Декабря 12, 2017


Concerns Remain Over Track Layout At 2017 Honda Indy Toronto

17 Июля 2017, 02:03 | Winifred Adams

James Hinchcliffe is the face of the Honda Indy Toronto, so beating the hometown favourite at his race is that much sweeter for Josef Newgarden. It gave him his fifth podium of the season.

Power's Penske team mate Josef Newgarden went on to win in Toronto and move up to fourth in the drivers' championship.

"I think that's twice we've had good calls in TO getting in to the pits at the right time", Newgarden said.

"It's kind of a weird feeling because there's some groups that are fairly equal side to side and one little thing that you feel very vulnerable", Bourdais said. "We'll have to see what we can do", said Daly, mindful that weather could wreak havoc.

Notes: Sebastien Saavedra will replace Mikhail Aleshin in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports No. 7 vehicle. The leaders - Castroneves, Pagenaud, Rahal, Spencer Pigot and Takuma Sato - had not yet come in, and when the race restarted on lap 26 Newgarden cycled out to the lead.

Pagenaud said that the Toronto track's difficulty makes it the most important place to qualify well.

"We've been good all weekend", said Newgarden, who also won the race in 2015. JR Hildebrand's runner-up finish at Iowa was overshadowed by Helio Castroneves' drought-busting win, but the performance was almost as critical for Hildebrand, who is trying to build confidence and momentum after a tough first half of the season.

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"Coming off the best start and best finish previous year we wanted to build on that", he said. He finished fifth at the season-opener in St. Pete, and he was robbed of a good finish at Long Beach when his auto lost power.

It is Newgarden's second win of the 2017 season - he also won in Alabama - and his second Toronto win in three years.

Replacing the Russian is Sebastian Saavedra, a veteran of the series who most recently ran for Juncos Racing at this year's Indianapolis 500.

"Yeah, it's going to be tough", he said. "I'm enjoying it more than I expected". Series' rookie Ed Jones has raced here in Indy Lights before, while the other series' rookie, Esteban Gutierrez, is coming off a strong oval track race (his first) at Iowa last week.

The finish was the third in four races in which Dixon finished outside the top five. I know we keep saying that, but it was nice to make a change and be rewarded with more team pace overall. He won the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April and was third in the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix in June. Castroneves is coming off his best drive of the season, and counting out Simon Pagenaud on a street course is just plain foolish.

It's a struggle to pick the winning manufacturer, too.

Newgarden, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Team Penske, arrived in Canada 56 points out of the points lead.

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