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What’s happening at this year’s Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto

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The Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto features a jam-packed weekend of world-class racing, international food, beer gardens, live entertainment and activities with lots to see and do for families and festival-goers of all ages. The on-track action for the 36th edition of this downtown summer festival happening July 19-21, 2024 includes the NTT INDYCAR SERIES competing with hybrid technology on the streets of Toronto for the first time. Additional races from USF Pro 2000 Presented by Continental Tire, USF2000 Presented by Continental Tire, Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin, Emzone Radical Cup Canada presented by Michelin and Radical Cup North America round out the high-powered weekend. 

Races at the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto include:

RACE SERIES:

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series. It features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including two-time and reigning series champion Alex Palou, two-time series champion Will Power, six-time series champion Scott Dixon and two-time series champion and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Josef Newgarden – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The 2024 season consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, INDYCAR, INDY NXT by Firestone, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com.

USF Pro 2000 Presented by Continental Tire (formerly Indy Pro 2000) has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today’s top drivers. It is the third official step on the USF Pro Championships ladder. The series is sanctioned by USAC and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. The 2024 USF Pro 2000 champion will receive a scholarship valued at $681,500 to advance to INDY NXT in 2025. Of the 25 drivers that made INDY NXT starts in 2023, only three were not USF Pro graduates. Recent alumni include Kyle Kirkwood, Sting Ray Robb, Christian Rasmussen, Rinus VeeKay and reigning champion Myles Rowe. In total, the USF Pro Championships Presented by Continental Tire will distribute over $1.68M in prize money and awards.

USF2000 Championship Presented by Continental Tire debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. The series is the second official step on the USF Pro Championships Presented by Continental Tire ladder – a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the 2024 USF2000 champion will receive a scholarship valued at $458,400 to advance to USF Pro 2000 in 2025. Graduates include Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Rasmussen, Myles Rowe and reigning champion Simon Sikes.

Sports Car Championship Canada (SCCC) presented by Michelin is a series of races open to GT4 and TC sport cars. As the name suggests, the series is a Canadian national championship. SCCC is organised by FEL Motorsports, who have seized the opportunity to revitalise and reinvest in motorsports in Canada.

The Radical brand is internationally recognized with 14 championships around the world for Radical sportscars. The Radical race car is exciting to watch and drive with its incredible downforce combined with exhilarating speed! Radical is the only prototype manufacturer to offer a premium factory supported single-make series on multiple continents, all with GT eclipsing performance but without approaching anything like a GT budget. Radicals are a lightweight race car that uses superbike technology. They are totally driver focused and rewarding to drive. Cars are easy to operate and offer unparalleled levels of performance.

FREE FAN FRIDAY:

Your Ontario Honda Dealers Present Free Fan Friday granting general admission to the public with a voluntary donation in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada.

VOLUNTEER:

Over 500 dedicated local volunteers including support from British Automobile Racing Club-Ontario Centre (BARC) contribute to making the event a success.

SCHEDULE:

View weekend’s festival schedule at hondaindy.com/schedule. But below you will get a very good idea about how things will unfold over Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto race weekend!

Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto takes place July 19-21, 2024 at Exhibition Place

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2024 SCHEDULE

TimeSeriesSession
8:30 AMGATES OPEN 
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMRadicals Cup Practice 
10:15 AM – 10:45 AMUSF2000Practice 
11:00 AM – 11:30 AMUSF Pro 2000Practice 
11:45 AM – 12:25 PMSports Car Championship Canada Practice
12:30 PM – 1:30 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESAutograph Session (Heritage Court in Enercare Centre)
1:00 PM – 1:25 PMRadicals CupQualifying
1:40 PM – 2:00 PMUSF2000Qualifying 
2:00 PM – 2:30 PMSports Car Championship CanadaAutograph Session (Heritage Court in Enercare Centre)
2:15 PM – 2:35 PMUSF Pro 2000Qualifying 
2:30 PM – 3:00 PMRadicals CupAutograph Session (Heritage Court in Enercare Centre)
3:00 PM – 4:15 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESPractice 1
3:15 PM – 3:45 PMUSF2000 & USF Pro 2000Autograph Session (Heritage Court in Enercare Centre)
4:30 PM – 4:50 PMSports Car Championship CanadaQualifying
5:05 PM – 5:40 PMRadicals CupRace 1
6:25 PM Rev & Run 5000 Charity Running Event

