May. 31

Friday is Free at the Honda Indy Toronto in Support of Make-A-Wish® Canada




Fri­day is Free at the Honda Indy Toronto in Sup­port of Make-A-Wish® Canada

Ontario Honda Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion con­tin­ues to help make children’s mag­i­cal wishes come true



For the third year in a row, the Ontario Honda Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion (OHDA) will pay the cost of admis­sion for fans to enjoy the speed and spec­ta­cle of the Honda Indy Toronto on Fri­day, July 6. With gen­er­ous sup­port from fans, Honda Canada and the OHDA have raised more than $200,000 for Make-A-Wish®dur­ing the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, help­ing to make the wishes of chil­dren who are liv­ing with a life-threatening med­ical con­di­tion come true.


“We’re excited to once again part­ner with Make-A-Wish for Free Fri­day at the Honda Indy Toronto,” said Kevin Pear­son, pres­i­dent of the OHDA. “We hope fans enjoy the Indy expe­ri­ence and donate gen­er­ously to help make wishes come true for chil­dren across Canada.”


In lieu of admis­sion, and to take part in var­i­ous onsite games and activ­i­ties, Free Fri­day atten­dees are encour­aged to donate to Make-A-Wish. All dona­tions will once again be matched dollar-for-dollar by Honda Canada. With sup­port from orga­ni­za­tions like Honda Canada and the OHDA, Make-A-Wish grants over 400 wishes a year through eight regional chap­ters across the country.


“Honda has been a very gen­er­ous sup­porter of our mag­i­cal wish grant­ing efforts the past two years,” said Jen­nifer Klotz-Ritter, CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “We are thrilled to be part of the Honda Indy Toronto again.”


The Honda Indy Toronto, which runs July 6–8, marks the 10th race of the 2012 IZOD Indy­Car Series sea­son and 26 years of rac­ing on the streets of Toronto. On Free Fri­day, there is no reg­u­lar reserved seat­ing, so atten­dees can access all grand­stands and choose their seats on a first-come/first-served basis. Through­out the day, atten­dees can explore the exclu­sive IZOD Indy­Car Series Pad­dock where the new DW12 Indy­Cars will be on dis­play while not on the track.

“We love Free Fri­day because it sup­ports an impor­tant cause and it pro­vides the pub­lic with a great chance, and the extra incen­tive, to expe­ri­ence the excite­ment of Indy­Car rac­ing,” said Char­lie John­stone, vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the Honda Indy Toronto. “It’s hard not to become a fan after expe­ri­enc­ing the thrill of rac­ing and all that the Honda Indy has to offer.”

About the Ontario Honda Deal­ers Association:

The Ontario Honda Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, which was founded in 1989, rep­re­sents 78 Honda deal­ers located in 62 com­mu­ni­ties through­out Ontario, which is home to the two Honda of Canada Mfg. assem­bly plants that pro­duce Civic, Canada’s num­ber one sell­ing car, in addi­tion to the Acura MDX, ZDX and CR-V. The 78 Honda deal­er­ships in Ontario, which have a proven track record for pro­vid­ing max­i­mum cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, employ approx­i­mately 3,000 associates.


About Make-A-Wish® Canada
Make-A-Wish Canada is a dynamic wish-granting orga­ni­za­tion that brings hope, strength and joy to chil­dren across Canada liv­ing with life-threatening med­ical con­di­tions. Along with the national office, eight regional chap­ters grant mag­i­cal wishes to chil­dren in need from coast-to-coast. Make-A-Wish Canada is an affil­i­ate of Make-A-Wish® Inter­na­tional, the largest wish-granting orga­ni­za­tion in the world, mak­ing dreams and wishes come true for more than 290,000 chil­dren since 1980. To learn more please visit

About the Honda Indy Toronto

The Honda Indy Toronto takes place July 6–8, 2012 on the streets sur­round­ing Exhi­bi­tion Place near Lake Ontario and down­town Toronto. With 26 years of Indy­Car rac­ing his­tory in Toronto, the Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motor­sports events in North Amer­ica and includes the fastest rac­ing series on the planet, celebrity ath­letes, and a fes­ti­val of live enter­tain­ment and inter­ac­tive activ­i­ties. For more infor­ma­tion, visit Fol­low the Honda Indy Toronto on Twit­ter @HondaIndy and ‘Like’ us on Face­book at­Toronto






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