I attended a free day at Toronto’s Honda Indy last Friday. It’s an Indy Car race on a temporary street circuit. I’ve never attended this race before and Friday was a practice session. I think they started doing the free day a few years ago to rebuild the fan base after a few years of decline. The downtown location is convenient for the fans, racers and sponsors. All the restaurants, bars and nightlife are very close by.
One of the best spots to watch the race is at the corner of Lakeshore Blvd and Ontario Drive, just on the western edge of Ontario Place. It’s the famous turn 3 where cars have to slow down after long straightaway in order to make a hard right turn. The practice sessions for the various races were well underway by the time I made my way down to the stand at turn 3.
1. Stadium Super Trucks – their course included several ramps and it was amazing watching them jump.
2. Cooper Tires USF2000 – this is a training ground series of races for young drivers. The cars are all powered by Mazda engines. I think the car #92 (at the top) is driven by Cameron Das and the #9 car (on the bottom) is driven by Victor Franzoni. I didn’t expect to see anyone overtake under braking during the practice session but #9 managed to do this.
3.2 Takuma Sato entering into turn 3.
3.3 Driver: Canada’s James Hincliffe
love the front tire locking up under hard braking…
There were a couple more practice sessions after this but I was getting tired from sitting in the sun for a few hours. But I love the roar of the engines and even the smell of the exhaust. I didn’t buy the paddock pass for $40. I’m still a little gun shy about spending money. But it looks interesting from what I could see. I hope to be back next year.