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IndyCar Series at Toronto: Five things to watch

IndyCar Series at Toronto: Five things to watch

Australian Will Power has clocked the second-fastest time in Friday's second practice session for Indycar's Toronto street course race. Power had set the mark past year with a time of 59.7747 seconds. Castroneves was third fastest in the #3 auto with defending race victor Power fourth in the #12.

Graham Rahal was second Saturday for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, followed by Penske's Helio Castroneves and Will Power, and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon.

Takuma Sato, who fell to 16th on Sunday, still is the best of the Andretti quartet in the championship, but has all but lost any title hopes after a rough patch of four races where he's not finished better than 10th. "We led most of the way in the race a year ago until we got hosed on the yellow there and went to the back".

The race is scheduled for Sunday. JR Hildebrand's runner-up finish at Iowa was overshadowed by Helio Castroneves' drought-busting win, but the performance was almost as critical for Hildebrand, who is trying to build confidence and momentum after a tough first half of the season. "He won the doubleheader there (2013)". The Frenchman set a track-record time of 58.9124 seconds Saturday during the final round.

Finishing directly behind Dixon this morning was Conor Daly, whose lap of 1:00.4373 (106.385 mph) in the No. 4 AJ Foyt Racing ABC Supply Chevrolet, provided a glimpse of optimism in what has been a dismal season to date. "But if we've gone in the wrong direction, which is easy to do when the field is this competitive, we can fall back on that other set up that was reliable from a year ago".

A quick switch from blacks to reds and Hinchcliffe improved slightly, but it was also a lucky break that helped push the Canadian driver into the second round when Esteban Gutierrez slammed into the wall at the final turn.

New year, same issues, it seems, when when it comes to recent circuit changes at the Honda Indy Toronto. It ensured Vettel was still able to finish seventh and collect the points that kept him on top heading to the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30.

Scott Dixon finished 10th at Indy Toronto.

"I've just never had the success that I thought I could get for known reasons", Pagenaud said.

"That's the case of a journalist doing as bad a job as I'm doing this year", Andretti told IndyCar Radio. There are a lot of different pavement types and it's very slippery on the concrete, which is very similar to Detroit.

Married to Paula, they have three adult children and two cats.Paul loves the diversity of all types of racing, "a factor that got me hooked in the first place".

As for Rossi, the California native who won the 2016 Indianapolis 500, he made a very strong charge to get to sixth then pitted after being unable to get past Hinchcliffe.

Still, Dixon rejoined the fight without losing a lap, while Power's No. 12 Verizon Penske team pushed his auto behind the wall for repairs.

Pagenaud was ninth in this race a year ago and 11 in 2015.


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