Honda Indy canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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TORONTO – The Honda Indy Toronto has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement comes nearly a week after race promoters said on Friday that the event would not take place on the dates originally scheduled for July 10-12.

The move came after the city announced it was canceling permits for major events and festivals for July and August due to the pandemic.

The promoters said at the time that they were looking for a new date for the race, but announced on Thursday that IndyCar had removed the race from its 2020 calendar.

“We are extremely disappointed and we will miss the incredible fans who supported us, but the safety of fans, participants, volunteers, staff, partners and the media will always remain our priority,” said the race organizer. , Green Savoree, in a press release.

The only race in Canada on the IndyCar circuit, the Honda Indy Toronto is an annual event that has toured the exhibition grounds since 1986.

The event has not been on the annual calendar once since the start – in 2008, after the reunification of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League.

Race legend Bobby Rahal won the inaugural race in 1986, then called Molson Indy.

It was called the Toronto Steelback Grand Prix when Molson’s sponsorship ended in 2007, and was renamed Honda Indy upon its return in 2009.

Paul Tracy of Toronto was the only Canadian to win the race, taking the checkered flag in 1993 and 2003.

The Honda Indy Toronto was not the only automobile race in Canada to be affected by COVID-19.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has announced the cancellation of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, scheduled for July 2-5 in Bowmanville, Ontario.

The Formula 1 race for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal had already announced that it would not take place on schedule in June.

The IndyCar calendar, following changes due to COVID-19, should now start on June 6 with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway and end on October 25 at the Saint Petersburg Grand Prix in Florida.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 15, 2020.



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