TORONTO, July 15 /CNW/ - Excitement is building for Toronto's top
sporting attraction - the Honda Indy Toronto. To help kick off the race
weekend, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) is underwriting
the cost for admission to tomorrow's session (July 16) at Exhibition
"Our goal is for racing fans and those new to the sport to have the
opportunity to enjoy the speed, sound and excitement of IndyCar racing,"
said Jim Proskos, owner of Cobourg Honda, speaking on behalf of the
"For anyone who has never seen open wheel racing up close and personal,
we encourage them to take advantage of this no-cost opportunity to see
some of the world's top race drivers tackling the streets of Toronto. We
are asking fans to donate their spare change to Make-A-Wish® Canada when
they enter the gates to help make dreams and wishes come true for our
Canadian children who are faced with life-threatening medical
Accord to Charlie Johnstone, vice president and general manager of the
Honda Indy Toronto, "This is one of the most significant initiatives in
the history of the event for the community at large. To have free access
to a world-class event is unprecedented."
The OHDA-sponsored "Free Friday" on July 16 is designed to expose the
thrill of open wheel racing to anyone interested. The Friday cash
donations at the gates will support of Make-A-Wish Canada, the charity
sponsor of Canadian Paul Tracy and his #15 Make-A-Wish Canada - KV
Racing Technology - Honda - Dallara - Firestone car.
Fans can select any available seats on a first-come/first-served basis,
even in the Gold and Silver sections around the track.
In addition to the open wheel and stock car racing series, there will be
numerous activities including the 'Auto Expo' featuring fine cars and a
variety of racecars, Budweiser Beer Gardens, driver and celebrity
autograph sessions, Pizza Pizza 'Family Zone, the race paddock,
interactive games and exhibits, live music, stunt teams, 'Thunder
Alley,' and a variety of displays and merchandise.
Honda Canada will again feature its unique Honda World in the Direct
Energy Centre with racing simulators and a full complement of cars and
trucks, including the all-new Honda CR-Z two-seat sports hybrid coming
to Canada next month.
Information about the Honda Indy Toronto is available at
www.HondaIndyToronto.com or by calling 877.503.6869.
About the Ontario Honda Dealers Association:
The Ontario Honda Dealers Association, which was founded in 1989,
represents 78 Honda dealers located in 62 communities throughout
Ontario, which is home to the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants
that produce Civic, Canada's number one selling car, in addition to the
Acura MDX, ZDX and CSX. The 78 Honda dealerships in Ontario, which have
a proven track record for providing maximum customer satisfaction,
employ approximately 3,000 associates.
About Honda Indy Toronto:
The Honda Indy Toronto takes place from July 16 to 18 on the streets
surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto.
With more than two decades of open wheel racing history in Toronto, the
Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in
North America and features a festival-like atmosphere that includes the
fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes and three
action-packed days of live entertainment and interactive activities.
SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.
For further information: For further information:
Richard Jacobs 416-543-6593