TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - When the streets of Toronto roar to life for the
Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on July 6, 7 & 8, 2007, event goers, race fans
and Torontonians can take pride in knowing they are supporting the efforts of
local charities and the local economy while they experience some of the best
racing action ever to hit Exhibition Place. Over the last 21 years, the Grand
Prix Charitable Foundation has raised more than $5.5 million for local
charities while bringing fast-paced action to city streets. The race itself
generates $50 million in economic activity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)(*).
"The Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto is an important part of the city's
cultural and sports scene," says Charlie Johnstone, president and CEO, Grand
Prix Association of Toronto. "The week-long festival of speed we're known for
is what makes the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto a driver, race team and fan
Week-long Festival of Speed
As one of Canada's premier sporting events of the year and the 'crown
jewel' of the Champ Car World Series, the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto is
renowned for its week-long schedule of charitable events leading up to race
weekend. The Grand Prix Charitable Foundation has raised much needed dollars
for local charities including Operation Herbie, Bloorview Kids Rehab
Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and a variety of other
local children's charities.
"The Grand Prix Charitable Foundation strives to generate excitement
throughout the community surrounding the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto,
while maintaining our commitment to raising funds for the cause of local
charities," says Paul Godfrey, chairman, Grand Prix Charitable Foundation.
The 2007 line-up of Grand Prix Charitable Foundation events includes:
- NEW! The 1st Annual Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto Golf Classic
takes place on Tuesday, July 3rd at Eagles Nest Golf Club. Foursomes
will take on celebrities including NHL players, NHL alumni, and Champ
Car drivers to raise money for the Grand Prix Charitable Foundation
and Shoot for the Cure, an organization dedicated to finding a cure
for spinal cord injuries. For more information or to register a
foursome, visit www.grandprixtoronto.com/gptfoundation.asp
- On Tuesday, July 3rd corporate teams participating in the Grand Prix
Big Bike for Heart and Stroke will take to the Exhibition Place
circuit. Riding a 30-person bicycle around the track, teams will
compete for the fastest time, all in support of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation which raises funds for heart and stroke research in
Canada. For more information or to register a team visit
- Wednesday, July 4th the Grand Prix Bike for Tykes takes over the
financial district at the TD Centre Courtyard. This free community
event plays host to a spinning challenge of more than 100 corporate
teams raising money for Bloorview Kids Rehab Foundation. This
organization is dedicated to enabling children and youth with
disabilities or special needs to achieve their personal best. Grand
Prix Bike for Tykes will also feature driver appearances, Miss
Steelback Grand Prix Toronto competitors and energetic Bay and King
Street crowds to cheer riders on. To register visit
- On Thursday, July 5th take the inside line to the social highlight of
the summer - the Black and White Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Mingle with Champ Car World Series drivers, team owners, the social
elite of Toronto and corporate Canada while enjoying fine food, music
and entertainment from special musical guests, the Celtic Tenors.
Fundraising initiatives at the Gala benefit Operation Herbie. This
organization helps children from more than 87 countries receive
specialized surgical care not available in their home countries at
Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. The Fund helps approximately
45 children each year. To purchase tickets visit:
- NEW! The beer will be cold and the scene will be hot at Metro Hall on
Thursday, July 5th at the Official Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto
Pit Crew Party. At this FREE public event party-goers will enjoy live
bands, DJs, show cars, great food and appearances by Miss Steelback
Grand Prix of Toronto girls.
- The Grand Prix of Toronto Drivers' Party on Friday, July 6th is the
most anticipated party of Toronto's summer. This year the event
returns to Muzik on the Exhibition Place grounds and will also
feature the search for Miss Universe Canada 2008. The Grand Prix of
Toronto Drivers' Party plays host to an action-packed evening with
Champ Car World Series drivers, celebrities, Miss Steelback Grand
Prix of Toronto contestants, show cars, DJs, beverages, and a silent
auction. To purchase tickets, visit www.grandprixtoronto.com.
- NEW! From Friday, July 6th to Sunday, July 8th event goers can
support the Daily Bread Food Bank and donate non-perishable food
items or make cash donations at any of the four entrances to the
Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto.
Economic Impact & Giving Back to the Community
In addition to providing world-class racing, the Steelback Grand Prix of
Toronto contributes significantly to its city and province's economy. Since
1986, more than 3.5 million people have come to experience the three-day
spectacle of racing that puts Toronto on a world-stage. The event generates an
estimated $50 million of economic activity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
- (*) Supported the equivalent of approximately 448 full-time jobs in
- (*) Accounted for a $26 million share from the GTA towards the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) of Ontario.
- (*) Attributed approximately $5.1 million to direct tourism spending
in Toronto from outside of Ontario.
The 2007 Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto - Our Track is Hot All Weekend
The 2007 on-track line up is one the best in the event's history with six
races, featuring more than 180 race cars and drivers from more than 10
countries. Returning to the Exhibition Place track are the Champ Car World
Series and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. For the first time, the
Exhibition Place track will also host the SCCA SPEED World Championships, Star
Mazda Championship and the Canadian Touring Car Championship. Tickets are on
sale now at WWW.GRANDPRIXTORONTO.COM or by calling 416.588.RACE (7223).
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For further information: or to arrange interviews, please contact Andrea
Hynes, Communications Manager, Grand Prix Association of Toronto, Tel: (416)
588-RACE (7223) x. 240, E: firstname.lastname@example.org