Morning update from Toronto

Hotel X will be open in time for next year's race
Lucille Dust/AR1.com

Good morning from North of the border. It is raining here and gloomy but Saturday and Sunday should be nicer. Cooler temperatures and dry conditions are predicted for Saturday and Sunday. This year we will only have one race on Sunday instead of the doubleheader weekend.

The new hotel they are building in the center of the Exhibition Place is evident outside the windows of the media center. The view of pit lane is nonexistent with the new structure. The boutique hotel named Hotel X is expected to be open by next summer and would be ultra-convenient for staying close to the racing action. There will 5 restaurants, a tennis court and a swimming pool to keep guests occupied while staying in the middle of this large facility.

First practice is at 10:45 today. Hoping the rain stops and we get some practice in without rain tires.

Pit Assignments for this weekend:
1. #1. Will Power
2. #22. Simon Pagenaud
3. #3. Helio Castroneves
4. #26. Carlos Munoz
5. #2. Juan Pablo Montoya
6. #15. Graham Rahal
7. #9. Scott Dixon
8. #10. Tony Kanaan
9. #83. Charlie Kimball
10. #8. Sebastian Saavedra
11. #27. Marco Andretti
12. #7. James Jakes
13. #14. Takuma Sato
14. #67. Josef Newgarden
15. #20. Luca Filippi
16. #19. Tristan Vautier
17. #41. Jack Hawksworth
18. #11. Sebastien Bourdais
19. #5. Conor Daly
20. #98. Gabby Chavez
21. #28. Ryan Hunter-Reay
22. #18. Rodolfo Gonzalez
23. #4. Stefano Coletti
Lucille Dust reporting live from Toronto for Autoracing1.com

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