Verizon IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto (Race 1) Preview

The Sports NetworkJuly 15, 2014 

Date: Saturday, July 19

Start Time: 3:55 p.m. ET (expected green flag)

Site: Streets of Toronto -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Track: 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary street course

Laps: 85

Miles: 149.74

Capacity:

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 6th (IndyCar-sanctioned race)

On TV: NBC Sports Network

Announcers:

On Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite

Race record: Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012 (95.787 mph)

Qualifying record: Dario Franchitti, 2012 (106.451 mph)

2013 (Race 1) Finish

Defending champion: Scott Dixon

Runner up: Sebastien Bourdais

Pole winner: Dario Franchitti (105.872 mph)

Top 10:

1. Scott Dixon (Start: 5)

2. Sebastien Bourdais (2)

3. Dario Franchitti (1)

4. Marco Andretti (10)

5. Tony Kanaan (4)

6. Helio Castroneves (7)

7. Mike Conway (20)

8. James Hinchcliffe (13)

9. Simon Pagenaud (12)

10. Simona de Silvestro (22)

Average speed: 88.370 mph

Time of race: 1 hr., 41 mins., 17.0605 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.7007 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 14 laps

Lead changes: 8 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2013 Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 88.370 mph

2012 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 95.787 mph

2011 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 76.805 mph

2010 Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 83.451 mph

2009 Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 86.240 mph

Last race

Race: Iowa Corn Indy 300 (July 12)

Site: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa

Miles: 262.5

Laps: 300

Finish line order: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Ed Carpenter

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 1 min., 58.8160 secs.

Average speed: 131.923 mph

Margin of victory: 0.5814 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 68 laps

Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers

Lap leaders: Scott Dixon 1; Tony Kanaan 2-42; Helio Castroneves 43-76; Kanaan Scott Dixon 1; Tony Kanaan 2-42; Helio Castroneves 43-76; Kanaan 77-247; Dixon 248-263; Kanaan 264-298; Ryan Hunter-Reay 299-300.

Entry list

#2 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/Team Penske

#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil Chevrolet/Team Penske

#7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

#8 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#9 * Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#11 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) Chevrolet/KVSH Racing

#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Chevrolet/Team Penske

#14 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises

#15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#16 Luca Filippi (Savigliano, Italy) Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

#17 Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing

#18 Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#19 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Honda/Dale Coyne Racing

#20 Mike Conway (Bromley, England) Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing

#25 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) Honda/Andretti Autosport

#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL Honda/Andretti Autosport

#34 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) Honda/Andretti-HVM

#67 Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN) Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

#77 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton

#83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA) Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing

#99 Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England) Honda/BHA/BBM

Leading contenders

Name 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Scott Dixon 4 20 2 25 Won
Sebastien Bourdais 6 14 2
Marco Andretti 8 8 4 16 4
Tony Kanaan 17 4 26 4 5
Helio Castroneves 18 24 17 6 6
Mike Conway 22 22 3 7
James Hinchcliffe 14 22 8
Simon Pagenaud 12 9
Justin Wilson 5 7 15 21 11
Will Power 3 Won 24 15 15
Sebastian Saavedra 25 16
Ryan Hunter-Reay 7 3 3 Won 18
Graham Rahal 20 5 13 23 20
Charlie Kimball 21 2 21
Ryan Briscoe 2 18 7 19 22
Josef Newgarden 13 23
Takuma Sato 25 20 9 24
Juan Pablo Montoya
Carlos Munoz
Carlos Huertas
Mikhail Aleshin
Jack Hawksworth
Luca Filippi

Notes

Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto, held on the streets of Toronto, is the 13th event on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. The second race of the Honda Indy Toronto is scheduled for Sunday, July 20 (3:55 p.m. ET - expected green flag).

This will be the third and final time this season that IndyCar runs two full- distance races at a venue on the same weekend. The Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit hosted the first weekend doubleheader of the year on May 31-June 1. The second weekend doubleheader this season took place at Houston's NRG Park on June 28-29.

This will be the sixth straight year that Toronto hosts an IndyCar-sanctioned race. Prior to IndyCar's inaugural event in 2009, CART/Champ Car competed on the streets of Toronto from 1986-2007.

The IndyCar champion has won in Toronto in four of the last five years. Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon all won on the streets of Toronto before eventually claiming the title. Franchitti accomplished the feat in 2009 and again in 2011. Hunter-Reay did it in 2012. Dixon scored a weekend-sweep in Toronto and then captured the series championship last year.

Chip Ganassi Racing has won six times at Toronto: Michael Andretti (1994), Alex Zanardi (1998), Franchitti (2009 and 2011) and Dixon (2013, both races).

Team Penske has two wins at this circuit: Paul Tracy (1993) and Will Power (2010). Team Penske has six pole positions there as well: Danny Sullivan (1988 and 1990), Emerson Fittipaldi (1993), Helio Castroneves (2000), Gil de Ferran (2001) and Will Power (2011).

Andretti Autosport is the only other active team to win at Toronto with Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2012. Team owner Michael Andretti won in Toronto seven times as a driver (CART races - 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2001).

The Honda Indy Toronto will be the ninth and 10th races on a road/street course in 2014. The first eight races were won by Will Power (St. Petersburg), Mike Conway (Long Beach), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Barber), Simon Pagenaud (Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Houston-2), Will Power (Belle Isle-1), Helio Castroneves (Belle Isle-2) and Carlos Huertas (Houston-1).

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