Thursday, March 24, 2022

Honda Indy Toronto 2022 info

“This is an exciting day for Toronto and our race fans! After all the disappointment experienced from missing out on the event the last two years, we are thrilled that the Honda Indy Toronto will return to Exhibition Place July 15th to 17th, 2022,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of Honda Indy Toronto. “We are grateful to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Honda Canada, the province of Ontario and the City of Toronto for working closely with us to make this happen.”

Competing Race Series
The race weekend running Friday to Sunday will feature the NTT IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Pinty's Series, the Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin (SCCC) and the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

Free Fan Friday

Fan Friday will return in 2022 with the Ontario Honda Dealers sponsoring the first day as they will cover the admission costs in exchange for a donation to Make-A-Wish Canada. "Honda Fan Friday will feature a jam-packed schedule of on-track action, Stunt shows, contests, autograph sessions and all kinds of off-track entertainment will be in full gear from gate open to close across the event site, providing something for everyone, race fan or not!"

Map, Seating and General Admission

Overall Honda Indy Map
Seating Map

You can watch the race with General Admission or buy a seat in Grandstands - there are three; Turn 3 Grandstand, Turn 10 Grandstand and Turn 11 Grandstands. Bronze is the lower rows in the grandstands, silver is the middle row and Gold is the upper row seating. Turn 3 Grandstand is coming off of Lake Shore Boulevard as it enters Exhibition Place - lots of action happens there as cars pile up trying to brake into the sharp corner. Turn 10 Grandstand is right in front of the pits with great views of the cars winding through the corners at 9 and 10 while Turn 11 Grandstands (split into two stands) you can see some pits, the long straight away along the start/finish line and easy access to the entertainment and action in Thunder Alley.
Looking at part of Thunder Alley behind the Turn 11 Bandstand

The main entrance gate is located at the east end of the Enercare Centre off of Strachan Avenue on Canada Boulevard.
General Admission viewing

With General Admission viewing you can watch from along the Start/Finish line along Princes' Boulevard, check out the Pinty's Pub & Grill at the north side of Princes' Gates, sit in the shade of the trees along Lake Shore Boulevard, line the Miller Lite Deck between turns 4 and 5 at the far end of Thunder Alley or watch the track between turns 10 and 11 beside Honda World.

You can move between the offtrack attractions and the inside of the track by taking a tunnel between the Enercare Centre and Beanfield Centre or cross the track near turn 11.

Entertainment, Thunder Alley and Car Paddocks
A quiet moment in the IndyCar Paddock

When they aren't on the track you can find the series cars in a number of paddocks - the IndyCar Paddock and the Road to Indy Paddock both in the Enercare Centre, along with the Porsche GT3 Cup Paddock and the NASCAR Pinty's Series Paddock located within the inside of the track. You have to buy tickets to the IndyCar Paddock but you can tour the Porsche and NASCAR Paddocks as part of your ticket admission.
At the outdoor NASCAR Paddock

Thunder Alley is inside the track and that is where you can find a number of vendors including food trucks, rest areas, Honda Speed Zone and concert stages. 
At the Truck Stop food zone

IndyCar winners in the Winners Circle

Winners Circle is located between the track and the west end of the Enercare Centre. This is where they bring the winning car and team, along with the 2nd and 3rd place winners and also make the IndyCar race driver introductions.

Getting to Honda Indy Toronto

The best way is using public transit - remember that the race takes over Lake Shore Boulevard so it makes travel by car very tricky in the area. GO Transit Lakeshore Line West stops right at Exhibition Place. There is a Honda Indy entrance gate at this GO stop. Toronto TTC streetcar routes 509 West from Union Station or 511 South from Bathurst Station. There is some parking both in and around Exhibition Place but traffic congestion again recommends public transit.

Building Honda Indy Toronto

It takes about a month to get the Honda Indy ready for race weekend because there is a lot of stuff to get setup. Race owners and operators Kim Green and Kevin Savoree of Green Savoree Racing Promotions overlook construction of the 2.89 km, 11-turn temporary street course with construction starting in early June. It takes over 2,000 concrete blocks, 14,000 feet of fence and over 1,600 feet of tire barriers along with tonnes of steel and plywood to build the grandstands and trackside suites.

"Each year the crew gets more efficient with the construction and tear down process. The logistics of night construction comes at a greater cost to us, but the time savings is significant in completing the track build," said Jeff Atkinson, president of Honda Indy Toronto. "We transform the streets into a world-class race track while showcasing the beauty of our city to a worldwide TV audience."
Winning the pole P1 position

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