Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Admission-Free Discovery Day at the NAPA 200 on Friday August 27

Drivers to Meet With Fans At Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Admission-Free "Discovery Day" To Return At

The NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge on Friday, August 27

Montréal, August 17, 2010 -
Stock-Car Montreal, the event organizing body of the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge, is pleased to announce that it has once again added an admission-free "Discovery Day" on Friday August 27 to its NASCAR Nationwide race weekend program. The general public will be allowed to enter park Jean Drapeau's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve free of charge from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and discover the fascinating world of motor racing and experience the festive atmosphere of a race weekend. The organizers will also repeat a fan favourite event which will see Quebec racecar drivers sit for an hour-long autograph session beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the infield portion of the track.

"Last year's experiment was very well received, so much so that several other track promoters have decided to add such a day to their weekend race program. It turned out to be a great promotion," said François Dumontier, President of Octane Management and delegated promoter of the event. "Everyone that came to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge 'Discovery Day,' truly enjoyed their visit. I invite the public to come and see us again this year, and to bring family, friends, and neighbours along with them to the track. It is worth the trip. Everyone will be able to enjoy a day at the races and meet with their favorite drivers in a truly friendly environment. All of this only a few Metro stations away from any departure point."

During "Discovery Day", visitors will be able to access free-of-charge, all sections of the site open to the public including grandstands and grassy knolls surrounding the track and watch the on-track action as Formula 1600 single-seaters as well as the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will be holding class practice sessions all day-long. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic with friends and family. At 2 o'clock in the afternoon in the infield portion of the track, Quebec racecar drivers entered in the weekend's events will stage a one-hour long autograph session. Participants include:

* Patrick Carpentier, driver of car # 00, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series;
* Jacques Villeneuve, driver of car # 32, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series;
* Andrew Ranger, driver of car # 27, in the NASCAR Nationwide and Canadian Tire Series;
* Maryeve Dufault, driver of car # 10, in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series;
* Patrice Brisebois, driver of car # 71, in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series;
* Louis-Philippe Dumoulin, driver of car # 47, in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series;
* Jean-François Dumoulin, driver of car # 04, in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series;
* Didier Schraenen, driver of car # 94, in the Formula Tour 1600 H Grégoire Series.

Fans, who wish to come to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and enjoy the action on August 27, will have to use the Montreal subway system (Métro) to access the site, as there is no public parking available on the island. From the Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro station on Ile Saint-Hélène, the public will be directed to the Circuit via the Cosmos Bridge. All grandstands seats will be free for use on "Discovery Day" as the seating privileges of Saturday and Sunday ticket holders will not be in effect on Friday.

Tickets for the 2010 Montreal NAPA Auto Parts 200, Presented by Dodge are currently on sale. To order grandstands tickets and see Paul Menard, Marcos Ambrose, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, the current series points leader, Justin Allgaier, Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier, Ron Fellows and Andrew Ranger as well as several other NASCAR stars on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday and Sunday August 28-29, fans must call 514 397-0007 or order online anytime at www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca/

Mandated by Stock-Car Montréal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) based in Daytona Beach, Florida, Octane Management is, since 2009, the delegated promoter of the NAPA Auto Parts 200, Presented by Dodge. ISC is the leading promoter of motorsports in North America, hosting over 100 major racing events each year.

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Normand Prieur
450 492-6963 / 514 836-6963

Photo 1: Autograph Session
Sitting at the table from left to right: Patrick Laperle, Andrew Ranger, Alex Tagliani with the baseball cap, Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier's hairdo with the sunglasses on top, and F1600 driver Didier Schraenen.
Photo Credit: Muriel Brousseau/Stock-Car Montréal

Photo 2: Crowd Autograph session
Image of the crowd from Patrick Carpentier, Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Tagliani's point of view.
Photo Credit: Muriel Brousseau/Stock-Car Montréal

The images are a courtesy of Stock-Car Montreal, and are copyright-free for the media