Friday, June 29, 2018

Offtrack fun at @HondaIndy 2018

Toronto's 32nd high power race weekend will soon be back in Exhibition Place July 13-15, 2018. Free general admission on Fan Friday returns courtesy of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association along with a voluntary donation matched by the Honda Canada Foundation to Make-A-Wish Canada on Honda Indy Toronto opening day. As part of Make-A-Wish you can enter a raffle with chances to win an incredible from Toronto Blue Jays and the NHL. The track build is underway and the race is just short weeks away.
The raffle prizes include two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies, James Hinchcliffe's race suit from this year's Honda Indy Toronto, autographed items for the raffle including an NFL quarterback Matt Ryan football, Toronto Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly jersey and a Toronto FC team jersey.

Honda Canada is the title sponsor for the Honda World and Honda SpeedZone areas near the Turn 11 Honda pedestrian bridge. "Honda's DNA is built on six decades of racing and we're extremely proud to celebrate that heritage and our success in the IndyCar series," said Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Honda Canada Inc. "We're honoured to support the Honda Indy Toronto for the tenth year, as the premier sporting event brings the excitement of racing to the streets of Toronto."

Honda World will be back beside BMO Field across from Pit Lane with activities for young fans 6-12 years as well displays of Honda power equipment, ATVs, motorcycles and sporty vehicles and some Acura race car and prototypes. The popular area will also feature race simulators and James Hinchliffe's replica show car.

The Honda SpeedZone will be in Thunder Alley and will have a golf practice swing zone, a Toronto Blue Jays baseball batting cage, hockey slap shot zone and a game of Plinko where you can win Honda prizes.

"Honda Canada and Ontario Honda Dealers' activation around this event has grown every year since their support began in 2009. The Honda Indy Toronto is a must do for festival-goers and a top tourist destination from people across the globe," says Jeff Atkinson, President of Honda Indy Toronto. "The momentum and enthusiasm for this summer festival continues to build. We are proud to work with a great partner in Honda to deliver a spectacular show at the Honda Indy Toronto."

In addition to Honda World and Thunder Alley attractions there is also the series paddocks and garage areas where fans can explore the impressive equipment, trucks, scooters and tools required to maintain the race cars, with applicable tickets.
Honda Indy Toronto has partnered with The Food Dudes for catering, concessions and beverage service in Exhibition Place and the hospitality suites to provide creative food options and a varied selection.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to team up with Hondy Indy Toronto," adds The Food Dudes' Chief Operating Officer Lindsay Klein. "This is a world class event that's a centerpiece of our city's summer season. The size and scope of the event give us the opportunity to bring in a hand-picked group of Toronto's best restaurants and caterers, as we update the food options with something for everyone."

Also taking part in the culinary offerings will be Buster's Sea Cove, Kinka Izakaya, Toben Food by Design, the Pinty's Pub & Grill pub area and the Miller Lite Deck.

Just prior to race weekend is the 2nd annual Indy Cycling Challenge in support of Prostate Cancer Canada on Thursday, July 12. You can ride the temporary street course for 10km (4 laps) or 25km (9 laps). You can enter on the indy challenge website.

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