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Honda Indy Toronto grows off-track, family-friendly entertainment lineup in 2016

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Honda Indy Toronto grows off-track, family-friendly entertainment lineup in 2016

Admission is free for kids under 12, new Speed Zone to debut, Thunder Alley returns and more

TORONTO, ON, June 15, 2016 – The one-month countdown to Honda Indy Toronto is on and event organizers revealed today a robust line up of off-track activities for the upcoming festival, which runs July 15-17 at Exhibition Place. With 55 per cent more interactive exhibits, activities and vendors than last year, race fans can expect more things to see and do all day than ever before.

Families will also find accessing the event a little lighter on their wallets as organizers announce that kids under 12 will be admitted free this summer, when accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket.

“We want to open up the Honda Indy Toronto to more people, and offering free admission to kids under 12 will help make this event more accessible for families,” said Jeff Atkinson, President of Honda Indy Toronto.

This year, for the first time, Honda Indy Toronto will introduce a family-friendly Speed Zone, an area filled with activities and fast-paced fun, including interactive games, activities from Toronto’s favourite sports teams, and community exhibits, to name a few.

Honda World, located at the heart of the Honda Indy Toronto street course, will continue to be a sought-after area of the track. Fan favourite activities returning this year include face painting, racing simulators, a unique photo opportunity and the chance to sign James Hinchcliffe’s race suit in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada. Honda World also presents kids aged 6 to 12 the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of dirt biking with the return of the Honda Junior Red Riders program.

In a nod to the rich history of the event, Thunder Alley will return and will be an area dedicated to activations, product sales and promotional activities from event partners, food vendors and fan merchandise.

“We’re trying to build up the community aspect of the event and want to make the overall experience as exciting as possible for race fans, so that the moment they arrive onsite, there is something to see and do,” said Atkinson

The full on-track schedule for 2016 Honda Indy Toronto was also revealed this week and can be viewed at


Tickets to the event are available now and start at $40 for general admission. Admission is free on July 15 for Fan Friday with a voluntary donation to Make-A-Wish Canada, thanks to the Ontario Honda Dealers Association. For full pricing information or to buy tickets, visit or call 1-877-725-8849.

Honda Indy Toronto begins track build, to use Fleetmatics software during process

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Honda Indy Toronto to use Fleetmatics software during track build

Mobile workforce solutions provider signs on as event sponsor in 2016

TORONTO, ON, June 8, 2016 – Honda Indy Toronto kicked off construction of its historic track this week on the grounds of Exhibition Place and revealed that software from new sponsor Fleetmatics (NYSE: FLTX), a leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions, will help make the build more efficient.

Crews building the 11-turn street course will use Fleetmatics REVEAL software, which monitors fleet locations and driving behavior, and also tracks vehicle speed, mileage and fuel usage. The data collected during the construction will be analyzed to determine where additional improvements to the build process can be made.

“We are always looking for ways to make the process of building our track more efficient,” said Jeff Atkinson, President of Honda Indy Toronto. “Having the support of Fleetmatics, and their cutting-edge mobile technology,  is very valuable to our team working on the build and we are very pleased to welcome them on board as a valued sponsor.”

Fleetmatics provides mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes, delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS). The company’s solutions enable businesses to meet challenges associated with managing local fleets, and improve productivity of mobile workforces, by extracting actionable business intelligence on vehicle and driver behavioral data.

“Integrating our REVEAL software into the complex, street-course construction is an opportunity to demonstrate how our fleet management solution generates valuable vehicle data for fleet operations,” said Kathleen Finato, Fleetmatics’ Chief Marketing Officer. “We’re proud to bring this high-quality experience and value to the Honda Indy Toronto race track.”

Did you know?

  • Crews building the track work mostly at night, to avoid blocking roads during the daytime
  • It takes approximately 38 days to build the track
  • The track is made using over 10 million pounds of concrete and more than 14,000 feet of fencing
  • Approximately 200 workers contribute to the effort

Single-day tickets now on sale for 2016 Honda Indy Toronto

Single-day tickets now on sale for 2016 Honda Indy Toronto TORONTO, ON, May 30, 2016 – Single-day tickets to the Honda Indy Toronto, taking place July 15-17 at Exhibition Place, are now on sale and with three full days of action, fans can look forward to an exciting weekend that marks 30 years of racing…

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2016 Honda Indy Toronto to be fueled by Tim Hortons

TORONTO, ON, May 9, 2016 – Tim Hortons will roll up to the Honda Indy Toronto this year to fuel the event with its iconic coffee. Organizers of the event announced today that Canada’s largest quick service restaurant chain will join the Honda Indy Toronto as an official sponsor.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, Tim Hortons will serve as the official coffee and baked goods provider at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer, having a presence onsite with a Tims Coffee Truck to deliver Canada’s Favourite Coffee to event-goers and team personnel, along with branding throughout the event site and along the historic street course.

