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Honda Indy Toronto offers Father’s Day ticket package; other news

Written by Norris McDonald

In honour of Father’s Day, the Honda Indy Toronto, which will be held through the streets of Exhibition Place July 12-14, is offering a special ticket package that will be on sale until 9 p.m. Sunday night.

For $160, the package includes two Saturday or Sunday Silver Grandstand tickets, two Paddock Passes, two slices of Pizza Pizza, two Coca-Colas and a photo opportunity – a savings of $110.

The easiest way to get to the Honda Indy Toronto is by TTC or GO Transit. GO Transit Combo Tickets are available for $45 for Saturday or Sunday and also for both days for $70. The combos include a round trip GO Transit fare and event General Admission. Not only do children 12 and under receive free Honda Indy Toronto general admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult but they can ride the GO for free.

“These combo ticket packages are a great way to check out the Honda Indy Toronto for the very first time or even for our repeat customers to enhance their experience,” said Jeff Atkinson, Honda Indy Toronto President.

“In addition to the Stadium SUPER Trucks returning to the schedule, we have some new and exciting festival features to announce over the next three weeks which will only further increase the value of these combo packs.”

As well as the NTT IndyCar series feature race on Sunday, the Indy Lights and other Road to Indy series will see action on the weekend. Honda Fan Friday returns for the 10th year, which offers general admission on Friday, July 12, courtesy of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association. A volunteer donation benefiting Make-A-Wish Canada will get you in.

For complete ticket pricing and event information, visit hondaindy.com.

Talking of IndyCar racing, Detroit Grand Prix organizers estimated that 95,000 people travelled to Belle Isle Park over the course of its three days two weeks ago. This included over 25,000 fans attending Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on the Friday. Severe weather on Saturday had a negative event on attendance as approximately 30,000 fans attended. With sunny skies and cooler temperatures on the Sunday, the Grand Prix attracted its largest Sunday attendance since 2014 with approximately 40,000 fans visiting. Belle Isle.

With the impressive turnout, it marked the seventh time in the last eight years that the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear reached the 95,000 mark in total attendance.

Although organizers were crowing over the TV numbers, I didn’t think they were so hot. Saturday’s and Sunday’s races together attracted a total TV audience of just under 1.2 million. This past weekend, more people – 1.8 million – watched the NASCAR Cup series rain delay. About 350,000 watched the IndyCar race at Texas on Saturday night. The Canadian GP attracted 1.1 million viewers last Sunday.

Meantime, the Ford GT, which was primarily a Multimatic Motorsport of Markham project – the GTA firm worked with Ford engineers on the top-secret prototype, carried out the vast majority of testing and is building the road cars at its factory – will make its final appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

The Ford-supported program will continue until October as the Chip Ganassi Racing team tries to win the IMSA WeatherTech Le Mans class championship – the SportsCar Grand Prix weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, featuring the Ford GT as well as the mighty Daytona Prototypes, is scheduled for July 5-7 – but then that will be it.

The GT will live on, of course, entered by privateers, but the factory project will be over. Drivers at Le Mans will include Joey Hand, Sebastien Bourdais, Dirk Muller, Billy Johnson, Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Jonathan Bomarito, among others. If you are lucky enough to have Discovery Velocity on your cable or satellite system, you can watch the whole 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday (3 p.m. in France).

Corvette Racing sent out a press release celebrating 20 years of participating at Le Mans and they got quotes from Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen and various and sundry team managers and I was shocked that nobody mentioned Herb Fishel or Ron Fellows. Fishel started the Corvette program and the first driver he signed was Fellows who led the team for the first 10 years. Without those two guys there would never have been the Corvette program.

The Red Bull Air Race Series is in its final season, which is a shame because the racing is pretty spectacular. Sponsorship is an issue (isn’t it always these days?) and the events can’t attract enough to pay the freight.

The series is in Kazan, Russia, this weekend so Nicolas Ivanoff of France, who is proud of having Russian heritage on his grandfather’s side, and Spain’s Juan Velarde flew over two of Kazan’s famous domed structures, the Kremlin, a World Heritage site, and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The racing will take place Saturday and Sunday over the Kazanka River.

Everybody is off this weekend. No F1, no IndyCar, no NASCAR Cup. When I originally wrote this paragraph, I said the NASCAR Cup Series would be on the road course at Sonoma Raceway in California this weekend. Make that next weekend. I wrote this after the Raptors won last night so I wasn’t thinking straight.