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The Honda Indy Toronto is an annual IndyCar Series race, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Originally known as the Molson Indy Toronto, it was a Champ Car World Series race held annually from 1986 to 2007. The track has 11 turns, is a Template:Convert/km street circuit, and is located at Exhibition Place. It is now IndyCar's second-longest running street race, only behind the Grand Prix of Long Beach.[1]

The Toronto Indy is one of seven Canadian circuits to have held an Indy/Champ Car race, the others being Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Mont-Tremblant, Sanair, Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton.

HistoryEdit

In 1967 the first Indy race held in Canada was the Telegram Trophy 200, held at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario as part of the USAC Championship Car season. The race was won by Bobby Unser for his first career Indy victory. The Telegram Trophy 200 was again held in 1968 at Mosport, this time won by Dan Gurney.

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After a nine year absence, Indycars returned to the Toronto area for the Molson Diamond Indy at Mosport Park won by A.J. Foyt in 1977 and Danny Ongais in 1978.

In the spring of 1985 Molson Breweries in-house promotional division, Molstar Sports & Entertainment proposed to run a CART sanctioned IndyCar race at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Toronto City Council approved the race by two votes in July 1985 for the race to be held the following year. [2]

The first Molson Indy Toronto was won by Bobby Rahal on July 20, 1986. The event quickly became Canada's second largest annual sporting event, eclipsed only by the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, with three-day attendance figures routinely around 170,000 people.[3]

In the 1996 race, American driver Jeff Krosnoff was killed in a crash with 4 laps remaining. In that same crash, volunteer corner marshall Gary Avrin was killed, and marshall Barbara Johnston also received injuries in the crash; she was treated and released that evening. Adrián Fernández won the race.

The name of the race was changed in 2006 from the Molson Indy Toronto to the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto after it was purchased by the Champ Car World Series from Molstar Sports and Entertainment. The name was also changed to distance Champ Car from the rival Indy Racing League (IRL), which had gained the exclusive right to use the "Indy" name after 2002. In 2007, after Molson dropped their title sponsorship to the race, Steelback Brewery signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal to become the event’s title sponsor, renaming it the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. This marked the first title sponsorship change since the event started in 1986.

The unification of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League was announced on February 22, 2008, and the Grand Prix of Toronto's future was left in doubt. After attempts were made to preserve the race for 2008, it was confirmed on March 5, 2008 that the race had been cancelled.

2013 Honda Indy Toronto Exhibition Place

Looking towards the Direct Energy Centre during the 2013 race. Team Penske pits are at the bottom of the image.

On May 15, 2008, Andretti Green Racing (co-owned by Michael Andretti) purchased the assets of the former Grand Prix of Toronto.[4] On July 30, 2008, it was confirmed that the race would return to Toronto on July 12, 2009.[5] On September 18, 2008, Andretti Green Racing announced that it had signed a multi-year agreement with Honda Canada Inc. for the title sponsorship of the race, henceforth named from 2009 onward as the Honda Indy Toronto.[6]

Michael Andretti is the all-time race win leader with seven victories.

Past WinnersEdit

USAC (Mosport)Edit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine
1967 July 1 USAflagsmall Bobby Unser Leader Cards Racing Eagle Ford
1968 June 15 USAflagsmall Dan Gurney Oscar Olson Eagle Weslake-Ford
1969–1976: Not held
1977 July 3 USAflagsmall A.J. Foyt A.J. Foyt Enterprises Coyote Foyt
1978 June 11 USAflagsmall Danny Ongais Interscope Racing Parnelli Cosworth