“Tim Hortons is a big part of Toronto and Canadian culture,” said Jeff Atkinson, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “Partnering with an iconic Canadian brand like Tim Hortons is important to us. We are excited to be working with them.”

“Tim Hortons is proud to sponsor the 30th running of the Honda Indy Toronto,” said David Clanachan, President and COO, Tim Hortons Canada.  “We are thrilled to help fuel Honda Indy fans with our always fresh coffee throughout race weekend.”

To learn more about sponsorship and corporate opportunities at the Honda Indy Toronto, visit

Honda Indy Toronto tickets now on sale!

Honda Indy Toronto tickets now on sale
Champions Club offer extended to select ticket purchasers for a limited time

 TORONTO, ON, April 12, 2016 – Tickets to the 30th running of the Honda Indy Toronto are now on sale for the general public at and the exclusive Champions Club program and benefits for renewal ticket customers has been extended to new ticket purchasers for a limited time.

From now until April 25, customers who purchase two-day grandstand tickets for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto will receive exclusive benefits, including Paddock Passes, access to the Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race grid walk and an opportunity to sign the start/finish line.

“Our team has been hard at work to come up with exciting ways to recognize our customers as we get ready to celebrate 30 years of racing in Toronto,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. “The Champions Club is a great way for us to reward our most loyal customers and those getting a head start on buying their tickets. It’s only the beginning, get ready for more exciting announcements race fans.

The on-track activity will be fierce this summer with two fan favourites joining the competition. The jaw-dropping high-powered off-road vehicles of Robby Gordon’s SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks will return for a fourth consecutive year to race the challenging street course. Exotic car racing will also be represented with the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama returning to the streets of Toronto. The series features semi-professional drivers racing in one of the largest single-make series in North America.

“Our on-track product is so diverse, from Indy cars to stock cars, off-road trucks to exotic cars, there is truly something for every kind of race fan,” said Atkinson.

The Honda Indy Toronto returns to a double feature format, with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series race headlining Saturday, July 16 and the Verizon IndyCar Series headlining Sunday, July 17. The event will also feature the entire Road to Indy ladder series, which showcases young drivers looking to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series. The ladder is comprised ofIndy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.

The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 15-17 at Exhibition Place. Two-day event tickets start at $50 for General Admission and $80 for Reserved Seating (tax included). For full pricing information and to buy tickets, visit or call 1-877-725-8849.


Honda Indy Toronto reveals new pit lane design and ticket promotion

Honda Indy Toronto announces new pit lane design and exclusive promotion on two-day renewals 

 2016 HIT - Festival Map

TORONTO, ON, March 21, 2016 – The ticket sales season for the 30th year of INDYCAR racing on the streets of Toronto is now open, beginning with an exclusive renewal period for fans who purchased weekend grandstand tickets in 2015. Renewal customers will have access to a new program, the Champions Club, offering many exciting benefits, including Paddock Passes, access to the Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race grid walk and an opportunity to sign the start/finish line for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto. Ticket sales for the general public will begin April 12.

The ticket launch coincides with the introduction of a modified track design – the first since 1996 and third since the inaugural race in 1986 – that accommodates Hotel X Toronto, newly constructed on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place, just inside the Princes’ Gates and opposite the Enercare Centre (previously known as the Direct Energy Centre). The new configuration features the relocation of hospitality suites, grandstands and famous pit lane.

“This year marks the 30th year of racing in Toronto,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled to be able to provide a double feature to help mark the occasion, with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series headlining on Saturday and the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday. Fans are in for an exciting weekend of racing at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer.”

