Molson Indy Vancouver

Molson Indy Vancouver was an annual Champ Car race held in a street circuit near BC Place and running past Science World in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada held in July, August or September from 1990 to 2004.

Vancouver Street Circuit
LocationConcord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Time zoneUTC-07:00
FIA Grade3E
Opened1990
Re-opened: 2022
Closed2004
Major eventsCurrent:
Formula E
Vancouver ePrix (2022)
Former:
CART
Molson Indy Vancouver (1990-2004)
SpeedVision World Challenge (1999)
ePrix Circuit (from 2022)
Length2.21[1] km (1.37 mi)
Turns15
Street Circuit (1999-2004)
Length2.865 km (1.780 mi)
Turns14
Race lap record1:01.538[2] (Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya, Lola B2K/00, 2000, CART)
Street Circuit (1998)
Length2.866 km (1.781 mi)
Turns14
Race lap record1:06.939[2] (Brazil Hélio Castroneves, Reynard 98i, 1998, CART)
Street Circuit (1990-1997)
Length2.741 km (1.703 mi)
Turns19
Race lap record0:55.136[2] (Italy Alex Zanardi, Reynard 97i, 1997, CART)
Molson Indy Vancouver
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IndyCar / CART / Champ Car
LocationConcord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
49°16′34″N 123°6′24″W / 49.27611°N 123.10667°W / 49.27611; -123.10667Coordinates: 49°16′34″N 123°6′24″W / 49.27611°N 123.10667°W / 49.27611; -123.10667
Corporate sponsorMolson
First race1990
Last race2004
Most wins (driver)Al Unser, Jr. (4)
Most wins (team)Newman/Haas Racing (3)
Team Green (3)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chassis: Lola (7)
Engine: Ford-Cosworth (4)
Honda (4)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt/Concrete
Length2.865 km (1.780 mi)
Turns15

On September 2, 1990, the first race took place on the original circuit, which was won by Al Unser Jr. From 1998, a new circuit was created to the east of the old Pacific Place, where only a small part of the original circuit was used. The circuit was popular with drivers and often produced an entertaining race. For most of its fifteen years, the Vancouver Indy attracted in excess of 100,000 spectators over the course of its weekends, and in 1996 held the Canadian single-day sporting event attendance record until it was beaten by the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal that year. [3] The final event in 2004 had race day attendance of 63,000 with a total three day turnout of 158,420 spectators. [4] However, from 2004, Vancouver was left off the Champ Car fixture list. In July 2021 it was announced a new race for the electric-powered FIA Formula E World Championship, the Vancouver ePrix would be run on the same site.[5]

Controversy and cancellationEdit

For much of its time in Vancouver, the Molson Indy was a source of considerable local controversy, as local residents complained of the noise and disruption caused by this major event. As the lands of the former Expo 86 site were developed into the billion-dollar condominium development by Concord Pacific, debates raged over whether the Indy made Vancouver a "world-class city" or an "urban nightmare." Such debates were chronicled by Mark Douglas Lowes in his 2002 book, Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares: Speed Merchants, Spectacle, and the Struggle over Public Space in the World-Class City.[6]

The official explanation for the cancellation came from Jo-Ann McArthur, president of sponsoring Molson Sports and Entertainment, who stated that "the bottom line is the business model couldn't work".[7] The race had just two seasons left in the city, due to the impending construction of the Olympic Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics on the south end of the course. She stated that the lack of a long-term commitment to holding the event made it difficult to attract sponsors to continue the race.[8]

Following the cancellation, Champ Car continued to race in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton as part of the 2005 season.

Layout historyEdit

CART/Champ Car race winnersEdit

Season Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
1990   Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet Galles-KRACO Racing Report
1991   Michael Andretti Lola Chevrolet Newman/Haas Racing Report
1992   Michael Andretti Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1993   Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet Galles Racing Report
1994   Al Unser Jr. Penske Ilmor Marlboro Team Penske Report
1995   Al Unser Jr. Penske Mercedes-Ilmor Marlboro Team Penske Report
1996   Michael Andretti Lola Ford-Cosworth Newman/Haas Racing Report
1997   Maurício Gugelmin Reynard Mercedes-Benz PacWest Racing Report
1998   Dario Franchitti Reynard Honda Team KOOL Green Report
1999   Juan Pablo Montoya Reynard Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2000   Paul Tracy Reynard Honda Team KOOL Green Report
2001   Roberto Moreno Reynard Toyota Patrick Racing Report
2002   Dario Franchitti Lola Honda Team KOOL Green Report
2003   Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Team Player's Report
2004   Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Championship Racing Report

Indy Lights/Atlantic winnersEdit

Indy Lights
Season Winning Driver
1990   Vinicio Salmi
1991 Not held
1992   Mark Smith
1993   Bryan Herta
1994   André Ribeiro
1995   Pedro Chaves
1996   Claude Bourbonnais
1997   Cristiano da Matta
1998   Cristiano da Matta
1999 Not held
2000   Scott Dixon
Atlantic Championship
Season Winning Driver
1990   Claude Bourbonnais
1991   Stéphane Proulx
1992   Patrick Carpentier
1993   Claude Bourbonnais
1994   David Empringham
1995   David Empringham
1996   Patrick Carpentier
1997   Memo Gidley
1998   Andrew Bordin
1999   Will Langhorne
2000 Not held
2001   Joey Hand
2002
2003
Not held
2004   Ryan Dalziel

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canadian E-Fest Formula E Overview". Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Vancouver". Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  3. ^ Charters, David A. (2007). The Chequered Past: Sports Car Racing & Rallying in Canada, 1951-1991. University of Toronto Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-8020-9394-3.
  4. ^ Sabine, Alex (2005). Autocourse Official Champ Car Yearbook 2004–2005. Crash Media Group Press. pp. 110–113. ISBN 978-1905334001.
  5. ^ "SEASON 8 CALENDAR: Cape Town, Vancouver and Seoul feature on most expansive Formula E schedule yet". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  6. ^ Lowes, Mark Douglas (2002). Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 148. ISBN 978-0-8020-8498-9. Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares: Speed Merchants, Spectacle, and the Struggle over Public Space in the World-Class City.
  7. ^ "Molson ends Indy-car race in Vancouver". The Seattle Times. November 19, 2004. Archived from the original on 12 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Vancouver Molson Indy cancelled". CBC News. Toronto. November 18, 2004. Retrieved October 10, 2017.