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Indycars returning to the streets of Toronto

Toronto race scheduled for June 14, a month earlier than its usual date

Published: October 30, 2014, 7:05 PM
Updated: November 3, 2014, 5:25 AM

Honda Indy Toronto, 2013, Race One

The long wait is over for those anxious to know the fate, date and location of the 2015 Toronto Indycar race.

The usual July time slot for the race on the streets of Toronto, through the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, was precluded by Toronto's hosting of the Pan-American games next year.

Indycar executives were known to have been considering a move to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport) as an alternative to the usual downtown Toronto venue.

Release of the full Indycar schedule has been delayed more than a month, presumably in part because of the uncertainties concerning the Toronto race. But the schedule was released today and it includes the 'Honda Indy Toronto' on June 14.

After an extended period of negotiations and coordination among all the major players, the organizers said they were able to work with the City of Toronto, Exhibition Place and the 2015 Pan-American Games to accommodate both events next summer.

It will be a tight turnaround for the Indycar teams, coming just one week after a race in Texas, but unlike the last two Toronto races which have been Saturday/Sunday doubleheaders, it will comprise only a single Sunday race.

It will be the 28th time the Indycars will race on the streets of Toronto and will continue to be the only Indycar race in Canada. The series will venture outside North America, however, for the first time in several years.

The opening race of the season is scheduled for March 8 in Brazil and the 17-race series ends at Sonoma raceway in California on August 30. It include only one double-header weekend at Detroit's Belle Isle on May 30-31.

In addition to the return to Brazil, it includes one new race venue in Louisiana.

An additional layer of competition will be added for the 2015 season as the two competing engine manufacturers, Chevrolet and Honda, will also be permitted to develop different aerodynamic packages for their respective teams.

One Canadian driver, James Hinchcliffe, is confirmed for the season. He will move from his previous team, Andretti Autosports to Schmidt Petersen Motorsports.

The full race schedule, which includes six oval tracks, six road courses and four temporary street circuits. is as follows:

Date            Race/Track                                                    City
March 8       Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet        Brasília, Brazil
March 29     Streets of St. Petersburg                               St. Petersburg, FL
April 12       NOLA Motorsports Park                                 Avondale, LA
April 19       Streets of Long Beach                                    Long Beach, CA
April 26       Barber Motorsports Park                                Birmingham, AL
May 9         Grand Prix of Indianapolis                               Indianapolis, IN
May 16-17  Indianapolis 500 Qualifying                             Indianapolis, IN
May 22       Carb Day                                                         Indianapolis, IN
May 24       Indianapolis 500                                              Indianapolis, IN
May 30       Raceway at Belle Isle Park                             Detroit, MI
May 31       Raceway at Belle Isle Park                             Detroit, MI
June 6        Texas Motor Speedway                                  Fort Worth, TX
June 14     Streets of Toronto                                        Toronto, Canada
June 27      Auto Club Speedway                                      Fontana, CA
July 12       The Milwaukee Mile                                         Milwaukee, WI
July 18       Iowa Speedway                                               Newton, IA
Aug. 2       Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                            Lexington, OH
Aug. 23     Pocono Raceway                                             Long Pond, PA
Aug. 30     Sonoma Raceway                                            Sonoma, CA

(Schedule subject to change)