George Follmer Honored at 2013 HMSA Mont-Tremblant

Follmer Can-Am Mont-Tremblant
George Follmer during his Can-Am career.

Racing great George Follmer was named Grand Marshal for the Sommet des Légendes historic car races, scheduled for July 11-14, 2013 at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Canada.

In 2013, the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) event will feature the Can-Am Championship, celebrating the fearsome cars and great drivers from that historic series. The first Can-Am race took place at Mont-Tremblant back in 1966 and the winner was John Surtees, the man who would become that year’s Can-Am champion. The Lola T70 Spyder that Surtees raced that day will compete again at this year’s event along with a host of other great cars from the series.

George Follmer, “America’s Champion”, drove the John Mecom Lola T70 to fifth place in that inaugural Can-Am event. Follmer would go on to win the Can-Am Championship in 1972 driving Penske’s mighty Porsche 917/10, and even later took victory in the Can-Am race at Mont-Tremblant in 1978. He is one of only a handful of drivers to have competed in both the first and second-generation Can-Am series, and is the only driver to have won in both. Follmer was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999.

“Mont-Tremblant has always been one of my favorite race tracks,” said Follmer. “Maybe that has to do to with the fact that I’ve won both Cam-Am and Formula 5000 races there! The French/Canadian atmosphere with HMSA’s race sanction promises to be truly Le Sommet des Légendes. It’s a great race track that is fun and challenging. Racing on it the first time in the 1966 Cam-Am, and many times after, produced great memories.”

In addition to the thundering Can-Am racers, the 2013 HMSA Sommet des Légendes will also feature a rare gathering of Bugatti Grand Prix cars for an exclusive race that also kicks off a week-long Bugatti holiday in the Mont-Tremblant area. Plus, the open-wheel cars from the original Formula Atlantic series will also be highlighted during the weekend as well.

For more information, visit hmsausa.com.

[Source: HMSA]

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