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Hinchcliffe still fine tuning heading into hometown race

17 Juillet 2017

A chaotic start to the Honda Indy Toronto saw championship contenders Will Power and Scott Dixon come together on lap one.

Dixon's race went belly-up, as well. Power's Chevrolet bounced into the air and then turned into Dixon's Honda.

The incident broke the front wing and left front suspension on Power's vehicle, while Dixon suffered brake damage and a punctured tire on the left rear corner. Tied for sixth in the championship and with Team Penske's power four between them and points leader Dixon, Rahal and Sato have their work cut out for them. "Very, very happy for all of Team Penske and this DeVilbiss Chevy was pretty bright but it was pretty fast, too". "At least we finally kind of got the monkey off our back".

Sellers and McCarty each claimed his third win of the season at the.4-mile oval. With the pit lane being moved, and a tightening to Turns 9, 10 and 11 to accomodate Hotel X Toronto, drivers past year were anxious about running out of room in some sections. All three benefited, says Autosport, when Tony Kanaan locked up his rear black Firestone tyres at Turn 1 when coming out of the pitlane on lap 23 of 85.

Great race. Would've been better if the folks in charge of IndyCar's broadcast into Australia - that's ESPN, in case you were wondering - could have hit the right buttons to ensure that the race featured on-track noises. He gave Team Penske its 193rd victory, the most of any team.

Newgarden actually got two lucky breaks.

On the same day, Newgarden gained 21 (Pagenaud), 28 (Castroneves), 31 (Rahal) and 44 (Power) points over four other title contenders.

Newgarden was 56 points out of first place before Sunday's race, but a championship isn't out of the question now. "I think there were a couple this year that got away from us anyways from mechanical issues and whatnot". The only time we heard the cars on track was in the pits, through the microphones of the reporters covering the action there.

"I think this was a bit overdue". "Obviously, Helio (Castroneves) has been on a tear this year and I need some poles in order to catch up on that competition". Castroneves is considered a likely option to pair with Juan Pablo Montoya in Team Penske's new sports vehicle team, which will debut this fall.

The Verizon IndyCar Series is not only changing countries for this weekend's race, but it's also changing TV networks.

After setting the 17th fastest time in the first of two practice sessions at Exhibition Place Friday morning, he crashed after two laps in the afternoon but was still ahead of two other drivers when the checkers fell. Pagenaud remains in the third while Newgarden leapfrogged Power into fourth.

Pagenaud was ninth in this race a year ago and 11 in 2015. But over the years, he said, he's become better at dealing with them.

"I got out in the marbles when I nearly lost the rear going into turn six", said Hunter-Reay, who won in Toronto in 2012 en route to the driver's championship.

Hinchcliffe still fine tuning heading into hometown race