(image credit: Morgan Rhodes)
Located in the middle of downtown Toronto’s Exhibition Place, the Honda Indy Toronto features an 11-turn, 1.786mi concrete canyon covering multiple different types of surfaces. One thing that makes Toronto unique is its winding, S-shaped pit lane, and a combination of fast sweeping corners along with slow technical sections.
Thanks to INDYCAR Timing and Scoring, let’s take a look behind the numbers and analyze the various sectors of the track along with some pit stop performance figures.
- Turn 1 – A wide and slow right hand turn located at the end of Princes’ Blvd. This turn winds around the east side of the Beanfield Centre, which is a large conference center building.
- Top Speed: Takuma Sato – 79.805mph on Lap 45
- Turns 3 & 4 – The best passing opportunity comes at the intersection of Lake Shore Blvd and Ontario Dr, Turn 3 is a sharp right hander at over 110° of turning. Ryan Hunter-Reay had the fastest trap speed (177.711mph on Lap 57) making braking all the more important. Turn 4 is a left hand kink around the southeast side of the Better Living Centre.
- Top Speed: Conor Daly – 84.200mph on Lap 19
- Turn 5 – Turn 5 is a 90° left hander on Princes’ Blvd at the southwest corner of BMO Field, home of Toronto FC.
- Top Speed: Conor Daly – 77.804mph on Lap 51
- Turn 6 – One of the wider turns on the track, Turn 6 sweeps around the southwest side of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the intersection of Princes’ Blvd and Manitoba Dr.
- Top Speed: Takuma Sato – 93.376mph on Lap 47
- Turn 8 – Perhaps the bumpiest section of the track is the entry to Turn 8 at the intersection of Manitoba Dr and Nova Scotia Ave. It is a 90° right hander which saw numerous cars lock up their brakes during practice and is the final turn before entering pit lane.
- Top Speed: Spencer Pigot – 63.821mph on Lap 74
- Turns 9 – 11 – The final section of the track is a left-right-left series of 90° turns that snakes alongside pit lane and is the slowest part of the track.
- Turn 9 Top Speed: Scott Dixon – 75.910mph on Lap 68
- Turns 10 & 11 Top Speed: Josef Newgarden – 90.381mph on Lap 72
Pit Performance Awards for the Honda Indy Toronto:
Pit-In Lap: Helio Castroneves – 107.115mph
Pit-Out Lap: Scott Dixon – 104.525mph
Other Notable Stats & Facts:
- Total On-Track Passes for Position: 98 (1.15 per lap)
- Fastest Lap: Simon Pagenaud – 106.741mph on Lap 55
- Most Improved: Ryan Hunter-Reay – Started 16th, Finished 6th (+10)
- This is the second win of 2017 for Josef Newgarden and the fifth win of his Indy car career. It is his second win on the streets of Toronto’s Exhibition Place. He previously won at Barber and also won at Barber and Toronto in 2015.
- This is the 193rd Indy car win for Team Penske, most of any team in Indy car history.
- The second-place finish for Alexander Rossi is his best finish of 2017. It is his best finish since he won the 100th Indianapolis 500 in May 2016.
- James Hinchcliffe finished third, matching his best finish at Toronto. It is the 13th career podium for Hinchcliffe.
- Marco Andretti finished fourth, his best finish of 2017. It is his first top-five finish since he finished third at Auto Club Speedway in June of 2015.