WITH REGRET, THE GRAND PRIX DU CANADA ANNOUNCES THE CANCELLATION OF ITS 2012 ‘OPEN DOORS’ DAY
Sunday, 03 June 2012 10:32Montréal, Sunday, June 3, 2012 – With regret, the Grand Prix du Canada announces today the cancellation of the popular ‘’Open Doors’’ day, originally scheduled for the morning of Thursday, June 7. Following a serious examination of the situation, made necessary by public disruption threats and the difficulty to measure their precise validity, the organizers came to the conclusion that it is necessary to restrain the access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and precisely the F1 pit lane, on the day preceding the first sessions on track.
‘’Having to cancel our ‘Open Doors’ day make us extremely sad. We wish to express our sincere apologies to the F1 fans and, among them, a good share of our spectators who appreciate this annual gathering with the Word Championship teams, declared François Dumontier, President & CEO of Octane Racing Group Inc. and President of the Grand Prix du Canada. When we finally made the decision, we weren’t exactly happy, being fully aware that this activity is an important part of the appeal and the tradition of true friendliness at our event.
Nevertheless, one of our primary obligations is to ensure the comfort and the security of the participants and the spectators, something we will do as we open the turnstiles Friday morning, and again during the whole weekend. Considering the various disruption threats made public recently, the free admission and the naturally openness character of the ‘Open Doors’ day, revealed some risks that we could not neglect. Under these circumstances, cancelling the ‘Open Doors’ day was the only action we could take. Unfortunately, for the fans and our spectators, it was impossible to escape from such responsibility’’, concluded Dumontier.
Those wishing to buy grandstand and general admission tickets can contact the Grand Prix du Canada box office seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 514-350-0000 or at 1-855-790-1245, or order online anytime at www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca. or www.admission.com. Organizers are also offering a variety of corporate packages for both small and large companies and other groups who wish to attend the 2012 Grand Prix du Canada. To make a reservation, they must contact Julie Rioux-Paquette at 514-350-4731.
A Canadian company established in Montreal, Octane Racing Group Inc. is the promoter of the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA by virtue of an agreement made with Formula One Administration Limited and Formula 1 World Championship Limited (together the holder of commercialization rights to F1).