CHAMPCAR/CART: Krosnoff/Avrin Memorial Plaque - Toronto unveiling date

Jeff Krosnoff / Gary Avrin Memorial Plaque July 3, 2002, unveiling at Exhibition Place, Toronto. A plaque in the memory of CART driver Jeff Krosnoff and track worker Gary Avrin is to be unveiled July 3 at 10 a.m., replacing a makeshift memorial...

Jeff Krosnoff / Gary Avrin Memorial Plaque
July 3, 2002, unveiling at Exhibition Place, Toronto.

A plaque in the memory of CART driver Jeff Krosnoff and track worker Gary Avrin is to be unveiled July 3 at 10 a.m., replacing a makeshift memorial which had been in place since the accident in the 1996 Molson Indy.

Fans had placed flowers, a plaque and a Krosnoff decal on the elm tree that Krosnoff's car struck after contact with a competitor's car launched his car into a group of track workers, killing Avrin and injuring two others. When it became known that the tree was dying of disease an effort began more than a year ago to place a proper, permanent memorial at the site. At last, that plaque has become a reality.

"We have asked several CART drivers who knew Jeff to attend, along with friends and family of both Jeff and Gary, as well as other members of the motorsports commuity in Canada and the United States" said Douglas Graves, Avrins fellow track worker who spearheaded the effort to install a permanent memorial.

The unveiling ceremony is set for 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 3. The site of the plaque looks over the accident scene at Turn Three of the Exhibition Place racing circuit, just west of the foot bridge over Lake Shore Blvd.

Because parking will not be available on the Exhibition Place grounds, due to installations for this year's Molson Indy, July 5-7, parking at Ontario Place is suggested, with an easy walk across the bridge to the site of the ceremony, which is expected to take 30-45 minutes.

-Douglas Graves

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Krosnoff