two in Toronto - on ther same day

two in Toronto - on ther same day

Postby meteorite » Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:34 pm

No, it wasn't planned that way; it was to be two elated races on two consecutive days. But the weather god had other ideas, and for Saturday sent along one of the increasingly infamous July downpours. Open wheel cars do race in the rain, but there is a practical limit and Saturday demonstrated exactly where it was. So everything was moved to Sunday. Let's let theIndycar official information take up the tale from there:

BOURDAIS CLAIMS WIN IN FIRST RACE OF HONDA INDY TORONTO DOUBLEHEADER

TORONTO (Sunday, July 20, 2014) - It's been a long and winding road between victories for Sebastien Bourdais.

Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing Chevrolet, claimed his 32nd career Indy car win in Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto by 3.3408 seconds over Verizon IndyCar Series championship front-runner Helio Castroneves.

Bourdais broke a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for eighth on the all-time win list.

"It's really sweet. We had to fight and wait for it for a long time but today was just kind of one of these days when the stars align," said Bourdais, who earned the Verizon P1 Award on July 19. "I guess I was not expecting it because here I know how things can go. Last year we were second and third and it's great to get this win."

Bourdais, 35, who resides in St. Petersburg, Fla., closed the 2007 season with victories at Surfers Paradise, Australia, and Mexico City - the latter on Nov. 11 -- to secure his fourth consecutive Champ Car World Series title for Newman/Haas Racing. He moved to Europe to compete in Formula One for two seasons, and then drove in the SuperLeague Formula in 2010.

Bourdais competed in nine Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2011 for Dale Coyne Racing, made 11 starts for Dragon Racing the next season and contested his first full season in 2013 with Dragon Racing.

His dominating victory was the first for KVSH Racing since Tony Kanaan won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and its fourth overall.

"He dominated from start to finish and we're very proud of him," team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven said. "He's had some unlucky breaks but showed today what a strong driver he is."

Kanaan finished third for the second consecutive race in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, while teammate Scott Dixon - who swept the Toronto doubleheader last July - finished fifth. Simon Pagenaud, whose No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports car was involved in a Lap 1 incident that brought out a red flag, rallied to finish fourth.

Pagenaud reclaimed third place in the championship standings with 454 points. Castroneves, driving the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car, increased his points margin over Power from nine to 28. Power climbed to ninth place in after starting from the rear of the 23-car field.

Graham Rahal advanced five positions to finish sixth in the No. 15 National Guard Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda and Charlie Kimball improved 11 spots relative to his starting position to finish seventh in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ontario, placed eighth.

Race 2, featuring a standing start, has a green flag scheduled for 4:15 p.m. (ET). The lineup for the companion 65-lap race on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn street circuit at Exhibition Place will be set by entrant points as they stand following Race 1. Castroneves and Team Penske teammate Will Power will start on the front row.

The race will be broadcast by NBCSN (3 p.m.) in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada, the IMS Radio Network (Local affiliates, XM 209 and Sirius 213), the Verizon INDYCAR 14 App and www.indycar.com.

erizon IndyCar Series

Honda Indy Toronto Race 1

TORONTO - Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Toronto Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place street circuit with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):


1. (1) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
2. (2) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
3. (5) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
4. (4) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
6. (11) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
7. (18) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
8. (8) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
9. (23) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
10. (7) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
11. (19) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
12. (21) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
13. (15) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
14. (17) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
15. (13) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 65, Running
16. (20) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
17. (14) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 65, Running
18. (22) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 64, Running
19. (16) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 64, Running
20. (10) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 63, Contact
21. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 39, Contact
22. (6) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Honda, 17, Contact
23. (12) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 10, Contact


Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 90.370
Time of Race: 01:15:44.3232
Margin of victory: 3.3408
Cautions: 2 for 5 laps
Lead changes: 3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Bourdais 1 - 33
Castroneves 34
Pagenaud 35 - 40
Bourdais 41 - 65

Point Standings: Castroneves 512, Power 484, Pagenaud 454, Hunter-Reay 448, Montoya 417, Munoz 371, Dixon 361, Andretti 351, Kanaan 340, Bourdais 336.

