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Rookie Racers Experience Returns for the Youngest Fans Attending The Honda Indy Toronto

TORONTO (June 5, 2018) With the support of past and new partners, the Honda Indy Toronto Rookie Racers program returns for 2018.  This is one of many family features offered during the 32nd edition of the festival at Exhibition Place, July 13-15.

This kids club is ideal for children aged five to 12 years.  Registration is now open for $25 each at with only a limited number of memberships made available.  The Honda Indy Toronto is a summer happening at an exceptional value for the whole family.  Kids 12 and under receive free general admission.

“Our team is excited to bring back the Honda Indy Toronto Rookie Racers after a successful launch in 2017.  Our partners have been tremendous in embracing and contributing to this initiative,” said Jeff Atkinson, president of Honda Indy Toronto.  “For these young fans participating, it will create an impactful connection which will enhance their enthusiasm and passion for the sport for a lifetime.”

Giving children the full Honda Indy Toronto racing experience, Rookie Racers offers a first-hand experience with behind-the-scenes activities involving race cars and the drivers.  The current benefits package includes gifts and apparel as follows:

  • Tim Hortons Rookie Racers t-shirt
  • Rookie Racers credential
  • Honda sunglasses
  • Honda Junior Red Riders socks
  • IndyCar colouring pages and crayons
  • NASCAR Acceleration Nation activity book
  • NASCAR Pinty’s Series decal
  • Ontario Grain Farmers squishy car
  • Cooper Tires hat
  • Cooper Tires backpack with a full race day kit, earplugs and lanyard
  • Pizza Pizza voucher (at track redemption)

Cooper Tires, Honda Canada, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Acceleration Nation, Pizza Pizza, and Tim Hortons return as previous partners of this inaugural program launched in 2017.  To review the full list of Rookie Racers benefits and family features of the Honda Indy Toronto weekend, visit

Upcoming announcements will be made about all the specific activities and attractions within Honda SpeedZone, Honda World, and Thunder Alley.  These locations at Honda Indy Toronto are always favourite stops during the weekend for festival-goers of all ages.

Before the race cars take to the track on Friday, the Indy Cycling Challenge is first up Thursday afternoon, July 12th, to raise money for Prostate Cancer Canada.  The second annual event features 10KM (4 laps) or 25KM (9 laps) Challenges for cyclists around the temporary street circuit on Exhibition Place.  Entries are limited and are open now at

July 13th is Fan Friday presented by Your Ontario Honda Dealers.  Gates are open free to fans on Friday with a voluntary donation in support of Make-A-Wish® Canada.  For complete ticket pricing and event information, visit


Dating back to the first race in 1986, Honda Indy Toronto is a world-class motorsports festival which takes place annually on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. The event features many attractions, including beer gardens, food trucks, interactive displays and activities, and charity events.  As one of Ontario's largest annual summer festivals, it has become a prestigious meeting place for some of the world’s fastest race car drivers including Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, and Josef Newgarden, as well as Canadian racing greats James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens, including other past native Indy car drivers like Greg Moore, Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy, and Jacques Villeneuve. The event is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 27-29, 2018), Grand Prix of Portland (August 31-September 2, 2018), and Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 8-10, 2019). 

For more information, visit, ‘like’ its Facebook page @HondaIndyToronto or follow the event on Twitter @HondaIndy and Instagram @HondaIndy using #indyTO.


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