A modified track layout – including the shift of pit lane to the opposite side of the circuit – highlights changes to the temporary street course that plays host to the Honda Indy Toronto from July 15-17.
The modified design – the first since 1996 and third since the inaugural race in 1986 – accommodates Hotel X Toronto, the newly constructed structure on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place, just inside the Princes’ Gates and opposite the Enercare Centre (previously known as the Direct Energy Centre). The new configuration also features the relocation of hospitality suites, grandstands and famous pit lane.
Pit lane will move to the north side of the track, starting at Turn 9 and extending back onto Princes’ Boulevard past Turn 11 before the start-finish line. The popular hospitality suites will also move to the north side. Both were previously located on the south side of Princes’ Boulevard. The Turn 11 grandstands will be located on the south side of pit lane and a new pedestrian and wheelchair track crossing has been added at Turn 9.
“This year marks the 30th year of racing in Toronto,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of the Honda Indy Toronto. “We are thrilled to be able to provide a double feature to help mark the occasion, with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series headlining on Saturday and the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday. Fans are in for an exciting weekend of racing at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer.”
Ticket sales season for the 30th year of Indy car racing on the streets of Toronto is now open, beginning with an exclusive renewal period for fans who purchased weekend grandstand tickets in 2015. Renewal customers will have access to a new program, the Champions Club, offering many exciting benefits, including Paddock Passes, access to the Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race grid walk and an opportunity to sign the start-finish line for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto. Ticket sales for the general public will begin April 12.