Newgarden wins, Hinchcliffe third in Honda Indy Toronto
From the Toronto Star – July 16/2017
It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for driver Josef Newgarden, winner of Sunday’s Honda Indy at Exhibition Place — his second victory in Toronto in three years.
The turning point came on the 24th of 85 laps when rival Tony Kanaan left the pits with fresh tires and drove straight into a tire wall at corner one. At that time, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal — the fastest qualifiers — were leading the 31st running of the Indy.
When the call went out for a full-course caution — so IndyCar’s safety team could extricate Kanaan and his car from the tires — the pits, as per the rules, were immediately closed. But Newgarden, who’d been summoned for tires and fuel by his Team Penske crew, had crossed the pit entry line before the yellow caution period.
That gave him a big leg up on the top three, who had to wait for the pits to open again before stopping for service. None of them managed to recover and crack the podium.
Alexander Rossi, an ex-Formula One driver and the surprise winner of last year’s Indianapolis 500, finished second, about two seconds behind Newgarden.
And local favourite James Hinchcliffe of Oakville raced to third place for the second consecutive year, followed by Marco Andretti.