The Verizon IndyCar Series confirmed on Monday that there will be some changes to the layout of the Honda Toronto Indy race at Exhibition Place later this year.
One of the key changes to the layout of the track which hosts the 12th round of the Verizon IndyCar Series season is moving the pit-lane on the temporary street circuit to the north side of the track starting at Turn 9 and extending past Turn 11.
The new layout also sees the hospitality suites move to behind the pit-lane with grandstands being moved. Jeff Atkinson, President of the Honda Indy Toronto commented by saying:
This year marks the 30th year of racing in Toronto, We are thrilled to be able to provide a double feature to help mark the occasion, with the NASCAR Pinty’s Series headlining on Saturday and the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday. Fans are in for an exciting weekend of racing at the Honda Indy Toronto this summer.
Speaking to Paddock Eye on Monday, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe spoke about the race saying:
Yeah I have always loved been able to go to that race as a competitor because I went for so many years as a spectator and switching over to the other side of the fence was a very big moment for me and finally getting to do it in the big series in 2011 was huge and I was gutted to miss it last year, at least I was able to be there, it was the first race I was actually cleared to come back for and it kept my streak alive of I think it’s 29 consecutive visits to that race either as a participant or a spectator, but for sure going there is something a little extra special for me and you do have a little more fire under you but we’re all competitors we put almost as much emphasis on every single race as any other and there it’s the same deal you try and approach it like any other track, like any other race weekend, it’s just heightened emotions you know so if something goes well it feels even better and if something goes poorly it feels even worse but at the end of the day I am very lucky to be able to say that I have a race in my home town and be able to do that.
Tickets for this years race go on sale to the general public on April 12 and will be available from http://www.hondaindytoronto.com/tickets