2006 Grand Prix of Montreal

Grand Prix of Montreal

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


Previous race

Before the establishment of the CART Grand Prix of Montreal, there was a Montreal-area USAC Championship Car race held at Circuit Mont-Tremblant for 1967 and 1968.

Molson Indy Montreal

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 2007 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a permanent road course most famous as the home of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Name change

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

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 is heavily speculated that from 2007 onwards, Canadian Grand Prix promoter Normand Legault (who promotes all races at CGV) will replace the Grand Prix of Montreal with a NASCAR Busch Series race 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 (Mont-Tremblant Champ Car Grand Prix).



Series Season Date Race Winning Driver Winning Team Report
USAC Championship Car 1967 August 6 Mario Andretti Dean Racing Enterprises
USAC Championship Car 1968 August 4 Mario Andretti Andretti Overseas National Airways

Molson Indy winners (1984-1986)

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

Molson Indy winners (2002-2005)

Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team
2002 Dario Franchitti Lola Honda Team Green
2003 Michel Jourdain Jr. Lola Ford-Cosworth Team Rahal
2004 Bruno Junqueira Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
2005 Oriol Servia Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing

Grand Prix of Montreal winners (2006-2007)

Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine
2006 Sébastien Bourdais Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing
2007 Robert Doornbos Panoz Ford-Cosworth Minardi Team USA

Formula Atlantic winners

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

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