Green Savoree Promotions, which owns and operates the Honda Indy Toronto, announced an extension of its agreement with Honda Canada Inc. to continue as title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series race through 2020.
Indy cars have raced on the streets of Exhibition Place every year but one since 1986. Honda Canada has sponsored the event since 2009, when Green Savoree Promotions relaunched the race weekend following a one-year-hiatus. The 2018 Honda Indy Toronto will be a mark Honda's 10th year of partnership.
“Honda's DNA is built on racing – a heritage started by our founder, Mr. (Soichiro) Honda – which we've celebrated and are very proud of for nearly 60 years," said Dave Gardner, president & CEO of Honda Canada Inc. “Honda and INDYCAR have enjoyed a fantastic partnership over the last nine years bringing racing excitement to the streets of Toronto.”
Josef Newgarden won Sunday’s 85-lap race, the 33rd in Toronto (including doubleheader race weekends in 2013 and ’14). Among the Indy car greats to win on the temporary street circuit have been Michael Andretti (seven times), Bobby Rahal, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr. and Alex Zanardi.
“Honda Canada's commitment has been tremendous," said Jeff Atkinson, president of Honda Indy Toronto. “We have really focused the last few years on creating an experience appealing to families, and Honda has been phenomenal in helping us accomplish this ambition. We can't wait to get started on planning for next year's event with our great partners at Honda Canada on board for another three years."
Green Savoree Promotions operates and promotes two other Verizon IndyCar Series events – the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.