Monday, May 25, 2015

@HondaIndy Toronto - now with Molson Coors

The track and grandstand seating construction in Exhibition Place continues in advance of the upcoming June 12-14, 2015 IndyCar race on the Streets of Toronto course. Honda Indy Toronto has just announced that my favourite brewer is once again partnering with the Roar by the Lakeshore.
The Start/Finish line awaits a fresh coat of paint
Pit Lane looking towards Turn 1, the Pit Lane Grandstand and the new hotel
Princes' Gates in Turn 1 still has some blossoms
It looks like they are giving more room in the turn as the blocks have been moved back a couple of metres

Molson Coors will be the official beer and cider of Canada's largest annual sporting event and will provide a central beer garden in addition to roving beverage vendors. Returning since their title sponsorship which ran from 1986 to 2006, they plan to have a few suds ready for the thirsty crowd with brands like Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Creemore Lote 9 Pilsner, Molson Canadian Cider and Heineken. I hope they have draft Canadian!
I enjoyed a frosty glass of Molson Canadian on the Flatiron patio recently

“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."

“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.”

The race course and ancillary land uses has been squeezed a bit by the new hotel construction near the start/finish line and the expansion of BMO Field. Locations of some of the grandstands have been adjusted to fit the new boundaries. Much of the concrete blocks and fencing have been placed around the track and the infield pedestrian bridge is up, although the west exit looks pretty tight to the BMO construction trailer yard. The track comes pretty close to the new corner of BMO field as well.

See more of the track construction after the jump.
The Trackside Hospitality Suite
The Dr Pepper Grandstand in Turn 11
Turn 11 with the pedestrian bridge and BMO Field
Dr Pepper Grandstand looking towards pit lane
Pedestrian bridge looking towards the Turn 10 Grandstand
West side of the pedestrian bridge adjacent to BMO Field construction trailer yard
Turn 10 Grandstand
Looking from Turn 10 towards bridge and pit lane entrance
Track comes close to the BMO Field expansion in the NE corner
Turn 8 at the GO Station entrance looking towards Turn 7, along the elevated Gardiner Expressway
Turn 7 looking towards Turn 6
Looking from Turn 6 towards Turn 5 and BMO Field
The Turn 3 Grandstand provides a great view of spin outs and crashes at the sharp turn off Lakeshore Boulevard
Looking from Turn 3 Grandstand and Thunder Alley
Putting up the roof beams at the Pit Lane Hospitality Suite, looking towards the Pit Lane Grandstands
Pit Lane
Turn 11 - towards Start/Finish
Dr Pepper Grandstand in Turn 11
Turn 10

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