Honda Indy Toronto
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)||Lola (12)|
|Length||2.874 km (1.786 mi)|
|Lap record||57.143 (Gil de Ferran, Reynard-Honda, 1999, CART)|
The Honda Indy Toronto is an annual IndyCar Series race, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Originally known as the Molson Indy Toronto, it was a Champ Car World Series race held annually from 1986 to 2007. The track has 11 turns, is a 2.874-kilometre (1.786 mi) street circuit, and is located at Exhibition Place.
It is IndyCar's second-longest running street race, only behind the Grand Prix of Long Beach and the fourth oldest race on the current schedule in terms of number of races run. The Toronto Indy is one of seven Canadian circuits to have held an Indy Car 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 marshall Gary Avrin was killed, and marshall 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.
Michael Andretti is the all-time race win leader with seven victories.
USAC (Mosport Park)
|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)
- 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 winners
Indy Lights / Atlantic Championship
SCCA Trans-Am Series
|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 – GT
|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 Car
|2010||Nick Wittmer||Honda Civic Si|
| Michael Cooper (TC)
Joel Lipperini (TCB)
| Michael Cooper (TC)
Ernie Francis Jr. (TCB)
CASCAR Super Series
|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 Series
|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|||
- Verizon IndyCar Series
- Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
- Canadian Touring Car Championship
- U.S. F2000 National Championship
- NASCAR Pinty's Series
- IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
- Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires
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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
- Pro Mazda Championship
- CASCAR Super Series
- Trans-Am Series
- Ferrari Challenge
- North American 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
- SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks
Race day attendance
- "Toronto could shake up title hunt". ESPN. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- Genova, Victor. "10 Random Toronto Indy Facts". Honda Indy Toronto. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "Retro T.O.: The first Indy". The Grid TO. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "Honda Indy Toronto gains momentum". ESPN. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- Andretti Green buys Toronto Champ Car race.
- Toronto, Edmonton on 2009 IndyCar Schedule.
- Honda Indy Toronto News
- "1993 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-04-23.[permanent dead link]
- "1994 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 18, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- "2004 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-04-23.[permanent dead link]
- "2005 Trans-Am Box Scores" (PDF). SCCA Archives. Retrieved 2013-04-23.[permanent dead link]
- "SCCA Trans-Am Series - 2010 Season". RolfsRacing.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- "CASCAR drivers shine at Molson Indy Toronto... Buck and Jefferson win". The Auto Channel. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Dowler wins at Toronto Indy". Motorsport.com. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "2001 Molson Indy Toronto". Racing-Reference.info. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "CASCAR - Toronto Indy Results and Summary". The Auto Channel. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "CASCAR - Toronto Indy Summary & Results". The Auto Channel. 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. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Quebec’s Ranger grabs win in Toronto NASCAR race". The Toronto Star. July 9, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Tagliani wins Pinty’s Grand Prix of Toronto". TSN. July 16, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- "Kevin Lacroix stays perfect on road courses in Pinty's win at Toronto". Motorsport.com. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "Schedule". Stadium Super Trucks. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "Exhibition Place". Ultimate Racing History. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "Toronto Indy organizers pleased despite low turnout". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. November 17, 2009.
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