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07/18 2016

Will Power and Chevrolet victorious in Toronto IndyCar race AUTOWEEK

Will Power and Chevrolet victorious in Toronto IndyCar race

Will Power won Sunday’s IndyCar race in Toronto.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

DRIVER PICKS UP BIG WIN IN CANADA

This might have been the easiest Verizon IndyCar Series victory of Will Power’s career.
Team Penske’s driver caught a major break Sunday at Exhibition Place when he was on pit road for his final service when a caution came out. Because Power hadn’t lost a lap while pitting, his car cycled to the front when race leader Scott Dixon and other frontrunners made their stops.
When the race went back to green, Power stood second but was essentially the leader because Tony Kanaan didn’t have enough fuel on board to complete the 85-lap race. Several of the drivers behind Power were in fuel-saving mode, so they couldn’t match his pace.
Power won by 1.5 seconds in what became a one-lap shootout due to Jack Hawksworth and Juan Pablo Montoya running into a tire barrier.
The win not only was good for Power in the short term – it earned him his 28th career victory and third in four starts – it pulled him ever closer to teammate Simon Pagenaud for the series lead. The separation is now only 47 points with five races to go.
Pagenaud was trailing Dixon at the time of the untimely caution, forcing him deep in the pack when he stopped under caution. At the restart, Dixon was 13th, Pagenaud 14th when moments earlier they were first and second.
They finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
“We did need a break,” said Power, who won this event for the third time. “That was a great call (to pit). Just a fantastic day.”
Power said he saw the caution laps flashing on his dash as he approached his pit box, and he thought, “man, when does this ever happen for us?”
Like Power, Helio Castroneves benefited from the caution, which was called for when Josef Newgarden hit the wall. Castroneves had pitted a lap before then, which allowed him to cycle forward ahead of many of his rivals. He finished second.
Castroneves was due that break. In the second Detroit race last month, he was the race leader who hadn’t pitted when the caution came out, and that shuffled him deep in the field. He finished 14th.
Also in this race, Castroneves bounced back from a front left tire on Lap 26.
James Hinchcliffe, a native of the Toronto area, finished third for the final spot on the podium. Kanaan finished fourth with Takuma Sato fifth.
Poor Newgarden. Already nursing a sore right wrist from that vicious crash June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway, he lost control of his steering wheel in Turn 5 when his car ran over left-side curbing, and the car shot straight to the right-side wall.
Newgarden’s quick hands tried valiantly to grab the wheel, but it was moving too quickly, and it appeared to shake the wrist.
Meanwhile, the car careened off the wall with significant right-front force, ending his day. Sitting in the car in the immediate aftermath, Newgarden flexed the wrist to test its usage, then he lifted his helmet visor. The pain in his eyes was apparent.
Afterward, Newgarden said his wrist was fine, but he was mad at himself for running over the curb that upset the car.
The crash delivered a hit to Newgarden’s championship chances, too. The July 10 win at Iowa Speedway had pushed him to second in the standings, 73 points behind Pagenaud, but finishing last here was a big blow.
This track’s reconfigured and extremely tight pit lane wasn’t the problem some people feared. Pit road had to be moved due to a hotel construction project in the former spot used for the past 29 years of the event.
Results
1. (4) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (6) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
4. (12) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (20) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
6. (10) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 85, Running
7. (5) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (1) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (22) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
11. (17) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 85, Running
13. (16) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
14. (11) Luca Filippi, Honda, 85, Running
15. (7) Conor Daly, Honda, 85, Running
16. (19) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
17. (15) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 85, Running
18. (14) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 85, Running
19. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 85, Running
20. (9) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 84, Running
21. (13) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 80, Contact
22. (8) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 57, Contact