Originally named Course Ile Notre Dame when the track opened in 1978, It was renamed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1982 after the tragic death of Villeneuve at the Belgian Grand Prix earlier that year.
The 13 turn, 4.631 Km road course first saw action when the North American Formula Atlantic cars took to the track in September of 1978, followed 2 weeks later by the first Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada which, as it turned out, was won by the late Gilles Villeneuve.
The Grand Prix was held in the fall until 1987 when it was moved to June in 1988 and continues to run in June to this day.
The cars of Formula 1 are not the only cars to compete in June, the track also plays host to the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the Porsche GT Challenge Cup, the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, the Ferrari Challenge Cup and new this year, the Nissan Micra Cup.
In the past, the cars of the Verizon Indy Car Series, The NASCAR Xfinity Series and The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series have also competed on the track.
The Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres is grained in racing history in Canada. It is the oldest temporary street circut in North America.
Inspired by races held on the streets of Monaco, the first Grand Prix was held in 1967 and over the years the 10 turn street circut has seen some changes, most notably, the addition of the FIA World Rally Cross Championship course in 2014.
Among the series to compete at the annual August event are the stock cars of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the Canadian Touring Car Challenge, the Porsche GT Challenge Cup, the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and the Sportsman Quebec late model series.
In the past, the Firestone Indy Lights and the Star Mazda Series have also competed on the circut.
Deeply rooted in the community, the Grand Prix offers free admission to under privileged children and hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the weekend.also competed on the track.
Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto has been a staple in Toronto since 1986.
Built on a temporary 11 turn street course that encompasses the legendary Canadian National Exhibition grounds along Lake Ontario. The track length has changed numerous times over the years to it's length of 1.75 miles today.
From 1986 to 2007 the event was sanctioned by the previous CART and Champ Car World Series until the unification to Indy Car in 2009. There was no race in 2008. In 2013 and 2014, in a first for Toronto, 2 points races were held on the same weekend.
Numerous support series have competed on the streets of Toronto including the Cooper Tires Indy Lights, the Porsche GT Challenge Cup, the Acura Sports Car Challenge, the USF2000 Championship and the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship.
In the past, the stock cars of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series have also competed at the Indy.