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Felix Rosenqvist Sweeps Honda Indy Toronto Weekend

Starting from the pole, Felix Rosenqvist had everything go his way on Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto in Indy Lights, sweeping the weekend for his third victory of the season.

“It feels good,” Rosenqvist told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “The car felt great right away and when you have that feeling, you know it’ll be good. I was able to start up front both races, which obviously helps a lot as the track is so difficult. It was really nice to start from pole in the second race – that was certainly one of the keys.”

It seemed throughout the race that the Belardi Auto Racing driver was flawless, not making a single mistake as he was able to keep a steady lead throughout the 45 laps. Even with a victory, which included a lead greater than seven seconds, he was having issues during the first corner.

“I tried a bunch of different lanes through the race, and that’s probably my only weak corner here,” he said. “The rest is just bumping, but somehow it’s okay.”

Andre Neagro finished second, scoring his second podium finish of the season despite making his first ever start on the streets of Toronto. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver stated he spent Friday learning the track, getting quicker with each lap laid down. Ultimately, he didn’t show the speed gained yesterday due to a flat tire in the early laps.

“Big improvement as the car is good all the way around,” Neagro told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “It’s a little bit loose towards the end, but then I feel great and comfortable. I was able to have a good run, and make points towards the championship.”

Kyle Kasier finished third with Santiago Urrutia and Ed Jones rounding out the podium. As a result, Jones currently holds a 24-point advantage over Urrutia following a shakeup in the driver standings.

Neither contender had a perfect weekend, though. Urrutia ran into engine issues throughout Saturday’s race. However, changing the motor between races was the magic ticket as the car was way better.

“Difficult to pass here,” Urrutia told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “I tried many times to pass Kaiser for the podium, but anyway, I’m happy for a fourth. It’s good points. We ended up second in the points, so it’s good.”

Meanwhile, Jones struggled with finding a pace to match his competitors, stating they were off a little in the handling, so it took some adapting from the driver’s seat.

“I didn’t have the pace, so I think a fifth place is not that bad in the big picture, and just need to focus on Mid-Ohio now,” Jones told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “I think it’ll be another tough track for us, but we just need to get another solid finish and should be good for Laguna Seca.”

Behind them, Felix Serralles is currently third in points after finishing 10th due to a flat rear tire on Lap 3 following contact. Kyle Kaiser is currently fourth, while Dean Stoneman slipped from second to fifth in the standings after failing to complete a lap due to a fuel leak.

“We’re not sure what the issue is quite yet,” Stoneman said mid-race. “We’re trying to fix it and get back out there to at least get fastest lap of the race or something to salvage points.”

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