CONWAY'S GAMBLE PAYS OFF IN RACE 2 WIN IN TORONTO

TORONTO (Sunday, July 20, 2014) - Mike Conway earned his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season by holding off Tony Kanaan over a three-lap sprint to the finish in the second race of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader.

Conway, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car for Ed Carpenter Racing, won by 3.5418 seconds following a Lap 54 restart after a red flag with 4 minutes, 23 seconds left in the 80-minute race. INDYCAR Race Control called for the red flag to freeze the field on Lap 52 after a multiple-car incident in Turn 3.

Will Power finished third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car and Charlie Kimball advanced 12 positions from his 16th-place starting position in the No. 83 Levemir FlexTouch Chip Ganassi Racing car to finish fourth. Takuma Sato rebounded from 23rd place in Race 1 to finish a season-high fifth in the No. 14 ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Racing entry.

Verizon IndyCar Series championship front-runner Helio Castroneves, the pole sitter as the race lineup for the standing start was determined by entrant points, sustained wing damage on the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car on the penultimate lap and dropped to 12th place. He holds a 13-point lead over Power through 14 of the season's 18 races.

Conway was the second driver to switch from Firestone rain tires to alternate tires on Lap 43 as the 1.755-mile, 11-turn street circuit was drying following a light rain that started on Lap 12. He was running third after gaining one position on a Lap 49 restart and overtook Justin Wilson and Josef Newgarden - both still on rain tires - for the lead on Lap 50.

"The tire temperatures came in really fast and that's what you need in those types of conditions, so I could just control it and not have to push too hard and enjoy those last few laps," said Conway, who had not recorded a top-10 finish since his win at Long Beach on April 13.

Conway, earning his second victory of the season and the third of the season for Ed Carpenter Racing, won the 250th race for Firestone since its return to Indy car racing in 1995.

"Mike said he was ready for drys. This one is all Mike; he did a great job," said team owner/driver Ed Carpenter, who won at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

Kanaan, who finished third in Race 1 and started ninth in Race 2, brought out a Lap 1 caution when the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car nosed into the tire barrier in Turn 3. He fell to 23rd on the restart.

"I made a little mistake on the start. I got too excited and I had to make it up," said Kanaan, who had podium finishes in the past three races. "You have to believe. You can't give up. We're here racing. I hate when I make mistakes, so I had to make it up."

In Race 1, Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No. 11 Hydroxycut KVSH Racing car, claimed his 32nd Indy car career win. Bourdais broke a tie with Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for eighth on the all-time win list.

"It's really sweet. We had to fight and wait for it for a long time but today was just kind of one of these days when the stars align," said Bourdais, who led 58 of the 65 laps and won by 3.3 seconds over Castroneves. "I guess I was not expecting it because here I know how things can go. Last year we were second and third and it's great to get this win."

The Verizon IndyCar Series will have a weekend off before traveling to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Honda Indy 200 on August 3rd. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN and on the IMS Radio Network with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

Verizon IndyCar Series

Honda Indy Toronto Race 2

TORONTO - Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.755-mile Streets of Toronto, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):


1. (11) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
2. (9) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
3. (2) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
4. (16) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
5. (22) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
6. (18) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
7. (7) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
8. (8) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
9. (10) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
10. (15) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
11. (12) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
12. (1) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 56, Running
13. (17) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
14. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
15. (20) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
16. (23) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Honda, 56, Running
17. (6) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 52, Mechanical
18. (13) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 52, Running
19. (5) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 52, Running
20. (19) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 50, Mechanical
21. (21) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 49, Mechanical
22. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 47, Running
23. (14) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 11, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 73.168
Time of Race: 01:20:35.5420
Margin of victory: 3.5418
Cautions: 7 for 20 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 5 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Castroneves 1 - 11
Power 12 - 13
Newgarden 14 - 20
Castroneves 21 - 41
Power 42 - 44
Wilson 45 - 49
Conway 50 - 56
Point Standings: Castroneves 533, Power 520, Hunter-Reay 464, Pagenaud 462, Montoya 428, Dixon 387, Munoz 384, Kanaan 380, Andretti 375, Bourdais 358, Briscoe 344.
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