Newgarden notches second Toronto win in three years

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

After setting the 17th fastest time in the first of two practice sessions at Exhibition Place Friday morning, he crashed after two laps in the afternoon but was still ahead of two other drivers when the checkers fell.

Hinchcliffe was third for the second straight year, Marco Andretti was fourth, followed by Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Chilton, Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Dixon. "It was a good call at the right time". The American has five career victories, also winning in Alabama in April.

The IndyCar Series heads north of the border this weekend, with Round 11 of the 2017 season coming on the streets of Toronto.

Rossi seemed more than pleased with his second-place finish in his Honda.

His Andretti Racing Honda had been underperforming all weekend but he turned the corner when he finished eighth in qualifying. It's a huge relief to finally get a podium and get it off our back. "It was a huge turn around overnight by Andretti Autosport to get this auto to where it needed to be".

The changes weren't dramatic, but besides accomodating the hotel, as well as the relocation of hospitality suites and grandstands, the hope was that they would offer a more entertaining experience for fans attending the race.

"We obviously were struggling on the reds [tires], there's no secret about that, but once we got those black Firestones on, the Arrow vehicle really came to life".

Alexander Rossi finished second, ahead of Hinchcliffe. The auto really came alive on the (Firestone primary) blacks, so big thanks to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, all the guys - great stops - and all the fans in Toronto.

"More and more every year the support that I feel from this city grows every single year and it's just incredible". You guys are the best. "The clouds were looking really dark as you come through turn five and even six you could kind of see them".

He was asked if he thought he could challenge for a championship. He said he's fine with the mentorship role even though it's tough not to be in the auto. It starts raining when I'm on the wrong end of the track, that wouldn't be very good. "I think it had to be hard to pass people today". "You can push. It's what a driver really wants to do". "I think there were a couple this year that got away from us anyways from mechanical issues and whatnot".

The top three drivers were all from Team Penske with championship leader Scott Dixon of New Zealand, third in 1: 00.6253.

Dixon suffered a cut tire but came back to finish 10th and on the lead lap to retain his points lead.

IndyCar series leader Scott Dixon enjoyed an encouraging day's practice at the Toronto street race round, clocking the third-quickest time.

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