May 27, 2018

Newgarden edges Rossi to win in Toronto

17 July 2017, 02:01 | Darrell Baldwin

Newgarden edges Rossi to win in Toronto

Newgarden edges Rossi to win in Toronto

Once the race went back to green, there was very little else to it. Newgarden built a comfortable lead over Rossi with Hinchcliffe a very clear third.

Hinchcliffe praised the hometown crowds that packed the grandstands surrounding Exhibition Place, and gave him a roaring ovation on his pre-race parade lap.

A trio of Hondas followed the Penske duo, with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay third, Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Graham Rahal fourth, and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon in fifth.

"I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time", Newgarden said. When I got loose in [Turn] 6, I was running over marbles that were like the size of my fist, and it took four laps just to get the rubber back off the auto. As we've said, this year has been a huge turnaround. "The clouds were looking really dark as you were coming through Turn 5, heading into 6, you'd kind of see them. Because there are many other days we should have won the race".

Hinchcliffe credits his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team's consistency for the shift in success. Spencer Pigot is back as owner Ed Carpenter awaits the next oval races at Pocono and Gateway.

Power has won three times in Toronto, which is the most wins at the track by an active IndyCar driver.

"Every race vehicle driver has an ego and I think qualifying is all about ego", he said.

A 20-point lead was slashed to a single point by Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver never trailed and cruised to his fourth win of the season.

Max Chilton, Castroneves, Rahal and Dixon complete the top 10. "... A lot of varying concrete, asphalt". "It was pretty challenging in Detroit, particularly with the track characteristics, which are very demanding and very bumpy".

Power has two wins this season, capturing the IndyCar Grand Prix and Rainguard Water Sealers 600, and four pole positions. "Toronto is not Long Beach, unfortunately". The 26-year-old Tennessee driver has five career victories, also winning in Alabama in April.

"Yeah, it's going to be tough", he said. Honda drivers did, however, take three of the top 4 spots, five of the top 7 spots and nine of the top 12 spots in the race despite not showing great speed in practices.

With Team Penske's announcement this week that it will return to sports cars next season, talk continues to persist that Helio Castroneves will be headed to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for 2018. Newgarden won this race two years ago.

NOTES: Simon Pagenaud's pole here Saturday was his first of the season.

Bourdais is in Toronto this weekend to help out his Dale Coyne Racing team and is in good spirits, all the more wonderful considering the impact sustained when he lost control of the auto during Indy 500 qualifying.

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