TORONTO, Ontario (July 13, 2018) - In yet another chapter of the growing international presence for AERO Sustainable Paint Technology, squads putting the beautiful innovation to use will head north of the border this weekend.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and AJ Foyt Racing will look to make the most out of the final street circuit on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule with the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday.
Navigating the close racing quarters of the 11-turn Toronto street course requires precision, swift thinking, and quick hands to generate the recipe for speed. And with the 2018 edition of IndyCar once again delivering incredibly close competition, it is hardly surprising that teams have integrated AERO Sustainable Paint Technology into their arsenals. With its lightweight, single coat process, AERO Paint allows cars to cut through the air with minimal drag.
Both Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and AJ Foyt Racing are looking for a big weekend in Toronto with the lineup of four AERO-equipped Dallaras.
Coming off of a run to the Iowa podium, Takuma Sato in his No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic will be making his 11th start on the streets of Toronto and will be looking to top his best finish of fifth with another run to the podium this weekend.
“I’m very excited to go back to Toronto,” said Sato. “We think we have a good car for a street course so I really want to have a strong race and I think we can. We have good momentum right now so I hope we can continue in Toronto. It’s a challenging track.”
With his best start of second set at Toronto just last year, Graham Rahal is eager to take that forward progress to the podium in his No. 15 Rousseau Honda to the podium.
“The Honda Indy Toronto is an iconic event in our sport,” said Rahal. “There is always great crowd support. Nowadays with Hinch (James Hinchcliffe) and with Robbie, I fully expect there to be a ruckus crowd as usual. Hopefully we can go up there and try to spoil their dreams. They repaved a couple of sections which is good, it was needed. I don’t think it’s going to transform the place so it will still be textbook Toronto.”
Also taking advantage of the AERO Paint benefits is AJ Foyt Racing and its two car line up of Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist.
Making his 295th consecutive IndyCar start, Kanaan’s eyes are focused on the top step of the podium to go one better than his best result to date of second at the hugely popular track.
“Toronto is always a fun track to go to – it’s a really fast street course,” said Kanaan. “I love the venue, it’s one of the most fun races of the year. I know we have a good street course car so I’m looking forward to maybe getting a podium for A.J. and cheer him up a bit.”
As a Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie, Leist will have his first go at the Toronto street course behind the wheel of his No. 4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet.
“I’m excited to be racing at Toronto again, it’s a pretty cool track,” said Leist who will be making his 12th IndyCar start. “It’s a street course which are tracks that I love so we’ll try to have a great car so we can finish up front.”
Also in action will be all three rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires. One racer who will likely be grabbing the headlines is Exclusive Autosport’s Parker Thompson. The affable Canadian from Red Deer, Alberta holds the lead in the Pro Mazda championship standings with Michael Duncalfe’s Canadian-based Exclusive Autosport team. The squad has made a point of demonstrating the durability of the AERO Sustainable Paint Technology, having kept the same outer layer on the racing machines through thousands of laps.
Thompson, 20, has become a popular fixture on the Mazda Road to Indy over the last few years, twice finishing among the top three in the USF2000 title-chase before stepping up to Pro Mazda this season. Thompson has history on his side, too, after winning three times in Toronto over the past two years, including claiming the Exclusive team’s maiden Mazda Road to Indy triumph in 2017.
“Sweeping the weekend last year in Toronto in front of my fellow countrymen was probably the most memorable racing weekend of my career,” says Thompson. “The best part is we have the chance to relive some of the same emotions again this year, (and) I will do absolutely everything in my power to defend our win streak on the streets of Toronto.”
The AERO equipped IndyCars will take the Honda Indy Toronto green flag this Sunday at 3:00 PM ET on NBCSN.