Monday, June 17, 2013

@HondaIndy #Toronto 2013 race trophies

IndyCar driver @Justin_Wilson helped to present the 2inTO trophies for the upcoming July 12-14 race weekend in Exhibition Place. Justin races the #19 Dale Coyne Racing car and currently sits in 8th place overall in the 2013 series, with a career record of 7 race wins, including taking the checkered flag in Toronto in 2005. 
The British driver joined Honda Indy Toronto President Charlie Johnstone and Jackie Chiesa, President of William Ashley as the event trophies were introduced to media on Tuesday, June 17. The custom made Waterford Crystal race trophies were hand-cut in Ireland and three complete sets were made for the both the full July 13 and the July 14 races as well as the Indy Lights race. 
It’s not hard to find the flagship William Ashley store at 55 Bloor Street West – just look for the Honda IndyCar perched on four Oberon bone crystal teacups, sitting on top of a dining table full of china and stemware, in front of the store along Bloor Street. The car will remain outside on display for two weeks. The actual tea cups are only $39 and nothing special was done with the cup to support the race car – just proving that you don’t have to keep the gold rimmed cup only for special occasions.
I talked with Justin about the upcoming double header and he noted that having two races in one weekend was demanding, but the key was to stay hydrated. While finishing 3rd in the first race in the Detroit Double Header, Justin was involved in a crash early in the second race at the Belle Isle course so he missed part of the hard work required for a full double header weekend. I asked him if he was ready to win both of the races in Toronto, but he didn’t really want to commit to winning both. When Canadian IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani was recently in Toronto he mentioned that he wanted to get a hyperbaric chamber to help with getting physically ready for both races. Justin said that he hasn't tried Alex’s chamber and is not sure if he actually did get one.
Justin racing in the Honda Indy Toronto race

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