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Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe, Marcus Ericsson and Robert Wickens all took turns in the spotlight at Honda Indy Toronto, and each of them had a special memory to take home. David Malsher reports.
Scott Dixon is puzzled by the setup differences that left him struggling to gain ground on eventual winner Simon Pagenaud without the aid of traffic in yesterday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
Toronto winner Simon Pagenaud says that his Team Penske-Chevrolet was so “phenomenal” this weekend that he felt he had the measure of his IndyCar rivals without having to run on the edge, and that gave him confidence while under pressure from Scott Dixon in the closing stages.
Three-time Toronto IndyCar winner Will Power has spoken candidly of a disastrous race weekend that saw him qualify only 15th and finish 18th and in the tire wall.
Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Simon Pagenaud withstood late-race pressure from defending Toronto winner Scott Dixon to launch himself back into the championship hunt, as Alexander Rossi edged closer to points leader Josef Newgarden by beating him to third.
Felix Rosenqvist maintained his sparkling form throughout the Honda Indy Toronto weekend by topping raceday warm-up ahead of Will Power who appeared to have made a breakthrough in terms of setup.
The Team Penske-Chevrolet trio were left with emotions that spanned everything from exhilaration to frustration after qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto.
Reigning Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud did exactly as he threatened to do over the past two practice sessions, nailing pole position for Team Penske-Chevrolet, as rivals Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden spun and/or brushed walls.
There were another couple of red flags for experienced drivers causing session-stopping errors in FP3 at the Honda Indy Toronto, but Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Simon Pagenaud was again unbeatable and three rookies excelled.
In a press conference at his home IndyCar race at Toronto, Robert Wickens has spoken movingly of how he appreciates the support from his network of friends and fans because some of his fellow spinal cord injury patients are less fortunate.
Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Simon Pagenaud went fastest in second practice for Honda Indy Toronto, setting a 59.8708sec around the 1.786-mile street course to edge Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Felix Rosenqvist by a mere 0.0603sec.
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This weekend’s IndyCar race, the Honda Indy Toronto, is supported by double-headers for all three series on the Road To Indy – Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 – as well as two rounds of the Stadium SuperTrucks, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series and two rounds of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series.