Photo: Marshall Pruett
For the better part of 15 years, Toronto was one of the true treasures for open wheel racing.
Canadians flocked to Exhibition Place to cheer for Paul Tracy, Greg Moore, Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani. Molson Brewery promoted “the Indy” like nobody in the states with and banners, billboards and commercials everywhere. There were also street parties and it became one of Canada’s largest sporting events.
That was the heyday of CART but by the time Champ Car was winding down in the middle of the last decade so were the crowds as well as the enthusiasm. In 2008, the year IRL and Champ Car unified, there was no longer a race in Canada’s largest city.
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