JANUARY 23, 2001
CART goes to Montreal
CART and the FIA have an agreement that CART will only hold races internationally if they are on oval circuits. However races in the Americas are excluded from this arrangement which means that CART can race in Canada, Mexico and Brazil without been restricted to an oval. The only exception to the rule is the race in Surfers Paradise which pre-dated the agreement. Thus new CART races in Japan and Europe and all on ovals.
The Montreal race will underline the importance of Canada to CART. There are already races in Toronto and Vancouver and both are expected to remain on the calendar. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is unlikely to be much-modified although F1 has been insisting on a new pit complex in recent years and it may be that the organizers are hoping to earn back the investment from CART ticket sales.