Amid Successful Numbers for the F1 Canadian Grand Prix, Fans Hope to See NASCAR Return to Montreal

On Sunday, the F1 Canadian Grand Prix wrapped up and the numbers are in. Apparently, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve boasted of a massive crowd attendance after a two-year absence. People clearly missed having F1 in their country, so they turned up in full force.

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In light of the impressive numbers, a few NASCAR fans have been hoping to see Canada back on the Cup Series calendar.

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As it turned out, F1 recorded a spectator count of 338,000, the largest in the sport’s history in Canada. Naturally, this caught the attention of NASCAR fans who would love to see the stock car series on Canadian soil. The best part is that the country is no stranger to the sport, since they have hosted NASCAR races in the past.

Will we see NASCAR back in Canada in the future?

In all honesty, it is not so simple to just decide to run a NASCAR Cup race in Canada. First and foremost, there are so many hurdles to overcome, like approaching the authorities, pacifying neighborhoods, the finances, and other things.

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That being said, it isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility to see NASCAR pay a visit to Canada.

Jun 5, 2022; Madison, Ill., USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) races during the Enjoy Illinois 300 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Given that Daniel Suarez recently won at Sonoma, non-American interest would have spiked a little. Canada does have a NASCAR winner, in the form of Earl Ross, who won at Martinsville in 1974.

Currently, there are five Canadian NASCAR drivers spread out across all of the NASCAR series. They are Cup driver Jacques Villeneuve, Truck drivers Stewart Friesen and Jason White, Xfinity driver Alex Labbe, and ARCA driver Amber Balcaen.

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Friesen can boast of three Truck Series wins in his career, with two coming in 2019 and one in 2022. He is right in the running for the Truck Series championship, and if he can win, it will be great news for Canadian motorsport.

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