Newgarden Closes To Within 23 Points Of The Championship Lead Following Toronto Win
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden took his second win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday and in doing so, the Tennessee native has closed the gap in the hunt to win the championship to just 23 points to leader, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.
Newgarden dominated the Honda Indy Toronto leading 58 of the final 61 laps coming home just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and home favourite, James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
The victory was Newgarden’s second since joining Team Penske over the off season having taken the win at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.
Speaking following the race, Newgarden, who won in Toronto with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing commented by saying:
That is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time. “Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric, race strategist) for making that call. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that.
“I thought we had a very fast car, we got a pretty good start and stayed out of the mayhem. Very, very happy for all of Team Penske, and this DeVilbiss Chevy was pretty bright, but it was pretty fast, too.
Newgarden’s victory on Sunday was made possible by a great strategy call by Team Penske president Tim Cindric who pitted his driver just before the full course caution. Newgarden’s previous victory here came in 2015.
Next up for the Verizon IndyCar Series is the Honda Indy race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course in two weeks time.