The inaugural Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto is now just six days away, and as IZOD IndyCar Seriesí teams begin to roll into Exhibition Place, 130 karters are getting set to do the same. All the final details for the historic event are falling into place, and as race fans of the Greater Toronto Area file into the Lakeshore this year, the sport of karting will be on full display for all to see.
Of course, a major portion of those final details will be track construction, and the Kart Stars team is ready to unload beginning Monday (July 2). City of Toronto and Honda Indy Toronto workers have already erected dedicated grandstands along the side of the karting compound, and a crew of 14 Kart Stars workers will do their part by installing temporary fencing and nearly five hundred barriers to create the track over the course of the day. The seven-turn layout will be perfected on Tuesday (July 3), and kart racing will then be just two days away.
Race action begins Thursday (July 5), as over 40 of Bay Streetís top executives are signed on to face-off in the inaugural Bay Street Grand Prix, an event that will raise near a half-million dollars for the Sunnybrook Foundation and its Women & Babies Program. First up is a Celebrity/Media race, before Bay Street Grand Prix drivers are sorted through qualifying and whittled down to a championship final field. The VIPís will then head down the red carpet at Liberty Grand for a Grand Prix Dinner and After Party with Mia Martina and Flo Rida, while the Kart Stars Grand Prix gets ready to take to the track Saturday morning.
The Kart Stars Grand Prix fields have entries across the board, and at press time the overall count was nearing 100. Rotax Senior and Rotax Junior sit near the cap at 20, and DD2 is nearing the same mark. A majority are from Ontario, but the event has also seen registration from Quebec, the United States, and a number from Venezuela. A full range of chassis will also be represented in front of the masses, as at least 10 different marques have been noted from early registration, including Intrepid, CRG, Birel, TonyKart, Praga, G.P., LH Kart, K&K, Tecno and Top Kart.
While nearing capacity, the Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto remains open to Rotax Max Challenge karts in Micro-Max, Mini-Max, Junior, Senior, Masters and DD2. All drivers must hold a valid, ASN approved club racing license, and registration will remain open to the public until Monday (July 2) at 11 pm. A reminder that even though the Kart Stars Grand Prix doesnít hit the track until Saturday, Free Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto presented by the Ontario Honda Dealers Association means all the grandstands and paddocks are open to the public free of charge, with no tickets required.
The Kart Stars Grand Prix of Toronto will see its Rotax Mini-Max, Junior, and DD2 drivers warm-up, practice, and qualify in an AM session on Saturday (July 7), before its Rotax Micro-Max, Senior, and Masters drivers do the same in a PM session. Sunday (July 8) will then bring morning warm-up, and championship finals, beginning at 10 am, with podium ceremonies scheduled for 12:30 pm, just prior to the start of the Honda Indy Toronto at 1 pm - an absolutely incredible day of racing. For additional information, please visit kartstars.ca and baystreetgrandprix.ca