No NASCAR in Canada in 2006
10/25/2005 8:46:55 AM
NASCAR will not make a stop in Canada in 2006 following the release of the Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck Series scheduled for next season.
Despite speculation that promoters in Montreal and Toronto were wooing either a Busch or Truck race north of the border, NASCAR has decided to go with the status quo in 2006. But that shouldn't be seen as a setback, according to Robbie Weiss, NASCAR's director of international racing.
"NASCAR's interest in Canada hasn't waned by any means," Weiss tells the Toronto Sun. "I mean, '06 was not really on the agenda."
"Without putting a date to it, I would like to think that we would be in Canada in the near future."
"Myself, George Pyne and (NASCAR CEO) Brian France have been very clear that we believe Canada is an ideal market for us."
It's no secret that promoters Molstar Sports and Entertainment, Norman Legault of Montreal and Myles Brandt of Mosport Raceway have been trying to land a NASCAR race in Canada. While the ultimate goal is to bring a Nextel Cup race north of the border, a more realistic short-term goal is either a Busch Series or Truck event.
The closest either series will come to the Canadian border is Watkins Glen on August 12 and Michigan Speedway the following week for Busch while the Trucks invade Michigan on June 17 next year.
For the fourth straight year, the Craftsman Truck Series will stage a 25-race slate beginning at Daytona International Speedway on February 17 and includes an inaugural race at Talladega Superspeedway. The 2.66 mile track will become the largest track on which the series has competed.
The Busch series will celebrate its 25th anniversary with Anheuser-Busch as its title sponsor in 2006. The 35 race schedule starts February 18 at Daytona and will once again include a stop in Mexico City for the second straight year.
Didn't think they could make it happen this fast, Wait and see!