CART/Champ Car/IndyCar (Exhibition Place)Edit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
CART IndyCar/Champ Car
1986 July 20 USAflagsmall Bobby Rahal Truesports March Cosworth 103 183.34 (295.057) 2:05:50 87.414 Report
1987 July 19 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing March Chevrolet-Ilmor 103 183.34 (295.057) 1:54:35 95.991 Report
1988 July 17 USAflagsmall Al Unser Jr. Galles Racing March Chevrolet-Ilmor 103 183.34 (295.057) 1:59:34 91.994 Report
1989 July 23 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 103 183.34 (295.057) 2:01:00 90.9 Report
1990 July 22 USAflagsmall Al Unser Jr. Galles/KRACO Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 94* 167.32 (269.275) 2:13:26 75.997 Report
1991 July 21 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 103 183.34 (295.057) 1:50:57 99.143 Report
1992 July 19 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 103 183.34 (295.057) 1:52:21 97.898 Report
1993 July 18 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 103 183.34 (295.057) 1:53:58 96.51 Report
1994 July 17 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Ford-Cosworth 98 174.44 (280.733) 1:48:15 96.673 Report
1995 July 16 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 98 174.44 (280.733) 1:50:25 94.787 Report
1996 July 14 25px-Mexicoflag Adrian Fernandez Tasman Motorsports Lola Honda 93* 165.912 (267.009) 1:41:59 97.548 Report
1997 July 20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Blundell PacWest Racing Reynard Mercedes-Benz 95 163.495 (263.119) 1:45:43 92.779 Report
1998 July 19 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 95 163.495 (263.119) 1:52:24 87.274 Report
1999 July 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Team Green Reynard Honda 95 166.725 (268.317) 1:56:27 85.897 Report
2000 July 16 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 112 196.56 (316.332) 2:00:02 98.248 Report
2001 July 15 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Team Green Reynard Honda 95 166.725 (268.317) 1:59:58 83.375 Report
2002 July 7 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta Newman/Haas Racing Lola Toyota 112 196.56 (316.332) 2:06:19 93.361 Report
2003 July 13 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 112 196.56 (316.332) 2:02:36 96.189 Report
2004 July 11 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Newman/Haas Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 84 147.42 (237.249) 1:45:36 83.749 Report
2005 July 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson RuSPORT Lola Ford-Cosworth 86 150.93 (242.898) 1:46:10 85.296 Report
2006 July 9 USAflagsmall A. J. Allmendinger Forsythe Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 86 150.93 (242.898) 1:38:01 92.386 Report
2007 July 8 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Walker Racing Panoz Cosworth 73 128.115 (206.181) 1:45:58 72.534 Report
2008 No race in 2008 following Reunification.
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2009 July 12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 149.175 (240.073) 1:43:47 86.24 Report
2010 July 18 25px-AustraliaFLAG Will Power Penske Racing Dallara Honda 85 149.175 (240.073) 1:47:15 83.451 Report
2011 July 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 149.175 (240.073) 1:56:32 76.805 Report
2012 July 8 USAflagsmall Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet 85 149.175 (240.073) 1:33:27 95.787 Report
2013 July 13 25px-Newzealandflag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 149.175 (240.073) 1:41:17 88.37 Report
July 14 Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 149.175 (240.073) 1:35:02 94.177
  • 1990: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 1996: Race ended with 1 1/2 laps remaining (93 of 95 laps completed) because of fatal crash on Lake Shore Boulevard. Driver Jeff Krosnoff and a track marshal were killed and the race was stopped near the impact point a lap later.

Support Race WinnersEdit

Indy Lights / Atlantic ChampionshipEdit

ARS/Indy Lights   Atlantic Championship
Season Winning Driver Season Winning Driver
1986 22px-Flag of Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 1986 Not held
1987 22px-Flag of Ireland Tommy Byrne 1987
1988 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Calvin Fish 1988
1989 USAflagsmall Gary Rubio 1989
1990 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy 1990 USAflagsmall Freddy Rhemrev
1991 USAflagsmall P.J. Jones 1991 USAflagsmall Stuart Crow
1992 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 1992 25px-Canadaflag David Empringham
1993 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta 1993 25px-Canadaflag Claude Bourbonnais
1994 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Steve Robertson 1994 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn
1995 25px-Canadaflag Greg Moore 1995 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn
1996 25px-Brazilflag Gualter Salles 1996 25px-Canadaflag Patrick Carpentier
1997 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castro-Neves 1997 USAflagsmall Memo Gidley
1998 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Guy Smith 1998 25px-Canadaflag Alex Tagliani
1999 USAflagsmall Geoff Boss 1999 Not held
2000 Not held 2000 25px-Canadaflag Andrew Bordin
2001 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell 2001 25px-Canadaflag David Rutledge
2002 Not held 2002 25px-Canadaflag Michael Valiante
2003 2003 USAflagsmall A.J. Allmendinger
2004 2004 USAflagsmall Jon Fogarty
2005 2005 25px-Canadaflag Antoine Bessette
2006 2006 USAflagsmall Robbie Pecorari
2007 2007 22px-Flag of France Franck Perera
2008 2008 Not held
2009 22px-Flag of Colombia Sebastian Saavedra 2009
2010 22px-Flag of France Jean-Karl Vernay 2010
2011 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Stefan Wilson 2011
2012 22px-Flag of Colombia Gustavo Yacamán 2012
2013 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 2013

SCCA Trans-Am SeriesEdit

Year Winning Driver Car
1993 USAflagsmall Scott Sharp Chevrolet Camaro [7]
1994 USAflagsmall Tommy Kendall Ford Mustang [8]
2004 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Jorge Diaz, Jr. Jaguar XKR [9]
2005 USAflagsmall Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar XKR [10]
2010 22px-Flag of the Dominican Republic R. J. Lopez Chevrolet Corvette [11]

