Archive for July 13, 2013

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By indycar.com staff 
 
NBC Sports Network will broadcast both rounds of the Honda Indy Toronto — the second of three doubleheader events during the IZOD IndyCar Series season. It’s on the air at 3 p.m. (ET) today, with the Firestone Indy Lights race airing right before at 2 p.m. The second IZOD IndyCar Series race begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.Click it: Qualifying results || Race 1 starting grid

Radio broadcast: IMS Radio Network affiliates, Sirius and XM 211, American Forces Network, INDYCAR 13 app, indycar.com … Chief announcer: Mike King

Timing & Scoring: INDYCAR 13 app, Race Control on indycar.com

Twitter: @IndyCar (#indyCar), @hondaindy (#2inTO)

Track layout: 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary street course.

Length: 85 lapsStart: Standing start for Race 1 … Restarts: Double file

Verizon P1 Award winner: Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car (59.6756 seconds in the Firestone Fast Six)

What to watch: The cars will begin a formation lap from pit lane before taking their grid positions on the fronttretch. After a countdown, the race begins from a standing starting position.

“It’s been such a long time since we’ve done a standing start,” Franchitti said. “That should be very interesting. If I stall it I’m pretty much screwed because I’ll have 23 other cars go by before I get rejoin the field.”

Another area to watch is the different track surfaces on this race course, including a newly resurfaced Turn 1, which many drivers believe is quite slippery. The back-to-back races should be another unique physical challenge to the drivers.

“It’s not as bumpy as Detroit, which is where we did our last doubleheader,” Franchitti said. “Detroit was like a rally track. But this course, it will be an equal physical challenge to Detroit.”

Did you know: The first Indy car race at Toronto was on July 20, 1986. Bobby Rahal was the winner. The IZOD IndyCar Series returned to Toronto in 2009 with Franchitti the winner.