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TORONTO,ONTARIO, June 11, 2015 – Organizers of the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto are pleased to announce local Canadian race car driver and mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, will serve as Grand Marshal for the marquee Verizon IndyCar Series race taking place Sunday, June 14. Hinchcliffe was recently medically cleared to travel to Toronto. 

Hinchcliffe will perform the standard Grand Marshal duties that include giving the “drivers, start your engines” command to start the afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series race Sunday. “We’re very excited to have James as Grand Marshal,” said Charlie Johnstone, President Honda Indy Toronto. “Although unable to race, it is important to us, and to him, that he’s involved in the race in some capacity, being this is his home town event.”

Hinchcliffe will not be racing in this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series race in Toronto due to injuries sustained during an accident that happened on May 18 during a practice round for the Indy 500. This will be the first time that he will not be racing since he joined the series in 2011.

“I’m looking forward to being back home in Canada and attending the Honda Indy Toronto with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this weekend,” said Hinchcliffe. “It will be a strange feeling for me not lining up on the grid this year, but being the Grand Marshal is a role I’m honoured to fulfil and I’m excited that I’ll play a role in the proceedings on Sunday.”

Hinchcliffe is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries and is highly anticipating his return to racing.

About the Honda Indy Toronto

The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, takes place June 12-14 on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. In addition to world-class racing, the event features festival attractions, including craft beer, food trucks, adrenaline filled shows, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, charity events and celebrity appearances. For more information, visit 

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Today at The Track: Friday, June 12

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 11, 2015 – Information about Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational activity on Friday, June 12, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

DAY:  Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Qualifying and Oval Exhibition Laps. 

SCHEDULE (All times local):

6:15-8 a.m.                              Six hot-air balloons will launch from the N Lot in the IMS infield
                                                commemorating the 1909 balloon races that were the first events
                                                of any kind at the facility (weather permitting).
8 a.m.                                       Public Gates Open

Group 7                                   (Post-1967 Cars) Qualifying Begins
8:15 a.m.                                 Group 7 (Post-1967 Cars) Qualifying Concludes
8:20-8:35 a.m.                         Group 6-2 (Pre-1972 Cars) Qualifying
8:40-8:55 a.m.                         Group 11 (Post-1981 Cars) Qualifying
9-9:15 a.m.                              Group 1 (Small Displacement Cars) Qualifying

Group 3-2                                (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Qualifying
9:20-9:35 a.m.                         Group 10 (1973-1999 GT and Sedan) Qualifying
9:40-9:55 a.m.                         Group 5 (1960–1972 World Sports Car) Qualifying
10-10:15 a.m.                          Group 8 (Pre-1979 Sports Cars) Qualifying
10:20-10:35 a.m.                     Group 6-1 (Pre-1972 Big-Bore Cars) Qualifying
10:40-10:55 a.m.                     Group 9 (Post-1973 Formula Cars) Qualifying
11-11:15 a.m.                          Group 3-1 (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Qualifying

Group 4                                   (Special GT and Sports Cars) Qualifying
11:20-11:35 a.m.                     Group 2 (Pre-1973 Formula Cars) Qualifying
11:40 a.m.-Noon                      Pre-War Cars Qualifying
12:40-1:10 p.m.                       Indy Legends Pro-Am Practice
1:15-2:15 p.m.                         Track Conversion from Road Course to Oval
2:15-2:35 p.m.                         Group C (Rear Engine) Exhibition Laps
2:40-3 p.m.                              Group A (Pre-War) Exhibition Laps
3 p.m.                                      Motostalgia Collector Car Auction Begins

                                                Pavilion Tethered hot-air balloon rides in infield (weather permitting)                                                       $10 per person, children 12 & under free w/adult.                       
3:05-3:35 p.m.                         Group B (Post-War Front Engine) Exhibition Laps
3:40-3:55 p.m.                         Group 7 (Post-1967 Cars) Exhibition Laps
4-4:15 p.m.                              Group 6-2 (Pre-1972 Cars) Exhibition Laps
4:20-4:35 p.m.                         Group 11 (Post-1981 Cars) Exhibition Laps
4:40-4:55 p.m.                         Group 1 (Small Displacement Cars) Exhibition Laps

Group 3-2                                (Pre-1972 Sports Cars) Exhibition Laps
5-5:15 p.m.                              Group 10 (1973–1999 GT and Sedan) Exhibition Laps
5:20-6 p.m.                              Group 5 (1960–1972 World Sports Car) Exhibition Laps
6 p.m.                                      Public Gates Close
9 p.m.                                      Motostalgia Collector Car Auction Concludes – Pavilion


Photo by Dana Garrett for IMS …

TICKETS:  $15, children 12 and under free.

PUBLIC GATES OPEN:  8 a.m. (local time). Pedestrian Gate 6 is open to the public.
Note: For this event there is no parking within IMS without a credential.

STANDS OPEN:  E Stand, Sec. 1-4, J Stand, Sec. 25-30, all infield mounds, Gasoline Alley Roof (as needed), Wheelchair Accessible South located between Turns 1 and 2.

MUSEUM HOURS: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 6 free. Gate admission to the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.