HONDA CANADA SPONSORS CANADIAN DRIVER PAUL TRACY FOR THIRD YEAR AT HONDA INDY TORONTO AND EDMONTON INDY

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 Racing/Honda/Dallara/Firestone car.

"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 Canadian suppliers.

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 contact: press@dragonracing.com.

SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

For further information:

Richard Jacobs
Honda Canada
(416) 543-6593
richard_jacobs@ch.honda.com

Ashleigh Cartier
Media Profile
(416) 342-1826
ashleigh.cartier@mediaprofile.com


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