Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Honda Indy Toronto 2016 back to mid-July

Verizon IndyCar Series has been set and the upcoming 16-race season places the annual Exhibition Place event back to its mid-summer slot from July 15-17. Celebrating 30 years of racing on the streets of Toronto since the inaugural 1986 event, the three-day festival returns to its traditional July dates after having to move into June 2015 to avoid the Pan Am Games. The Verizon Series headlines the weekend of festivals and racing in Toronto which is Ontario's largest annual sporting event
The series has been extended five weeks and includes new races in Phoenix, Road America and Boston. "IndyCar has experienced a 38 percent growth in both television ratings and viewership over the past two years with longstanding TV partners ABC and NBCSN and the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is poised to capitalize and build upon that momentum. The most diverse schedule in motorsports features five races on oval tracks, five on permanent road courses and six on temporary street circuits."
"Honda Indy Toronto has been a summer staple for generations of Torontonians and festivalgoers from across Ontario and beyond,"said Jeff Atkinson, newly-appointed President of Honda Indy Toronto. "We’re working hard on growing the festival programming to create an event that is fun, exciting for all ages, and that builds on its legacy and connects with the history of the race."
In addition to IndyCar there will also be the Mazda Road to Indy series - Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe will return to the series after his major May 2014 crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"This obviously is such a special weekend for me, I remember coming to this race as a kid and really falling in love with INDYCAR while I stood at the fence watching the cars," said James Hinchcliffe, Verizon IndyCar Series driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. "Now, to be able to come back on the other side of that fence and race in my hometown is awesome. The track, the city, the fans, everything about this weekend makes it the best stop on the calendar. I'm glad we got the old date back because now it really is like Christmas in July again."

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