Ontario Honda dealers sponsor free admission for second consecutive year
TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - To help racing fans and those new to the sport
enjoy the speed, sound and excitement of IndyCar racing, the Ontario
Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) will underwrite the cost of admission
for everyone to the opening day of racing at the 2011 Honda Indy
Toronto, Friday, July 8 . This is the second year that OHDA has
offered this promotion, which includes an important fundraising
component to benefit Make-A-Wish® Canada.
Visitors who attend the Honda Indy Toronto on Free Friday are asked to
give a donation to Make-A-Wish® Canada volunteers upon entering in lieu of admission, which Honda
Canada will match dollar-for-dollar. Last year, more than $112,000 was
raised over the two-weeks of IndyCar racing in Canada (Toronto and
Edmonton) to help make wishes come true for Canadian children living
with life-threatening medical conditions.
"Free Friday was a great success last year and we're grateful to Honda
and the Ontario Honda Dealers Association for doing it again as we
celebrate 25 years of racing on the streets of Toronto this summer,"
said Charlie Johnstone, vice president and general manager of the Honda
Indy Toronto. "Having free access to an event of this stature is truly
a fantastic opportunity and wouldn't be possible without such
outstanding corporate partners."
"We're excited to provide fans, especially those new to the sport, with
a chance to witness first-hand just how exciting IndyCar racing is,"
said Brian Tafler, president of the OHDA. "We hope that fans will be
generous at the gate to ensure that heroic children who live with
challenging medical conditions can live their own memorable experiences
through our partnership with Make A Wish Canada."
There will be no reserved seats on Friday (except for designated
corporate suites), so fans can select any seats on a
first-come/first-served basis, even in the Gold and Silver sections
around the track.
Festival-goers will have the opportunity to experience an exciting and
diverse race schedule throughout race weekend, which includes the IZOD
IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,
Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship and, for the first time, the
The Honda Indy Toronto, scheduled for July 8-10, 2011, marks the 9th
race of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Tickets for the Honda Indy
Toronto are available at www.HondaIndyToronto.com/tickets. Ticket information is also available 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, Ontario's largest annual sporting event, takes
place from July 8 to 10 on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place
near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. With 25 years of Indy car
racing history in Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is among the most
respected motorsports events in North America and features a week-long
festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the
planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive
activities. For more information, visit www.HondaIndyToronto.com.
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 Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. Honda Canada 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 Civic Si models. Since the Civic was first launched in 1973,
Canadians have bought more than 1.6 million Civics nationally, 930,000
of which are still on the road today. Honda Canada has invested more
than $2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1
billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has
sold more than 3.4 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and
light-duty trucks in Canada.
SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.
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