Indycar bosses have confirmed changes to the pitlane layout when the series visits for its annual round in Toronto later this year. To accomodate the newly-developed Hotel X Toronto, the pit lane has been switched to the opposite side of the track.
The revised layout sees the new pitlane entry at Turn 9 and extending back onto Princes' Boulevard past Turn 11. The popular hospitality suites will also move to the north side. Both were previously located on the south side of Princes' Boulevard. The Turn 11 grandstands will be located on the south side of pit lane and a new pedestrian and wheelchair track crossing has been added at Turn 9.
They are the first significant changes since 1996, when Turns 9, 10 and 11 were reconfigured, and only the third change in all since the race's debut in 1986.
One potential issue with the new layout, which has essentially been forced on race organisers by the hotel developments, is that the Indycar paddock is now separated from the pits, with only a footbridge linking the two when the track is hot.
This year's Honda Indy Toronto is the 30th running of the event and takes place on July 15-17. Ticket sales for the general public will begin April 12.