Honda Indy Toronto 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Honda Indy Toronto 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The Indy Racing League has decided to double-dip the Toronto stop, as the 2013 Honda Indy Toronto will be a doubleheader. 

Both races are full-points outings, so there will be no advantage to be gained by racing light in the first race to save something for the second. Considering the two races are separated by just 24 hours and the 11-turn, 1.75 mile course is tight and bumpy, this should all create a busy weekend for the mechanics. 

Much to the pit crews' dismay has to be the fact that it is not uncommon for the 85 laps of this race to produce some contact between the cars.

This is the second of three doubleheaders introduced by the IRL this year. The first came in Detroit and the final one will come in Houston. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag last year when this stop held just one measly race.

After listing the essential information surrounding this event, I'll take a closer look at a few of the drivers worth paying extra attention to.

 

Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 

When: July 13 at 3 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network (coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET)

 

 

Honda Indy Toronto Race 2

When: July 14 at 3 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network (coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET)

 

Entry List

Entrants courtesy of auto123.com.


1 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Chevrolet, Andretti Autosport
3 Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, Team Penske
4 Ryan Briscoe, Chevrolet, Panther Racing
5 E.J. Viso, Chevrolet, Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6 Sebastian Saavedra, Chevrolet, Dragon Racing
7 Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, Dragon Racing
9 Scott Dixon, Honda, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Dario Franchitti, Honda, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
11 Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, KV Racing Technology
12 Will Power, Chevrolet, Team Penske
14 Takuma Sato, Honda, A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal, Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16 James Jakes, Honda, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 Mike Conway, Honda, Dale Coyne Racing
19 Justin Wilson, Honda, Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, Ed Carpenter Racing
25 Marco Andretti, Chevrolet, Andretti Autosport
27 James Hinchcliffe, Chevrolet, Andretti Autosport
55 Tristan Vautier, Honda, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
67 Josef Newgarden, Honda, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77 Simon Pagenaud, Honda, Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports
78 Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, KV Racing Technology
83 Charlie Kimball, Honda, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
98 Alex Tagliani, Honda, Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay

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Hunter-Reay will enter the first race as the event's defending champion. He will also be looking to close the gap on Helio Castroneves, who sits 23 points ahead of Hunter-Reay in the standings.

Obviously, Hunter-Reay knows how to drive this course and he's having a nice year. He's already picked up two wins on the season. He is in a great position to make huge gains with two races coming this weekend.

 

Dario Franchitti

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Dario Franchitti will be looking to turn around a season of frustration on a track he knows well. Franchitti won here in 2011 and 2009. 

Last week, at Pocono, Franchitti had his first podium finish of the year. Sitting 11th in the standings, he needs to take the momentum gained from that strong finish to help him succeed on a track where he has had tremendous success.

 

James Hinchcliffe

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Toronto native James Hinchcliffe will not suffer from a lack of fan support in this race, and he could use it. 

While he is in fifth in the points race, he is mired in a slump and had a poor showing at Pocono last week, crashing in the first turn of the first lap.

That's not all that surprising, really. It has been boom or bust for Hinchcliffe this year. 

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