Earlier this afternoon the boys and I headed down to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square for the unveiling of Alex Tagliani’s ride for the weekend courtesy of Hot Wheels and Fazzt Racing. Of course Tagz was on hand to meet the media and the fans, though the media had a tough time getting to him through the long line of little kids waiting for a chance to sit in the Hot Wheels race car. Tagliani took it all in stride, like the pro that he is as little people clambered all over him and the car. For the Montreal based driver, it is all about the fans.
What impressed me though was the fact that the entire square was full of fun activities for the public and the public were there in droves. There were the usual race related stuff, with cars and girls and the like, but there were also interactive activities for guys and girls of all ages. From driving simulators to slap shot contests, there were lines of fans at each display. The highlight for many fans was the Pit Stop competition where fans could go up against the clock while changing a tire, with proceeds going to the Make a Wish foundation.
Speaking of Make a Wish, fans can make a donation and put their own personal message on the driving suit that Paul Tracy will wear during Sunday’s race. This is a great way to support an awesome cause and be part of Canadian racing history. Speaking with one of the Make a Wish folks, I learned that the young person who is the recipient of this year’s support had wished to drive a Ferrari. This weekend, he will get to do just that.
The point is that Indy is back in Toronto and if today’s attendance is any indication, the public is excited again!