Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 Report

Circuit: Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada
2013 Winners:
Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 88.370 mph average
Race 2 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 94.177 mph average
Weather: Overcast, rain on laps 10-33, 71 degrees F

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

1.

11.

Mike Conway

Ed Carpenter Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

56

73.168 mph avg.; led 7 laps

2.

9.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

56

+3.5418 seconds;

3.

2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

56

Led 5 laps

4.

16.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

56

 

5.

22.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

56

 

6.

18.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

56

 

7.

7.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

56

 

8.

8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

56

 

9.

11.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

56

 

10.

15.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

56

Led 5 laps

Other Honda-powered Results:

13.

17.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

56

Led 7 laps

14.

4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

56

 

15.

20.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

56

 

16.

23.

Luca Filippi-R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

56

Post-race penalty

17.

6.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

52

Did not finish – mechanical

18.

13.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

52

Running

20.

19.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

50

Did not finish – transmission

22.

3.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

Honda Dallara

47

Running

23.

14.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

11

Did not finish – crash

Changing Conditions Hamper Honda Efforts in Toronto Nightcap

  • Takuma Sato charges from 22nd to fifth for Honda
  • Justin Wilson, Josef Newgarden lead race on rain tire gamble that comes up short

In a race that had a little bit of everything – from a mid-race rain shower to the fact it was the second points-paying Verizon IndyCar Series race in a single day, to a multi-car collision that resulted in a late-race red flag – Justin Wilson and his Dale Coyne Racing team gambled and came close to pulling off an unexpected victory in the second race of Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto, but ultimately came up short in the last two laps, and faded to a 10th-place finish.

Attempting to complete the race with just a single pit stop, Wilson switched from dry weather "slicks" to treaded "rain tires" on his Lap 11 stop after showers dampened the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit. Several other Honda drivers and teams – including Josef Newgarden and Carlos Huertas, made the same strategic choice, and on Lap 45 of what became a 56-lap, timed event, were running 1-2-3 with Wilson in front, followed by Newgarden and Huertas.

But the showers had ended ten laps earlier, and as the track rapidly dried during the final minutes of the 1 hour, 20-minute contest, eventual winner Mike Conway advanced quickly through the field, after being among the first to change back to slick tires on Lap 43. When the race was briefly stopped on Lap 51 for a multi-car collision in Turn 3, Conway had moved up to second, behind only Wilson.

When the green waved for the final time on Lap 52, Conway was quickly through for his second victory of 2014, followed by a string of dry-tire-shod competitors. This group included Takuma Sato, who capped his best run of the season with a fifth-place finish after starting 22nd.

Rookie Jack Hawksworth also moved up on dry tires in the final laps, finishing sixth, his best result since finishing third in Houston earlier this month. Wilson took the checkers a disappointed 10th, while Newgarden fell to 13th as his rain tires also faded on the now-dry circuit.

Video News Releases from this weekend's action in Toronto are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside.

After six races over four consecutive weeks, including two doubleheader race weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 3 with the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 14 of 18 rounds):

1. Helio Castroneves

533 points (1 win)

6. Scott Dixon

387

2. Will Power

520 (2 wins)

7. Carlos Munoz (R)

384

3. Ryan Hunter-Reay

464 (3 wins)

8. Tony Kanaan

380

4. Simon Pagenaud

462 (2 wins)

9. Marco Andretti

375

5. Juan Pablo Montoya

428 (1 win)

10. Sebastien Bourdais

358

 

Manufacturers' Championship:

1. Chevrolet

2,066 (8 wins)

 

 

2. Honda

1,242 (6 wins)

 

 

Takuma Sato (#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) started 22nd, finished 5th, first top-five finish of 2014: "Toronto is a great event, as always. We've been unlucky all this season, but we bounced back strong and finishing as the highest Honda-powered car makes me proud. The race was really tricky--the dry to wet to dry tires. The guys did a great job in the pits. We never lost motivation. I really enjoyed the race & hopefully we'll be strong the rest of the season."

Justin Wilson (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) started 15th, finished 10th, led xx laps: "That's just the way our season has been going. We made what I believe was the right call [remaining on treaded, wet-weather 'rain' tires to complete the race with just a single pit stop] and we tried to make it work, but events conspired against us. If it had continued to rain just a little bit longer, or if the red flag had not come out for that last crash in Turn 3, I believe we would have had a least a podium finish, and perhaps a win. But it wasn't to be for us today."

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's two-race Honda Indy Toronto: "It was a very challenging weekend, to say the least, as our teams dealt with the weather, the delays, the compressed schedule and two races in one day. It's unfortunate that the race results weren't what we were hoping for, but out teams and HPD are going to redouble our efforts as we head to our home track at Mid-Ohio in two weeks."

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