HONDA INDY TORONTO PT. 2 – The rain, the park & everything!

All day yesterday, I had that popular Cowsill’s 60’s hit “The Rain, the Park & Everything” playing in my head as we dodged storm clouds and heavy rain down at Exhibition Place, making the most of the exciting media opps, thanks to Sarah Fisher and her SFHRacing team & driver Josef Newgarden at the Honda Indy Toronto with my client, the other Sarah Fisher (star of TV’s Degrassi).  When we started off, it looked like we were boarding the Hogwart’s Express (the Fisher family pictured with me below) – taking the GO Train from Union to the race track so as to avoid all the downtown road closures, construction and parking log-jams.

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Arriving at the track, we got everyone hooked up with credentials (thank you, Becca from GRand-Solutions) so we had access to just about everywhere including the pits and starting grid. On the way over to the paddock where all the interviews where scheduled, we met the pretty Sunshine Hostesses so of course, I threw Sarah into the line-up!

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Sarah joined some students from the University of Toronto who showed off their solar-powered vehicle…

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…and then we had so much fun posing for media with the other Sarah and SFHR team driver Josef Newgarden for interviews and photos.

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We were thrilled to meet legendary Indy champion (now retired) DARIO FRANCHITTI who had survived a near-fatal crash last year, in the hospitality tent were Sarah got a chance to meet several other race VIPs (below)

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I was also happy to autograph copies of one of my racing books written a few years ago: Women Racers: Inside Stories from the Fast Lane (OverTimeBooks – avail. from Amazon.com) Each of the Sarahs also signed the books where I had written a chapter on racing’s Sarah Fisher then I presented each of them their own signed copies. A proud moment indeed, if I do say so myself, and Shannon Skinner also interviewed me briefly on the book for a segment on her http://www.ExtraordinaryWomenTV.com

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My brilliant photographer Gabriella captured some great action pics from trackside, including Josef riding past during the driver intro’s, the team line-up for the national anthems, as well as the tremendous hydroplaning when the cars finally got going…although the race was eventually cancelled. Keep an eye out for this talented young racer who everyone agrees has a great future in Indy competition:  http://josefnewgarden.com/

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