Pirelli World ChallengeEdit

Season GT Touring Car
2007 USAflagsmallRandy Pobst Porsche 911 GT3 USAflagsmallPeter Cunningham Acura
2010 USAflagsmallRandy Pobst (GT)
USAflagsmallPeter Cunningham (GTS)
Volvo S60
Acura TSX
25px-CanadaflagNick Wittmer Honda Civic Si
2013 USAflagsmallJohnny O'Connell (GT)
USAflagsmallLawson Aschenbach (GTS)
Cadillac CTS-V
Chevrolet Camaro
Race 1
USAflagsmallMichael Cooper (TC)
USAflagsmallJoel Lipperini (TCB)
Mazdaspeed 3
Honda Fit
Race 2
USAflagsmallMichael Cooper (TC)
USAflagsmallErnie Francis Jr. (TCB)
Mazdaspeed 3
Mazda 2

CASCAR Super SeriesEdit

Year Race Name Winner Car
1999 Miller Lite 100 25px-Canadaflag Robin Buck Pontiac [12]
2000 Exide 99 25px-Canadaflag Kevin Dowler Ford [13]
2001 25px-Canadaflag Robin Buck Pontiac [14]
2002 CASCAR Toronto Indy, presented by NAPA 25px-Canadaflag Kevin Dowler Ford [15]
2003 Avenue ACDelco 100 25px-Canadaflag Jeff Lapcevich Chevrolet [16]
2004 CASCAR Toronto Indy 100 25px-Canadaflag Jeff Lapcevich Chevrolet [17]
2005 ATTO 100 25px-Canadaflag Kerry Micks Ford [18]

NASCAR Canadian Tire SeriesEdit

Ron Beauchamp Jr 60 Dodge Toronto 2010

Ron Beauchamp, Jr. practicing for the 2010 Jumpstart 100

Year Race Name Winner Car
2010 Jumpstart 100 25px-Canadaflag Andrew Ranger Dodge [19]
2011 Streets of Toronto 100 25px-Canadaflag Andrew Ranger Dodge [20]

Current SeriesEdit

Former SeriesEdit

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Race day attendanceEdit

Year Attendance
1986 60,000
1987 64,000
1988 59,155
1989 61,156
1990 64,245
1991 61,264
1992 65,094
1993 66,225
1994 66,503
1995 68,238
2000 72,976
2001 73,628
2002 73,160
2003 73,255
2004 72,561
2005 73,155
2006
2007
2008 Not held
2009 15,000 est.[23]
2010
2011 25,000 est[24]

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ReferencesEdit

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  2. "Retro T.O.: The first Indy". The Grid TO. http://www.thegridto.com/city/sports/retro-t-o-the-first-indy/. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. "Honda Indy Toronto gains momentum". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/racing/indycar/story/_/id/8132398/indycar-honda-indy-toronto-comeback-trail/. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. Andretti Green buys Toronto Champ Car race.
  5. Toronto, Edmonton on 2009 IndyCar Schedule.
  6. Honda Indy Toronto News
  7. "1993 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. http://cms.scca.com/documents/Pro%20Racing/Archives/Trans-Am/1993.pdf. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  8. "1994 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. http://cms.scca.com/documents/Pro%20Racing/Archives/Trans-Am/1994.pdf. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  9. "2004 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. http://cms.scca.com/documents/Pro%20Racing/Archives/Trans-Am/2004.pdf. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  10. "2005 Trans-Am Box Scores". SCCA Archives. http://cms.scca.com/documents/Pro%20Racing/Archives/Trans-Am/2005.pdf. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  11. "SCCA Trans-Am Series - 2010 Season". RolfsRacing.com. http://rolfsracingexperiences.com/transam_2010.php. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  12. "CASCAR drivers shine at Molson Indy Toronto... Buck and Jefferson win". The Auto Channel. http://www.theautochannel.com/news/press/date/19990719/press026882.html. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
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  17. "CASCAR: Lapcevich wins Toronto event". TSN.ca. http://www.tsn.ca/story/print/?id=90988. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  18. "CASCAR: Micks takes Toronto win". TSN.ca. http://www.tsn.ca/story/print/?id=130225. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  19. "Ranger wins Jumpstart 100". The Toronto Sun. http://www.torontosun.com/sports/autos/2010/07/17/14747076.html. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  20. "Quebec’s Ranger grabs win in Toronto NASCAR race". The Toronto Star. http://www.thestar.com/sports/2011/07/09/quebecs_ranger_grabs_win_in_toronto_nascar_race.html. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  21. "Schedule". Stadium Super Trucks. http://stadiumsupertrucks.com/ssts/tour/. Retrieved 18 Octobner 2013. 
  22. "Exhibition Place". Ultimate Racing History. http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist3.php?trackid=636. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
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  24. http://web.archive.org/web/20110916120432/http://thestar.blogs.com/autoracing/2011/07/heres-how-many-people-watched-the-honda-indy-toronto.html

External linksEdit

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