Honda Indy Toronto
The Honda Indy Toronto is an annual Indy Car race, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Originally known as the Molson Indy Toronto, it was part of the Champ Car World Series from 1986 to 2007. After a one year hiatus, it has been part of the NTT IndyCar Series schedule since 2009. The race takes place on a 2.874-kilometre (1.786 mi), 11 turn, temporary street circuit through Exhibition Place and on Lake Shore Boulevard. Toronto is classified as an FIA Grade Two circuit.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Corporate sponsor||Honda Canada Inc.|
|First ICS race||2009|
|Previous names||Molson Indy Toronto (1986–2005)|
Molson Grand Prix of Toronto (2006)
Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto (2007)
|Most wins (driver)||Michael Andretti (7)|
|Most wins (team)||Newman/Haas Racing (7)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Dallara (13)|
|Length||2.874 km (1.786 mi)|
|Lap record||57.143 (Gil de Ferran, Reynard-Honda, 1999, CART)|
It is IndyCar's second-longest running street race, only behind the Grand Prix of Long Beach and is the third oldest race on the current schedule (tied with the Mid-Ohio 200) in terms of number of races run. The Toronto Indy is one of seven Canadian circuits to have held an IndyCar race, the others being Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Mont-Tremblant, Sanair, Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton.
- 1 History
- 2 Past winners
- 3 Support race winners
- 4 Current series
- 5 Former series
- 6 Race day attendance
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
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. 
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.
In the 1996 race, American driver Jeff Krosnoff was killed in a crash with 4 laps remaining. In that same crash, volunteer corner marshal Gary Avrin was killed, and marshal 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, multimillion-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. On May 15, 2008, Andretti Green Racing (co-owned by Michael Andretti) purchased the assets of the former Grand Prix of Toronto. On July 30, 2008, it was confirmed that the race would return to Toronto on July 12, 2009. 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.
In 2013, the race weekend was changed to a 2 race format with one race Saturday and one race Sunday. The Saturday race would feature a standing start while the Sunday race would be a rolling start. After an aborted standing start Saturday leading to a rolling start, teams and officials agreed to try the standing start again Sunday. The Sunday standing start was successful on its first attempt and was the first successful standing start in unified IndyCar series history (the Champ Car World Series had used standing starts late in its history shortly before unification). In 2014, weather forced both races to be run Sunday, exposing the difficulty in logistics of running two races in an already packed schedule. By 2015, both standing starts and the two race format were abandoned.
In 2016, the track layout was modified to accommodate the newly constructed Hotel X Toronto. Under the new layout, the pit lane was moved to the opposite side of the race course, starting at the outside of turn 9 and exiting just after turn 11. This, in turn, made turn 11 a sharper turn than it had been in the previous configuration.
Michael Andretti is the all-time race win leader with seven victories.
USAC (Mosport Park)Edit
|Season||Date||Driver||Team||Chassis||Engine||Race distance||Race time||Average speed
|USAC National Championship Trail|
|1967||July 1||Bobby Unser||Leader Cards Racing||Eagle||Ford||40||98.36 (158.295)||0:59:14||102.770||Report|
|1968||June 15||Dan Gurney||Oscar Olson||Eagle||Weslake-Ford||40||98.36 (158.295)||0:56:45||105.727||Report|
|1977||July 3||A. J. Foyt||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||Coyote||Foyt||75||184.425 (296.803 km)||2:03:35||90.733||Report|
|1978||June 11||Danny Ongais||Interscope Racing||Parnelli||Cosworth||76||186.884 (300.761 km)||2:08:38||87.164||Report|
|1980||Sept 14||Race cancelled following unification of USAC and CART schedules.|
- 1967: Run in two heats of 98 miles (158 kilometers/40 laps) each. Second race stopped after 6 laps due to rain.
- 1968: Run in two heats of 98 miles (158 kilometers/40 laps) each.
CART/Champ Car/IndyCar (Exhibition Place)Edit
- 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.
- 2014: First race was postponed from Saturday to Sunday morning because of rain. The second planned race is still scheduled for Sunday afternoon which means two races in one day. Because of this, both races were shortened from 85 laps to 65 to compensate for the delay. The second race however was further shortened due to time limit.
- 2015: Due to Toronto hosting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, the race was moved to June to avoid conflicting with the games.
