Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Verizon IndyCar Season starts this weekend

The downtown streets of St. Pete, Florida will be filled with the sound of music powerful cars in the first race of the year at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  Previous series champion driver Will Power won the 2014 race on the 1.8 mile, temporary 14-turn street course. This is the street course which provided the first non-oval track in IndyCar history and which eventually led to the race in Toronto. 
The Honda Indy Toronto race will be here June 12-14, 2015, about a month earlier than usual due to the all invasive 2015 Pan Am and Para Pan Am games and one of 16 IndyCar races scheduled for this year. 
Charlie Johnstone of Honda Indy Toronto explains. "There was much speculation this past Fall about moving the event to another venue and another date. The truth is, there were in fact many long discussions in this regard. We kept an open mind and thoroughly evaluated all viable options. At the end of the day, the criteria really focused on the delivery of the best possible experience for our race fans, teams and drivers, festival goers, hospitality clients and sponsors. Consistently, the feedback from these key constituents was that to maintain the integrity of the event we must continue the heritage of racing inthe streets of Toronto. Accordingly, our only real viable option was to stay at Exhibition Place and move the date to June for 2015. Once again, we will present an outstanding line up of racing, including Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights, USF2000, and Pro Mazda. Returning due to popular demand will be exotic car racing in the form of the Porsche GT3 Cup and Robby Gordon's SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks. We're even trying to get more racing on the track - if we can squeeze in more time – so stay tuned!"
Changes to series sponsorship this year include the loss of the Toronto Sun as the official newspaper of the race, probably having something to do with sale of the chain to Post Media, as the Toronto Star takes over that spot. I wonder if they will have Toronto Star Grid Girls?

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