Luck Of a Caution, Josef Newgarden Gains 33 Points En Route To 2nd Toronto Victory

Josef Newgarden had a good car this weekend but likely just a top five car not a podium caliber one. The top three cars all weekend long were Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal. Unfortunately for them, Tony Kanaan got into the tire barriers, bringing out a caution in the middle of the first pit sequence. Fortunately for Newgarden, he had just hit pit road when the caution came out. 

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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. 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. 

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Andretti Autosport Gets Stellar Finishes Sunday in Toronto

The Andretti Autosport group had a pretty quiet weekend in Toronto. They were pretty good, but quiet. Takuma Sato was in the top 10 in all three practice sessions, so was Ryan Hunter-Reay. Marco Andretti was 11th, sixth and 14th respectively while Alexander Rossi was 18th, 14th and seventh himself. U nfortunately, none of the four qualified where they would have hoped to. That didn’t matter though thanks to a caution for Tony Kanaan getting into the tire barriers right in the middle of the opening pit sequence.

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Hinchcliffe Gets 2nd Straight Toronto Podium

James Hinchcliffe has three races he wants to win before his Verizon IndyCar Series career is over. Those are the Indianapolis 500, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and Honda Indy Toronto. One is obvious, the other is his hometown and the third is a prestigious street race. He’s already knocked one off of that list this year alone.

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Top 5 Favorites For Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network)

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. 

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Simon Pagenaud Wins Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) Pole

Its been a very Team Penske dominated weekend so far on the streets of Toronto. Penske, was 1-2-3 in practice No. 1, 1-2-5-7 in practice No. 2 and 1-2-3-4 in practice No. 3. In qualifying, Penske drivers picked up where they left off. 

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Team Penske Dominating Race Weekend in Toronto

Last weekend, it was revealed that the rumors were indeed true, Helio Castroneves may not be back to Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series next season. It’s not 100-percent that he will be going to IMSA and not IndyCar, but the moves are being put in place. How did Castroneves respond to that? He led 219 of the 300 laps at Iowa en route to ending his four year winless drought. He kept that momentum going this weekend in Toronto. 

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Spencer Pigot Strong So Far This Weekend In Toronto

In Indy Lights competition, Spencer Pigot swept the weekend at Toronto in 2015. Last year, he made his first start on the 1.786-mile street circuit in a Verizon IndyCar Series machine. He’d finish 19th. Now, with a season under his belt in 2016, Pigot returns to the Exhibition Place street circuit with more confidence. It showed on Friday. Pigot, 23, was sixth fastest in the first session this morning, then followed that up with being 13th overall in the second session later on this afternoon in his No. 20 Chevrolet.…

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Saavedra Will Race For Mikhail Aleshin This Weekend at Toronto

INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a story from an odd but true circumstance, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Thursday that Sebastien Saavedra will race for Mikhail Aleshin this weekend on the streets of Toronto. No, Aleshin isn’t stuck in customs overseas like that happened to him prior to Road America, this time it’s puzzling. SPM said that Saavedra is bringing funding and that Aleshin will actually be on site too watching this. “We welcome the opportunity to compete with Ric (Peterson) and Sam (Schmidt) at a venue where Seb (Saavedra) and I have…

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IndyCar Drivers Rave About Return to Toronto This Weekend, This Will Be 50th Anniversary Of IndyCar Racing in Canada

INDIANAPOLIS – When scrolling through the weekly driver quotes ahead of this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) one thing stands out – their love for the city and the Canadian fans. Nearly every driver entered for this weekend’s race raved about the street circuit in Exhibition Place. The only other three tracks I’ve seen this much love for this season are Indy, Long Beach and Road America. Toronto is just as important to win for the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in this weekend’s 85 Lap race than…

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