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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 hondaindy.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at facebook.com/HondaIndyToronto 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 www.hondaindy.com 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 www.hondaindy.com.

Molson Coors returns to IndyCar racing with new Honda Indy Toronto partnership

TORONTO, ON, May 25, 2015 – Molson Coors is returning to the Indy. Organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto today announced a new partnership with Molson Coors Canada to serve as the official beer and cider of Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, through 2017.

“Toronto has an important place in the history of auto racing in Canada and Molson Coors has been a big part of that,” said Charlie Johnstone, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled to welcome them back as a major partner of the event.”

This is the first year that Molson Coors will be associated with the event since founding and holding title sponsorship of the event from 1986 to 2006. Indy fans will now be able to responsibly enjoy the event with the great brand portfolio of Molson Coors, including Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Creemore Lot 9 Pilsner, Granville Island Hey Day Hefeweizen, Molson Canadian Cider and Heineken.

“We are so excited to be back once again with this awesome motorsport event. Molson Coors has a long history of supporting community events across Canada and we are very proud to be part of the Honda Indy Toronto excitement again!” said Greg Barbour, Senior Director of Sponsorship and Events, Molson Coors Canada. “Our brands have grown hand in glove with the most important sports events in this country and we look forward to joining Honda Indy Toronto fans to celebrate.”

In 2015, the Honda Indy Toronto will feature a full-site license and a central beer garden located near food vendors and interactive games. Individual vendors selling beverages will also roam the grounds.

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

Honda Indy Toronto begins track build at Exhibition Place

Charlie Johnstone, President of Honda Indy Toronto (left), with Sebastien Bourdais, Verizon IndyCar Series driver for KVSH Racing and 2014 Honda Indy Toronto winner

Earlier today, organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto were joined by 2014 race winner Sebastien Bourdais to mark the start of the track build at Exhibition Place. Setup of the championship racetrack and grandstands begins this week with just over a month to go before the event.

FAST FACTS – TRACK BUILD SCHEDULE

Week of May 4         Block placement begins inside Exhibition Place grounds along Manitoba Drive (at night only); setup of grandstands and suite structures begins

Week of May 11       Block placement begins along Princes’ Blvd (at night only); setup of suite structures continues

May 19                         Grandstand setup continues; Honda spectator bridge is installed (located between BMO Field and Direct Energy Centre)

Week of May 25       Block placement begins along Lake Shore Blvd (at night only); setup of suites continues

Week of June 1         Block placement along Princes’ Blvd (at night only) and suite setup continues

June 8                           Race team and concessions load-in begins for event weekend

June 10                         Lake Shore Blvd is closed and will re-open Sunday at midnight

About 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 HondaIndy.com.

 

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