If you weren’t at least curious to check out the 2011 Honda Indy in Toronto this weekend, you missed a collision-filled Sunday – something even non-race fans could enjoy, no matter how little they know about the sport.
The key collision came towards the end of the race when Scottish driver Dario Franchitti collided with Australian Will Power. This caused him to spin and stall his Penske car only to never recover as Franchitti finished in first place with British racer Scott Dixon and American Ryan Hunter-Reay behind him.
"I'm always racing clean, he's always racing dirty" - Franchitti
No penalty was given to Franchitti from officials, casing a bit of controversy amongst race fans and a heap of anger from Power. He vented his disappointment to the media afterwards stating, "I'm always racing clean, he's always racing dirty."
In other events, this year’s grand marshal Dan Aykroyd kicked off the races and joked with media beforehand that he had just been stopped by the cops for speeding on his way over.
Canadians could have done better though – Toronto’s James Hinchcliffe finished in 14th place and Paul Tracy finishing in 16th place. Accidents had a lot to do with an unpredictable race on this hot and hazy day as spectators got to see what looked more like a demolition derby than an Indy race.
Six cars were unable to finish including Power’s. Alex Tagliani had to end his day short after being hit by American racer/model Danica Patrick. That was after he had already been struck by Brazilian Helio Castroneves whose car didn’t survive the duel.
All in all it was a fun day whether you’re familiar with IndyCar racing or just wanted to experience the sounds of hornet buzzing and scents of rubber burning for yourself. And again, luckily everyone involved in the crashes came out scratch-free.