Paul Tracy and Honda Canada unite again in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada to help make wishes come true for sick children
TORONTO, May 3 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. announced today it will sponsor
Canadian Paul Tracy's car for the third consecutive year, and will
support Make-A-Wish Canada at the Honda Indy Toronto, set to run July 9
to 10 at Exhibition Place and the Edmonton Indy from July 22 to 24 at
the City Centre Airport.
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, and 2003 Champ Car World Series
champion, Tracy is one of the most successful and exciting drivers in
the history of open-wheel racing. For the 2011 racing season, Tracy
will pilot the #8 Make-A-Wish Canada/Dragon
"At Honda, we believe in 'The Power of Dreams' as a way of thinking that
drives us forward and is based on the visionary principles of our
founder, Soichiro Honda," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president
of Honda Canada Inc. "In accordance with that philosophy, we are
thankful that we can help realize the dreams of Canadian children
living with life-threatening medical conditions through our continued
association with Paul Tracy and Make-A-Wish Canada."
There will be many opportunities for fans to donate to Make-A-Wish
Canada at both the Honda Indy Toronto and the Edmonton Indy, and Honda
Canada will match all donations dollar-for-dollar. Last year, more than
$112,000 was raised in support of Make-A-Wish Canada, and the team is committed to surpassing that amount in 2011.
"At Make-A-Wish, our primary focus is granting magical wishes of
courageous children in need across the country," said Jennifer Ritter,
CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. "Our mission is made possible through our
strong partners and we are extremely grateful for the generous support
of Honda Canada."
Fans from Canada and abroad will watch with excitement as Tracy contests
his 19th race in Toronto. He has finished in the top-10 a total of 11
times with eight top-5 showings, five podium performances, two wins
(1993 and 2003) and one pole. At the Edmonton Indy, Tracy recorded a
best finish of sixth the past two years and posted his best start
(ninth) in 2009.
Tracy says he is looking forward to returning to and competing on his
home turf. "I'm excited to be back and to show the fans what I've got,"
said Tracy, a proud father of two. "It's important for me to partner
with Honda Canada, without which my support of Make-A-Wish Canada would
not be possible."
About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 5
million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two assembly facilities in
Alliston, Ontario, including the popular Civic Coupe, Sedan and Si
models. Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and
sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services annually from
About Make-A-Wish Canada
Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings
hope, strength and joy to children across Canada living with
life-threatening medical conditions. Along with the national office,
seven independent regional chapters grant magical wishes to children in
need from coast-to-coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of
Make-A-Wish® International, the largest wish-granting organization in the world,
making dreams and wishes come true for more than 250,000 children since
1980. To learn more, visit www.makeawish.ca.
About Dragon Racing
Dragon Racing is an IndyCar race team, owned by Jay Penske. Originally
named Luczo Dragon Racing, it was started by Penske and Steve Luczo,
the Chairman and CEO of Seagate Technologies. The team debuted in 2007
at the Indianapolis 500 with Ryan Briscoe at the wheel and finished
fifth. In 2009 the team won rookie of the year with Driver Raphael
Matos piloting the car. In 2011 the team has Paul Tracy running select
races and will field two cars in the Indy 500. For more information
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