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Robert Megennis Leaves Toronto with Podium Finish

TORONTO, Ontario —- After getting caught up in a crash in the first Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto, Robert Megennis was able to score a podium finish on Sunday in the second event.

“It was great,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “It’s always great to get a podium finish. It was a good race. We didn’t have the pace to keep up to Rinus, but I did a good job defending. I drove the best I could and kept as many cars behind me as long as I could. Overall, I can’t thank the team enough – Juncos Racing, and Palo Alto Networks for getting me out there.”

The Juncos Racing driver didn’t have it easy as Nikita Lastochkin made him work for it, challenging him for the third spot throughout the second half of the event.

“It was tough,” Megennis admitted. “You’re really trying to play that chess game to keep those guys behind you and make smart decisions, but it’s a lot of fun, too. Just hard racing is always a good time.”

It marks the third podium finish of the season for the driver of the No. 9 Palo Alto Networks Mazda as we head into the final five races.

“I’m just going to focus on each race individually,” he said. “You always have more confidence overall just to go after it and do your best. But I’m driving each lap as my last and going for it. That’s all you can do.”

The next event will take Megennis to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he picked up a track-best of fourth in Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda competition.

“I love Mid-Ohio,” he said. “I’ve had some good results there in the past. This Pro Mazda car is going to be really fun so I can’t wait to get there. We have a series test this Wednesday and Thursday, and then that’ll give us a good feeling for the race.”

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