Report: FIA WEC could add Montreal race for 2015

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Having searched for several years now to find a second major motorsport event, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve may be on the verge of landing a 2015 round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

According to the French-language Le Journal de Montreal, talks have begun about a possible WEC event at CGV, which annually serves as the home of Formula One’s Canadian Grand Prix.

However, CGV has been lacking a second event to compliment the F1 race since 2012, when the NASCAR Nationwide Series left Montreal after a six-year run.

An event in Canada could make for a North American “swing” with the series’ U.S. round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Or it may very well become the lone WEC race on the continent depending on whether or not COTA can draw more of a crowd.

Last year, when the WEC ran together with the now-defunct American Le Mans Series, reportedly less than 8,000 people among the overall weekend attendance of 35,000 took in the WEC’s six-hour event.

COTA is scheduled to host the WEC and the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship again this September as part of the “Lone Star Le Mans” weekend.

Back in March, WEC head Gerard Neveu indicated that he’d like his series to start expanding its presence in North America but that any potential opportunities would have to make sense.

“We don’t want to make one more date just to do one more date,” he said during the WEC’s preseason test sessions according to SportsCar365. “We have to do one more date if there is a very good opportunity.

“It means a good race track, good market, good fan base, good financial interest, good media interest and good interest for the manufacturers.

“I will not add a date on a very small island in the middle of the Pacific because they pay a lot. It doesn’t make sense. The idea is to find a fair destination for everybody.”

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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