10 More (More) Random Toronto Indy Facts
Think you know the Honda Indy Toronto? Brush up on your trivia with 30 random facts about Toronto's IndyCar race!
1. Is winning the Toronto Indy a good indicator of which driver is going to win the IndyCar Championship? Not entirely. Only 35% of Toronto Indy winners have gone on to win the championship that season. The list includes Bobby Rahal (1986), Michael Andretti (1991), Alex Zanardi (1998), Cristiano da Matta (2002), Paul Tracy (2003), Sebastien Bourdais (2004), Dario Franchitti (2009/2011), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012), and Scott Dixon (2013, twice).
2. Michael Andretti has won the Toronto Indy more than any other driver, with seven wins to his name.
3. Which nation has the most wins? The USA, with 13 victories. The UK comes in second with six wins. Canada, France, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand, are all represented with two wins per country. Mexico and Italy have a single victory each.
4. Mike Conway is the only part-time driver to win the Toronto Indy. He scaled back his IndyCar commitments to strictly road and street circuits in 2014, but still managed a win in Toronto for Ed Carpenter Racing.
5. Honda powered cars have won on the Streets of Toronto seven times.
6. Six different chassis manufacturers have won the Toronto Indy. Winning constructors include: March, Lola, Penske, Reynard, Panoz, and Dallara.
7. Paul Tracy’s raced a number of different cars at the Toronto Indy, more than any other driver. Tracy has competed in Penske, Lola, Reynard, Panoz, and Dallara cars.
8. Only twice has a driver scored their first IndyCar victory at the Toronto Indy. Adrian Fernandez accomplished this back in 1996, and the late Justin Wilson did the same in 2005.
9. Brazil’s Gil de Ferran holds the lap record at 57.149 seconds in a Honda-powered Reynard.
10. Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais are tied for the most pole positions, with each driver earning four, respectively.
Victor Genova is the host of the Media People Podcast and a freelance racing writer. @VicGenova