TORONTO, Ontario — Leaving Exhibition Place following the Honda Indy Toronto, there were some competitors with smiles on their faces, while others just wanted to get the heck out of there and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. So who was happy and who was not?
YAY for Scott Dixon scoring his third triumph on the streets of Toronto, handing him his 44th career victory in the series. He did it dominating fashion, pacing 49 of 85 laps on Sunday afternoon.
BOO for Marco Andretti having to pit with two laps to go, giving up fourth to place 10th instead. Andretti had put together one of his best drives of the season, running up front throughout the entire event until the miscalculation on fuel mileage brought him down pit road. Regardless, it marks his first top-10 finish since Detroit, if we’re looking for a positive.
YAY for Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe putting together a great performance in front of hometown crowd, placing third and fourth respectively. Their success isn’t a surprise based on previous street courses this season, though they didn’t make it super easy on themselves after starting ninth and 10th.
BOO for Sebastien Bourdais having contact with the wall during the early portion of the event, sending him down pit road for a rear wing change that put him two laps down when his Dale Coyne Racing team seemed to struggle with getting it off a little. It marks his third straight finish outside of the top-10.
YAY for Tony Kanaan posting his best finish of the season with a sixth-place finish for AJ Foyt Racing. He told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL that it’s a “good result for us, the best one of the year, so we’re pretty pleased. We had a pretty good day. Good pit stops, good finish,” stating his goal going into Mid-Ohio is now to break into the top-five.
BOO Ryan Hunter-Reay making a mistake getting into turn one, collecting others in the process including Will Power and Graham Rahal, causing all three to finish outside of the top-five. All three of them were considered pre-race favorites to win as two of them have won in Toronto before, with Rahal having a win on the streets of Detroit last year. You also have to consider the championship implications for all three, as well.
YAY for Charlie Kimball scoring Carlin Racing’s first ever top-five finish. We didn’t even think that’d be possible this season based on how things started at St. Petersburg.
BOO for Rene Binder having one of those weekends that you want to leave behind, going off course in turn six on Lap 42 en route to finishing 17th.
YAY for the crowd as no matter what grandstand you looked at or whether just cruising through the grounds, there were a ton of people everywhere. It’s great to see the Canadians out supporting the sport, wearing their favorite’s drivers colors. You could really hear their cheers in celebrating Wicken’s podium finish.
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