Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dario Franchitti wins Honda Indy Toronto 2011

Dario Franchitti (podium photo with William Ashley crystal cups at top, centre with Cameron the IZOD model) won another Streets of Toronto Honda Indy Toronto. Here he is smoking out of the pits during the Sunday IndyCar race ahead of the pack.
His number 10 Target IndyCar took the checkered flag ahead of team mate Scott Dixon (left) in the number 9 Target IndyCar. Ryan Hunter-Reay (right) of the DHL number 28 finished third on Sunday, July 10, 2011.

Dario Franchitti

Honda Indy Toronto says "Dario Franchitti, points leader of the IZOD IndyCar Series, was crowned today champion of the 2011 Honda Indy Toronto. The victory, his third on the streets of Toronto and 30th of his career, capped off a riveting race that included numerous passes, multiple melees and action from start to finish. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon was 0.7345 of a second behind and Ryan Hunter-Reay was third.
Scott and Ryan discuss the race

“There was no shortage of excitement today,” said Charlie Johnstone, Vice President and General Manager of Honda Indy Toronto. “The race was a fitting climax to a wonderful weekend.”
Ryan sprays Dario with some victory Champagne
Read more and see more photos of the podium presentation after the jump.

The Canadian contingent of Paul Tracy, Alex Tagliani and rookie James Hinchcliffe finished 16th, 23rd and 14threspectively.

Four additional support series joined the marquee event to complement a full weekend of racing. Stefan Wilson, younger brother of IZOD IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson, gained his first win in Firestone Indy Lights. The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Castrol Touring Car Championship and Ferrari Challenge added to the diversity of racing over the weekend. 
Budweiser girls
IZOD model Cameron

“We could not have asked for a better way to celebrate 25 years of racing on the streets of Toronto,” said Johnstone. “We are confident that the next quarter of a century will bring a growing amount of entertainment and satisfaction for our core race fans, growing customer base, sponsors, partners in the racing community and general public. There is indeed progress on all accounts.”"

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