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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

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 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.


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


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