Friday, December 04, 2020

Honda Indy Toronto throwback

Open wheel race cars have been tearing up the streets of Toronto since 1986 when it started as the Molson Indy, taking one year off in 2008 during the transition from CHAMP Car to the IndyCar series and again in 2020 with Toronto's Covid-19 precautions. Next year, Toronto's place in the IndyCar schedule returns to it's mid-summer July 2021 slot in Exhibition Place where the 2.8km, 11-turn street course will feature on and off track excitement. These pictures are from the 2006 race, a throwback to the HIT from 14 years ago! You can also check out the 2019 race from my post here.
Way before Hotel X was a dream in the City's eye, Pit Row was along the south side of Princes' Boulevard opposite the Enercare Centre
Green Savoree Racing Promotions runs the annual Honda Indy Toronto race and this was their announcement regarding the 2020 event "Following the City of Toronto’s decision to cancel major festivals and events by not issuing permits through August 31 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, INDYCAR announced today that the Honda Indy Toronto has been removed from the Series’ 2020 schedule. The event was originally scheduled to take place July 10-12 at Exhibition Place. We are extremely disappointed, and will miss the incredible fans who have supported us, but the safety of fans, participants, volunteers, staff, partners, and media will always remain our top priority. Green Savoree Toronto remains open to exploring all possibilities moving forward as the global situation continues to evolve."
The ladies of the Toronto Sun Champ Grid team signing posters for fans at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto
Over the years there have been many race series supporting the main IndyCar Sunday race including the NASCAR Pinty's Series stock car race which usually headlines Saturday's schedule. In addition the Road to Indy Series continues its partnership along with several sports car series joining the on track action. One of the crowd favourites has been the recent addition of the high jumping Stadium Super Trucks.
Fighters from the FIGHT Network
Put on a rousing exhibition in Thunder Alley
Motorcycle stunt riding demonstration

Off track there has been the paddock areas as well as entertainment stages and the famous Thunder Alley, beer gardens, food trucks and more. If you haven't been yet, you should try it during the free Fan Friday and check out the cars as they spend the day generally warming up and getting used to the track in time for Saturday competitions and qualifying rounds.
Canada's Paul Tracy takes second place in 2006. He won in 1993 and 2003
British driver Katherine Legge
Australian driver Will Power won in 2007, 2010 and 2016

Related Posts by Categories

Widget by Hoctro | Jack Book

No comments:

Doors Open

Scarborough Bluffs





Lake Ontario

Nathan Phillips Square