The countdown to the 2012 Honda Indy Toronto, scheduled for the streets of the CNE July 6-8, officially gets under way tomorrow with the release of tickets just in time for the Christmas holiday season.
And for the first time since the glory days of CART as the sanctioning body, the Honda Indy will feature competition between engine manufacturers, with Chevrolet and Lotus turbocharged V-6 powerplants going up against long-time IZOD IndyCar Series stalwart Honda.
And there will be a different-looking chassis on track next July, also, with the introduction of a brand new car designed by Italty’s Dallara Automobili. The car will be labelled DW12, in memory of the late Dan Wheldon, who conducted most of the testing of the new chassis during 2011.
“Thanks to growing sponsorships, vendors and quality racing, the event continues to deliver a unique experience,” said Charlie Johnstone, Vice-President and General Manager of the Honda Indy Toronto. “The addition of a new chassis and engine competition will heat things up even more.”
Tickets start at $30 for a single day general admission pass on Saturday and peak at $423 for a weekend Gold-level grandstand pass. To purchase tickets or to view a complete list of prices and ticket packages, visit hondaindytoronto.com/tickets or call 1-877-503-6869.
Support races will be announced as the event approaches, but it’s a good bet that the Indy Lights, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and Canada’s other best-kept racing secret, the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Series, will be on the program.
Speaking of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, driver Jason White of Sun Peaks, B.C., driver of the No. 21 A & W Dodge, has been voted Most Popular Driver for 2011.
All this season, race fans were encouraged to vote for their favourite driver by logging on to the NASCAR Home Tracks website. He’ll be presented the award at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala, which will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte on Sat., Dec. 10.
“I’ll be very proud to be representing all the Canadian race fans that weekend in Charlotte and show how much enthusiasm there is for racing in Canada,” White said. “This is such an honour for me. To have thousands of race fans take the time to cast their votes for me means a lot.”
For the latest off-season news about White and the A & W team, check out the all-new team website at www.jasonwhiteracing.com and be sure to follow Jason on twitter for the latest updates @racinjasonwhite The 2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule is expected to be announced shortly. For more information about the series at www.hometracks.nascar.com