Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Chevrolet has closed the gap in the series points race to 47 points to his team mate and championship leader Simon Pagenaud after scoring his third win of the Verizon IndyCar Series in a dramatic Honda Indy Toronto race on Sunday.
The Australian led a Penske 1-2 with Helio Castroneves coming home in second place in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet and speaking following the race Power stated:
The team’s doing a great job, obviously. We’ve been playing catch-up all year but every race we’re executing, getting great strategies, great cars. We’ve just got to keep chipping away, man, keep chipping away and see if we can have a shot at this championship. I don’t know what the point situation is right now. All we know is we’ve going to finish ahead of the 22 every race if we want to win.
During the race the safety car came out due to large parts of the track coming detached from the surface and when asked by Paddock Eye if he was concerned at the end of the race Power said that he was concerned particularly at Turn 5 where Castroneves had his puncture and as a result while going through this turn he stopped using the curbs.
It was a fantastic race for home favorite James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda as the Mayor of HinchTown who started the race from 6th place picked up his first home podium ending the race in third place.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet led the race for a while put was forced to pit in the closing stages of the race meaning that he came home in fourth place.
It was a great race for Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Honda for AJ Foyt Racing as he finished the race in fifth place just ahead of Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Sebastien Bourdais ended the race in seventh place having started the event from fifth place ending up just ahead of reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target Chevrolet who dominated the race but came home in eighth place.
Despite not winning the race, Scott Dixon scored a bonus point for leading the most number of laps.
Series leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet had a disappointing race as he finished the race in ninth place but he remains in the lead of the championship heading to the next race in Mid-Ohio in two weeks time.
Marco Andretti in the No.27 Dr Pepper Honda rounded out the top ten which was a fantastic result considering he started the race from last on the grid in 22nd place.
Charlie Kimball finished the race just outside the top ten in 11th place just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay and Graham Rahal who finished the race in 13th place. Luca Filippi did a great job on his return to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing as he finished the race in 14th place ahead of his team mate Conor Daly.
Alexander Rossi finished the race in 16th place in the No.98 Castrol EDGE with Curb Honda just ahead of team mate Carlos Munoz.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet finished the race in 18th place while Spencer Pigot was the final driver to complete the race in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet.
It was another disappointing race for Juan Pablo Montoya and the No.2 Devilbiss Chevrolet as for the second race in succession the Colombian retired from the race. Montoya was caught up in an accident with Jack Hawksworth in the No.41 ABC Supply Co Honda for AJ Foyt Racing.
Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Preferred Freezer Services Honda suffered a big crash hitting the wall hard however he did not aggravate his fractured wrist or shoulder. The Verizon IndyCar Series moves on to Mid-Ohio in two weeks time as we reach the business end of the season.