Ryan Hunter-Reay made it three in a row with an opportunistic win at Toronto. It hinged on an early safety car period which scuppered the races of several drivers who were yet to stop.
That included Will Power, who had taken the lead early on after passing Justin Wilson and Dario Franchitti.
Charlie Kimball took second, aided by a brilliant double pass on Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan at the tight turn three where it’s normally hard enough for two cars to get through side-by-side.
Both the cars he passed were running low on fuel. Pagenaud eventually pitted but not before Josef Newgarden had gone off at turn three trying to pass him.
Kanaan fell to tenth but a chaotic restart promoted him to fourth at the flag. Sebastien Bourdais was knocked out of third place when Mike Conway tipped Kimball into him. Conway went on to take third.
It must be a while since we last had an American one-two in IndyCar?
It’s six years since we last had an American leading the championship – Sam Hornish in 2006. Hunter-Reay leads the standings with five races to go.
Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon are still very much in contention but James Hinchcliffe’s chances suffered a blow when he retired with a technical problem:
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 335
2. Will Power – 301
3. Helio Castroneves 289
4. Scott Dixon – 281
5. James Hinchcliffe – 268
6. Tony Kanaan – 267
The next race is at Edmonton in two weeks’ time.