Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday at Honda Indy Toronto 2017

It's Fan Fiday at Exhibition Place and fans are coming down to see some World class race teams as they get some practice time on the tracks and start some qualifying rounds. Entrance today is free with the sponsorshop of the Ontario Honda Dealers and you can give a voluntary donation to Make-A-Wish Canada. The Toronto race weekend is from July 14 -16.
Grandstand seating is available today without any tickets required so you can check out the sightlines. Thunder Alley, the Honda Speed Zone and Honda World are all open and you can wander all but the IndyCar Paddocks for free. Firestone Racing is in the IndyCar Paddock and they have brought over 1,200 tires to Toronto which include the primary tire with a black sidewall and the rain tire with the grey sidewall. Each car will get 6 sets of primary tires, 4 sets of alternate tires and 5 sets of rain tires. Firestone will provide a Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award for the Toronto race, in the Iowa Corn 300 Will Powers' team won with a total pit stop time of 2 minutes and 1 second.
Ryan Hunter-Reay climbs into his car
Verizon IndyCar and NASCAR Pinty's have had their first practices in the morning and later in the afternoon IndyCar will have one more series practice before concentrating on pit stops. NASCAR will have a qualifying round starting at 3:35pm. In the first Verizon practice Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud ranked top three.
Cars taking to the track today also include Indy Lights, Mx5, USF2000 and GT3 and the action on the track ends at 6:00pm today. Weather has been great so far with some showers in the afternoon forecast.

Tomorrow will have a number of races with the feature being the Grand Prix of Toronto run by the NASCAR Pinty’s Series from 3:45 to 5:05pm. If you are coming down remember to use public transportation and bring some earplugs if you get close to the track.

See more racing after the jump.

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Early in the day as the first practices take place

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