Gearing up for the Honda Indy Toronto

A Canadian IndyCar double header, the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto

A Canadian IndyCar double header, the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto

Clear your weekend schedules folks, the Honda Indy roars in to Toronto this weekend. For the first time this year’s Honda Indy Toronto features two series races with one happening Saturday afternoon and the second on Sunday. To keep race fans entertained all weekend, there are also support series races through the weekend along with a large number of off track activities.

It all starts today, with Fan Friday, where anyone and everyone will have access to the Exhibition Grounds where the Indy series will be taking place this weekend. Fan Friday, known over the past four years as ‘Free Friday’ is presented by the Ontario Honda Dealers Association.

The Honda Indy Toronto IndyCar paddocks and surrounding fan activities

Amongst Friday’s track action will be practice and qualifying sessions of the USF2000 series, ProMazda, Firestone Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge/ Acura Sports Car Challenge and of course the IZOD Indy Car series. With sessions running from 7:30 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening, race fans will get to experience the sensations of thundering race cars from the moment gates open at 8am to close at 6pm.

Saturday and Sunday’s racing activities include qualifying and full out races of all the series.  For those race fans unable to make it down to the races over the weekend, the two feature IndyCar events will be broadcast live on NBC Sports.

A race weekend experience would not be complete without a slew of off-track activities. The 2013 Honda Indy Toronto promises bigger and brighter attractions this year than any before. The Indy weekend includes the always popular Honda World which will be featuring the Jr. Red Rider Program, Blue Jays batting & pitching cages, Hockey Hall of Fame Slap Shot challenge, face painting, Pit Stop Challenge, racing simulators, IndyCar heritage vehicles display, Make-a-Wish race suit signing, IndyCar photo opportunities, motorcycle displays, and an IndyCar engines display.

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There’ll also be BMX stunt shows, poutine eating time trials sponsored by Smoke’s Poutine, a Toronto Sun Grid Girls pageant, mini Indy cooler races sponsored by Dr. Pepper, a go-kart track featuring the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, and even a giant tricycle race track.

Appearing at the Honda Indy Toronto weekend this year will be the Craft Beer Gardens featuring craft beer from Muskoka and Amsterdam breweries. Taste Fest promises to set palates alight where attendees will be able to check out a multitude of gourmet food trucks and sample for free all weekend long.

Making its debut on Canadian soil is Robby Gordon’s new Stadium Super Trucks concept. Motorsports enthusiasts will enjoy the heart-pounding jumps and tricks done by high-powered off-road trucks.

“If you haven’t been to the event in years, or have never been, this is the year to join us,” said Charlie Johnstone, President of Honda Indy Toronto. “There is something for everyone, both on and off the track. At the Honda Indy Toronto, the races and the entertainment go hand-in-hand to provide our guests with one of the most memorable and energy-packed sporting experiences in Canada.”

The Honda Indy Toronto runs from July 12 – 14 with gates opening at 8am every day.

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