Paul Tracy gives Toronto Mayor Rob Ford the ride of his life at 2 in TO

Rob Ford & Paul Tracy. John R Walker photo.

Rob Ford & Paul Tracy. John R Walker photo.

Last Friday night on social media, Canadian Indycar vet Paul Tracy said: “Giving mayor rob ford a thrill ride tomorrow , think I can make him squeal?”

During Saturday morning’s photo meeting, I kept waiting to hear details about the media stunt but for whatever reason, it wasn’t mentioned, so I kept quiet. I chased down someone in the know and learned that it was due to happen while I was shooting the GT3 Cup podium, so I enlisted the help of fellow contributor to The Garage, John Walker to see if he could make it over. I’m glad I did, because it turns out that Walker was the ONLY shooter on hand for ROFO’s thrill ride with the thrill from West Hill.

Walker tells me that when they got out of the Civic SI, Toronto’s most infamous crack addict said “that was one of the best rides I have ever been on, call me if you need anything” to which PT replied “anything???”

Photo courtesy of John Walker

World Challenge action at 2 in TO

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It has been a long day, so I’m not going to race report this other than to say that Nick Tandy won in the simply wicked looking new Porsche 911 RSR GT. Awesome machine. I’m not sure whether to be impressed that the Effort Racing machines are sponsored by GOD or dismayed. Let’s face it, you need money to race, so it might as well come from reporters of a fictitious supreme being, right?
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Scott Hargrove wins exciting first race in Toronto

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After a great qualifying run earlier this morning, Scott Hargrove drove the #69 Open Road Porsche to a victory in today’s action packed Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race in Toronto. In fact, Hargrove had some challenges of his own along the way.

The green flag dropped under the threat of rain, and the track got gradually more slick as the race went on. Rival Chris Green led the first part of the race, before spinning, which allowed Hargrove to take over the lead. All was not smooth sailing, as the Open Road machine spun in turn 9 around the mid point of the race, allowing Spencer Pigot to take over the first spot.
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Hargrove qualifies on front row of GT3 Cup at Toronto

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Honda Indy weekend has finally rolled in to Toronto this weekend and there has been all kinds of action so far. My weeekend started with the Canadian launch of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade on Thursday and has just been crazy busy since then. More about the Escalade in the coming days.

My main focus this weekend is the #69 Porsche of Scott Hargrove in the Porsche GT3 Cup. In this morning’s qualifying session for the first race, Hargrove turned in a 1:12.214 which puts him on the front row alongside pole sitter Chris Green.

Lots more to share, but I need to get out and and shoot the start of the Pirelli World Challenge. More to follow!

Wheels on Edge chats with James Hinchcliffe

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As part of the lead up to this year’s Honda Indy Toronto, The Mayor of Hinchtown aka James Hinchcliffe, was in Toronto yesterday doing the obligatory meet and greet with the media. I was otherwise occupied, so I wasn’t able to attend this year, but James Davidson from Wheels On Edge did have a chance to visit with our home town boy.

In the video, Hinch talks about mistakes, bad luck and bumping his noggin before weighing in on Will Power’s crappy attitude and explaining why you need to visit the Toronto race.

2013 Honda Indy Toronto

Smoke show!

Smoke show!

Yes, I missed out on the smoke show that concluded the Indycar race at this year’s Honda Indy Toronto. At that point, I was hanging out with my Dad in Honda’s hospitality suite, enjoying a cool pint or two.

And yes, the Toronto Indy was a month ago. Sorry folks, but I have been crazy busy with stuff over at the Toronto Star’s Wheels.ca and haven’t been able to get on top of my photo editing from the Toronto race.

So, here is a quick gallery of images of the action in Toronto.

The girls and boys of the Toronto Indy

In the flurry of activity between the Honda Indy Toronto and the Grand Prix of Mosport, somehow I missed one of the stories our readers love the most! Let’s face it, big race weekends would be much less titillating without the hired hotties to keep us all, ummm, interested.

Without further ado, I present you the guys and gals of the Toronto Indy!
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CTCC webisode #4 features P.J. Groenke at Toronto Indy

The marketing folks at the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Continental Tire have made a rather serious effort to create an ongoing campaign that is much cooler than the super long series title. Part graphics package, part social media and part reality tv, the marketing presence of this series has grown as the 2011 season progresses.
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The action is in the pits

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While the action is always hot out on the track, the real excitement for many happens on pit lane. The Garage Blog spent some time in pit lane with the Indycar series during practice and qualifying for the 2011 Honda Indy Toronto and came away with more than a few smokin’ hot photos.

Check out the excitement after the break.
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