Open main menu

Circuit Mont-Tremblant (French pronunciation: ​[siʁkɥi mɔ̃ tʁɑ̃blɑ̃]) is a 4.26 km (2.65 mi) race circuit about 13 km (8.1 mi) south of the village of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The name of the village of Saint-Jovite was often included in the name of the circuit, but since the village was amalgamated into Mont-Tremblant in the year 2000, it is no longer considered or functions as an independent entity.

Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Circuit Mont-Tremblant Logo.gif

Circuit Mont-Tremblant Track Map.svg
Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Location1281 Chemin du Village
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
OwnerLawrence Stroll
OpenedSeptember 1964
ArchitectAlan Wilson (2000 redesign)
Major eventsFIA Formula One
Canadian Grand Prix
(1968, 1970)


Can-Am
Mont-Tremblant Can-Am
(1966, 1969-1971, 1977-1978)
Trans-Am
Trois Heures du Circuit
(1968-1971, 1977-1978)
USAC Championship Car
Mont-Tremblant Grand Prix
(1967-1968)
Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series
6 Hours of Mont-Tremblant
(2002-2005)

Champ Car World Series
Mont-Tremblant Champ Car Grand Prix
(2007)
2004 Road course
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.65 mi (4.26 km)
Turns17
Race lap record1:16.776 (Tristan Gommendy, Panoz DP01, 2007, Champ Car)
2000 Road course
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.65 mi (4.26 km)
Turns15
Race lap record1:22.961 (Didier Theys, Doran Lista Racing, Dallara LMP Judd, 2002, SRP1)

Contents

HistoryEdit

The first two sections of the circuit were built in 1964 and extended by another mile into September 1965. The extension featured long straights and by virtue of the terrain, a small hill. Nicknamed "the Hump" it gained legendary status during the inaugural 1966 Can Am race.[1] Two drivers in practice found that their cars, both near identical Lola T70 CanAm cars, launched themselves into the air. Both drivers emerged unhurt but were unable to compete in the race. The Canadian winters quickly rendered the track surface very bumpy and as a result, the attrition rate was quite high in the two Canadian Grand Prix Formula One events staged at the circuit. Of the 40 cars entered in those two races (20 each, in 1968 and 1970), 21 reached the checkered flag (with only 16 classified – the rest finishing too far behind the race winners).

 
The Control Tower and start-finish straight, looking west against the flow of the circuit, towards the Namerow corner.

The track complex was purchased by Montreal-based fashion mogul Lawrence Stroll in 2000, who tapped track architect Alan Wilson to redesign the circuit, with the aim of modernizing its safety features in accordance with current FIA regulations.[2] The resulting redevelopment forced the park to close for the entire 2000 and 2001 racing seasons.[3]

A major overhaul of the circuit in 2004 allowed more domestic and continental sportscar races to be held. Pit road was lengthened and widened featuring a new pit exit, while the pit straight was widened to 12 m (39.4 ft). A chicane was added in Turn 2, while Turns 6 and 10 were modified to create two separate circuits which could be run simultaneously. The signature hump was lowered 3.5 metres (11.5 ft) for safety, while Namerow corner was modified for additional runoff.[citation needed] The track features 28 metres of elevation change.

On July 1, 2007, Mont-Tremblant hosted a round of the Champ Car World Series, marking the series' first race at the circuit since Indy cars competed there in 1967 and 1968, when Mario Andretti won all four races.[2] The race featured many lead changes and ended in wet weather, with Robert Doornbos emerging victorious. In this race, French driver Tristan Gommendy set the track record, with a time of 1.16.776 in a Panoz DP01.

Current SeriesEdit

Former Series & Major Race WinnersEdit

FIA Formula One World ChampionshipEdit

Year Race Driver Constructor Report
1968 Player's Canadian Grand Prix   Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford Report
1970   Jacky Ickx Ferrari Report

Champ Car World SeriesEdit

Year Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
2007 Mont-Tremblant Champ Car Grand Prix   Robert Doornbos Minardi Team USA Panoz Cosworth

USAC Championship Car (IndyCar)Edit

Year Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
1967 Labatt Indy   Mario Andretti Dean Racing Enterprises Brawner Hawk Ford
1968 Saint-Jovite 200   Mario Andretti Andretti Racing Enterprises Brawner Hawk Ford

