Sunday, July 08, 2012

@HondaIndy #Toronto 2012: IZOD IndyCar Race

Sunday July 8 wraps up the Honda Indy weekend with the Streets of Toronto IndyCar pre-race activities beginning at 12:00pm with the green flag dropping at 1:00pm. The race is scheduled until 3:00pm and the post-race celebrations go on until 3:30pm. 2012 race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 of Andretti Autosports sits in his car and is joined by his race crew, team owner Mario Andretti and his wife in Victory Lane.
The top three: Charlie Kimball (second), Ryan and Mike Conway (third)

You can also watch the action on the track with a Star Mazda Race and a Ferrari Challenge Race prior to the IndyCar event. I have been saving the Paddock tours for Sunday and will also check out the Ferrari Fan Zone. And I also found the Sunshine Girls.
Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 takes the checkered flag under yellow caution flag. Charlie Limball #83 was second and Mike Conway #14 finished in third place.
James Hinchliffe #27
Scott Dixon #9 talks racing with Alex Tagliani #98
Will Power #12
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with brother Councillor Doug Ford tour the pits

The race events started with fire, fireworks and fighter jets as the drivers were introduced to the enthusiastic crowd.
Flames and fireworks at the Victory Circle driver introductions
Dario Franchitti from the #10 car
Drivers meet Honda Indy Toronto owners, Firehawk mascot and Grand Marshal Robert Herjavec, below

A pair of Canadian Forces fighter jets scream past the Honda Indy
Dario Franchitti #10 comes around turn 3 ahead of Will Power #12
Takuma Sato #15 leads Marco Andretti #26 around turn 5

See more photos of the race after the jump.
Kevin Savoree, Kim Green, Mayor Rob Ford and Charlie Johnstone. The Mayor presents a proclomation to Honda Indy.
Dario Franchitti #10
James Hinchcliffe #27 Go Daddy
Josef Newgarden #67
Helio Castroneves #3
Alex Tagliani #98
Helio Castroneves #3
Ryan Briscoe #2
Fans at the turn 9/10 grandstand
Ryan Briscoe #2
Oriol Servia #22
Takuma Sato #15
Ryan Hunter-Reay #28, winner of the 2012 race
Dario Franchitti #10
Mike Conway #14

Marco Andretti #26
Traffic jam coming off of Lakeshore - just like a regular commute
Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 leads Mike Conway #14 out of turn 5
Simon Pagenaud #77 in turn 10
Tony Kanaan #11 in turn 9
James Jakes #19 entering turn 9
Looking at the CN tower from turn 9
Simon Pagenaud #77 lifts a tire through turn 5

Update: Race fans raise $485,000 for local charities
as part of Honda Indy Toronto festivities

"July 12, 2012 (Toronto, ON) – Organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto opened up the streets and sites of Exhibition Place to three important charitable initiatives, helping raise more than $485,000 through the 2012 event.

Throughout race weekend, more than $35,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish® Canada by fans, Honda Canada and the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA). The popular Free Friday initiative, which was made possible by the OHDA, helped not only to introduce the sport of auto racing to thousands of families, but also to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish by offering free admission to the Honda Indy. Over the past three years, more than $235,000 was donated to Make-A-Wish from race-related activities.

A new partnership for 2012, the YMCA Relay for Strong Kids saw more than 1,200 walkers and runners hit the Honda Indy racetrack on Thursday, July 5. The fun-filled event raised $50,000 for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which helps children and families in the community get active and healthy.

The 2012 edition of the Honda Indy Toronto also included the addition of a karting track to support the efforts of the Bay Street Grand Prix. The kart-racing fundraiser featured top executivesgoing head-to-head to satisfy their need for speed in exchange for funds for Sunnybrook’s Women & Babies Program.The event raised more than $400,000 and featured a VIP dinner and after-party at a nearby venue with performances by hip hop star Flo Rida and Canadian pop sensation Mia Martina.

“Holding a great event is our primary objective, but by no means is it our only one,” said Charlie Johnstone, vice president and general manager of the Honda Indy Toronto. “The Honda Indy Toronto is an important part of the community and, as such, we are committed to leaving a legacy of contribution and positive memories with our city. We look forward to seeing these initiatives continue to grow in the years to come as we broaden the community and stakeholder outreach through our event.”

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