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article imageCrowd of over 70,000 at the Izod Honda Indy race at CNE on Sunday Special

By Daniel Boyington     Jul 11, 2011 in Sports
Toronto - Dan Aykroyd was the Grand Marshall at the 25th annual Izod Honda Indy Race at Exhibition Place this past weekend, on a beautiful sunny weekend.
Honda Indy start/finish line from the roof of the Direct Energy building at the CNE.
Honda Indy start/finish line from the roof of the Direct Energy building at the CNE.
Canadian Grand Marshall Dan Aykroyd was in the Toronto area and was on his way to the event when he was charged for speeding on the ramp from the DVP to Richmond where he was clocked at 20km over the limit. When he got to the site the speeds were more like 200 + KMH while Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won his fourth race of the season and kept the spectators of an estimated 70,000 at the edge of their seats. Will Power of Verizon Team Penske last years winner didn't win but he finished in second place. The majority of the accidents were at corner turn three right at the end of the straight away along Lakeshore Blvd where drivers reach their highest speed and then have to make a quick right turn.
Spectators Steven and Louisa at the Honda Indy.
Spectators Steven and Louisa at the Honda Indy.
Steven from Toronto and friend Louisa all the way from Germany found the best seats at turn three, and it was their first time at the Indy. "I remember the first race when it came out and can't believe it's 25 years later" said Steven while we tried to out speak the roaring sound. He went onto say "It's clear there's racing fans in this city along with many other sports." "I just hope they keep having the race year after year, because I'll keep coming back now that I know it's so great."
Will Power (30 years-old) started the race in the pole position with Fanchitti right behind him all the way until lap 55 when Franchitti hit Power on the infamous turn three. Toronto's own Paul Tracy was in the race but finished a disappointing 16th place.
No one was injured in any of the accidents and all drivers walked away from the crashes, but many of the cars were totalled. The next race on the tour is Edmonton City Centre Airport on July 24th on TSN at 2pm.
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