Simon Pagenaud claims Honda Indy Toronto pole and lap record


Newgarden, who won at Barber Motorsports Park in April, won Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto in convincing fashion.

Newgarden captured his second title on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place on Sunday, finishing ahead of Hinchcliffe, who came third for a second straight year.

"Every race auto driver has an ego and I think qualifying is all about ego", he said.

After Tony Kanaan's first pit stop, the bumpy approach to Turn 1 became too much to handle, and the one-time series champion couldn't get the brakes applied, causing him to enter the corner too fast, and he hit the tire barrier. When Coyne called, "I didn't think twice. It's obviously the most satisfying thing and that is what I'm always seeking for". "We just take what it gives us and make decisions based on the conditions at the time".

"I'll take a lucky yellow any day of the week".

In 2015, he was the test and reserve driver at Scuderia Ferrari and then drove a year ago for the new Haas F1 team. He dropped nearly a lap down and spent the race trying to make up the gap.

The rain that had been a concern all week, held off until the finish, despite ominous black clouds that blanketed the sky over the course for the last half of the race. His vehicle caught fire but the former Formula One driver escaped unscathed.

Newgarden said the weather threat and possibility of having to switch to a different set of tires was an added stress.

"I was concerned about that (rain) and how it would throw a wrench into the works", Newgarden said. "It's going to be hard beating all of those guys, but I will tell you what, when you have got Chevy power, you have Chevy reliability and Chevy fuel mileage - you feel pretty good about things".

Marco Andretti was fourth, followed by pole-sitter Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Chilton, Castroneves, Rahal and series leader Dixon.

Power enters this weekend in fourth place in the IndyCar Series driver standings, 53 points behind leader Scott Dixon, who won the pole in Toronto a year ago. The steering on Power's auto was broken, meaning he had to be pushed into pit lane.

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Scott Dixon's IndyCar series lead is down to just three points over Helio Castroneves, after the New Zealand driver finished 10th in the latest round in Toronto.

Bourdais is in Toronto this weekend to help out his Dale Coyne Racing team and is in good spirits, all the more fantastic considering the impact sustained when he lost control of the vehicle during Indy 500 qualifying. But Rossi said the comeback the team made since struggling in Friday practice was the most encouraging part of the weekend.



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