After the excitement of the Grand Prix settles, Montreal revs up for yet another speedy thrill: the fan-friendly NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series (aka NASCAR!!!) is returning to Montreal, August 17-18…
The event will span two days at the notoriously tricky track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Parc Jean Drapeau- a highly coveted road course. Several races will take place over the two days, notably the GRAND AM Rolex Sports Car Series scheduled for August 18.
Additionally, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, borne out of the growing number of amateur touring car races in Canada, will feature vehicles that have had minor modifications and the Super Class will see dramatically altered cars with more sophisticated aerodynamics. Cars that you’re likely to see out on the tracks include Acuras, Audis, BMWs, Chevrolets, Hondas and even a couple MINIs. The best part is that all three grades will race on the same track.
On August 18, look out for the Canadian Tire Series, spawned from the love child of the CASCAR Super Series established in 1981 when NASCAR bought CASCAR (the top racing series at the time). It’s going to be a highly combustible race, with tempers and engine blocks flaring.
This year there are some exciting developments as two hometown drivers will duke it out on the track. 2012 marks the return of the revered driver Patrick Carpentier who’s coming out of retirement for one last kick at the can, aiming to win on his home turf and donate his winnings to charity. Of course so does Alex Tagliani, high on the fumes from a season best. Tagliani will be driving the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports in Montreal and Kyle Busch (driver and team owner) will travel from Michigan to race. Busch holds the record for most wins in a season (with 24). Stakes are high for one of the most explosive sports of all time.
NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series, August 17-18, 2012