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Alex Tagliani

Hot Date: High-Speed Spectacle at the Hondy Indy

photo by John Steadman

JULY 6 TO 8 Shift into top gear as Canada’s largest motorsport event, the Honda Indy Toronto, roars into town with fast cars and a bevy of big-name drivers—including 2011 winner Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal, and Canadians James Hinchcliffe and Alex Tagliani—competing to be first to see the checkered flag. In addition to Sunday’s big race along the waterfront, the Indycar Fan Village offers the chance to chat with drivers, while the Ferrari Challenge showcases the Italian company’s iconic automobiles. Exhibition Place, $30 to $45 (reserved grandstand seating $50 to $185); call 416-588-7223 or visit here for more information.

Hot Date: Honda Indy’s Toronto Milestone

Danica Patrick

JULY 8 TO 10 Celebrate 25 years of speed at the Honda Indy Toronto. On top of Sunday’s big race along the shores of Lake Ontario—including drivers Dario Franchitti, Alex Tagliani, Will Power and Danica Patrick—there is also a slew of other features for fans, such as the new Ferrari Challenge, in which these legendary cars are showcased in their natural racing environment. Since its first running in 1986, the Honda Indy has become one of the largest sporting events in Canada. Exhibition Place, general admission $30 to $45, reserved grandstand $60 to $423; call 1-877-503-6869 or visit here for a complete schedule of events.

Hot Date: Get Your Motor Running

Paul Tracy

JULY 16 TO 18 Shift into high gear as the Honda Indy roars back into town. Toronto’s own Paul Tracy and Montreal-based Alex Tagliani take on the twisting track against defending champion Dario Franchitti and drivers from as far as England and New Zealand. This IndyCar Series race features a 2.824 km street circuit that laps along Lake Shore Boulevard. Practice and qualifying runs are Friday and Saturday; the checkered flag waves on Sunday to crown a new champion. Exhibition Place, $42 to $423; call 1-877-503-6869 or click here for more information and to purchase tickets.