August 18, 2022

Raceday Snapshots: 2022 Honda Indy Toronto

Race Day at the Honda Indy Toronto always feels tense. The number of spectators increases exponentially, drivers look serious now, no longer smiling for the camera. In the paddock, some teams scrambled with last minute fixes, while other cars sat untouched… 100% race ready.

Pre-race hype of driver introductions, and a throng of little kids ready to meet their racing heroes. Some of the racers already have that blank look, the distant stare, like their mind is elsewhere. But good guys like Jimmy Johnson were all smiles, circling back to the front of the line of kids to make sure every one of them got a high-five.

The race was a bit of a parade. Herta held his pole position starting spot until the first round of pit stops, when the No. 8 car assumed the lead, and never looked back. Power in the No. 12 could not overcome his poor qualifying position, and even a plastic bad on Scott Dixon’s wheel in the last lap could not prevent him from taking the 52nd win of his career, tying Mario Andretti for #2 on al the all-time wins list.

Out in the parking lot after the race,, what looked like a Toronto Subaru Club car show had developed. Kareem from Scarboro Subaru had his black Outback, Daniel Demaras in his Bugeye, and a row of lae model STIs and BRZs had randomly parked at the back of the lot, together.

It didn’t make up for having to watch Dixon win yet another race, but the impromptu car show helped take the sting out. There’s always next year…

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