Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 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, steady light rain, 76 degrees F

Top 10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

1.

1.

Sebastien Bourdais

KVSH Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

65

90.370 mph avg.; led 58 laps

2.

3.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

65

+3.3408 seconds; led 1 lap

3.

6.

Tony Kanaan

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

65

 

4.

5.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  

Honda Dallara

65

Led 6 laps

5.

12.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

65

 

6.

14.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

65

 

7.

20.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

65

 

8.

9.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

65

 

9.

8.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

65

 

10.

2.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

65

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

22.

Mikhail Aleshin-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

65

 

13.

18.

Jack Hawksworth-R

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

65

 

14.

21.

Carlos Huertas-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

65

 

16.

23.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

65

 

17.

17.

Carlos Munoz-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

65

 

20.

13.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

63

Did not finish – contact

21.

4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda Dallara

39

Did not finish – contact

22.

7.

Luca Filippi - R

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

17

Did not finish – contact

23.

15.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

10

Did not finish – contact

Pagenaud Finishes Fourth for Honda in Toronto Race 1

  • Recovers from first-lap contact
  • Strong drive, pit-stop strategy maintain championship challenge

A storming recovery effort from Simon Pagenaud and his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports team, following first-lap contact, resulted in a fourth-place finish Sunday to lead the Honda-powered field in the opening race of a same-day Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Starting fifth, Pagenaud was tipped into an opening-lap spin by contact from seventh-starting Luca Filippi, triggering a chain-reaction collision and a complete race restart, with Pagenaud at the rear of the field. An early, "off-sequence" pit stop from the Schmidt team on Lap 11 allowed Pagenaud to move into the lead when most of the remainder of the 23-car starting field made their own mid-race stops. While in front, Pagenaud clicked off a series of fast race laps, ensuring that he remained in the lead group, even after making a second stop on Lap 40, resuming and finishing fourth.

This morning's race was the first of two 65-lap races in Toronto. Coverage of the 65-lap "nightcap" starts at 4 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) started 5th, fell to the back of the field after first lap contact, finished 4th: "I was really upset [after being tipped into an opening-lap spin] but also, I was really lucky that the damage was not too bad and I didn't get 'T-boned'. The team did a great job with the repair and also with the pit strategy. Fourth is a very good result, and I think we can win this afternoon."

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