Honda Indy Toronto

Super Racefan’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get the Most Out of Honda Indy Toronto

The roar of the engines, the cheer of the crowd, the rush of pure heart-pumping adrenaline – is there anything more satisfying for a racing fan?

This year, Toronto Honda Indy buffs can get their fix of fast cars and burnt rubber even sooner, as this ultimate Indy-lovers event takes to TO streets this June 12 to 14. What’s on the 2015 docket for Toronto’s speediest summer festival? Here’s our ultimate superfan’s guide, featuring everything you need to know to get the most out of this year’s Honda Indy Toronto.


What/Where/When

The Honda Indy Toronto is part of the iconic IndyCar Series, and takes place every year in downtown Toronto. Featuring a 2.84 km (1.755 mile) course, this circuit winds its way through and around Exhibition Place grounds, with Lake Shore Boulevard as its backstretch.


The Races

Get ready for the rev of engines this June, as massive off-road trucks, sleek exotic cars, and – of course – classic race cars take to the streets of Toronto.

Exotic Car Racing Will Enthrall

Last year, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin made its debut. This year, the popular exotic car race is back for round two, and will feature semi-professional drivers speeding down one of North America’s largest single-make series.

Off-Road Vehicles Will Excite

Another crowd-pleaser, Robby Gordon’s SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks will rip, roar, and fly twenty feet off the ground for the third year in a row at the Toronto Honda Indy. Massive off-road trucks racing over high-flying jumps? That’s sure to get any racing fan’s heart pumping!

Stars Will be Born at The Mazda Road to Indy

The Honda Indy Toronto will also play host to several Mazda Road to Indy races. The Road to Indy is a series of races developed for budding IndyCar racers.

First off, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will challenge entry-level drivers in a professional, open-wheel training ground. Afterwards, these future-IndyCar-champions race in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, credited with developing the careers of more than a few IndyCar Series stars. From there, drivers move onto Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the final step before the all-important leap to the Verizon IndyCar Series itself.

The Main Event Will Burn Up the Circuit

Exotic cars and flying trucks are great, but the main event – the one every Honda Indy fan waits for – is the full length IndyCar race.

On June 14, the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto will play host to this headlining race, and fans will finally get to see all their favourite drivers – from Toronto’s own James Hinchcliffe to racing royalty Marco Andretti – burn up the TO circuit!


The Entertainment

Pre-Race Ceremonies Will Get the Party Started

What’s the best way to rev up a crowd of Indy fans? An adrenaline-pumping pre-race ceremony, of course.

Before every IndyCar race, drivers are introduced on stage, before making their way around the track in a Honda Ridgeline to greet their enthusiastic fans. After the Canadian and US national anthems are sung, it’s time for the celebrity grand marshal to say those famous words – “Drivers, start your engines!”

The FireFit Championships Serve Up the “Toughest Two Minutes in Sports”

There’s a reason the FireFit Championships are known as the “Toughest Two Minutes in Sports,” and it has a little something to do with those grueling, real-life firefighting tasks performed in fifty pounds of protective clothing.

On Saturday, these seriously fast and fit men and women will compete in the Individual Competition; then on Sunday, they’ll tough it out in a fast-paced knockout tournament. Come cheer on these brave local firefighters as they challenge the course and each other!

Success Will be Sweet at Victory Circle

You’ve watched every minute of the heart-pumping race – now experience victory for yourself!

At Victory Circle, success is sweet, even for the spectators. Come and experience these world-class drivers’ triumph as they claim their first place prize at Victory Circle.


The Activities

Honda World Will Immerse You in Indy

Immerse yourself in Indy at Honda World – this massive, interactive fan area will feature vehicle displays, games, activities, and more. Afterwards, go on a multimedia journey through the fascinating racing Heritage of Honda, and get the little ones in on the action at a hands-on training lesson with the Junior Red Riders Program.

The INDYCAR Paddock Will Get You Up Close and Personal

Itching to get up close and personal with IndyCar crews and mechanics? The Paddock gives you your chance – this exclusive on-site area provides access to actual indycars and team mechanical trailers. The best part? You may very well run into a driver, so have those cameras and headshots ready!

The Honda Pit Stop Challenge Will Test Your Skills

Want to find out if you can compete against the pros? Stop by the Honda Pit Stop Challenge to test your speed and agility, and see if you’ve got what it takes to change a real race car tire in record time.

The best part? There’s a prize for the fastest time – so get practicing (just not on dad’s Chevy!)


The Food and Drink

There’ll Be No Shortage of Tasty Fare…

At the Honda Indy, it’s all about the racing, but that doesn’t mean that fans go hungry.

Forget about bringing a bagged lunch – at the Honda Indy Toronto, there’ll be more than enough food and drink to keep the hungriest (and thirstiest) of racing fans satisfied.

Sample a variety of food and drink from vendors serving up old favourites and new treats, and get your fill of food truck fare from the multitude of gourmet food trucks on-site, including Pizza Pizza, Hank Daddy’s Barbecue, Smoke’s Poutinerie, and more.

…Or Delicious Craft Beer

After feasting on all the food you can handle, wash it all down with some delicious craft beer at the Honda Indy Craft Beerfest, taking place across the entire event site.

Slake your thirst with some classic Ontario craft beer from the likes of Muskoka and Amsterdam Breweries, and don’t worry about wandering off – the entire grounds are fully licensed!



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Video: 2014 Honda Indy Toronto Trailer

The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, takes place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. In addition to world-class racing, the event features festival attractions, including craft beer, food trucks, adrenaline filled shows, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances.

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