Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Honda Indy Toronto Pre-Race Preview

The IndyCar Series will conduct their 10th race of the 2009 season with the first ever race in Toronto sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. The last time open wheel racing was in Toronto, was 2007 when Champ Car conducted the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto, formally know as the Molson Indy Toronto. The race was not kept on the schedule in 2008 after the merger, but was announced it would return in 2009 after Andretti Green team owner Michael Andretti purchased the assets of the Grand Prix of Toronto. Andretti teamed with Honda for naming rights, and the Honda Indy Toronto was born.

The 2007 race saw former Team Australia and current Team Penske driver Will Power take the checkered flag. Power should be making his return to the IndyCar Series after driving three of the first four races in the 2009 season. Power filled in for Helio Castroneves during his legal troubles earlier in the spring.

The race will be the last of five races broadcast by the ABC/ESPN coverage, as the last seven races on the schedule will be carried on Versus. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday July 12th. Be sure to check out http://www.indycargarage.com/ for more race previews and discussions on the forums.

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