Toronto race will get world-wide coverage

DEAN McNULTY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

The Honda Indy Toronto will join the Indianapolis 500 as one of five IndyCar Series races to receive world-wide television coverage in 2010, it was announced Tuesday.

ABC Sports laid out its schedule of race events for next season that will start with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and end with the Toronto race.

The remaining 12 races — including the Edmonton Rexall Indy in July — will be carried by the U.S.-based Versus network.

“We are very excited about the return of Versus and ABC for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season,” Terry Angstadt, president of the commercial division for the Indy Racing League, said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Having two television partners during the 2009 season assisted the growth of our sport and its accessibility to fans, and we have confidence that the 2010 season will reap even bigger gains with ABC’s and Versus’ enrichment of their already outstanding programming.”

Danica still looking

Danica Patrick has a rough sketch of what her NASCAR schedule would look like. She has an idea of what series to start in. Her IndyCar owner is onboard.

Now all the popular driver needs is a car to race.

Speaking with owner Michael Andretti during a teleconference Tuesday, Patrick said she still doesn’t have a NASCAR deal in place. A photo on Patrick’s website showing her wearing a NASCAR fire suit — a picture that was quickly taken down — suggests something might be in the works, but nothing has been announced yet.

“We’ve been working this and talking to people since summer,” she said. “We are serious about this. Whether it comes together or not, we won’t know. But there’s no contract and there’s no deal right now.”

Massa a dad

Autosport magazine reported Tuesday that Ferrari driver Felipe Massa became a father on Monday when his wife Raffaela gave birth to their first child.

The baby boy was born in the same hospital, where Massa had been recovering earlier this year following his accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Ferrari team congratulated the family from Jerez, Spain, with a sign that read “Benvenuto piccolo Felipe” (Welcome little Felipe).


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