SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: TORONTO

Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing); Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers: Andre Negrao (No. 17), Santiago Urrutia (No. 55 Mazda)
  • Event title: Honda Indy Toronto
  • Location: Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Track: An 11-turn, 1.75-mile street circuit
  • 2016 event counter: The Honda Indy Toronto is the 11th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 12th and 13th races (of 18) for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, July 15 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. ET and 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Saturday, July 16 from 9:45-10:30 a.m.
  • Qualifications: Saturday, July 16 from 1:30-2:45 p.m. ET
  • Race: Sunday, July 17 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET and an estimated green flag at 3:15 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, July 15 from 9:20-9:45 a.m. ET and 3:30-4:00 p.m.
  • Qualifying: Saturday, July 16 from 8:25-8:55 a.m. ET
  • Race 1: Saturday, July 16 from 12:25-1:15 p.m. ET
  • Race 2: Sunday, July 17 from 11:15-12:25 p.m. ET

Broadcast Information

  • TV race broadcast (USA): CNBC (USA), SportsNet 360 (Canada)
  • Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212

IndyCar Quotes:

James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)

“What more can I say about racing in Toronto? For me, it’s like Christmas in July. Getting to come back to my home town and race in front of the crowd that I was in for decades as a kid is an unreal feeling. Luck hasn’t been on my side here but statistically, that has to change at some point! I’m excited to get on track in the Arrow Electronics car after a solid result in Iowa, and hopefully this year we will have a smooth weekend and give the Canadian fans something to cheer for.”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7)

“I’m very happy to return to Toronto this year with the Verizon IndyCar Series. It’s a beautiful town and lots of fun. At the same time, it’s a difficult and very technical track, but I’m looking forward to racing there in the SMP Racing car. We had a very good race last weekend in Iowa with a fifth place finish, so I’m aiming to follow that up with another good result in Toronto.”

Indy Lights Quotes:

Santiago Urrutia (No. 55)

“We had a disappointing weekend in Iowa. A fifth-place finish is good for the championship but we have to win races if we want to be victorious in the championship. Toronto was good for me last year and I like the track. It will be an important weekend so I’m looking forward to it. My goal is to get the victory and pole position. I’m confident that we’re going to have a strong car so we can get those points and be closer to the lead in the championship.”

Andre Negrao (No. 17)

“For this event, I’m more prepared than ever. I love street circuits and Toronto should be a good one for us. I don’t know the circuit yet but I’ve heard really great things about it because it’s technical and challenging, which I like. I’m focused on the podium this weekend and really looking forward to racing.”

Team Social Media

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Periscope: @SPMindycar

Driver Social Media

James Hinchcliffe

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Facebook – Hinchtown

Instagram – @hinchtown

Mikhail Aleshin

Twitter – @MikhailAleshin

Facebook – Mikhail Aleshin

Santiago Urrutia

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Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

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Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Scott Anderson

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Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson

Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing

Instagram – @scanders01

Heamin Choi

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Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities

  • Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin: Saturday, July 16 from 11:45-12:30 p.m. ET in the Enercare Centre Atrium.
  • Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Andre Negrao and Santiago Urrutia: Saturday, July 16 from 3:45-4:15 p.m. ET in the Enercare Centre Atrium.

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