Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Wednesday, August 17th
6:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER(PARKING ONLY)
Thursday, August 18th
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, August 19th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM-10:00 AM NNS PRACTICENS
10:30 AM-12:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (NASCAR, ROAD RACE QUALIFYING)
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Saturday, August 20th
7:00 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE AREA)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM NNS RACE (74 LAPS, 200.46 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Expect The Unexpected Across The Border At Montreal
In the four previous races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the 2.710-mile, 14-turn course set on the man-made Isle de Notre Dame just outside Montreal, bizarre and exciting finishes have become the norm.
Last year, Boris Said edged Max Papis in a photo finish for his first series victory. The .012 margin of victory is the sixth-closest in series history and was the third among four races there to have an MOV of under a half second. Said – who created some drama with his post-race scuffle with Greg Biffle at Watkins Glen – returns to Montreal in the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports to defend his win.
Carl Edwards’ win in 2009 came after a race started in dry conditions, then a switch to rain equipment before a finish on a dry track that featured Edwards clearing Marcos Ambrose on the final turn of the last lap. Edwards returns, as does Ambrose, who leads all drivers with two poles and 149 laps led at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Ambrose, driving the No. 9 for Richard Petty Motorsports, has vowed to compete at Montreal until he wins this race.
Canadian Ron Fellows won on his home soil in the rain-shortened event in 2008. History was made when teams bolted on rain tires, donned a windshield wiper or Rain-X and a brake light strip – the first NASCAR national series points race run in the rain – but deep puddles due to the driving rain forced the finish to end under caution.
Two-time series champion Kevin Harvick won the inaugural event in 2007, but Robby Gordon thought otherwise. Gordon had bumped, then passed Ambrose under caution late in the event and failed to blend back in, bringing out a black flag from NASCAR. Gordon kept pushing through the end of the race and joined Harvick – and Quebec’s Patrick Carpentier – in a donut-fest on the frontstretch. Harvick and Gordon celebrating, thinking each had won the race and Carpentier elated over what he assumed was a second-place finish from the pole. Harvick was declared the winner, Carpentier – who will retire from racing after Saturday’s event – was indeed second and Gordon, still steaming over the result to this day, was relegated to 18th. Gordon will be back this year, too.
Competition Stout With Star-Studded Field In Montreal
Big names will be making the trek north this weekend to Montreal, Canada for one of the most unique events of the season.
Danica Patrick returns to the series this weekend, making her stock-car debut on a road course. This will be her first series race since July at Daytona, where she finished 10th. Another former open-wheel racer, Scott Speed, will make his first series start since 2009, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc.
Double-duty drivers include Marcos Ambrose, Monday’s winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, 2007 series champion Carl Edwards, Robby Gordon and 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the series regulars in the driver standings having posted three Coors Light poles, two wins, 10 top fives and 17 top 10s this season. He’s the lone driver among the top three in the standings – second-place Reed Sorenson (-10) and third-place Elliott Sadler (-24) – who has run at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, finishing 24th last year.
Canadian Drivers Hold Large Presence This Weekend
As the NASCAR Nationwide Series pulls into Montreal this week it will set the stage for nine Canadian drivers to prove their muster amongst the best the series has to offer. Stepping up to the challenge this weekend is Jean Francois Dumoulin, Louis-Phillipe Dumoulin, Ron Fellows, Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Maryeve Dufault, Patrick Carpentier and last but not least Jacques Villeneuve. The track bears the name of his late father.
Two of Villeneuve’s three career top-five finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series have come at this track. He is stepping into a ride with a lot of momentum this season, the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge team, which is coming off a victory at Watkins Glen last weekend.
Under the guidance of crew chief Todd Gordon, the former F1 champion Villeneuve will be the fourth different motorsports champion to drive the No. 22 this season, joining 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski, IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
There are 49 entries for Montreal, the most in the five-year history of the event. This also is the first time the series’ new car will race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. … Subs for double-duty drivers, who won’t arrive from Michigan until Saturday, include Michel Jourdain Jr. for Trevor Bayne; Billy Johnson, a Roush-Fenway Racing Grand-Am driver, for Carl Edwards and Owen Kelly, a fellow Tasmanian for Marcos Ambrose. … Owner Steve Meehan has turned his No. 67 Go Canada Racing Ford into an opportunity to drive awareness and raise funds for charitable causes. At Montreal, the hometown No. 67 Go Canada Racing Ford will carry logos for two charities in support of the SickKids Foundation. Meehan is one of two series owners from Canada, joining former driver-turned-owner Randy MacDonald, who has a Canadian driver, Maryeve Dufault, in his No. 81 Dodge this weekend. Dufault will make her series debut. The regular driver of the No. 81, Blake Koch, will be in the No. 70 ML Motorsports Chevrolet. Koch trails Timmy Hill by three points in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Number of Tires: 1,050
Set limits: 6 sets for the weekend
Tire Code: D-4438 (same tire code on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.5 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear – 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Notes: Like on other NASCAR road courses, Nationwide teams will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4438) on all four tire positions at Montreal this weekend . . . this is the first time teams in this series have run this tire code . . . Sprint Cup teams and drivers did run this code at Infineon Raceway earlier this season . . . compared to what was run at Montreal last season, this tire features both a softer compound and a slight construction change to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Montreal.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring 700 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Montreal for use by Nationwide Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.