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Exciting 2015 Honda Indy Toronto Won by Josef Newgarden

 

by Scott A. Sumner

    After a one year absence it was fun to be back at the Honda Indy Toronto event this year held in June. The upcoming Pan American Games  in Toronto and surrounding cities made that date change for Indy this  year to a cooler June time with was quite refreshing to me.

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   After arriving at the media centre it was off to the track which  had also changed this year. The construction of an attractive tower  hotel right on the Exhibition Place property made for a placement of pit areas and grand stands more westerly. The Exhibition Place is the  largest trade show space in Canada and the addition of this hotel  will be a boon for participants providing a very close place to stay  while at an event.

      After having attending the  Honda Indy Toronto  for many years the excitement and degree of spectacle still amazes me. Indycar really is a moving town in some respects with large haulers, motorhomes etc,  and the sights and sounds are always great to take in.  

  My favourite place to see this event is trackside adjacent to the  pit area of the 23 cars that make up Indycar. There are super teams  like Penske  and Ganassi as well as more independent teams like Sarah  Fisher Hartman racing whose young American driver Joseph Newgarden  proved skilled enough to win the event this year.   

 I spend quite a bit of time one session watching the working of  the Team Penske and driver Juan Pablo Montoyo who earlier this season won  the famed Indy 500 race. It was fun to actually talk to Roger Penske  aka "The Captain" who oversees the entire four car operation.   

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 Further down the pit lane it was great to see James Hinchcliff at  the race and looking in good health and spirits. Canadian Hinch, as he  is known, experienced a horrific accident at the INDY 500  this year  in practice when a suspension part pierced his drivers tub  entering his abdomen causing him to lose a lot of blood. The safety  crew at each Indycar race was able to perform life saving procedures  and get James to the hospital for emergency surgery which was amazing  and a great relief to all his Canadian fans. It was nice talking to  Hinch and I was sure to let hm know I was from Thunder Bay.

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   There really is something about seeing these sleek open wheel race  cars motor down the track at  up to 200 mph speeds. Also the  sound of the engines and the smell of the fuel just make for an  exciting environment in which to be. The  Honda Indy Toronto is  one of Canadas largest events each year and one you should make plans to  attend next year



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