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Kim Green attended the first IndyCar race in Toronto

TORONTO -- Kim Green attended the first IndyCar race in Toronto in 1986 as a mechanic. babyliss uk . He came back as a team manager and then team owner. Now he co-owns the race, set for July 8 this summer. "Being biased as the (race) promoter, but its one of the favourite stops certainly for the IndyCar series and always was ... A great place to be," Green said Monday. Green and other organizers were at a news conference to announce that the Honda Indy Toronto has settled its immediate future via three-year contract extensions with the City of Toronto, Honda Canada, Exhibition Place, Tourism Toronto and IndyCar. The deals cover the race through 2014. "Big events define big cities," said David Whitaker, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "And whether its Carnival or Pride parade or street festival or major music festival, this race is right up there with big-league events that happen in big-league cities. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard agreed that the race through the Toronto lakefront has a special place on his organizations calendar. "Toronto is, by far, one of our very favourites," he said."Its my favourite because of our passion our drivers show here. Theyre not afraid to get in a few fights and let their voices be known." Both Green and Bernard pointed to the promise of local driver James Hinchcliffe. "I think this year is going to be that much better because of the future Canada has with James Hinchcliffe," Bernard said. "I cant stress enough how important this young man is to the Izod IndyCar Series as well as IndyCar." The 25-year-old Hinchcliffe is currently third in the driver standings, behind leader Will Power and Helio Castroneves. "This guy is the real deal," said Bernard. "Not only can he drive great, he has a great personality and he has one of the leading sponsors in the country in racing with Go Daddy. Green said, at the beginning, he wasnt sure how good Hinchcliffe was. But he said he saw the light when Hinchcliffe moved to Newman/Haas Racing last year. "Wow, this kids good," Green recalled thinking. "Not only is he a personality and he represents his team well and his sponsors well, hes very talented. "I think Canadas found its next Paul Tracy in my mind." Greens driver for the first event in Toronto was Jacques Villeneuve Sr., brother of Gilles and father of Jacques. "We didnt have a great weekend. In fact, he crashed on the pace lap coming up to take the green flag," recalled Green, who was working for Hemelgarn Racing then. Villeneuve finished 24th and last in the race won by Bobby Rahal. Greens company also promotes the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the opening race of the 16-event IndyCar season, and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio. His company owns the Lexington track, which offers a full season of racing. The other Canadian stop on the IndyCar circuit is the Edmonton Indy, set for July 22 this year. Edmonton is currently in the second-year of a three-year deal, with options to extend. Bernard says he loves Edmonton but has challenged fans to stand behind it "because there are other markets in Canada Id like to look at." They have to have a good year," he added. Possible third Canadian venues include Vancouver, Calgary and Quebec City, he said. Bernard says his hope is to go to 19 races next year, trimming some current stops off the calendar and adding new ones. Greens history with the Toronto race includes wins with Andretti-Green Racing and Dario Franchitti in 1999. His last win here as a non-team owner was in 2001 when he ran the strategy for Michael Andretti in his last street race. The head office of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, the parent company of the Honda Indy Toronto, is based in Indianapolis. Green, a former racer himself, drives an Acura MDX these days. His biggest regret in terms of cars was selling his Honda S2000 roadster. "What a great car to drive," he said. babyliss pro perfect . -- Chris Paul begged coach Vinny Del Negro to put him back into the game for the fourth quarter and not give up despite being down 21 points. babyliss perfect curl . Vettel only needs to finish fifth or better Sunday to wrap up the championship with three races remaining, and bettered his own lap record to claim his third straight pole at Buddh International Circuit.EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers found their resolve in the third period on Sunday. Jordan Eberle had a pair of goals as the Oilers snapped a four-game losing skid by holding on for a 5-3 upset win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. After staking themselves to a 3-1 lead after the first period, the Oilers started to fall apart in the second, allowing the Lightning to tie the game 3-3. "We were turning pucks over in our own end, it was the same old story with this team," Eberle said. "But as soon as they tied it, we found a way to get back to playing the way that got us the lead in the first place. Thats what won us the