Racing fans, start your engines
The NASCAR Budweiser Shootout is Saturday night, the Daytona 500 is almost here and tickets for this summer's Honda Indy Toronto will go on sale a week from tomorrow.
The NASCAR Budweiser Shootout is Saturday night, the Daytona 500 is almost here and tickets for this summer’s Honda Indy Toronto will go on sale a week from tomorrow.
Racing season is back again.
Promoters Andretti Green Toronto announced yesterday that tickets for the Indy car race through the streets of the CNE July 10-12 will be available to the general public Feb. 13.
Some three-day passes can be purchased for as low as $59. Fans can also purchase paddock passes, VIP pit walk-through passes and parking passes.
Tickets will be available at www.hondaindytoronto.com.
“This is a very exciting time for the Honda Indy Toronto,” Kevin Savoree, president of Andretti Green Toronto, said in a release.
“We’ve been working extremely hard to get to this point and are right on schedule to produce a tremendous event for everyone July 10 through 12. We’re already receiving renewals from past fans of the event and are hoping to see many new faces there this year, as well.”
The 2009 Honda Indy Toronto will open with practice sessions for all series on Friday, July 10, including the IRL Indy cars – featuring drivers Danica Patrick, Graham Rahall and Marco Andretti – and the Firestone Indy Lights.
Called the Molson Indy when it was first started in 1986, the race was an annual event until two years ago. There was no race last year after the Champ Car World Series and the Indy Racing League merged and Toronto couldn’t be worked into the schedule.
YOUNG BULL FROM TORONTO
Toronto driver Rober Wickens has been named to the 2009 Red Bull Junior Team and will compete this season in the new European Formula 2 series.
In a release, Red Bull said “only those drivers who have the necessary talent for a sustained Formula 1 career will be supported.”
Which puts Wickens in pretty select company.
BIG MONEY SERIES
The 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will award its champion a $1-million prize, series officials have announced. The driver who finishes second will receive $500,000, with the remaining $1.5 million of the $3 million prize total to be paid out in per-event race purses.
“The $1 million champion’s prize is not a scholarship,” said series president Ben Johnston. “This is $1 million in cold hard cash that the champion may use in whatever way he or she sees fit. The $500,000 prize for the driver who finishes second in the championship far exceeds what most other driver development series pay out to their champions.”
Last year, the Atlantic Championship offered $1.6 million in prize money, with $300,000 going to series champion Markus Niemela.