisebois, will headline the Quebec field for this very exciting 100-kilometer race.
Tickets for the 2011 Montreal NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge are currently on sale. To order the best grandstands tickets still available and see Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler and all the other NASCAR Nationwide stars take on Patrick Carpentier, Ron Fellows Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani and Jacques Villeneuve on track on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, fans must call right now 514 397-0007 or order online anytime at,
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The Villeneuve Meet Up at the Napa 200 in Montreal
After the Menards' family reunion of 2010, make room this year for the Villeneuves
Jacques Villeneuve Will Meet All the Villeneuves Attending the NAPA Auto Parts 200, Presented by Dodge
Montréal, July 19, 2011 - The surname Villeneuve can be found in all corners of Quebec, in some parts of Eastern Ontario and of the Northern bordering states, and among them, you will find many race fans with a patronym related to one of the most recognized names in motorsports. They are the folks that Jacques Villeneuve, driver of the #22 Penske Dodge, wants to meet for a family reunion on Saturday, August 20 at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. The Canadian champion has agreed to spend some time with all the Villeneuves attending the event at the track that bears his father's name. An autograph session, group photos of all the Villeneuves and all the Jacques Villeneuves are on the program for the family reunion, the second event of the sort following last year's successful get together with American driver Paul Menard.
"Last year's experience with Paul Menard was a very pleasant one. All the Menards attending the reunion greatly appreciated the time spent with their distant cousin who was quite moved by it," said François Dumontier, President of Octane Management and delegated promoter of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge. "This year, we decided to repeat the experience with one of our own, who will be competing in the main event on August 20, and we are delighted that Jacques Villeneuve has graciously accepted our invitation. Maybe, this reunion could make history by hosting the largest Villeneuve family gathering of all time."
Villeneuve families are numerous in Quebec. There are more than 930 of them in the Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean region, close to 700 in the Québec City area, 500 in the Gatineau-Ottawa zone and more than one hundred in the Eastern Townships. The greater Montréal area is the residence of 950 Villeneuve families with 400 of them making their home on the island of Montréal, 200 on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River and 350 living north in Laval and the surrounding areas. There are more than 440 Villeneuve names listed in the Eastern Ontario phone books and over 200 Villeneuve families live in the bordering states of Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.
"I gladly accepted the invitation from the promoters of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge," Jacques Villeneuve declared. "This is quite an original idea. I am eager to see how many Villeneuves will meet on that Saturday. Also, I can't wait to see how many namesakes will show up, I'm positive that most of them don't drive race cars for a living."
So, whether your lineage comes from Mathurin Villeneuve who came from Isle du Ré in France to New France in 1666, or you are descendants of Philippe Amyot dit Villeneuve, who landed on the new continent 31 years earlier, you could, if you are a race fan, meet with Jacques Villeneuve on Saturday morning, August 20. To be part of this friendly reunion, all the Villeneuve that have already bought, or intend to buy grandstand or general admission tickets, can register from July 22 through August 17 on the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge website at www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca, and click on the "Villeneuve" tab. They will be kept informed by email on the precise time and place of this gathering.
Tickets for the 2011 Montreal NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge are currently on sale. To order the best grandstands tickets available and see Jacques Villeneuve on track on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20, as well as Patrick Carpentier, Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani, Danica Patrick, Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler and all the other NASCAR Nationwide stars, fans must call now 514 397-0007 or order online anytime at,
Villeneuve - Meet the Villeneuves
Series Points Leader - Sorenson Intrigued by Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Montréal, July 7, 2011 - Caught in a battle to the finish with Elliott Sadler for the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver title, Reed Sorenson from Georgia is intrigued by Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve where, at the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge, he will be challenged for the first time by the famed road course. During the August 19-20 event, the eight-year series veteran will be discovering the Montréal track at the wheel of his Turner Racing #32 Chevrolet.
"Since I've never been to Montreal, I am quite intrigued by what I am going to discover," Sorensen said. "The only track time I have experienced at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve was when I played the Formula 1 game on my Playstation. That is all I know even though in NASCAR, it will be a different game. After talking to a few drivers, I realized half the field likes the track and the other half has a hard time figuring it out."
"I recently had the pleasure to speak with Reed and I know he is quite enthused at the idea of racing in Montréal," explained François Dumontier, delegated promoter of the event, and President of Octane Management. "At the time of our event,, the Nationwide series will be at the three-quarter mark of its schedule, and by the looks of what is currently happening, no one seems to be running away with the championship. Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler will probably still be going at it. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the fans to see these two NASCAR veterans going head to head for the first time in Montréal."
