Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Honda Indy Toronto Owner Kim Green Has Long History with Lakefront Race: Honda Indy Toronto Renews Key Contracts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Honda Indy Toronto Owner Kim Green Has Long History with Lakefront Race: Honda Indy Toronto Renews Key Contracts

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TORONTO - Kim Green attended the first IndyCar race in Toronto in 1986 as a mechanic. He came back as a team manager and then team owner.

Now he co-owns the race, set for July 8 this summer.

"Being biased as the (race) promoter, but it's one of the favourite stops certainly for the IndyCar series and always was ... A great place to be," Green said Monday.

Green and other organizers were at a news conference to announce that the Honda Indy Toronto has settled its immediate future via three-year contract extensions with the City of Toronto, Honda Canada, Exhibition Place, Tourism Toronto and IndyCar.

The deals cover the race through 2014.

"Big events define big cities," said David Whitaker, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "And whether it's Carnival or Pride parade or street festival or major music festival, this race is right up there with big-league events that happen in big-league cities.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard agreed that the race through the Toronto lakefront has a special place on his organization's calendar.

"Toronto is, by far, one of our very favourites," he said."It's my favourite because of our passion our drivers show here. They're not afraid to get in a few fights and let their voices be known."

Both Green and Bernard pointed to the promise of local driver James Hinchcliffe.

"I think this year is going to be that much better because of the future Canada has with James Hinchcliffe," Bernard said. "I can't stress enough how important this young man is to the Izod IndyCar Series as well as IndyCar."

The 25-year-old Hinchcliffe is currently third in the driver standings, behind leader Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

"This guy is the real deal," said Bernard. "Not only can he drive great, he has a great personality and he has one of the leading sponsors in the country in racing with Go Daddy.

Green said, at the beginning, he wasn't sure how good Hinchcliffe was. But he said he saw the light when Hinchcliffe moved to Newman/Haas Racing last year. …

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