SATURDAY, JULY 20, SCHEDULE

TimeSeriesSession
8:30 AMGATES OPEN 
9:10 AM – 9:30 AMUSF2000Qualifying 2
9:45 AM – 10:05 AMUSF Pro 2000Qualifying 2
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMNTT INDYCAR SERIESPractice 2
11:45 AM – 12:25 PMSports Car Championship Canada Race 1
12:40 PM – 1:25 PMUSF2000Race 1
1:00 PM Tony Kanaan Autograph Session (SmartStop Activation in Thunder Alley)
1:40 PM – 2:15 PMRadicals CupRace 2
2:45 PM – 4:15 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESQualifying
4:30 PM – 5:15 PMUSF Pro 2000Race 1
7:00 PMThe Children’s Breakfast Clubs Ride Toronto IndyCharity Cycling Event 

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2024 SCHEDULE

Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto takes place July 19-21, 2024 at Exhibition Place. Tickets and information are available at hondaindy.com.
TimeSeriesSession
7:30 AMGATES OPEN 
8:00 AM – 8:40 AMUSF2000Race 2
8:55 AM – 9:35 AMUSF Pro 2000Race 2
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMNTT INDYCAR SERIESWarm-up
10:45 AM – 11:25 AMSports Car Championship CanadaRace 2
11:40 AM – 12:15 PMRadicals CupRace 3
12:40 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESDriver Introductions
1:30 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESOntario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto (85 Laps)

Just the Details

RACES:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES

USF Pro 2000 Presented by Continental Tire

USF2000 Championship Presented by Continental Tire

Sports Car Championship Canada presented by Michelin

Emzone Radical Cup Canada presented by Michelin

Radical Cup North America

TORONTO NTT INDYCAR SERIES:

Round 12 of 17 for the U.S.-based NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the 85-lap Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto covers 244.31 km (151.81 miles) and is the only international race on the 2024 INDYCAR schedule.

TV/STREAMING/RADIO:

NTT INDYCAR SERIES: TSN4 in Canada and Peacock in U.S. Live coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, July 21. Radio coverage available through INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM Channel 218.

USF Pro 2000 and USF2000: Global live streaming can be found on the series respective websites – usfpro2000.com and usf2000.com.

WHEN:

July 19-21, 2024

WHERE:

Held on the streets of Toronto surrounding Exhibition Place, a unique site situated along the shores of Lake Ontario on the west edge of downtown Toronto. Exhibition Place is home to more than 100 special events and trade and consumer shows annually on a 192-acre site.

TEAMS:

Chip Ganassi Racing has the most victories on the streets of Toronto at eight (8) race wins.

TRACK:

2.874-kilometer (1.786-mile), 11-turn temporary street circuit

GET TICKETS:

2-Day Grandstand and General Admission are available offering the best weekend value. Pricing starts at $105 for 2-Day Grandstand seating, and 2-Day Weekend General Admission is $80. Single Day General Admission is $50 for Saturday and $65 for Sunday while Single Day Grandstand tickets start at $75 and $95 for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Children 12 and under are admitted free (general admission) with a ticketed adult providing an exceptional family value. The Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto Rookie Racers program offers the youngest spectators a chance to go behind the scenes and interact with motorsports in a unique way. Tickets and information are available at hondaindy.com.

lead image Scott Dixon Honda Indy Toronto 2022 by Chris Jones, Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto

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