Thursday, July 06, 2017

Honda Indy Toronto 2017 next week

July 14-16 at Exhibition Place will be race central as the fastest sport in town takes over some of Toronto's streets. Beginning with Free Fan Friday the weekend will be feature the NASCAR Pinty's Series Grand Prix of Toronto race Saturday and the Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sunday.

Update: See coverage of the 2017 race weekend on my post here.

Canadian NASCAR stock car series has finished three of their 13 scheduled 2017 races with one more to run this weekend before the cars head to Toronto for the Grand Prix. Three different drivers have won the last races and it is a pretty tight in the Championship standings with Alex Labbe in the lead followed by Kevin Lacroix and Cayden Lapcevich. Sixteen year old rookie driver Cayden won the 2016 Championship and has already won one race this season. In 2016 veteran driver Alex Tagliani, who also competed in IndyCar in Toronto, took the checkered flag and will certainly battle it out with the other top drivers including Andrew Ranger.
NASCAR will practice and qualify on Friday and take to the track at 3:45pm on Saturday, July 15 for the Grand Prix race.

IndyCar has been very busy and have already completed ten of 17 races with one more this weekend before they too come to Toronto. Friday is practice day and Saturday will be qualifying and the Firestone fast six. Then at 3:45pm on Sunday, June 16 the cars will begin their race after driver introductions beginning at 3:00pm, singing of the national anthems and the call for drivers to start their cars. Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe, the Mayor of Hinchtown, has won one race and finished third in another and will look to take the winning trophy in Toronto. Of course James will have to contend with a roster of talented drivers including series leaders Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves. Also last year's winner Will Power will hope to repeat at this year's race.

Joining the headline series on the 11-turn, 1.75-mile street course will be the Mazda Road to Indy with the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

Thunder Alley, beer gardens, Honda World, race paddocks and many other activities and entertainment can be found off the track to make this a full weekend of racing and fun.

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