Hinchcliffe still fine tuning heading into hometown race


Josef Newgarden raced to his second Toronto IndyCar title in three years Sunday, dominating on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place.

Just before a full-course caution flag waved, Newgarden just hit pit lane and would later lead 58 of the last 61 laps to win the race by 1.8704 second over Alexander Rossi. Power came out ahead of leaders Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud and passed then race-leader Tony Kanaan with 9 laps remaining when TK was forced to stop for fuel.

There are five races left so the drivers' championship is still up for grabs.

"Once that scenario passed, I thought we had everything we needed to win the race".

Qualifying for the race on Monday (NZT) takes place on Sunday. Daly starts 18th in the race. Seven Canadian tracks have hosted Indy auto events since the first USAC event in 1967: Mosport, Mont Tremblant, Sanair, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto...

Gutierrez, who raced at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when his career was just getting going, made it to F1 in 2013 with Sauber, who employed him for two years.

Bourdais, who started the season with a win at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, said that he has been starting to exercise again, which includes some cycling.

You know you are having a solid season when an eighth-place finish could be described as disappointing. "We'll have to see what we can do", said Daly, mindful that weather could wreak havoc.

Canadian James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., also races for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Bourdais is trading in his helmet for his smarts this weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto. "It's a street course I usually enjoy and (Andretti Autosport) should be competitive".

Newgarden jumped into fourth in the driver standings by picking up 53 points with his victory.

"The support I feel from this city grows every single year, it's just incredible", he said.

Newgarden says that he'll always take a bit of good fortune.

Points leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing starts fifth on the grid right next to Hinchcliffe and the New Zealand driver has been struggling to keep pace. "... A lot of varying concrete, asphalt".

By the end of the race, Rossi, a Nevada County native, had closed within 1.9 seconds of Team Penske's Newgarden.

Last year's podium finish was Hinchcliffe's best result in Toronto.

Hinchcliffe, who rebounded from serious injuries suffered in a crash in practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500, and finished runner up on last year's "Dancing With The Stars", was asked about his obvious popularity in Canada, and the responsibility following in the footsteps of Tracy and Co.