Thursday, July 17, 2014

@HondaIndy #Toronto 2014 ready for racing

Equipment sits ready on pit row, the barriers and bleachers are waiting for the opening of the gates and the cars are sitting in the paddocks for the July 18-20 Verizon IndyCar double header race weekend. The big change this year is the extensive construction of the hotel between Lake Shore Boulevard and the Direct Energy Centre. It has reduced the size of pit out and scuttled one of the grandstands, but one day guests of the hotel are going to have a great view of action at the Exhibition Place street course.

Looking across the finish line to the hotel being built

Charlie Johnstone recommends using public transit to get to the site. "Under the circumstances, we would encourage all our guests visiting the Honda Indy Toronto this summer to continue using public transit. The track is very well serviced by both TTC and GO Transit, each of which have stops directly at Exhibition Place. These will certainly be the most convenient ways to get to and from the track."
The Direct Energy Centre contains Motorfest which includes the Accura Sports Car Challenge and support series paddocks. There are some pretty sweet sports cars ready to hit the track inside.
Friday, July 18 on track action has practice sessions and some later in the day qualifications, which are free to watch as part of FAN FRIDAY courtesy of the Honda Dealers of Ontario, start at 8:05 in the morning with the Formula 1600 cars and continues up till 6:20pm with the USF2000 cars. In between will be drivers in the Pireli World Challenge, Verizon IndyCar Series, Porsche GT, Stadium Super Trucks and Indy Lights.

Individual IndyCar team spots in the pits have a lot of equipment necessary to support their race car and driver.

An IndyCar sits on William Ashley teacups
The lane at pit out adjacent opposite to the hotel construction

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