SCCA Can-Am SeriesEdit

Year Date Race Driver Team
1966 Sept 11 Player's 200   John Surtees   #3 Team Surtees
1969 June 15 Labatt's 50   Denny Hulme   #5 McLaren Cars
1970 June 28 Mont-Tremblant 50   Dan Gurney   #48 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing
1971 June 27 Mont-Tremblant 50   Jackie Stewart   #1 Carl Haas Racing
1977 June 12   Tom Klausler   Schkee Cars
1978 June 25   George Follmer   U.S. Racing

SCCA Trans-Am SeriesEdit

Year Date Race Drivers Car Distance/Duration
1968 July 21 Les Trois Heures du Circuit   Mark Donohue Chevrolet Camaro 3 Hours / 96 Laps
254.4 mi (409.4 km)
[5]
1969 Aug 3 Les Trois Heures du Circuit   Mark Donohue Chevrolet Camaro 3 Hours / 97 Laps
257 mi (414 km)
[6]
1970 Aug 2 Le Circuit Trans-Am   Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 70 Laps
185.5 mi (298.5 km)
[7]
1970 Aug 2 Le Circuit Trans-Am   Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 70 Laps
185.5 mi (298.5 km)
[7]
1971 Aug 1 Player's Quebec Trans-Am   Mark Donohue AMC Javelin 70 Laps
185.5 mi (298.5 km)
[8]
1977 Sept 11 Molson Trans-Am   Peter Gregg Porsche 934 38 Laps
100.7 mi (162.1 km)
[9]
1978 June 25 Molson Trans-Am   Monte Sheldon Porsche 935 38 Laps
100.7 mi (162.1 km)
[10]

SCCA United States Road Racing ChampionshipEdit

Year Date Race Over 2.0 Winning Driver Over 2.0 Winning Team Under 2.0 Winning Driver Under 2.0 Winning Team
1968 June 2 Championnat Nord-Americain   Mark Donohue #6 Roger Penske Racing   Horst Kroll #37 Altona Motors [11]

SCCA Formula 5000Edit

Year Date Race Driver Chassis Engine
1967 Sept 17 St Jovite Grand Prix   Fred Ashplant Brabham BT21 Ford [12]
1969 Sept 7 Le Circuit Continental   David Hobbs Surtees TS5 Chevrolet [13]
1970 Aug 1 Le Circuit Continental   George Follmer Lotus 70 Ford [14]

Atlantic ChampionshipEdit

Year Date Driver
1975 July 6   Elliott Forbes-Robinson [15]
1976 July 11   Gilles Villeneuve [16]
2007 July 1   Franck Perera [17]
2008 June 29   Junior Strous [18]

Grand American Road Racing ChampionshipEdit

Year Date Race Driver Team Chassis Engine
2002 Sept 15 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant   Didier Theys
  Fredy Lienhard, Sr.
  Fredy Lienhard, Jr.
  #27 Doran Lista Racing Dallara LMP Judd [19]
2003 Sept 21   David Donohue
  Mike Borkowski
 Sascha Maassen
  #58 Brumos Racing Fabcar FDSC/03 Porsche [20]
2004 May 23   Scott Pruett
  Max Papis
  #01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Riley Mk XI Lexus [21]
2005 May 21   Milka Duno
  Andy Wallace
  Jan Lammers
  #2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Crawford DP03 Pontiac [22]

[23]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canadian-American Challenge Cup 1966". Archived from the original on 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-01-14.
  2. ^ a b "Mont-Tremblant". www.grandprix.com. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Circuit Mont-Tremblant". www.na-motorsports.com. Retrieved 21 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Circuit Mont-Tremblant Events". Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Archived from the original on 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  5. ^ "1968 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  6. ^ "1969 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  7. ^ a b "1970 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  8. ^ "1971 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  9. ^ "1977 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  10. ^ "1978 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  11. ^ "SCCA US Road Racing Championship race". ultimateracinghistory.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  12. ^ "St Jovite Grand Prix". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  13. ^ "Le Circuit Continental". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  14. ^ "Le Circuit Continental". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  15. ^ "1975 CASC Player's Challenge Series". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  16. ^ "1976 CASC Player's Challenge Series". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  17. ^ "2007 Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  18. ^ "2008 Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda". champcarstats.com. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  19. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  20. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  21. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  22. ^ "6 h Mont Tremblant". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Archived from the original on 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  23. ^ "Circuit Mont-Tremblant". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 25 March 2013.

External linksEdit