Saturday, May 19, 2018

Verizon IndyCar races towards Toronto

Defending Champion Josef Newgarden now sits in first place in the 2018 standings, just 2 point ahead of Alexander Rossi, while Sebastien Bourdais is in third with 5 of the 17 races completed. The Honda Indy Toronto race weekend comes to our fair town July 13-15. in Exhibition Place.

Before the trailers start unpacking the semi-trailers in Exhibition Place there are a number of races that have to happen first, including the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27. Qualifications take place Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, then the drivers don't put the petal to the metal until the following Sunday.

Meanwhile back in Toronto May is giveaway month at the Honda Indy Toronto for extra incentive to purchase your tickets early. The street circuit barriers and fences through Exhibition Place and onto Lake Shore Boulevard West won't start taking shape until early June. The track build takes one month and finishes July 11, just days before the race is ready to go. Construction is spread out to minimize impact to Toronto's traffic.
In addition to the Verizon IndyCar headline race on Sunday, July 15 there are a number of other race series that will fill the Honda Indy RaceFest schedule - the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Challenge Canada by Yokohama, the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires and the NASCAR Pinty's Series which will feature Saturday's headline race; the Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto.

As we get closer to the Honda Indy Toronto I will be looking at the track build, the schedule of events, the updated festival map and of course making sure I have some good ear plugs ready to go. And free entrance on Fan Friday is still a go this year so see you there!

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