Vancouver circuit from 1990-1997.
Vancouver circuit in 1998.
Vancouver circuit from 1999-2004 which removed the chicane at the old Turn 7 and added a chicane at Turn 13.

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, August or September 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. For most of its fifteen years, the Vancouver Indy attracted in excess of 100,000 spectators over the course of its weekends, and in 1996 held the Canadian single-day sporting event attendance record until it was beaten by the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal that year. [1] The final event in 2004 had race day attendance of 63,000 with a total three day turnout of 158,420 spectators. [2] However, from 2004, Vancouver was left off the Champ Car fixture list. In July 2021 it was announced a new race for the electric-powered FIA Formula E World Championship, the would be run on the same site.[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.[4]

The 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".[5] The race had just two seasons left in the city, due to the impending construction of the Olympic Village for the 2010 Winter Olympics on the south end of the course. She stated that the lack of a long-term commitment to holding the event made it difficult to attract sponsors to continue the race.[6]

Following the cancellation, Champ Car continued to race in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton as part of the 2005 season.

CART/Champ Car race winners

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

Indy Lights/Atlantic winners

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


  1. ^ Charters, David A. (2007). The Chequered Past: Sports Car Racing & Rallying in Canada, 1951-1991. University of Toronto Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-8020-9394-3.
  2. ^ Sabine, Alex (2005). Autocourse Official Champ Car Yearbook 2004–2005. Crash Media Group Press. pp. 110–113. ISBN 978-1905334001.
  3. ^ "SEASON 8 CALENDAR: Cape Town, Vancouver and Seoul feature on most expansive Formula E schedule yet". FIA Formula E. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  4. ^ Lowes, Mark Douglas (2002). Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 148. ISBN 978-0-8020-8498-9. Indy Dreams and Urban Nightmares: Speed Merchants, Spectacle, and the Struggle over Public Space in the World-Class City.
  5. ^ "Molson ends Indy-car race in Vancouver". The Seattle Times. November 19, 2004. Archived from the original on 12 February 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Vancouver Molson Indy cancelled". CBC News. Toronto. November 18, 2004. Retrieved October 10, 2017.