“I went down the outside of Scott and I don’t know if someone was on the inside of him (but) he moved out pretty quickly”, said Power, who claimed his third of four wins for 2016 in Toronto. Since his win at Long Beach in April, Hinchcliffe has just two top-10s compared to six finishes of 12th or worse.
And it was another great day in Hinchtown.
Oakville, Ontario native James Hinchcliffe, meanwhile, told Indycar.com that he just enjoys running the Honda Indy Toronto, regardless of the track’s layout: “It should be pretty similar to previous year”.
But if not for some timely pit strategy and a yellow on Lap 24, this race could have turned out a whole lot differently.
“Whoever was really quick in the race at that time, I’d say”, the defending Toronto victor said.
Newgarden says that he’ll always take a bit of good fortune.
Then on Lap 24, he took his Penske Racing Chevrolet into the pits for its scheduled stop.
Newgarden came out in front on Lap 25 after a crash by Tony Kanaan caused a caution and maintained an advantage of more than two seconds for most of the rest of the race. “Dixon is the most consistent but Will, Pagenaud and even (Helio) Castroneves are also very consistent, so it’s hard to pick one“.
Newgarden finished 1.87 seconds ahead of Alexander Rossi in an 85-lap street race.
Couple that with a new rumor that could see Marco Andretti also going to sports cars – a story that Andretti, who enters the weekend 15th in points, vehemently denied on Friday. “I have no doubt that Roger (Penske) and Chip (Ganassi) are definitely looking at him”, Daly said. Finally, through prodding by friends of his parents, he was taken to several Thursday night modified stock vehicle races on the old quarter-mile dirt track that was in the infield of the one-mile oval -and he was hooked.The first Milwaukee Mile event that he attended was the 1959 Rex Mays Classic won by Johnny Thomson in the pink Racing Associates lay-down Offy built by the legendary Lujie Lesovsky. It was his second win at Toronto over the past three seasons.
Bourdais fractured his pelvis, a hip and two ribs when his vehicle exploded into pieces and spun through Turn 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after hitting the wall at 227 miles per hour. Other short odds to win are Will Power (+350), Graham Rahal (+450) and Scott Dixon (+450).
So every position and every point matters in the Honda Indy Toronto.
“The last shootout in Q2 is always exciting”, said Hinchcliffe, who’s coming off a career best third-place finish here past year.