Monday, July 01, 2013

@HondaIndy #Toronto 2013 Grandstands and Sponsors

UPDATE: See photos from ThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday and the pretty Grid Girls of the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto.

The Indy street race track continues to take shape in Exhibition Place and workers have also been busy building the five grandstands and three hospitality suites, concentrated along the start/finish straightaway (pictured above looking towards turn 1 from the start/finish line). The big change is the hotel construction currently underway in the southeast corner of the grounds, it has forced the removal of the Thunder Alley grandstands. Here is a copy of the Honda Indy Toronto festival map.
The turn one hospitality suites is gone, the grandstand at the pit in location is gone while the turn 9/10 grandstand has been moved to turn 10. Hey, the Dr Pepper grandstand is back again, so that is pretty cool. Overall there are fewer grandstands, but most of the remaining grandstands have been made significantly larger and termed 'super-structure grandstands'.
Race organizers have recently brought new sponsors into the fold with WIND Mobile/Samsung Galaxy 4, RUSH, Porter Airlines and Hyatt Regency Toronto. RUSH is a new film, directed by Ron Howard, which features Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and is about the F1 champion Niki Lauda. Ron will be providing a message during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 race.

“We are committed to providing a first-class experience for our fans and securing a role for top-tier sponsors is an important part of that goal,” said Charlie Johnstone, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled to welcome these four partners and are confident that they will contribute to the hospitality and festival atmosphere of the event.”
Much of the main concrete wall and safety fence has been installed. Looking from turn 1 to Lakeshore Blvd turn 2
The start/finish grandstand along the Direct Energy Centre and across from pit lane. I found out the at the trees are held in concrete boxes that are plucked out of the ground and relocated for the upcoming race.
The pit land grandstands and covered pit lane hospitality suites
Looking into pit lane
Looking towards the Honda pedestrian bridge. Pit lane is on the left, Dr Pepper grandstand is on the right.
Dr Pepper grandstand at turn 11, across from the entrance to pit lane
Turn 10 grandstand
The Honda pedestrian bridge looking towards the pits
Turn 3 grandstand - always a great place to see overshoots and crashes
Remembering some of the on-track excitement from previous races

See more of the festival layout after the jump.

Update: Saturday, June 6, 2013.
It looks like turn 1 was in rough shape and they ripped up the asphalt and are putting in a new concrete road surface.
Both pit lane suites are covered and almost ready for the race weekend
Crash barrier tires are being put in place. Here they are separating the main track from the pit in lane.
The Trackside suite next to the Dr Pepper grandstand

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