City of Windsor to partner with Belle Isle IndyCar race

The mayor of Windsor, Canada hooked up with the mayor of the fictional Hinchtown, but this meeting of the minds did not garner James Hinchliffe any tips on how to run his town from Windsor mayor Eddie Francis.

It did, however, offer up a great deal for Windsor fans of the IZOD IndyCar series.

"I think he’s a little more legitimate than me," IndyCar driver Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont. said of Francis. "He was elected. I was self-appointed."

Hinchcliffe oversees his own mini empire at his web site, where he is mayor and all are welcome to reside, which was sort of the message that was delivered Tuesday morning to local race fans during a media conference at Caesars Windsor.

Announcing a partnership between the City of Windsor and the May 31-June 2 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Francis unveiled a special ticket package available through the city, which will offer seating in the Canadian-only Grandstand 2 at the start-finish line of the race.

Single-day tickets are priced at $55 for lower-level seats and $75 for upper-level seats, while the cost for both days of racing will be $105 and $125. The price includes HST and round-trip fare on Transit Windsor buses which will take passengers right to Belle Isle.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Windsor International Transit Terminal and Customer Care Centers throughout the city. Tickets go on sale Friday. For more information, go to or call 311.

Windsor partnered with the race when it first returned to Belle Isle in 2007-08 and race officials estimated that 5,000 Windsorites took advantage of the special Canadian-only ticket offer.

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