Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) should be as good as advertised. A bumpy 1.786-mile Toronto street circuit, mixed with a very tight 21 car field from top to bottom, should make for a great show.
But, who are the most likely Verizon IndyCar Series drivers to cross the finish line first on Sunday afternoon?
How about these guys.
The Frenchman has never won on the scenic street course, but he’s been stellar this weekend. Pagenaud, has been in the top three in all three practice sessions, including being quickest in the final practice on Friday, the only practice on Saturday and now earning the pole in his No. 1 Chevrolet.
Plus, Pagenaud has finished second, fifth, 16th and fifth respectively in four street course races this season.
Power was second at Toronto last year and has three straight top four finishes there. Mix that with being 16th, second and fourth respectively in his No. 12 Chevrolet in practice this weekend and qualifying fourth too, and there’s reason to believe that Power can get his third win of the season on Sunday.
Rahal swept the last street course weekend in Belle Isle and has five straight top 10 finishes, four of which in the top five. In practice this weekend, Rahal was strong, being fifth, fourth and sixth respectively.
He qualified his No. 15 Honda second too.
This could be another chance for Rahal to continue his climb up in the standings.
The current points leader is typically strong at Toronto. This weekend is no different. Dixon, was fourth and third in respectively in practice on Friday and qualified his No. 9 Honda fifth.
Like at Road America, this could be another weekend where Dixon out smarts the Penske boys.
Helio has two straight podiums on the season, including leading 219 of the 300 laps last weekend in Iowa. At Toronto, the Brazilian has six top six finishes, including four podiums oer his last eight Toronto starts. So, mix that with him starting third on Sunday and being first, fifth and second respectively in practice and there’s reason to believe Helio will be in the running for the win on Sunday.