Honda Indy Toronto reveals absolutely stacked lineup for 2014

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Last year’s Honda Indy Toronto race lineup was nothing to scoff at, and this year’s is just as strong if not stronger. The July 18-20 weekend around the streets of Exhibition Place is, in a word, stacked.

A release from the event on Thursday confirmed that six support series that will race alongside the IndyCar Series, which will hold its second “2 in Toronto” doubleheader event.

Sports cars feature prominently. The Pirelli World Challenge returns for two races, albeit only with the GT and GTS classes as opposed to all classes as it had this past year. IMSA has a presence with the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, for its first trip to the streets of Toronto.

Two of the Andersen Promotions-run series, Indy Lights and USF2000, provide two-thirds of the open-wheel component. Pro Mazda will not return, and in its place is the Toyo Tires F1600 Series, based in Ontario.

Capping things off and no doubt providing the “wow factor” will be Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks Series, back for an encore in 2014. Those are high-powered off-road trucks racing side-by-side on the challenging street course, also tackling huge jumps, crossovers and whoop sections.

“From start to finish, the on-track excitement will have fans on the edge of their seats this summer,” Charlie Johnstone, president of the Honda Indy Toronto, said in a release. “The team here has been very busy securing a top-notch schedule that will cater to everyone, heighten the excitement and let our fans know how much we truly appreciate them.”

That schedule is a treat for race fans. Speaking from personal experience after my long-awaited first trip to the event last year, I’d recommend buying your tickets sooner rather than later.

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.