Pit lane will move to the north side of the track, starting at Turn 9 and extending back onto Princes’ Boulevard past Turn 11. The popular hospitality suites will also move to the north side. Both were previously located on the south side of Princes’ Boulevard. The Turn 11 grandstands will be located on the south side of pit lane and a new pedestrian and wheelchair track crossing has been added at Turn 9.

Renewals and the new track map are available at or by calling (416) 588-7223 ext. 215. The exclusive renewal window ends at 7 p.m. on April 11.

About Honda Indy Toronto

The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 15 to 17 on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place in a unique lakefront and downtown setting. As Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, the event has become a prestigious meeting place for some of the world’s fastest racecar drivers. Since 1986, the three-day event has entertained millions of fans thanks to world-class entertainment and exhilarating performances from drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves, Canadian legends Paul Tracy, Greg Moore and James Hinchcliffe. The Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series headline the 2016 event weekend, with the Mazda Road to Indy, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada rounding out the on-track action. The event is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions.

For more information visit or follow the event on Twitter @HondaIndy.

‘Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!’ – Celebrate the history of the Indy 500 at the 2016 AutoShow

TORONTO, Ont. (February 4, 2016) — For more than a century, every Memorial Day weekend in the United States has seen open-wheel cars racing 500 miles around a 2.5-mile oval track known as “The Brickyard.”

This annual event — which took a break during both World Wars — has become so synonymous with motor sports that the host city shares its nickname with both the race and race series that will this year be running the 100th installment of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. To celebrate this milestone, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is bringing six cars from its collection to the 2016 Canadian International AutoShow.

“The Indy 500 is not only iconic in the world of motor sports, but it has transcended into pop culture,” says Betsy Smith, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation. “Who hasn’t heard in some form or another the traditional opening command to ‘Start your engines’? We are excited to be coming to the Canadian International AutoShow to help celebrate the 100th running of the Indy 500.”

Two significant pieces of Canadian history will be on hand. A replica of the Reynard 95i driven by Jacques Villeneuve in 1995 when he became the first (and only) Canadian to capture the Borg Warner Trophy as winner of the Indy 500, and the 1992 Lola Mackenzie Financial No. 15 car driven by Scott Goodyear to second place in the 1992 Indy 500. Finishing .0043 of a second behind winner Al Unser Jr., it was the closest finish in the storied history of the race.

This exhibit will also feature a unique collection showcasing some of the most iconic vehicles that have traversed the oval in Indianapolis since the first Indy 500 was staged in 1911 as well as highlighting the Canadians who have pursued racing glory in this fabled contest.

Among the cars coming to Toronto are:

  • 1914 Duesenberg
  • 1935 Ford V8 Miller
  • 1950 Cummins Diesel
  • 1968 Lotus Type 56 “Wedge” Turbine
  • 1968 Rislone Special
  • 1979 Norton Spirit

Stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit Conor Daly and Canadian James Hinchcliffe will be at the Indy 500 booth on the 100 level of the North Building on opening day of the AutoShow, Friday, February 12th. The drivers will meet with the media and fans and sign autographs between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

“The popularity of Indy car racing is huge, and Toronto is a big piece of this racing legacy and culture,” says Ivan Cropper, Senior Director of Marketing for the Verizon IndyCar Series. “The Indy 500 has a strong following in Canada, and the Honda Indy Toronto is an important jewel in our racing season thanks to a passionate and dedicated fan base. Canada has also produced a number of incredible drivers that have a special place in the history of racing, including Jacques Villeneuve, Paul Tracy, Scott Goodyear and James Hinchcliffe.”

“We’re delighted to welcome the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum to our city,” says Jeff Atkinson, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “Canada indeed has a proud heritage in motor sports and we’re sure the exhibit will be a favourite among the many visitors to the AutoShow. We invite everyone to soak in the history and then to join us in the writing of new history at the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto.”

The AutoShow is offering discount tickets to the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto. Please visit for more information.

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The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 12th and 21st.

