Team Target Triumphs in Toronto
If you like your hockey “old school”, then you loved today’s Honda Indy Toronto. On a day when nearly every IZOD IndyCar Series competitor made contact with at least one other driver – some more than once – Dario Franchitti led a Target Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 finish Sunday in a real brawl on the 1.755-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Toronto.
Franchitti survived mid-race contact with primary championship rival Will Power to lead teammate Scott Dixon to the checkers for his fourth win of 2011, increasing his championship points lead to 55 over Power. Franchitti and Power made contact while contesting fifth place on Lap 56. After striking Power’s left rear wheel at the end of the long Lakeshore Drive straight, Franchitti continued, but Power spun and fell to the back of the lead-lap field. Some 20 laps later, similar contact with Alex Tagliani ended Power’s race – his second consecutive “Did Not Finish” this season.
Following the restart after Power’s crash, Franchitti moved past the Ganassi Racing entry of Graham Rahal to take the lead on Lap 71, while Dixon passed both Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay to claim second. With just five laps remaining, Hunter-Reay hit and spun Rahal, who fell back to an unrepresentative 13th place finish, while Hunter-Reay rounded out the podium in third, his best result of 2011.
In addition to Power, several drivers appeared headed to strong finishes before having their day’s cut short or delayed by contact. Oriol Servia was running fifth in the closing laps, until contact from Marco Andretti sent him to the back of the field and also sent Justin Wilson spinning out of fourth place.
Canadian drivers Paul Tracy and James Hinchcliffe made contact while fighting for position and Tony Kanaan’s race ended after just two laps following contact with Ryan Briscoe.
By: honda racing