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Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto

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Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto

Sunday in Toronto brought both sunshine and rain, as well as a same-day doubleheader for the field of 23 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. With both races shortened to 65 laps, or 80 minutes, pressure was on for double points as the season saw its final street-circuit events today. Race One was started based on the lineup at the time of track activity being canceled Saturday, placing Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Munoz and Andretti third, eighth, 14th and 20th respectively, while the Race Two grid was determined off of entrant points following the conclusion of Race One.
 

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James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda

 

  • Matched his career best Toronto finish of eighth in today’s first 65-lap race
  • The 27 machine pitted for a new rear wing and rear toe link following a collision on Lap 12, the hometown driver rejoined the field four laps down and recorded a finishing position of 18th

 

“I’m pleased with a top 10 in Race One, but we knew we had some room to improve the car, it was a bit of a handful. We took a swing at it and (the car) was so good at the start of Race Two. We were picking off guys and just got caught out on the wet concrete there when (Juan) Montoya crashed. It’s just one of those things, I mean, if the accident behind me wouldn’t have been so severe, we probably would have only gone one lap down and probably could have gotten that lap back. But (the safety officials) were rightfully attending to Mikhail (Aleshin) who was potentially hurt, and as a result we went four laps down and there’s no recovering form that. I’m really disappointed, the car was so good and the UFD guys did a great job so disappointed to not bring home a better result in Race Two.”

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Marco Andretti, No. 25 Snapple Honda

  • Started Race One from the 20th position and finished 16th
  • Recorded his 73rd career top-10 finish with an 8th-place result in Race Two

 

“That was a survival weekend, really not pleased with how things went. I wasn’t pleased with the pace we had at all and was hoping for better results in both races. We’ll move on to Mid-Ohio in another week and look to improve.”

 

 
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Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 DHL Honda
  • Recorded a 21st-place finish in Race One after losing ground following an on-track incident running with the race leaders, Hunter-Reay started the race from the third position
  • Ran as high as second in Race Two before falling victim of a drive-thru penalty for taking full service under a closed pit lane
  • Was caught up in an on-track collision in Turn 3 late in the race, forcing the American to a 15th-place result
  • Departs Toronto ranked third in the championship points standings, only 69 points out of the lead

“Nothing really went right for us today. The first race with TK (Tony Kanaan), I was moving forward and I knew I had to make something happen with him on black (tires) and me on reds – we’re fighting for every inch of real estate here so… it’s really not his fault, I just stuck my nose in there. As for (Race Two) nothing went right at all. I was off the race track, off the racing line and coming to pit lane and then the pit close light went on, I thought I was okay to commit to pit. It was a matter of a split second and we ended up with a drive-thru (penalty) for it. Then we missed the call to come in for slicks by a lap and then the yellow came out. A bunch of stuff just didn’t go our way, but we’re back to third in the championship and 69 points out. We can still make (the championship) happen, for sure.”

 

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Carlos Muñoz, No. 34 Cinsay Honda 

 

  • Series rookie finished this morning’s race in the 17th position after becoming involved in the Lap 1 incident and replacing a front wing
  • Colombian made his way off the grid for today’s second race in the standing start from the sixth position
  • Incurred a drive-thru penalty for unnecessary service in a closed pit lane
  • Was forced to retire early from Race Two on the streets of Toronto in the 17th position after experiencing an unconfirmed failure in the No. 34 machine

 

“What can I say? That was an awful race for us. Everything (bad) that could, happened to is. First, the drive-thru penalty, and then just the way someone crossed me and took my wing off. That was not my race. We were not lucky when they opened and closed the pits so quickly; I thought we made it in, but then we found out we didn’t. In the end, I couldn’t finish the race because of electrical or mechanical problems, so that’s that.”