Sunday, July 10, 2011

Honda Indy Toronto 2011

Update: Dario Franchitti (# 10) wins the Honda Indy Toronto 2011. Scott Dixon (#9) was 2nd and Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28) finished 3rd.
one, two and three in turn 5

The long week of promotion, practice and qualifying ends today with a warm up and then the afternoon Honda Indy Toronto 2011 Streets of Toronto IndyCar race from 2:50pm to 5:00pm. The race will be 85 laps and the key will be to get out front and stay away from the damage zone with the rest of the pack. Drivers can make up mistakes or other issues because they say that there are great passing opportunities in Toronto.

Danica in turn 4 during the race

Canadian actor, comedian, wine and booze maker Dan Aykroyd was the Grand Marshal and got the cars to start those noisy, rumbling engines. I heard he got a speeding ticket on the way to the race! The race started with a military band, prayer, national anthems and Canadian fighter jets flying overhead.

My preference this year to win is Danica Patrick in the Go Daddy #7 car in a great shade of green. She needs a reason to keep splitting her time between NASCAR and IndyCar. She is suiting up in the photo at top. To round out the top three we need Alex Tagliani to edge out Dario Franchitti. I also think it will be a three way tie between the Schick Hydro girls, the Bud girls and the Shoeless Joes girls.
Helio Castroneves
Alex Tagliani coming into the pits
Pit row
Dario Franchitti

Today's race schedule calls for Indy Lights, Canadian Touring Car Race #2, Ferrari Race #2 followed by the IZOD IndyCar race. First thing in the morning is the warm ups, it's time to shake out the problem areas and focus on driving fast. The sky is a little cloudy, it cooled off a little and around ten it rained just a tiny little bit.

More coverage of the day after the jump.

The Bud Pit Crew Girl Pageant wrapped up Saturday and they are ready to award the trophies to the top three winners of this year's race. Thunder Alley will be open and I am sure there will be some beer and lovely ladies - see you in Exhibiton Place.
Paul Tracy

Paul in turn 5 during the race

Here are more exciting pictures from the Sunday, July 10, 2011 Streets of Toronto IndyCar race.

Firehawk the IndyCar mascot

The stands were full for all the race day action.

There were a few tangles and cautions during the race

Danica went into the pits for repairs and borrows a fender from Marco's #26 Dr Pepper car.
Dario pulls his car into Victory Circle and gets ready for the trophy ceremony.

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