Accompanied by beautiful weather and a passionate team of staff and volunteers, the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto event held July 12-14 at Exhibition Place delivered riveting races with the first-ever standing start for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Proving to be more than just a race, the diverse entertainment lineup of festivals attracted families, children and friends to Exhibition Place.
”Exhibition Place is proud to host this international event,” said Mark Grimes, chairman, Board of Governors. “Located in the heart of Toronto, Exhibition Place and Direct Energy Centre, provide a perfect setting, and we look forward to working with the Honda Indy Toronto team again in the future.”
Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing capped off a historic weekend in Toronto by
sweeping both IndyCar races at this year’s 2inTO Honda Indy Toronto. Participants enjoyed poutine-eating contests, a heart-pounding spectacle from Super Stadium Trucks that saw trucks fly through the air, a special souvenir from the drivers’ autograph sessions and more.
“We were delighted to see so many people enjoying their time at the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend,” said Charlie Johnstone, president, Honda Indy Toronto. “The feedback on the festivals and races is outstanding with most people feeling a new appreciation for the excitement of motorsports and the diversity of activities that this world-class event provides.”
The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, took place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. For the first time in event history, the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto featured two IndyCar races in one weekend on Saturday and Sunday for full points and prize money on both days. In addition to world-class racing, the event was a “festival of festivals” featuring craft beer, food trucks, BMX stunt shows, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances.
Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, attracting over 5.3 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario’s economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sport, festivals, recreation, culture and tourism. Located at Exhibition Place is the award-winning Direct Energy Centre, Canada’s largest exhibition and convention center and the Allstream Centre LEED Silver conference venue.
Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative entitled GREENSmart, which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading edge green technologies and practices across the site.