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Molson Indy Vancouver

Molson Indy Vancouver
IndyCar / CART / Champ Car
Location Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Corporate sponsor Molson
First race 1990
Last race 2004
Most wins (driver) Al Unser, Jr. (4)
Most wins (team) Newman/Haas Racing (3)
Team Green (3)
Most wins (manufacturer) Lola (7)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt/Concrete
Length 2.865 km (1.780 mi)
Turns 15

Molson Indy Vancouver was an annual Champ Car race held in a street circuit near BC Place and running past Science World in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada held in July or August from 1990 to 2004.

On September 2, 1990, the first race took place on the original circuit, which was won by Al Unser Jr. From 1998, a new circuit was created to the east of the old Pacific Place, where only a small part of the original circuit was used. The circuit was popular with drivers and often produced an entertaining race. However, from 2004, Vancouver was left off the Champ Car fixture list, and no race has taken place since.


  • Controversy and cancellation 1
  • CART/Champ Car race winners 2
    • Indy Lights/Atlantic winners 2.1
  • References 3

Controversy and cancellation

For much of its time in Vancouver, the Molson Indy was a source of considerable local controversy, as local residents complained of the noise and disruption caused by this major event. As the lands of the former Expo 86 site were developed into the billion-dollar condominium development by Concord Pacific, debates raged over whether the Indy made Vancouver a "world-class city" or an "urban nightmare." Such debates were chronicled by Mark Douglas Lowes in his 2002 book, "Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares: Speed Merchants, Spectacle, and the Struggle over Public Space in the World-Class City."[1]

The only official explanation for the cancellation came from Jo-Ann McArthur, president of sponsoring Molson Sports and Entertainment, who stated that "the bottom line is the business model couldn't work"[2]

CART/Champ Car race winners

Season Driver Chassis Engine Team Report
1990 Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet Galles-KRACO Racing Report
1991 Michael Andretti Lola Chevrolet Newman/Haas Racing Report
1992 Michael Andretti Lola Cosworth-Ford Newman/Haas Racing Report
1993 Al Unser Jr. Lola Chevrolet Galles Racing Report
1994 Al Unser Jr. Penske Ilmor Marlboro Team Penske Report
1995 Al Unser Jr. Penske Mercedes-Ilmor Marlboro Team Penske Report
1996 Michael Andretti Lola Ford Newman/Haas Racing Report
1997 Maurício Gugelmin Reynard Mercedes-Benz PacWest Racing Report
1998 Dario Franchitti Reynard Honda Team KOOL Green Report
1999 Juan Pablo Montoya Reynard Honda Target Chip Ganassi Racing Report
2000 Paul Tracy Reynard Honda Team KOOL Green Report
2001 Roberto Moreno Reynard Toyota Patrick Racing Report
2002 Dario Franchitti Lola Honda Team KOOL Green Report
2003 Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Team Player's Report
2004 Paul Tracy Lola Ford-Cosworth Forsythe Championship Racing Report

Indy Lights/Atlantic winners

Indy Lights
Season Winning Driver
1990 Vinicio Salmi
1991 Not held
1992 Mark Smith
1993 Bryan Herta
1994 André Ribeiro
1995 Pedro Chaves
1996 Claude Bourbonnais
1997 Cristiano da Matta
1998 Cristiano da Matta
1999 Not held
2000 Scott Dixon
Atlantic Championship
Season Winning Driver
1990 Claude Bourbonnais
1991 Stéphane Proulx
1992 Patrick Carpentier
1993 Claude Bourbonnais
1994 David Empringham
1995 David Empringham
1996 Patrick Carpentier
1997 Memo Gidley
1998 Andrew Bordin
1999 Will Langhorne
2000 Not held
2001 Joey Hand
Not held
2004 Ryan Dalziel


  • Champ Car Stats
  • Ultimate Racing History
  1. ^ Lowes, Mark Douglas (2002). Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares. Toronto:  
  2. ^ "Molson ends Indy-car race in Vancouver".  
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