Toronto IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race

Josef Newgarden follows familiar path to Honda Indy Toronto to score his second victory of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season

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1   2 united_states Josef Newgarden 1:35'05.3522   95.790 53
"I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time. Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric) for making that call. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that. I thought we had a very fast car, we got a pretty good start, and stayed out of the mayhem. Very, very happy for all of Team Penske, and this DeVilbiss Chevy was pretty bright, but it was pretty fast too.  I am pumped for all the No. 2 car guys today, they did an amazing job for Team Penske today."
2   98 united_states Alexander Rossi 1:35'07.2226 1.8704 95.759 40
"This finish has been a long time coming. We had the Indy win, but I've been looking for that first podium and hopefully this will be a foundation to go and chase more wins. I'm relieved that we finally kind of got the monkey off our back. It was a huge turnaround overnight by Andretti Autosport to get the car where it needed to be for the race today. Qualifying was a huge effort for the whole team. I'm very proud of Honda for the effort they've made. As we've said, this year has been a huge turnaround. Big shout out to the Toronto fans for coming out to the race. It really is amazing coming here, and hopefully we can carry this momentum on to Mid-Ohio and get a win." 
3   5 canada James Hinchcliffe 1:35'10.0542 4.7020 95.711 35
 "The yellow just came at the right time, but we had the pace at the end there. We were catching Alexander (Rossi) and Josef (Newgarden) in that last stint. The car really came alive on the blacks, so big thanks to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, all the guys - great stops - and all the fans in Toronto. I mean the support that we feel each and every year is amazing. You guys are the best. You came even when the weather wasn't looking awesome and hung out with us and we appreciate it. So thanks to all of you guys. Next year, maybe a couple of spots better."
4   27 united_states Marco Andretti 1:35'24.0930 18.7408 95.476 32
"I think (it seemed like) we were quiet all weekend because we got hosed by that yellow in qualifying. But, I think our pace was actually about sixth or seventh, so we're happy to come away with a fourth. My engineer did a good job with the car. We were really balanced. I could really wring it out and we saved fuel at the end. I had a good car here in Toronto. I'm happy for the UFD team; the boys did a great job for us all day in the pits." 
5   1 france Simon Pagenaud 1:35'24.7796 19.4274 95.465 32
"The DXC Technology Chevrolet was tremendous all weekend. We just didn't get that first stop in before the yellow like Josef (Newgarden) did. Overall, it was a good weekend for us. We made up some ground in points and it's always great to visit Toronto. Congratulations to the No. 2 team and all of Team Penske."
6   28 united_states Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:35'32.7427 27.3905 95.332 28
"We had a bit of a handful today, for sure. The result was a good turnaround, though. Really nice good job by Alex (Rossi), finishing second and Marco (Andretti) grabbing fourth. We had a great battle with Simon (Pagenaud). I was almost able to hold him off to keep fifth, but we just couldn't keep it and finished sixth. I just got too loose at the end. I think I burnt the rears off trying to catch Marco. That's the way it goes, though. Overall, it was a pretty good day and a good turnaround from last year." 
7   8 united_kingdom Max Chilton 1:35'33.6908 28.3386 95.317 27
"I'm happy with the result on the No. 8 Gallagher car today here in Toronto. It was a bit of a wild race and it seemed to fly by, but on the whole I'm happy with the result. The Gallagher crew did some very fast and clean stops. We stayed out of trouble and we maintained our position in the championship. I think we even managed to pull away from the people behind us in the standings." 
8   3 brazil Helio Castroneves 1:35'34.2937 28.9415 95.307 25
(About his pass for the lead at the start): "In 1997 I did a move in the No. 3 Hitachi Chevy like that in Indy Lights when I was driving here. It was really funny - because I'm like, 'Man, I'm going to go for it.' As soon as we were braking, we had the reds (Firestone alternate tires) and the car was really good. I didn't lock (the brakes) or anything - it was a clean pass. I told the guys, 'Listen, I'm going to be fair, but if there is an opportunity I'll take it.' Great job - great job to everybody at Team Penske and to Josef (Newgarden). Obviously, the yellow there was a little tough, but I'll tell you what, our cars are good and this place is always like that. Whoever is in the lead sometimes gets caught with the yellow and gets the bad side of it." 
9   15 united_states Graham Rahal 1:35'35.1215 29.7693 95.293 22
 "I got the call after we passed pit in. (Josef) Newgarden was just lucky because he was falling off the train of the three of us (Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and me). He was 2.5 seconds behind us, or just enough to get the call. When they said to me 'Pit, pit' I was turning into Turn 9. Obviously, I can't see what's going on in Turn 1. We played it right today, but got unlucky. The three best cars didn't win the race or finish 1-2-3. There was nobody that was a match for the three of us all day. It's a shame, but sometimes luck plays a role in these things. Congrats to Josef (Newgarden), he still brought it home, but you could see in the first stint that Simon, Helio and myself were taking off and I felt that was a pretty easy pace for us to maintain and go from there. Obviously, I'm disappointed for the Rousseau team. I'm happy for our United Rentals Turns for Troops (lap completed) program. We raised another several thousand dollars to help our veterans. But I'm frustrated because today was a day we should have easily gained a lot of points on (Scott) Dixon, Newgarden and everybody else, but unfortunately the way the officials have decided to close the pits these days, luck plays a huge factor  and today it bit us. We got it home and got another top 10, but I'm disappointed, and rightly so, and our guys are too. They know the car that we put on the track today was a car that was capable of winning this race. The guys did a great job in the pits, and I think we have proven that the No. 15 is one of the cars to beat each and every single weekend and probably legitimately one of the few that can take it to Penske every weekend. I'm just extremely proud of this organization."
10   9 new_zealand Scott Dixon 1:35'35.6891 30.3369 95.283 20
"It was a rough day in the NTT Data car. I had a good start in Turn 1, and it looked like (Graham) Rahal decided to shift lanes and I had to avoid him. Then (Will) Power and I got together and ended up cutting down our tire and doing some damage to the suspension on the car. Then we had to fix the car and INDYCAR gave us a drive-through penalty, which was kind of odd. And then that kind of hosed our best efforts for the day and we ended up 10th." 

 

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Series IndyCar
Event Toronto
Sub-event Sunday race
Track Exhibition Place
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Graham Rahal , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , Simon Pagenaud , James Hinchcliffe , Max Chilton , Alexander Rossi , Josef Newgarden
Teams Team Penske , Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing
Article type Race report