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Power’s Hot Streak Continues in Toronto

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 17 2016
Will Power got the victory in Toronto on Sunday.

Will Power got the victory in Toronto on Sunday.

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Team Penske’s Will Power drove to victory Sunday in the IndyCar Series race in Toronto, Canada. The victory was the third of the season for the Australian driver and it came by by 1.5275 seconds over teammate Helio Castroneves.

The victory moved Power into second place in the 2016 championship, 47 points behind leader and teammate Simon Pagenaud, who finished ninth.

“The team’s doing a great job, obviously,” Power, driver of the No. 12 Chevrolet said. “We’ve been playing catch-up all year but every race we’re executing, getting great strategies, great cars. We’ve just got to keep chipping away, man, keep chipping away and see if we can have a shot at this.

“I don’t know the points situation right now. All we know is we have to finish ahead of the 22 (Simon Pagenaud) every race if we want to win it again.”

Power sat out the first race of the year with an inner-ear infection.

James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Racing and a native of Canada, finished third.

“Great end to the day, obviously,” Hinchcliffe said. “We finally caught a lucky break in Toronto. We didn’t have the best car on blacks, we were really good on reds at the start. Some guys were throwing elbows and there was a bit of bump-and-grinding at the beginning there, but we were able to maintain position. On the blacks, with the track temperature going up, we were really struggling. We pitted and luckily just caught that yellow.
 
“Like I said, it’s the first time I’ve had a lucky break in this city so we’re happy to take it. Huge props to the Arrow Electronics boys in the pits because we made up some spots there and to get the podium here in the hometown… this is awesome. This is one of the coolest days ever.”
 Tony Kanaan of Chip Ganassi Racing was fourth while Takuma Sato of A.J. Foyt Racing was fifth.

Scott Dixon of the Ganassi team started on pole and led the first 26 laps. Power took the lead on lap 76 and led the rest of the way.

(This story will be updated shortly)

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TORONTO – Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Toronto Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.786-mile Exhibition Place circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, aero kit-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (4) Will Power, Chevrolet, 85, Running
2. (2) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
3. (6) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
4. (12) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 85, Running
5. (20) Takuma Sato, Honda, 85, Running
6. (10) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 85, Running
7. (5) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (1) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (22) Marco Andretti, Honda, 85, Running
11. (17) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 85, Running
12. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 85, Running
13. (16) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
14. (11) Luca Filippi, Honda, 85, Running
15. (7) Conor Daly, Honda, 85, Running
16. (19) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 85, Running
17. (15) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 85, Running
18. (14) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 85, Running
19. (21) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 85, Running
20. (9) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 84, Running
21. (13) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 80, Contact
22. (8) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 57, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 88.739
Time of Race: 1:42:38.6925
Margin of victory: 1.5275 seconds
Cautions: 5 cautions for 16 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Dixon 1-26
Pagenaud 27
Bourdais 28
Daly 29
Dixon 30-59
Kanaan 60-75
Power 76-85

Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Pagenaud 432, Power 385, Castroneves 358, Dixon 349, Newgarden 344, Kanaan 339, Rossi 300, Hinchcliffe 299, Kimball 294, Munoz 293.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 17 2016
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