Saturday, July 01, 2023

Honda Indy Toronto Track Build 2023

Before a sleek IndyCar can rocket down the streets of Toronto they must first build the temporary street course, put up the grandstands and suites and get Thunder Alley ready to roll. It takes about a month to put the track together, the thousands of blocks topped with a protective fence and stands constructed of hundreds of pieces of metal supports, seats and rails that have to be assembled by hand.

Posts from IndyTO 2023

Now only 11 days remain to the start of SpeedFest 2023 with Honda Indy Toronto beginning July 14-16 and much of the blocks have been installed on the roads within Exhibition Station. They always leave the external roads for last to reduce the closure of Lake Shore Boulevard. 
Working on Turn 11 grandstand
HIT currently has the 2022 race map up on site and it looks like the course is following the same layout as last year. Fans continue to talk about the placement of pit lane remembering that it used to be on the south side of Princes' Boulevard and moved due to the construction of Hotel X. It was squeezed in along the west edge of Enercare Centre / Nova Scotia Avenue which continues to make sense as it sits in front of a number of grandstands and suites, which is great for the fans.
Some new blocks have arrived on site - a nice blue colour. Looking towards Turn 8

Some tire barriers have turned up in Turn 5

The schedule shows headliner NTT IndyCar Series with their Grand Prix of Toronto race on Sunday, Canada's stockcar racers the Nascar Pinty's Series will race on the Friday, then a number of races on both the Saturday and Sunday by the supporting series: USF2000, Radicals, USF Pro 2000 and the Sports Car Championship Canada.

Radicals are the new boy on the Toronto block as they will debut in Honda Indy Toronto for 2023. The Radical Cup Canada (RCC) presented by Michelin. “We are so thrilled to be able to add Honda Indy Toronto as a stop for the Radicals this year. We want to thank Tom Drewer, Global Motorsport Director of Radical Motorsports Ltd., for working with us to get the Radical Cup North America North of the border to put this together,” said Jessica Benevides, FEL Motorsports Manager. “We also want to thank Jeff Atkinson, President at Honda Indy Toronto, for the opportunity to put both the SCCC and RCC on the schedule at the 2023 Honda Indy.”
The BMO Turn 11 grandstand is up, overlooking the pit bypass lanes
Looking towards pit lane and the pit lane trackside suites
The pedestrian bridge sits in sections for now

See more photos after the jump.
Across from the pit lanes
Turn 6
Turn 3 Grandstand
BMO Turn 11 Grandstand

See photos of the finished product after the jump.

The winner of the Honda Indy Toronto 2023 IndyCar race - Christian Lundgaard of the #45 car

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