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Honda Indy fever!:
This weekend, it's all about the roar on the 'Shore

Action gets underway today, but with one big difference

  • The beginning of morning rush hour, cars on the highway traveling to and from downtown

The Honda Indy Toronto gets underway this weekend with one big difference over all the previous years’ events: Instead of one race, there will be two.

Since 1986, when the event started as the Molson Indy, the “Indy” has been a single-race affair on Sunday afternoon.

But this season, three double-header weekends were worked into the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule and this is the second one after Detroit, which held two races on one weekend in June.

Each race will have its own qualifying session and full points will be awarded to the winners and other finishers. Two first-place trophies will be handed out and two victory celebrations held. And there’s a $100,000 bonus up for grabs if any of the 24 drivers entered should happen to win both races.

Admission is free on Friday, with donations to Make-a-Wish Canada welcome but not mandatory.

In addition to the IZOD IndyCar Series cars and drivers, James Hinchclifffe of Oakville and Alex Tagliani of Montreal, in particular, there will be practice sessions, qualifying and racing in the U.S. Formula 2000 Series (10 of the 30 drivers entered are Canadians), Star Mazda Series, the Indy Lights Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series, the Acura Sports Car Challenge and the Robbie Gordon Stadium Off-Road Truck Series.

Canadian legend Paul Tracy will drive in the truck series race on Sunday.

Action on all three days will begin at 7:30 a.m. Races go to the post around 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, go to


The traffic: Expect delays

The Champ: Ryan Hunter-Reay profile

The Dark Horse: Ed Carpenter profile

The Hometown Hero: Breakfast with Hinch

The live blog: Toronto Star Wheels is on scene

The hashtags: Follow it on Twitter at #2inTO, #hondaindy and #indycar

  • Honda Indy fever!:<br>This weekend, it's all about the roar on the 'Shore Racers head to the Prince's Gates in the IZOD Honda Indy at the CNE Grounds in Toronto. July 8, 2012 STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR

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