IndyCar Racing Odds: Honda Indy Toronto 7/14/17

IndyCar Racing Odds: Honda Indy Toronto 7/14/17

IndyCar Racing Odds: Honda Indy Toronto 7/14/17

Josef Newgarden was in the right place at the right time.

Newgarden scored his first career front row start (Long Beach, 2012) and first podium (Baltimore, 2013) with seconds at both races but wasn't usually the strongest on the street courses.

Newgarden says that he'll always take a bit of good fortune. "Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric) for making that call. We stayed quite a bit later and just really analyzed everything that we could, and made some pretty solid changes overnight that suited me really well on Saturday (for qualifying)".

With Team Penske's announcement this week that it will return to sports cars next season, talk continues to persist that Helio Castroneves will be headed to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for 2018.

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Will Power's fourth-place finish at Iowa jumped him up two spots to fourth in the standings, 53 points behind Dixon. He scored 126 points on street courses this year, 59 fewer than Newgarden.

Racing to his second consecutive third-place finish on Sunday, the party is that much sweeter, Hinchcliffe said, after a decent result. "The hope is that we will be even more competitive there this year than we were last year".

The plan, in theory, is for Team Penske to run Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya at Indianapolis in May, but otherwise downsize to three full-time entries in IndyCar in 2018. The caution caused the top-three cars of Castroneves, Pagenaud and Rahal to fall back. The second caution flag of the race came out on lap 23 when Tony Kanaan got into the turn 1 tire barrier. "The yellow for sure helped us win this race". It is the sixth win for Team Penske in 2017 and No. 193 for the organization in its Indy auto history - the most of any team.

The 2014 Honda Indy Toronto victor will help out Dale Coyne Racing rookies Ed Jones and Esteban Gutierrez.

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A trio of Hondas followed the Penske duo, with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay third, Rahal Letterman Lanigan's Graham Rahal fourth, and Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon in fifth.

"If you look at where we were a year ago", Rossi said, "the last four cars in qualifying, to having three cars in the top 10 (in the race), really having something to fight for today, it's a testament not only to this weekend and the strength the team has shown, but also this offseason and how much better 2017 has been for us, has been for Honda". "I don't think I've seen the grandstands that full here, certainly since I've been behind the wheel". "That's been my goal since really looking at the time frame and where we were going to be at the six weeks weight bearing, the eight weeks walking". "I think this is it". Last year Hinchcliffe finished third in Toronto, so he's within striking distance of being the hometown hero. "The days we get lucky and win a race, just take them". "The vehicle really came alive on the blacks, so big thanks to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, all the guys - great stops - and all the fans in Toronto".

"More and more every year the support that I feel from this city grows every single year and it's just incredible".

Power has won three times in Toronto, which is the most wins at the track by an active IndyCar driver.

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Notes: TV: Race, Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m. ET, CNBC (Live) /7 p.m. ET, NBCS, (re-air).

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