Preparations began for the Honda Indy this week as Toronto prepares for the annual racing event. The setup of grandstands and building of the track at Exhibition Place is well under way. Scheduled for June 12 -14, one month ahead of it’s usual date, the Honda Indy was booked early than usual to accommodate the Pan Am Games, scheduled for July 10 -26.
This year, the event promises to run rain or shine. A summer staple in Toronto since 1986, races have only been cancelled twice as a result of weather. Once in 1990 and last year when rain mixed with standing water on the track was deemed too dangerous for drivers. Honda Indy president and general manager, Charlie Johnstone, indicated the show would go on in 2015, stating that “pooling, standing water on the road is the challenge facing the drivers in any street race in any city. It’s something they will have to handle.”
Gates will open to the public for free again this year for Fan Friday, sponsored by the Honda Dealers of Ontario. On Friday June 12, during the Verizon IndyCar Series practice, instead of admission, attendees will be asked to make a donation to Make a Wish Foundation.
The Honda Indy also features activities for the entire family including the Honda Red Rider program, where kids can ride on dirt bikes, a craft beer tent and 20 food trucks. It promises to be a great outdoor event to kick off the summer!