2014 Honda Indy Toronto

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    Indycar returns to Exhibition Place in Toronto, Canada for the 28th year, retaining 2013’s double-header format. The support races include (among others) monster trucks, Porsche GT3 Cup, and Indy Lights.

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    Keith Collantine

    Now here’s a proper street track. Not too long, decent passing spot at turn three, always gets a good crowd. It’s also the last one of the season – just four races left after this, two road courses and two ovals.

    Even at this late stage we’ve still got five drivers solidly in the hunt for the title, with the last race another 500-mile double-pointer, and many other drivers on the periphery who could get in the thick of it with a little luck:

    1. Helio Castroneves – 471
    2. Will Power – 462
    3. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 439
    4. Simon Pagenaud – 421
    5. Juan Pablo Montoya – 405
    6. Carlos Munoz – 358
    7. Marco Andretti – 337
    8. Scott Dixon – 331
    9. Ryan Briscoe – 307
    10. Tony Kanaan – 305
    11. James Hinchcliffe – 294
    12. Sebastien Bourdais – 282
    13. Mikhail Aleshin – 272
    14. Justin Wilson – 270
    15. Josef Newgarden – 260

    Also interesting to note Ed Carpenter has scored more points in his four starts (168) than Mike Conway has in his eight (152), though Carpenter has done two of the double points rounds. Combining their efforts would put them ninth in the standings on 320.

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    R.J. O’Connell

    11th and 15th are not where the series’ most popular young drivers should be sitting in the points, but there it is.

    I’m not gonna lie – nothing would please me more than Montoya bouncing back from Iowa with two good finishes and putting himself right back on the verge of title contention. Then again, I think the top 2 are well overdue for a series championship, and it would also finally establish Pagenaud as a top driver if he were to win it.

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    Craig Woollard

    I’m really looking forward to this one, as I do with all the double-headers. It’s not just Hinch who qualifies well but slips back in the races by unnecessarily getting involved in contact a lot, but Takuma Sato. Despite two poles he’s last of all the regular drivers and hasn’t finished the last five races.

    Given how unpredictable IndyCar has been since the DW12 was introduced, I reckon any one of five drivers have a realistic shout if they get a good run of top fives.

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    Power will probably choke again. Pagenaud can’t finish high enough on ovals with his current team. That leaves Castroneves vs Hunter-Reay.

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    Keith Collantine

    We’ve got Bourdais on pole position for today’s race for the first time since his Champ Car days:

    1. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 58.9479 (107.179)
    2. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 59.1025 (106.899)
    3. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 59.1499 (106.813)
    4. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 59.2672 (106.602)
    5. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 59.3972 (106.369)
    6. (10) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9987 (105.302)
    7. (16) Luca Filippi, Dallara-Honda, 59.2753 (106.587)
    8. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 59.3406 (106.470)
    9. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 59.3526 (106.449)
    10. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 59.5319 (106.128)
    11. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 59.8201 (105.617)
    12. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 1:00.2193 (104.917)
    13. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 59.4455 (106.282)
    14. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 59.9495 (105.389)
    15. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 59.5367 (106.119)
    16. (20) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 59.9904 (105.317)
    17. (34) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 59.5708 (106.059)
    18. (98) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 1:00.1856 (104.975)
    19. (17) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 59.6806 (105.864)
    20. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 1:00.2304 (104.897)
    21. (18) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 59.7244 (105.786)
    22. (7) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 1:00.2379 (104.884)
    23. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 59.9816 (105.332)

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    Craig Woollard

    Poor decision by ESPN UK to cut off the coverage for a programme that was out of date just as they were considering restarting. Hope they get this thing under way safely though.

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    Race 1 postponed and we will see two races in one day. The first race will take place at 10:30 AM local time in yesterday’s qualifying order with a rolling start. Race 2 will run at 4:15 PM, standing start, starting order determined by entrant points. Race distances both reduced to 75 laps each. I’m quite surprised by this decision but can’t fault them for giving the fans their money’s worth.

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    According to the Indycar website, Race 1 will run on CNBC at 10.30am Eastern (3.30pm GMT) Race 2 will run on NBCSN at 3pm Eastern (8pm GMT).

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    As I understand it, the visibility going into turn 3 was very poor (the trackside workers reported they could hear but not see cars when they arrived at speed).

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    Both races being broadcast on ESPN UK, 15:30 and 20:30 GMT.

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    Craig Woollard

    To take back what I said last night, excellent decision to broadcast both races today by ESPN :-)

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

    1. Mike Conway, Carpenter/Chevy 1h20m35.5420s
    2. Tony Kanaan, Ganassi/Chevy +3.5418s
    3. Will Power, Penske/Chevy +5.1545s
    4. Charlie Kimball, Ganassi/Chevy +5.4857s
    5. Takuma Sato, Foyt/Honda +6.6210s
    6. Jack Hawksworth, Herta/Honda +7.8701s
    7. Scott Dixon, Ganassi/Chevy +7.9350s
    8. Marco Andretti, Andretti/Honda +10.1765s
    9. Sebastien Bourdais, KV/Chevy +12.0212s
    10. Justin Wilson, Coyne/Honda +15.7853s
    11. Ryan Briscoe, Ganassi/Chevy +15.8671s
    12. Helio Castroneves, Penske/Chevy +16.2205s
    13. Josef Newgarden, Fisher/Honda +20.9127s
    14. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti/Honda +22.6140s
    15. Carlos Huertas, Coyne/Honda +29.2715s
    16. Luca Filippi, Rahal/Honda +46.4382s
    17. Carlos Munoz, Andretti/Honda -4 laps
    18. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti/Honda -4 laps
    19. Juan Pablo Montoya, Penske/Chevy -4 laps
    20. Graham Rahal, Rahal/Honda 50 laps
    21. Sebastian Saavedra, KV/Chevy 49 laps
    22. Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt/Honda 47 laps
    23. Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt/Honda 11 laps

    Championship Points-
    1.Helio Castroneves-533
    2.Will Power-520
    3.Ryan Hunter-Reay-464
    4.Simon Pagenaud-462
    5.Juan Pablo Montoya-428

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    Considering how composed Montoya looked in the wet at Barber, I did not expect to see him be the first to stuff it in the wall when it rained. The other Colombians in the field had a poor day as well, especially Huertas being in the middle of that melee near the end.

    Poor weekend for Hunter-Reay too, he lost a lot of ground with the mistake in race 1 and then the penalty in race 2 put him back in the pack (leading to being caught up in Huertas’ mess).

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