TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - The countdown to the Steelback Grand Prix of
Toronto has begun as the city prepares for the cars and stars of five
different racing series to descend upon Toronto for the fastest weekend of the
summer. On July 6, 7 & 8, 2007, Toronto will celebrate the most spectacular
festival of speed with stars from racing, Hollywood and the sporting world as
well as great music, entertainment and gourmet food.
"The Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto is one of Canada's premier sporting
events and is an important part of the city's sports and cultural scene," says
Charlie Johnstone, president and CEO, Grand Prix Association of Toronto. "This
is a remarkable year for the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. We've secured
the best on-track line-up in the history of the event and working with our new
title sponsor, Steelback Brewery, we have created an incredible line-up of
More Than Just a Race - Off-Track Attractions
From boxing bouts to acrobatic performers and live cover bands, visitors
will experience three days of non-stop music, entertainment, extreme sports
and great food and drink.
The outdoor playland, Thunder Alley, will once again be the hot spot with
great entertainment, including:
- Thunder Stage. The crowds can rock all weekend long with the
Discography Series in association with Q107 and Michael White. Live
bands will cover the music of Led Zeppelin, U2, AC/DC, The Rolling
Stones, CCR, The Police, ZZ Top and more. Frank D'Angelo will make a
special appearance with the Steelback 2-4 Band and the Steelback
Girls will be on-site giving out tickets to stay and party after
6:00 p.m. at the Steelback "After Qualifying" Parties! Don't forget
to check out Miss Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto competitions on
Friday and Saturday afternoon.
- Cheetah Action Zone featuring Star Boyz Stunt & FMX Team. Back by
popular demand with all the "supermans, wheelies, stoppies and heel-
kickers" that wowed the crowd last year. The Starboyz Stunt & FMX
Team will prove they are the best in the business with insanely dirty
signature stunts, crazy technical tricks and high-flying over head
- The Fight Network's Rumble at the Race. These two competition-sized
rings will return to Thunder Alley with mixed-martial arts, boxing
and wrestling demonstrations all weekend long. Stars of the Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC), including TKO Welterweight Champion,
Canadian Georges St. Pierre, will make special appearances race
- Formula Kartways Go Kart Track. Race-goers will get a chance to
experience the thrill of driving performance racing go-karts on a
competitive challenging speedway race course.
- Champ Car Paddock. The place to get up-close-and-personal with the
drivers, crews and cars of the Champ Car World Series. Don't forget a
pen and camera - this is a great place for unique photo opportunities
and driver autographs.
- D'Angelo Pavilion. This area offers something refreshingly different.
Aerial acrobats soar 30 feet above the crowd, flatlander cyclists
spin and boarders skate the half pipe. Visitors can strut their stuff
at the Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution set up, and then kick up
their feet at the Tiki hut surrounded by the beautiful Pavilion
- The Piazza. Mangia! Mangia! Experience the taste of Europe with
specialty coffees and mocha cola in the midst of all the action.
Café-style seating around a beautiful fountain gives people a calm
place to gather and chat in style. Enjoy a biscotti or panini in this
European setting for a change of pace mid-race.
- Friday & Saturday Night Qualifying After Parties. Keep the Party
going in the Steelback Beer Garden with Toronto's DJ Jedi. Friday
night join the Toronto Argonaut players and enjoy "Blue Thunder"
Cheerleader performances and appearances by the Steelback Girls. On
Saturday night NHL Hockey heroes join great bands and great beer for
the perfect end to a day at the track. 1,000 Steeback hockey sticks
to be won!
The GPT Auto Expo is the ideal place to take a break from the heat in the
air-conditioned Direct Energy Centre and take in the machines and teams of the
support series, Steelback Beer Gardens, interactive games and exhibits, show
cars and more. Plus large screen TVs ensure you don't miss a minute of the
on-track action. Attractions include:
- Support Race Garages. Get an up-close look at more than 180 race cars
that will be competing over the weekend including: Champ Car
Atlantic, SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge, Star Mazda and
Canadian Touring Car Championships
- Max Model Shoot. Watch a live fashion photo shoot with models
showcasing GPT Gear by Overkill.
- Champ Car Fan Forum. Meet the people behind the Champ Car World
Series in this interactive forum. Located in the GPT Auto Expo near
the Steelback Beer Garden at 4:30p.m. on Saturday, July 7.
Hollywood Stars Meet Racing Stars
From the TV camera to the race track, racing and Hollywood collide this
year at the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. Actor Paul Newman, co-owner of
the Newman/Haas/Lanigan team will be watching from Pit Lane as his three-time
Series Champion driver Sebastien Bourdais takes on Torontonian Paul Tracy and
Canadian Alex Tagliani. When the cars of the Champ Car Atlantic series hit the
Exhibition Place track, Frankie Muniz of the hit TV show Malcolm in the
Middle, will be behind the wheel of the for Jensen MotorSport, vying for a top
finish against Toronto's rising racing stars James Hinchcliffe and Robert
Wickens. Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows will compete in the SCCA Pro
Racing SPEED World Challenge as it makes its Toronto debut while Montreal's
Devin Cunningham, winner of The Discovery Channel's Star Racer program,
showcases his skills against a field of rising racing stars in the Star Mazda
series. Rounding out the on-track line-up is the Canadian Touring Car
Championship boasting a field of talented Canadian drivers competing in
today's hottest sports cars.
In the Community
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), which supports the equivalent of approximately
448 full-time jobs in the GTA(*).
Tickets are on sale now at WWW.GRANDPRIXTORONTO.COM or by calling
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(*) E.I. Study Conducted by Tourism Toronto: Toronto Convention and
For further information:
For further information: Andrea Hynes, Manager, Communications for the
Grand Prix Association of Toronto, Tel: (416) 588-RACE (7223) x. 240, Cell:
(647) 388-4238, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org