Support race winnersEdit
Indy Lights / Atlantic ChampionshipEdit
SCCA Trans-Am SeriesEdit
|1993||Scott Sharp||Chevrolet Camaro|||
|1994||Tommy Kendall||Ford Mustang|||
|2004||Jorge Diaz, Jr.||Jaguar XKR|||
|2005||Paul Gentilozzi||Jaguar XKR|||
|2010||R. J. Lopez||Chevrolet Corvette|||
Pirelli World Challenge – GTEdit
|2007||Randy Pobst||Porsche 911 GT3|
|2010|| Randy Pobst (GT)
Peter Cunningham (GTS)
|2013|| Johnny O'Connell (GT)
Lawson Aschenbach (GTS)
| Nick Tandy (GT)
Marcelo Hahn (GTA)
Dean Martin (GTS)
|Porsche 911 GT3 R|
Lamborghini Gallardo GT3
Ford Mustang Boss 302S
| Kuno Wittmer (GT)
Michael Mills (GTA)
Mark Wilkins (GTS)
|Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R|
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Pirelli World Challenge – Touring CarEdit
|2010||Nick Wittmer||Honda Civic Si|
| Michael Cooper (TC)
Joel Lipperini (TCB)
| Michael Cooper (TC)
Ernie Francis Jr. (TCB)
CASCAR Super SeriesEdit
|1999||Miller Lite 100||Robin Buck||Pontiac|||
|2000||Exide 99||Kevin Dowler||Ford|||
|2002||CASCAR Toronto Indy, presented by NAPA||Kevin Dowler||Ford|||
|2003||Avenue ACDelco 100||Jeff Lapcevich||Chevrolet|||
|2004||CASCAR Toronto Indy 100||Jeff Lapcevich||Chevrolet|||
|2005||ATTO 100||Kerry Micks||Ford|||
NASCAR Pinty's SeriesEdit
|2010||Jumpstart 100||Andrew Ranger||Dodge|||
|2011||Streets of Toronto 100||Andrew Ranger||Dodge|||
|2016||Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto||Alex Tagliani||Chevrolet|||
|2017||Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto||Kevin Lacroix||Dodge|||
|2018||Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto||Andrew Ranger||Dodge|
|2019||Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto||Alex Tagliani||Chevrolet|||
Stadium Super TrucksEdit
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A variety of racing series have previously run as support series on the race weekend. These include:
- Champ Car World Series
- Atlantic Championship
- Barber Dodge Pro Series
- CASCAR Super Series
- Trans-Am Series
- Ferrari Challenge
- North American Touring Car Championship
- Canadian Touring Car Championship
- Motorola Cup
- North American Fran Am 2000 Pro Championship
- Canadian Formula Ford Championship
- Pirelli World Challenge
- Player's Ltd./GM Motorsport series
- Honda Michelin Challenge Series
- F1600 Super Series
Race day attendanceEdit
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- "Toronto, Edmonton on 2009 IndyCar Schedule". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
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- "Honda Indy Toronto track changes include new pit lane". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. March 21, 2016. Archived from the original on July 28, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
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- "SCCA Trans-Am Series - 2010 Season". RolfsRacing.com. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- "CASCAR drivers shine at Molson Indy Toronto... Buck and Jefferson win". The Auto Channel. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
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- "2001 Molson Indy Toronto". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "CASCAR - Toronto Indy Results and Summary". The Auto Channel. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "CASCAR - Toronto Indy Summary & Results". The Auto Channel. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "CASCAR: Lapcevich wins Toronto event". TSN.ca. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "CASCAR: Micks takes Toronto win". TSN.ca. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Ranger wins Jumpstart 100". The Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Quebec's Ranger grabs win in Toronto NASCAR race". The Toronto Star. July 9, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Tagliani wins Pinty's Grand Prix of Toronto". TSN. July 16, 2016. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "Kevin Lacroix stays perfect on road courses in Pinty's win at Toronto". Motorsport.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "2019 Pinty's Grand Prix results". Motorsport.com. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
- DiZinno, Tony (July 15, 2013). "Toronto weekend round-up: Everything besides IndyCar". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- "Creed edges out Gordon in Stadium Super trucks; Paul Tracy fourth". Motorsport.com. July 20, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- "Scotty Steele Scores First SST Win at Honda Indy Toronto Race No. 2 at Toronto Scheduled for Sunday". Race-Dezert. June 14, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- Burns, Josh (June 15, 2015). "Keegan Kincaid Wins Stadium Super Trucks Race in Toronto". Off-Road. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- Bonkowski, Jerry (July 19, 2016). "Matt Brabham earns win and runner-up in Stadium Super Trucks at Toronto". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- McCubbin, Ashley (July 17, 2019). "Stadium Super Trucks Experience Successful, Exciting Return to Toronto". Popular Speed. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
- "Exhibition Place". Ultimate Racing History. Archived from the original on March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
- "Toronto Indy organizers pleased despite low turnout". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
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