But there’s a lot of excitement ahead of the Honda Indy Toronto, starting with Honda Fan Friday. The Ontario Honda Dealers Association is making admission free to the Friday track, taking (and matching) voluntary donations to Make-A-Wish Canada.
Track events that day include practice for the NTT Indycar Series as well as the USF2000, Indy Pro 2000, Porsche Carrera Cup and NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Autograph sessions with drivers from the Pinty’s and NTT Indycar Series will take place in the afternoon, and a Pinty’s Series race will wrap up the day’s events.
Off the track, Honda Canada will have a Honda World booth with interactive exhibits including HR-V crash test results, a Project Integra booth and Honda Motorcycles and Power Equipment.
Thunder Alley, located in the center of the street circuit, will have more stalls and vendors, including food and drink. Paddock passes take you behind the scenes to see Indycar teams prepare for the race. Pro Tip: The Support Series paddock is open to the public. Booth passes are also available to bring you even closer, but sell out quickly.
The tickets are always available for Saturday and Sunday, including seats in the grandstand. There are general admission viewing areas if you don’t get a seat in the grandstand. Saturday track action includes qualifying or all rounds, Indycar practices and races for USF2000, Indy Pro 2000, Porsche Carrera Cup and Sports Car Championship Canada.
Sunday race day
Sunday begins with a USF2000 race at 9:45 a.m., featuring Indy Pro 2000, Sports Car Championship Canada and the Porsche Carrera Cup before the Indycar Series race.
Getting there and parking
Parking around the circuit is limited and road closures for the circuit will further aggravate traffic in Toronto. We therefore naturally recommend that you take public transport to get to the site. Honda Indy organizers offer tickets that include the Go Train fare (take the Lakeshore West train to Exhibition Stadium). The 509 streetcar west from Union Station and the 511 streetcar south from Bathurst Station will also get you to the gates of the Expo Loop.
Things to bring: An empty water bottle (not glass). You cannot bring food and drink outside, but a water fountain is available once you are inside the track.
Earplugs! There’s no two ways around it, race cars are loud. Some disposable earplugs can save you (and your kids) headaches after a long day. We like outlets with a cord in between so you don’t lose them the first time you pull them out.
Sun screen. The weekend forecast calls for plenty of sunshine and you won’t find much shade on the trail. There is rain there for Sunday, so watch the forecast and keep rain gear handy.