NASCAR's partnership with Octane Management has ended, so the Nationwide Series will not return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in 2013. However, NASCAR has been searching for another way to hold a race in Canada next season. The latest rumors have focused on the organization's possible negotiations with the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Octane Management Ends Partnership with NASCAR
Octane Management has been responsible for promoting the NASCAR events in Canada for six years, but the company recently filed for bankruptcy. The end to their partnership means that NASCAR's Nationwide Series will not return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal next year. It is rumored that Octane Management president Francois Dumontier desperately wanted a Sprint Cup race, and NASCAR's refusal was the fuel for the final decision.
Officially, Dumontier has claimed that money was the reason for the end of NASCAR in Montreal, and Octane has also canceled the 2013 IndyCar Edmonton race with similar excuses. However, it seems that the inflexibility of both sides seems to be the main culprit. Francois Dumontier refused to accept anything less than a Sprint Cup race while NASCAR refused to give him one.
NASCAR Explores Other Options for a Canadian Race
NASCAR does not seem to have an interest in having any Sprint Cup races in Canada, but it is exploring other options for the Nationwide Series. Officials have explained, "NASCAR was preparing to return for 2013, however we were unable to come to an agreement to renew the sanction." NASCAR is rumored to be searching for a way to host races in Canada, but Nationwide may not be its only focus. The organization is also considering this for the Camping World Truck Series.
The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Toronto is one possibility for NASCAR next year because it allegedly does not want to lose the fan base that has been created in Canada, so missing a year of racing could jeopardize this. It is rumored to be considering a Camping World Truck Series race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2013, but nothing has been officially announced.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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