Concerns Remain Over Track Layout At 2017 Honda Indy Toronto

Postado Julho 17, 2017

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.

TORONTO (AP) - Sebastien Bourdais is trading in his helmet this weekend for the IndyCar race in Toronto. "Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric, race strategist) for making that call". "That's what we've tried to do". For the second consecutive year, the Oakville driver turned sixth on the grid to third on the podium.

It's been 14 years since a Canadian - Toronto native Paul Tracy - captured the checkered flag here.

Alexander Rossi finished second, ahead of Hinchcliffe. Castroneves enters this weekend lurking just eight points behind as he seeks his first-ever IndyCar points title. Only an eighth at St. Petersburg, his best finish there, was he outside the top-five on a street course this year. On that last stint we were even kind of hunting down Josef and Alex a little bit. He also has enjoyed a long history of success at most of the tracks left on the calendar, including Toronto.

Hinchcliffe's No. 5 auto for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was 16th after the second practice session on Friday. Bottas is now 35 points behind the series-leading Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton - who failed to reach the podium last week - now 20 points back.The first Formula 1 World Championships race was held at Silverstone in 1950, won by Guiseppe Farina in an Alfa Romeo. The 26-year-old Tennessee driver has five career victories, also winning in Alabama in April. He didn't finish the race.

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"I know the vehicle a little bit more than I did in Detroit, where I started (a week after Bourdais was hurt at Indy)", he said.

All Canadian James Hinchcliffe could do was smile as he was interrupted mid-answer. It's a huge relief to finally get a podium and get it off our back.

One of them seemed like a lock to win, but it was Newgarden, starting seventh, who topped them all. "We didn't necessarily roll off the truck that way but we've got ourselves in a position to be at the sharp end".

"I got out in the marbles when I nearly lost the rear going into turn six", said Hunter-Reay, who won in Toronto in 2012 en route to the driver's championship.

"We went through some tough years there, but certainly with Honda Canada's support and everybody at [track promoter] Savoree Green have been doing a great job and building momentum and getting this Toronto race every year and this was the best we've seen in a while by far".

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