Following the July 1st Daytona race, twenty-five year-old Sorenson had competed 148 NASCAR Nationwide races since 2005. His record shows four wins, 38 top-5, and 79 top-10 finishes including two poles. The Georgia resident had also competed 161 NASCAR Sprint Cup races. Following this year's first 17 events, he recorded a win at Road America in June, eight top-5 and 12 top-10 finishes. The standings showed Sorenson in first with a nine-point lead over Sadler. Ricky Stenhouse Jr was third, 22 points back of Sadler.
"I was Jacques Villeneuve's spotter last year at Watkins Glen when he drove the #32 Toyota he also entered in Montreal. I know he has always done very well at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve," remarked Sorenson who will be driving a Chevrolet instead of a Toyota, as Todd Braun sold his team to Steve Turner, who switched car manufacturer for this year. "I will have a talk with Jacques. I am sure he will share some of his secrets. Earlier this year, I took my first start at Road America and I won. I hope the same thing happens to me in Montreal."
Tickets for the 2011 Montreal NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge are currently on sale. To order the best grandstands tickets available and see Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler and all the other Nationwide stars take on the likes of Patrick Carpentier, Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani and Jacques Villeneuve on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, fans must call now 514 397-0007 or order online anytime at,
Nascar Nationwide Napa 200 - Montreal 2011
Alex Tagliani to Race in the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge
Montreal, May 31, 2011 - Thanks to the support from the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Quebec Dealers, Alex Tagliani will have the chance to compete in two NASCAR races the weekend of August 19 and 20 during the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge. As the curtain rises on the weekend and before his home crowd at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Lachenaie, Quebec driver will participate in the NAPA Autopro 100, NASCAR's Canadian Series event, before taking the green flag for the 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race. For the first event, Tagliani will be at the wheel of a Dodge Avenger prepared by Dave Jacombs Racing. For the main event, he will drive a Dodge Challenger. Both of Tagliani's racecars will support the number 12.
"With the confirmation that Tagliani, who is in great form this season, will be starting the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge, and knowing that Carpentier, Ranger and Villeneuve will also be there, Quebec race fans can count on a seeing a quartet to be reckoned with, as each of these drivers will be driving excellent racecars," exclaimed François Dumontier, president of Octane Management and delegated promoter of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge.
"For the fifth anniversary of our annual high-end stock car programming, we could not imagine a more attractive scenario. More than ever this year, we can dream that one of our own will make history by winning a major NASCAR series race. On behalf of our spectators, I would like to thank our partner Dodge and particularly the Quebec Dodge dealers, for the support given to Andrew Ranger and now Alexandre Tagliani."
"We are privileged to be able to associate ourselves with Alex Tagliani for the NASCAR race program in Montreal August 19 and 20. For us, supporting Quebec racers, who tend to excel at the highest levels, is a natural fit. We are also especially proud to be able to help them race in front of their hometown fans here in Quebec," added Jean Gosselin, president of the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Quebec Dealers COOP.
"Dodge is proud to be the presenting sponsor and a major partner of the promoter of the Nationwide Series event in Montreal. Motorsports is part of the Dodge DNA and furthermore, racing inspires many of our products. This explains why we both recognize and support a passion shared by the drivers and all the fans who will gather in Montreal for one of the greatest motorsports events there is. Through their strong relationship with Dodge Motorsports, the Dodge dealers of Québec have made it possible to secure the Nationwide series #12 Dodge Challenger for Alex Tagliani exclusively for the Montreal Nationwide Event being held this summer, supplying him with the very best equipment in NASCAR today for that race." said Mr. Ed Broadbear Vice President Marketing at Chrysler Canada.
For over a decade now, Tagliani has pursued a career in professional auto racing, an undertaking which saw its beginnings in Formula Atlantic. He has started 163 races in North American single-seat racing series and has registered one win, thirty-four top-5 and twenty-seven top-10 finishes along with five pole positions, the most recent of which came at the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. To top this milestone off, Alex became the first Canadian in history to do so. In NASCAR, he has participated in thirteen rounds of the Canadian Tire Series including three at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. His honours include one win, two top-5, three top-10 finishes, and two pole positions. He has also started two Nationwide Series races, including one in Montreal in 2009. In 1999 in his last Formula Atlantic campaign, he earned the pole and scored the victory during the race in Montreal, part of the Grand Prix du Canada.
Tickets for the 2011 Montreal NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge are currently on sale. To order the best grandstands tickets available and see drivers Andrew Ranger, Alexandre Tagliani and Jacques Villeneuve at the wheel of their Dodge Challenger's on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, along with other NASCAR stars, fans must call now 514 397-0007 or order online anytime at,
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