Team triumph in Toronto

Team triumph in Toronto

Postby meteorite » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:00 pm

First, how Indycar saw it.....

Newgarden Captures Second 2015 Victory at Honda Indy Toronto

TORONTO (June 14, 2015) - American Josef Newgarden led Luca Filippi across the start-finish line by 1.4485 seconds to give CFH Racing a 1-2 finish in the Honda Indy Toronto.

It was the second victory this season and the second of Newgarden's four-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

"I'm so happy we were able to get a win, but a 1-2 is just amazing because Luca is such a star," said Newgarden, who also won at Barber Motorsports Park in April in the No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet. "Just an amazing team effort. I'm definitely excited because this is Toronto and this is an INDYCAR town."

Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, the pole sitter, finished third and fourth, respectively, and 2014 Toronto race winner Sebastien Bourdais placed fifth in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet.

Team Penske's Juan Pablo Montoya finished seventh for his best result in five starts in Toronto and holds a 27-point championship lead over Power through 10 of 16 races. Three consecutive oval races, starting with the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway, are ahead on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

There were seven lead changes among six drivers in the race that began on wet tires following rain earlier in the day. It was slowed by two short cautions and it was the second race in a row for a team 1-2 finish. Scott Dixon won the Firestone 600 on June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams' Tony Kanaan the runner-up.

Newgarden pitted for tires and Sunoco E85 fuel on Lap 28 just before the first yellow flag flew for contact by the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of James Jakes into the tire barrier in Turn 5. Newgarden remained in the top five through his final stop on Lap 58, and reclaimed the lead on Lap 72 when Rodolfo Gonzalez pitted in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

"It was close racing, for sure, and I got a little lucky on that yellow," said Newgarden, who joined Ryan Hunter-Reay, A.J. Allmendinger, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Rahal and seven-time winner Michael Andretti as American winners in Toronto. "It was a great call, though, and it was an amazing effort by this team and the crew who gave me amazing pit stops."

Filippi, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet, recorded his best finish in 16 Verizon IndyCar Series races dating to 2013.

"We had a goal to be on the podium and we both achieved it with both cars. It's nice when you set the goal and you achieve it and the team did everything perfectly to give us the opportunity to be up front," said Filippi, who qualified sixth. "But we had a fast car and we knew we needed to be kind of in the clean air up in front and this is what we did -- just kept pushing.

"I thank the Fuzzy's Vodka team because they believe in me and they gave me the opportunity to race INDYCAR properly and my first podium. Many more to come."

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

1. (11) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (6) Luca Filippi, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (7) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
4. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (5) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
7. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (4) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (10) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
10. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
11. (2) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (19) Conor Daly, Honda, 85, Running
13. (18) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
14. (14) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 85, Running
15. (22) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 85, Running
16. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Chevrolet, 85, Running
17. (21) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 85, Running
18. (23) Rodolfo Gonzalez, Honda, 85, Running
19. (16) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 84, Mechanical
20. (15) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 84, Running
21. (12) James Jakes, Honda, 84, Running
22. (13) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 69, Mechanical
23. (20) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 40, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 90.410 mph
Time of Race: 1:38:59.9460
Margin of victory: 1.4485 seconds
Cautions: 2 for 9 laps
Lead changes: 7 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Power 1-30
Castroneves 31-41
Newgarden 42-57
Filippi 58-59
Kanaan 60-62
Castroneves 63-66
Gonzalez 67-71
Newgarden 72-85

Verizon IndyCar Point Standings: Montoya 374, Power 347, Dixon 329, Castroneves 322, Rahal 283, Bourdais 274, Andretti 272, Newgarden 268, Kanaan 244, Pagenaud 232.

Commentary:

There have been thirty Indycar races around the Canadian National Exhibition grounds circuit, but veteran racer Paul Tracy (now a commentator for NBC) claimed it was the best he'd seen in Toronto. Considering how many he ran in, and the fact that he observed two of them from the cockpit of the winning car, that's quite a compliment. In fact the only serious disappointment was that for the first time there was no Canadian racing. James Hinchcliffe, who would normally have carried the flag for the home side,is still recovering from his vicious crash in Indy 500 practice and can't drive. But he was at he race as Grand Marshall and appeared both pleased and a little bemused giving his fellow drivers the command to start their engines.

For some time it looked as if the race would be a disappointment, washed out by a steady rain. But then a gap appeared between two big rain cells on the radar, and Indycar advanced the start of the race by half an hour. Good idea: the start was done single file behind the pace car, so there were no cautions in the early going, and by the end of the first three racing laps the track had been pretty well swept clear of standing water, a dry line was starting to show, and drivers were already plotting their switchover to slicks, with Marco Andretti being first to make the move.

The many unpredictabilities inherent in a rain race had the effect of evening the playing field for the smaller, less wealthy teams. It was a guessing game of balancing top speed against turning traction, fuel consumption against reduced pit stop time, adjusting brake ducting to not leave the brakes inefficiently cold nor overheating, choosing gear ratios, suspension stiffness, wing angles and configurations, and all the other variables.

So full chops to Sarah Fisher and her partners in CVH racing. She gambled on Newgarden as a promising new talent and won. When Ed Carpenter decided he only wanted to do ovals, she spotted Luca Filippi as the right choice for the road course races. She's the ultimate voice on car and engine choice and tuning decisions. Sarah was one of the first females to make a serious effort at Indycar racing, coming from "nowhere", recruiting her sponsors, finding and managing her ride. While short on victories she was always a respe ctable and respected competitor. As a professional engineer she knows her way around the machinery and, as the season is proving, has an eye for talent and is no slouch at team management either. This win was a big one for all of Indycar.

The combination of the racing surface, bumpy city streets with modest drainage angles, and concrete repair patches that when wet have little more racing traction than glare ice, presented a real challenge to the drivers and attracted close attention to how they were meeting them. The weather had a major equalizing effect that led to a number of close dices, many involving several cars, up and down the field. There were even battles for second-last position.

The race was colorful, fascinating, technically and physically challenging, a deep strategic challenge, and full of action. I've watched all the Toronto Indy races and agree - Paul Tracy called it right; it's the best one yet.
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