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Arkells named grand marshals of the Honda Indy Toronto


Eight-time Juno Award-winning rock band members Max Kerman and Mike DeAngelis to give the command for NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers to start their engines

TORONTO, July 16, 2022 – The Honda Indy Toronto is excited to announce Arkells frontman Max Kerman and lead guitarist Mike DeAngelis as the honorary grand marshals for tomorrow’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race as it returns to the streets of Toronto for the first time since 2019.

As the grand marshals, Kerman and DeAngelis will announce the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines!” for the 85-lap race on the 11-turn, 2.874 kilometre (1.786-mile) temporary street circuit at Exhibition Place.

“Everything I’ve learned about cars I’ve learned from my bandmate, Mike D,” said Kerman. “Back when we met at McMaster University, Mike spent most of his time on a Supercars web forum, and now he’s on the INDYCAR stage announcing the most famous words in motorsports.”

“I’ll truly be making my automotive group-chat jealous this weekend,” said DeAngelis. “It’ll be one for the books.”

Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. Their recent hometown concert event “The Rally” was a years-in-the-making extravaganza that yielded record breaking attendance. Arkells have remained ever present as they continue to release and tease new music in support of their chart-topping BLINK ONCE and hotly-anticipated BLINK TWICE companion albums, while touring internationally.

General Admission tickets for the weekend are still available with 2-Day Weekend General Admission tickets priced at $75. Single Day General Admission is $50 for Saturday and $60 for Sunday. Saturday’s on-track action includes NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying and races from four support series: Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Porsche Carrera Cup North America and Sports Car Championship Canada. On Sunday, fans can again enjoy races from the four support series with the green flag dropping on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Honda Indy Toronto at 3:30 p.m. ET. Children 12 and under are admitted free (general admission) with a ticketed adult providing an exceptional family value.

About Honda Indy Toronto:

Honda Indy Toronto is a world-class motorsports festival which takes place annually on a 2.874-kilometre, 11-turn temporary circuit using the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario in downtown Toronto. The event features many attractions, food trucks, interactive displays and activities, and supports local charities. Honda Fan Friday offers general admission courtesy of the Ontario Honda Dealers Association through a voluntary donation. Over $820,000 has been raised in ten years for Make-A-Wish® Canada. As one of Ontario’s largest annual sporting events with the first race held in 1986 first known as the Molson Indy, it has become a prestigious meeting place for some of the world’s fastest race car drivers including past NTT INDYCAR SERIES champions like Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power as well as Canadian racing greats Scott Goodyear, James Hinchcliffe, Greg Moore, Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy, Jacques Villeneuve, Robert Wickens, and more. Canadians Dalton Kellett and Devlin DeFrancesco will be in this year’s starting field. Honda Indy Toronto is owned and operated by Green Savoree Toronto, ULC, whose affiliates also promote three additional INDYCAR races, Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding (Feb. 25-27, 2022), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 1-3, 2022), and Grand Prix of Portland (Sept. 2-4, 2022).

For more information, visit hondaindy.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page @HondaIndyToronto or follow the event on Twitter @HondaIndy and Instagram @HondaIndy using #indyTO.

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