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IndyCar heads north to the Canuck concrete car crusher for arguably Dallara Automobili’s most consistently lucrative stop on the schedule. That – among other things – makes Toronto one of the series’ absolute worst tracks for viewing fans.
Following last year’s embarrassment of a race on the crumbling streets of Exhibition Place, IRR advocated an end to such nonsense north of the border until those LaBatt loving second raters constructed a decent track. Sadly and obviously, our schedule recommendations haven’t been implemented as of yet. So we’ll see IndyCar return for a thirty third time to a city that really doesn’t deserve it, judging by the overall lack of quality of late.
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Toronto averages about four cautions per race in recent years, although counting red flags it ballooned to seven in 2014. That’s rather high for a road race, though it’s no wonder when the crappy Canadian course disintegrates during competition. From what Hoosier Conor Daly called a “crazy” curved pit lane to Canuck curbs coming apart mid race, as usual IndyCar can and must do better.
When Toronto hasn’t ended under caution – as it has a third of the time lately – the average margin of victory is over two seconds. IndyCar’s Canadian token isn’t exactly the track of dreams, is it? That is, unless you’re the series’ exclusive chassis supplier. Cha-ching!
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Now for the series’ other Canadian token, James Hinchcliffe, a confessed Justin Bieber fan by the way. Hinch has five career wins in seven seasons, although his 2015 was abbreviated due to a horrific wreck at Indianapolis. He currently sits twelfth in points after winning Long Beach in April and scoring his only other top five finish in Detroit.
Clearly he’s a fan of such snaking courses, with his other victories coming at disastrous NOLA, St. Pete and an outlier at the tiny Iowa oval. The madcap mayor managed a podium finish in last year’s hometown race – though it was a “lucky break” he admitted – his first ever in the great white north. But enough about the under-performing hosts, already.
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Past winners include such notable names as Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Will “Sour Grapes” Power, Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Tellingly of Toronto, they’ve all DNF’d at least once there, as well. Dixon, Bourdais and Power are all multiple winners, with Dixie sweeping both events in 2013 and Power owning a trio of victories going back a decade. Of course Bourdais remains out of action after his calamitous crash during qualifications at Indy in May.
If you’re a fan of crashes, cautions and crushingly colorless racing on a crummy concrete canyon course, then Toronto’s for you. Maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll even see that weird little Justin Trudeau fella who the gals inexplicably deem so dreamy. Regardless, the drinks definitely should be on Dallara all weekend long for this debacle.
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