Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 DevilBiss Chevrolet took his second win of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season on the streets of Toronto on Sunday afternoon following a great strategy call from his strategist and Team Penske president Tim Cindric. The Tennessee native started the race from seventh place and quickly made his way to the front of the field.
Newgarden not only took his his second win of the season, but it was also his second victory on the streets of Toronto having won here with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.
Speaking following the race, Newgarden commented by saying:
I think 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) 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. I am pumped for all the No. 2 car guys today, they did an amazing job for Team Penske today.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet scored his first Verizon P1 Award of the season on Saturday and in the race he fell back following a great start by his team mate Helio Castroneves who took the lead of the event off the start into Turn 1.
Pagenaud enjoyed a great battle with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay finishing the race in just ahead of the American in fifth place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The DXC Technology Chevrolet was tremendous all weekend. We just didn’t get that first stop in before the yellow like Josef (Newgarden) did. Overall, it was a good weekend for us. We made up some ground in points and it’s always great to visit Toronto. Congratulations to the No. 2 team and all of Team Penske.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from third place and finished the event in eighth but crucially, the Iowa Corn 300 winner ended the race ahead of his main rival for the championship, Scott Dixon and in doing so has closed the gap in the race in the championship to just three points heading to the next race in Mid-Ohio.
Speaking following the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
About his pass for the lead at the start): “In 1997 I did a move in the No. 3 Hitachi Chevy like that in Indy Lights when I was driving here. It was really funny – because I’m like, ‘Man, I’m going to go for it.’ As soon as we were braking, we had the reds (Firestone alternate tires) and the car was really good. I didn’t lock (the brakes) or anything – it was a clean pass. I told the guys, ‘Listen, I’m going to be fair, but if there is an opportunity I’ll take it.’ Great job – great job to everybody at Team Penske and to Josef (Newgarden). Obviously, the yellow there was a little tough, but I’ll tell you what, our cars are good and this place is always like that. Whoever is in the lead sometimes gets caught with the yellow and gets the bad side of it.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was involved a first corner incident with Scott Dixon, running into the side of the of the New Zealander before hitting the back of the Iceman.
Power and Dixon were forced to pit for lengthily repairs and while Dixon was able to continue, Power was forced to retire from the race.
Speaking following the race, Power commented by saying:
It was a really disappointing day for the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team. We had a strong car all weekend and I know it could have been really fast during the race. We had bad luck on the first lap and it ruined the rest of the race since we could not get it repaired to go back out. We’ve performed really well at Toronto in the past, so we’re just disappointed we couldn’t give the fans at Toronto the show we knew we could put on.