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Report: Future of Montreal Nationwide Series race won't be known for a few weeks

Marcos Ambrose leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2010.
Marcos Ambrose leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2010.

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The future of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal won't be known for a few more weeks, The Montreal Gazette reported this week.

The race is in the final year of a five-year contract between International Speedway Corp. through its subsidiary, Stock-Car Montreal and Park Jean Drapeau, where the 2.709-mile road course is located.

The paper said organizers of the race asked for a $500,000 grant from the Quebec government to promote the race, but the province turned down the request in early July.

The Gazette said it is up to ISC and Stock-Car Montreal to figure out whether it wants to return to Montreal. Organizers need to negotiate a new lease with Park Jean Drapeau, the paper said.

"Stock-Car Montreal is thrilled to host the fifth consecutive NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve," SCM vice-president Andrew Gurtis said in a release Wednesday. "This weekend's events are major highlights on the NASCAR Nationwide, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car and NASCAR Canadian Tire series schedules.

"The past four years have produced compelling storylines, intense on-track competition and unforgettable moments at this world-class facility.

"Looking ahead to 2012 and the potential future of Stock-Car Montreal, we are encouraged by the strong interest from race fans, media, sanctioning bodies and the Montreal community for continuing this popular race weekend. Discussions are ongoing with all relevant parties in Montreal concerning future plans. We expect to have a decision in the next few weeks and will make an announcement at the appropriate time."

The 2012 Nationwide schedule hasn't been released, but three standalone races from this year have already been dropped: two at Nashville Superspeedway and one at Lucas Oil Raceway.

See the story on The Montreal Gazette's website.