The new school is located at the ICAR racing complex, which Villeneuve helped design, about 20 minutes north of Montreal at the largely unused Mirabel airport. One of the largest airports in the world (in terms of land size), Mirabel was originally envisioned as the future hub for supersonic air travel to and from North America. Since that never really took off, so to speak, Mirabel has a lot of extra runways – perfect for opening a race track.
The Jacques Villeneuve Academy will offer a wide range of programs from novice to expert, allowing enthusiasts and aspiring drivers to benefit from Villeneuve's once-great racing prowess. Montreal may be lacking the grand prix this year, but between the Jim Russell racing school, the Ferrari driving program and Jacques' new academy all within easy reach, the racing spirit certainly hasn't left town.
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