MONT-TREMBLANT, QC, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - This weekend, Canada's former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve returns to Quebec's storied Circuit Mont-Tremblant to compete in a new historic racing series. Legends of Motorsports, a Bobby Rahal Signature Event, makes its Canadian premiere at the classic permanent road course on July 9 - 11, 2010.
Villeneuve will pilot a rare 1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail. The event will also include a priceless Formula One Ferrari raced by Jacques' famed father, Gilles, who authored many thrilling drives at this same track. Villeneuve will additionally serve as the event's Grand Marshal, which will feature another Canadian racing hero, current IZOD IndyCar Series star Alex Tagliani.
Villeneuve, the 1997 Formula One World Champion and 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner, will meet and mingle with fans and participants alike. An autograph session and Fan Forums featuring Villeneuve, Tagliani and other racing celebrities are featured elements of the family-friendly race weekend and automotive lifestyle festival. Fans of World Cup soccer will also be accommodated, with a viewing of the deciding matches available at the track.
"By the family's collective accomplishments, the Villeneuve name is magical to race fans worldwide, but nowhere more than in Canada," said three-time CART Champion, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and series co-founder Bobby Rahal. "It is a great treat that Jacques will join the Legends of Motorsports weekend at Circuit Mont-Tremblant to drive and be among our guests."
Since 1966, scenic Circuit Mont-Tremblant has hosted many of Canada's most storied racing events made famous by the driving exploits of the world's greatest drivers including the likes of Jacques' father, the late Canadian racing legend Gilles Villeneuve.
Tucked amid the scenic Laurentian Mountain, the now 2.65-mile, 15-turn track has twice previously hosted the Canadian Grand Prix of the Formula One World Championship. Epic races among the legendary Can-Am, Trans-Am and other notable series have equally thrilled and delighted fans here.
The upcoming Legends of Motorsports historic races at Mont-Tremblant will include a variety of classes and cars. Among them Historic Grand Prix, Can-Am, GTP/ Group C, F.I.A. Championship of Makes, Thunder and Lightning Production Cars, 2.0 Liter Sports Cars, IMSA GT Production Cars, USRRC Sports Cars, Formula Libre and Classic Monoposto.
Tickets for Legends of Motorsports at Circuit Mont-Tremblant are value-priced at $15 Friday, $30 Saturday, $30 Sunday and $50 for a Saturday-Sunday two-day pass. Tickets are available through TicketPro online at www.ticketpro.ca and by calling 514-790-1111 or toll-free at 1-866-908-9090. Tickets are also available at the Tremblant Activities Center in Place St. Bernard, and via the Circuit Mont-Tremblant website (www.lecircuit.com) or the Legends of Motorsports website (www.legendsofmotorsports.com).
Paddock access is included with a purchased ticket and additional options are offered for catered hospitality and sports car corral parking. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult.
About Legends of Motorsports
Legends of Motorsports is a premium race series owned by Historic Motorsports Productions LLC ('HMP'). Specifically, Legends of Motorsports is an annual series of premium historic racing events and related lifestyle experiences staged at historic North American venues. Based in Zionsville, Indiana, HMP's principal owners are racers and businessmen Bobby Rahal, Peter Stoneberg and Zak Brown. Additional equity investors in HMP include Spire Capital Partners and Just Marketing International, which provides comprehensive strategy, marketing, public relations, and event logistics services to the venture.
For more information, please visit HMP on the web at www.legendsofmotorsports.com or by calling (317) 344-1998.
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About Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Circuit Mont-Tremblant is located in the picturesque Laurentian Mountains. Its twisty 15-corner design utilizes the natural topography of the land and is considered one of the finest and most demanding circuits in the world. In fact, Jackie Stewart said, "Le Circuit-Tremblant is second only to Monaco in difficulty." The hillsides around the track provide natural grandstands affording spectators with magnificent elevated vantage points.
With more than 100 hotels, motels, condos and bed & breakfast units in the region, lodging is plentiful. Also, Mont-Tremblant Resort, an alpine-style village right at the foot of the mountain, is a nearby facility. Visitors can enjoy and savor French or international cuisine in more than 100 restaurants surrounding the track.
SOURCE BOBBY RAHAL, LEGENDS OF MOTORSPORTS
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