A 20-point lead was slashed to a single point by Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver never trailed and cruised to his fourth win of the season. Former Ed Carpenter Racing drivers Josef Newgarden and Mike Conway won two of the past three races at Toronto, while teammate Luca Filippi was runner-up to Newgarden in 2015.
Josef Newgarden raced to his second Toronto IndyCar title in three years Sunday, dominating on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place.
"I love Hinch. He's a great representative, but this is so good", Newgarden said. "To me it creates a lot of action, a lot of racing, very good for the fans and tough for the drivers", he said. "It's way easier to make a mistake, it's way easier to get into the wall".
"I'll take a lucky yellow any day of the week".
Pagenaud was last season's Verizon IndyCar Series champion and is searching for his second victory of the season after winning in Phoenix in April.
Alexander Rossi was unlucky to roll off eighth in his No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport Honda - he and Takuma Sato were both caught out when the qualifying session restarted and it knocked them out of the Firestone Fast Six. Dixon has been very consistent this year.
"The joke was we're either going to have a reason to celebrate or commiserate", Hinchcliffe said, laughing. "I was nearly hoping that the race was 10 laps longer, it might have made things a bit more interesting there at the end".
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The rain that had been a concern all week, held off until the finish, despite ominous black clouds that blanketed the sky over the course for the last half of the race. It started out sunny and humid, then clouded over during the event and it rained lightly at a few points.
"Track position was a big thing today", Newgarden said. "I thought we had a very fast vehicle, we got a pretty good start, stayed out of the mayhem, but very, very happy for all of Team Penske". Meanwhile from 11th and 16th, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay needed some help to make it up the order on Sunday.
Power, starting in fourth, hit New Zealander Scott Dixon's rear at the third corner of Sunday's race, causing him to bounce into the wall. The steering on Power's vehicle was broken, meaning he had to be pushed into pit lane. "I'm relieved we got the monkey off our back". Here are some of the drivers we like to contend for the victory.
IndyCar series leader Scott Dixon enjoyed an encouraging day's practice at the Toronto street race round, clocking the third-quickest time. SPM said Aleshin will be at Toronto this weekend supporting the team, but weren't providing any more details.
"The more you do it, the more you drive the cars, the easier it all becomes", he said. We stayed quite a bit later at the track than in a long time.
Notes: Canadian singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane served as the grand marshal for the pre-race ceremonies.