Quebecers have had a long-standing love affair with motorsport. Montreal’s fight to keep the Canadian Grand Prix goes beyond simple economic factors; racing is as entrenched in Quebec as the Villeneuve name is in auto racing legend.
April 2, 1978. In just his seventh Grand Prix start, Gilles Villeneuve lined up next to his vastly more experienced team leader, Carlos Reutemann, on the coveted front row of the United States Grand Prix grid. Before the end of the first lap, Villeneuve led his first Grand Prix in splendid style. Then, as things tend to do in Grand Prix racing, all quickly changed.