Sunday, July 20, 2014
Double the fun for race fans at Honda Indy 2014 in Toronto
Fans got a double-dose of the action at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, after organizers crammed two races into the second day of the program following Saturday’s rained-out race.
The showers held off for most of the day, but jackets and umbrellas did make an appearance just after 4 p.m. Although a few fans headed for the indoors, many more braved the weather to enjoy the action of Race Two on the track.
England’s Mike Conway was eventually crowned the winner of the afternoon race, following a win by Sebastien Bourdais of France in Race One that morning.
Another big winner of the day was Jenn Willim, who was crowned Miss Indy Toronto 2014.
For 10-year-old Liam Corrigan-Ross, the Indy was a dream come true. An avid Hot Wheels collector — who owns more than 600 of the diecast cars still in their packaging — Liam was at the track with parents Sharon Corrigan and Mike Ross and eight-year-old sister Annie attending their first Indy. The Midland family was among the thousands of fans who spent the weekend trackside, returning for the second day in spite of Saturday’s cancellation and the possibility of more rain.
“It’s been awesome,” the aspiring racer said, “especially getting to sit in a car and meeting some of the drivers.”
Those drivers — Robbie Gordon and Paul Tracy — were among the many highlights of the weekend for the family, mom Sharon said. While Liam may be the biggest “car freak” in the house, she said, the family was already planning a trip to a popular car show in Mount Forest this weekend before the opportunity to attend the Indy came up.
“It’s been a great experience for us,” she said. “We tried to explain to our kids how fast these cars go and when they finally saw it, they couldn’t believe it.”
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