The changes in 2016 were the first the circuit had seen since 1996, and the third overall since the first time the race was run in 1986.

New year, same issues, it seems, when when it comes to recent circuit changes at the Honda Indy Toronto. With the pit lane being moved, and a tightening to Turns 9, 10 and 11 to accomodate Hotel X Toronto, drivers last year were worried about running out of room in some sections. When pressed again for the 2017 Honda Indy Toronto, many drivers echoed last year's sentiments.

"I liked it better the old way, for sure; no doubt about that,” said Graham Rahal to Indycar.com. No less than four drivers ended up hitting the wall in Turn 11 last year, so it seems the concerns weren't completely unfounded.

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The changes weren't dramatic, but besides accomodating the hotel, as well as the relocation of hospitality suites and grandstands, the hope was that they would offer a more entertaining experience for fans attending the race.

"I hope they don't change it too much and we can give a good show to the fans. I think fans like it," reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud told Indycar.com. It probably wasn't coincidence that Pagenaud had the fastest Friday practice sessions, and qualifying third for the race itself.

The changes in 2016 were the first the circuit had seen since 1996, and the third overall since the first time the race was run in 1986.

 

Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe, meanwhile, told Indycar.com that he just enjoys running the Honda Indy Toronto, regardless of the track's layout: "It should be pretty similar to last year. The hope is that we will be even more competitive there this year than we were last year." Hinchcliffe finished third last year after starting the race in position three. Currently this year he's 12th in the overall IndyCar standings.

Qualifying for this year's race happens today at 6:30 PM EST. The race begin at 3:00 PM EST tomorrow.

Source: Indycar.com

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