game." Taylor Hall, Luke Gazdic and Boyd Gordon also scored for the Oilers (14-26-5), who have won just three of their last 13 games. Edmonton, which has the second-worst record in the NHL, avoided its fourth five-game losing streak of the season. "There were certainly some shifts in the second period where we didnt play well, but for the most part our effort was good tonight," Hall said. "Our execution was good. There have been a lot of times this season where we have gone into a third period tied or in a close game and we just havent really played the way we should. Tonight was a different story. It was nice to see, especially against a team that is as good and as high in the standings as Tampa." It was the Oilers first win against a team above the playoff cutline in a calendar month. "We need to spin this into a positive," Gordon said. "Hopefully we can get things turned around here and start playing some winning hockey." Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Valtteri Flippula replied for the Lightning (25-13-4), who saw a five-game winning streak on the road come to and end. "I thought we owned that second period and we had a bad break for us on the fourth goal and then a good play by them on the fifth one," Hedman said. "Thats not the way we wanted to come out of this. We were carrying the momentum going into the third. Its obviously frustrating that we didnt play better in the third." Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left the game with an undisclosed injury in the first half, something head coach Jon Cooper did little to explain after the game. "I have no idea," said Cooper when asked of Bishops status. "I dont ask, so I can look you in the eye and say I dont know, so I dont know. "We dont know, its hard to speculate. I dont know what the injury is, but I dont think its going to be major serious. I hope not anyway. But if it is, then (Anders Lindback) is a proven goaltender in the league and hell be fine, lets make that determination when we find out whats wrong with him. I think its way too early to speculate on whats going on." Tampa Bay started the scoring with a power-play goal less than three minutes into the ggame as Matthew Carle made a cross-ice pass to Kucherov at the left face-off dot. babyliss curl secret. Kucherov beat Oilers starter Ilya Bryzgalov with a quick shot glove-side. Edmonton responded a minute-and-a-half later, however, as a stick got caught in the skates of Martin St. Louis in front of the Tampa net before Eberle could fish it out and lift his 13th of the season past Bishop. Bishop left the game after the play with what originally looked like an equipment problem. Lindback came in as his replacement, just as Alex Killorn took a double minor for high-sticking. Edmonton went up 2-1 on their second shot of the game, just past the six minute mark as an Eberle shot pinballed in front and was inadvertently deflected past Lindback by defender Sami Salo on a power play. It was Eberles second goal in less than two minutes after only scoring one in his previous 11 games. The Oilers took a two-goal lead with five minutes left in the first period as Gazdic tipped the puck past Lindback off a point shot from Justin Schultz. The Lightning started to rally in the second period and were rewarded for it just under nine minutes in as a stolen puck at the Oilers blue-line eventually led to a long screened-shot goal by Hedman. Tampa Bay tied it 3-3 with 5:35 remaining in the second period as Filppula hooked off the half boards and picked the bottom corner of the net with a quick wrist shot for this 16th goal of the season. Lindback kept the Oilers from regaining any momentum on a late second period power play, making big stops on Eberle and Gordon to keep it 3-3 after 40 minutes. Edmonton moved back in front eight minutes into the third period as Gordon did a good job to fight off a defender and swat home the rebound from his own backhand shot in tight. The Oilers went up 5-3 just past the mid-mark with the teams playing four aside as Hall made a perfect redirection of an Andrew Ference point shot for his 16th goal and team-leading 41st point of the season. Both teams return to the ice on Tuesday as the Lightning finish a four-game trip in Winnipeg and the Oilers play host to the St. Louis Blues. Notes: Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (broken right tibia) has begun skating in full gear but is still not ready to return to the team. However, the Lightning have persevered without their star centre, coming into the game with a 13-7-4 record while he has been outa Tampa goalie Bishop could be a big loss if he is out for long after his first period injury. Bishop earned his league lead-tying fourth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Calgary on Friday and entered the contest against the Oilers having earned at least a point in 10 straight games (8-0-2) and allowing two or fewer goals in eight consecutive starts and 26 of 31 gamesa Defencemen Corey Potter (groin) and Philip Larsen (illness) are on Edmontons injured reserve. ' ' '

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