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.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”