About the Canadian International AutoShow

With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show. Boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles, the AutoShow is a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit

Honda Indy Toronto returns to traditional July dates, gets ready to celebrate 30 years of racing on the streets of Toronto

Honda Indy Toronto returns to traditional July dates, gets ready to celebrate 30 years of racing on the streets of Toronto


TORONTO, ON, October 27, 2015 – For the 30th time since its innaugural event in 1986, professional INDYCAR racing returns to Exhibition Place for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario’s largest annual sporting event. The three-day festival returns to its traditional July dates, July 15-17, after switching to June last year to accommodate the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

“Honda Indy Toronto has been a summer staple for generations of Torontonians and festivalgoers from across Ontario and beyond,” said Jeff Atkinson, newly-appointed President of Honda Indy Toronto. “We’re working hard on growing the festival programming to create an event that is fun, exciting for all ages, and that builds on its legacy and connects with the history of the race.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series headlines the event weekend, featuring some of racing’s best drivers including Oakville’s James Hinchcliffe, Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti and 2015 Series Champion Scott Dixon, among others.

“This obviously is such a special weekend for me, I remember coming to this race as a kid and really falling in love with INDYCAR while I stood at the fence watching the cars,” said James Hinchcliffe, Verizon IndyCar Series driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “Now, to be able to come back on the other side of that fence and race in my hometown is awesome. The track, the city, the fans, everything about this weekend makes it the best stop on the calendar. I’m glad we got the old date back because now it really is like Christmas in July again.”

Young drivers looking to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series will also be showcased during the Honda Indy Toronto as the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder series will return, which includes Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Tickets to the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto will go on sale later this fall. Additional support series races and off-track entertainment will be announced in the coming months.

To learn more, visit, ‘like’ its Facebook page at or follow the event on Twitter @HondaIndy using the hashtag #IndyTO.

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Honda Indy Toronto announces IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe as Grand Marshal for 2015 event

TORONTO,ON, June 11, 2015 – Organizers of the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto are pleased to announce that local Canadian race car driver and mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the marquee Verizon IndyCar Series race taking place Sunday, June 14. Hinchcliffe was recently medically cleared to travel to Toronto.
Hinchcliffe will perform the standard Grand Marshal duties that include giving the famous “drivers, start your engines” command to start the afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sunday.


“We are very excited to have James as Grand Marshal,” said Charlie Johnstone, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “Although he is unable to race, it is important to us, and to him, that he is involved in the race in some capacity, being as this is his home town event.”


Hinchcliffe will not be racing in this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series race in Toronto due to injuries sustained during an accident that happened on May 18 during a practice round for the Indy 500. This will be the first time that he will not be racing since he joined the series in 2011.

“I’m looking forward to being back home in Canada and attending the Honda Indy Toronto with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this weekend,” said Hinchcliffe. “It will be a strange feeling for me not lining up on the grid this year, but being the Grand Marshal is a role I’m honoured to fulfill and I’m excited that I’ll play a role in the proceedings on Sunday.”


Hinchcliffe is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries and is highly anticipating his return to racing.

Honda Indy Toronto announces new sponsorship agreement with Cooper Tire


TORONTO, ON, May 28, 2015 — Organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto today announced that Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has signed an agreement to become the official tire of the event and will have an extensive interactive fan zone during the annual racing festival,June 12-14.

Cooper adds the Honda Indy Toronto to its list of high-profile race sponsorships, which also includes lead sponsor and official tire status since 2012 for the Mazda Road to Indy development series, which races at the Honda Indy Toronto this June at Exhibition Place.

“Cooper has deep roots in racing and we are thrilled to welcome them as a partner for our event,” said Charlie Johnstone, President, Honda Indy Toronto. “Their commitment to motorsports is one that we share and their presence onsite will be a great area of engagement for race fans during the Honda Indy Toronto weekend.”

As part of its consumer activation on site, Cooper will host a fan spot that features interactive exhibits, games and activities, as well as special guest appearances and autograph sessions.

“Cooper is proud to come on as a sponsor of the Honda Indy Toronto,” said Mike Simon, Vice President of Marketing, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. “This event combines two passions for us—racing and serving the Canadian market. Our company continues to heighten our racing profile because tires that are developed for and undergo the rigorous conditions of the track get translated into tires that perform extremely well for everyday drivers on the roadway.  Cooper is also excited about what we’ve been doing in Canada to let drivers know we are here to serve them with great quality tires, including products specifically designed and manufactured to meet the needs of Canadians. This is a win-win.”

Tickets for the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto are available online at or by phone at 1-877-725-8849.

About the Honda Indy Toronto

The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, takes place June 12-14 on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. In addition to world-class racing, the event features festival attractions, including craft beer, food trucks, adrenaline filled shows, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances. For more information, visit

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