Living along the waterfront in Toronto it's very clear when the Honda Indy comes to town. Sunday morning, bright and early at 8:00 a.m. the buzzing sound of racing cars served as an alarm clock.
To be honest this year was quieter than other years. It's not because of special engines though. This year those east of the event have the cushion of 'Condo city' to buffer the sound. In past years the sound was deafening, this year it's merely like an invasion of killer mosquitoes.
With speeds of up to 370 kph the cars can't be expected to be as quiet as a Smart Car. They do use renewable fuel, which makes the race environmentally sound.
The race isn't just to annoy locals, there is good work being done for Canadian charities. This year's event will benefit charities like Shoot for a Cure and Make-A-Wish-Canada.
There are five sanctioned races held along the streets of Toronto surrounding Exhibition Place. The racers take 11 turns along the course. On Friday admission to watch the hottest cars in town was free but the price went up for Saturday and Sunday. General admission tickets are $30 to $45 with grandstand seats costing up to $423.