Contributed by: ACT Staff
The lightening fast Sanair tri-oval, located outside Montreal, was a frequent stop on the ACT Tour from the track's opening in 1983 through 1994. Last year, Lachance successfully promoted a Serie Castrol Late Model event at the track to rave reviews. "I am pleased that this event, which has been highly anticipated on both sides of the border, will come to fruition July 8-9. There is a great enthusiasm from both the Canadian fans and competitors to bring ACT racing back to Sanair." Lachance stated.
He continued, "The race weekend will feature three premiere divisions. In addition to the Late Models, ACT's Tiger Sportsman cars and the dirt Modified cars from Airborne Speedway (Plattsburgh, NY), as well as nearby Granby and Drummondville in Quebec will compete. A total of over 130 race teams are expected in the three divisions of racing."
Defending and multi-time ACT Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT is very excited to go north of the border, "The Canadian fans are great and a Super Series race at Sanair should create a lot of excitement," he commented. "I like racing on tracks of all sizes but the larger tracks pose a different challenge. Hopefully this race will entice some of the Quebec competitors to come south for other ACTion Super Series events," he finished. Ironically Cyr, a 16-time ACT Tour winner has not carried the checkered flag at the 7/8ths mile tri-oval.
A.J. Begin of Merrimac, MA reacted quickly when he heard the news of the Sanair race and simply said, "Wow!" Once the 37-year old racer recovered he continued, "I'm game for anything, it's refreshing to travel to new tracks. I've heard that it's a beautiful track and I'm excited to race in Canada." Begin posted his first career ACT Tour victory in June's Ferguson Waterworks 100 at the 1/3 mile Canaan Fair Speedway.
The Monza-style Mega Classique, which will be contested under ACT procedures and rules, will be comprised of three 50-lap segments. The finish of each segment will be inverted to start the next and the overall winner will be the driver with the lowest cumulative point total from his performance.
Donald Theege of Boischatel, Qc, who finished fifth in last season's Serie Castrol event at Sanair and runner-up in the season-long championship remarked, "I think this will be the biggest thing for racing in 2006. It will be wonderful for the fans to have ACT and the Serie Castrol race together - there will surely be a record number of cars. ACT has put on some great shows at Sanair in the past. At any given ACT race in the U.S. there are probably 10 guys who can win and it's the same here in Quebec with the Serie Castrol. Imagine having at least 20 drivers who are capable of winning at that race!"
Entries for the Mega Classique will be sent to the ACT Tour and Serie Castrol membership in early January. Other drivers wanting an entry should contact the ACT office at 802-244-6963 (Mon-Thurs, 8 am - 5 pm).