As Ontario's largest annual sporting event, the event has become a prestigious meeting place for some of the world’s fastest racecar drivers.Since 1986, the three-day event has entertained millions of fans thanks to world-class entertainment and exhilarating performances from drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves, as well as Canadian legends Paul Tracy, Greg Moore and James Hinchcliffe.
The Honda Indy Toronto is the only Canadian stop on the series schedule.Just when you thought that the Verizon Indy Car Series had run out of ways to surprise, 2016 came along.The championship was won by a guy who looked all at sea 12 months earlier, his closest rival didn't even participate in the first race, and the winner of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was a recent F1 refugee who apparently figured out how to make a car work without fuel. 3 TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET 2016 Best result: 2nd (IMS road course, Toronto)2016 Championship position: 3rd (504 points)Is it fair to say the Castroneves drove better than his third place in the championship suggested? Check out this fact: he only started outside the Top 10 one time in 16 races, and his average qualifying spot was fourth, with a pair of poles and three other front-row starts.PRUETT: No, but we should add an extra helping of appreciation to the fact that he has yet to show any signs of drop-off at 41 years old.Helio was the only driver over 40 to record this kind of consistency, and after eight zillion years in Indy Car, his level of performance is truly remarkable.
He took valuable points away from Team Penske's title rivals, and is the biggest draw within Penske's portfolio of sponsors.