Caution On 1st Pit Sequence Frustrating for Pagenaud, Helio and Rahal

The top three cars all weekend at Toronto where easily Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal. Pagenaud, was third, first and first respectively in the three practice sessions while qualifying his No. 1 Chevrolet on the pole for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.

Simon Pagenaud on the streets of Toronto

His Penske teammate of Castroneves was first, fifth and second respectively in practice and qualified his No. 3 Chevrolet fourth. Rahal, was fifth, fourth and sixth respectively himself and started on the front row in his No. 15 Honda. 

On the start, Castroneves snuck by the two of them for the lead in Turn 1, while Rahal and Pagenaud fell in line in second and third respectively.

They’d pull away and remain there for the entire first part of the race. If not for an ill-advised caution coming out, they’d likely finish there too.

Instead, Tony Kanaan found the tire barriers right in the middle of the first pit sequence, bringing out the caution flag on Lap 19. It would bunch the field up and for those like Castroneves, Pagenaud and Rahal who haven’t pitted yet, they’d fall behind those that did.

All three would rebound to finish in the top 10 though, but not on the podium like they should have been.

Pagenaud, would finish fifth for his fifth straight top 10 finish. Four of those five were in the top five. It was his ninth top 10 of the season overall.

Castroneves, would come home eighth for his 11th top 10 of the year, while Rahal would finish ninth for his sixth straight top 10.

Frustrating?

Yes.

Luckily, Scott Dixon had issues on the first lap with Will Power and they’d finish 10th and 21st respectively allowing those three to close the gap a bit in the points standings.

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One Thought to “Caution On 1st Pit Sequence Frustrating for Pagenaud, Helio and Rahal

  1. Indycar throws out nice lucky yellow lottos so the front runners get shuffled back all the way, without a way to keep pits open and/or from using Virtual Safety car technology, the front runners often get penalised for being the front runners. Terribly unfair but nobody is willing to do anything about it, while many fans are getting disgruntled

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